Co-founder of the production company Checkpoint Media, Mike Nayna has over 8 years of industry experience spanning across digital and television production, news and current affairs, factual entertainment, comedy, viral marketing and comedic stage production.
Since taking up stand-up comedy in 2012 Mike has appeared on Nova, Triple M, ABC’s RAW Comedy national final, SBS’ Live at Bella Union, Channel Seven’s Sunrise program, series two of ABC’s Twentysomething and amassed more than 10 million hits across a range of YouTube projects including the Screen Australia-funded cult series Dayne’s World.
In 2013 he was accepted into the Atlantic Theatre Company’s summer intensive program in New York City and went on to co-write, direct and star in a sellout run of his first comedic play “It’s Me, Mandela”.
Mike has also started a string of successful comedy rooms in Melbourne and earned himself a reputation for pushing boundaries with his ‘outside of the box’ approach to comedic writing.
2004-2008 – DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Media Arts: Double major in film and television and photography.
1 x 28 minute episode
ABC television pilot
6 x 12 minute episodes
Dayne’s World is a comedy web series that was produced and shot as if it were a documentary. The series was funded under Screen Australia’s multi-platform drama program.
IT’S ME, MANDELA
It’s me Mandela is a comedy play written with Dayne Rathbone. It had a sell-out run at the Canberra Comedy Festival including a final performance at the 620-seater Playhouse theatre.
THE SHITTY GHOST
The Shitty Ghost is a comedic interactive web series produced for the Youth Council of Victoria as part of their web safety initiative.
MYER IS MY STORE TVC’s
3 x 30 second television commercials
A studio and location shoot starring Jennifer Hawkins.
OUA OPEN LEARNING
17 x 3 – 6 minute videos
The open learning campaign is a series of candid student profiles shot across all Australian states.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
1 x 3 minute video
The caught on camera video was the first of what has now become an Australian movement of exposing racism on public transport. The infamous racist bus video led to arrests and subsequent prison sentences for both men featured in the footage. The video became part of an international media frenzy after it went viral reaching over 4.3 million hits on YouTube and many millions more on other hosting platforms.
TTI TOLLS VIRAL
5 x 1-3 minute videos
Prank 2012 was part of the Aussy Pranks channel produced for TTI tools (HART brand) as part of a viral marketing experiment. It received over 2 million hits.
1 x 30 seconds
1 x 30 seconds
Music clip shot for band Masketta Fall.
GREEN MINUTE SERIES
120 x 1 minute episodes
Green Minute is a made-for-television series of shorts addressing environmental issues. Created by Mike for university credit the series aired on the Weather Channel in Australia and was re-voiced in 3 different languages after being sold internationally.
THE COOL ROOM
24 x 28 minute episodes
The Cool Room is a comedic television show aimed at a teenage audience. It was broadcast on American and English television networks.
2012 – PRESENT
OWNER – CHECKPOINT MEDIA
Checkpoint Media is a digital, film and television production company based in Melbourne. Founded by creative partners Mike Nayna and Mark Conway the company specialises in innovative entertainment content. Operating under Checkpoint Media, Mike has written, directed, produced and performed in content made with a range of clients and partners including Screen Australia, ABC, Myer, Open Universities Australia, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, Endemol, SBS and many more.
2009 – PRESENT
EDITOR AND CAMERA OPERATOR – SBS WORLD NEWS AUSTRALIA
SBS World News is Australia’s leading source for international news. Mike works as a freelance camera operator and editor putting together news and sport packages for the nightly broadcast. Other duties include simulated satellite shoots, management of field personnel, data transmission and studio shoots.
2011 – 2012
HEAD OF PRODUCTION – BIG DOG CREATIVE
Big Dog Creative is a full service creative agency specialising in market strategy for both established and emerging brands. As head of production Mike was in control of managing and developing the production department, hiring staff, budgeting, producing, writing and directing television and digital content. Successful projects include a viral marketing campaign for TTI tools (over 2 million YouTube views), Masketta Fall’s ‘So Contagious’ film clip, Beauty Mate television commercial and the ‘Free Sh!t Men’ series produced with WTFN for Channel V.