Son of NZ Herald TV critic Barry Shaw, Andrew was stuck in a factory job when alerted to a newspaper advertisement for a children's presenter. He began his television career in 1975 at the age of 18, as a children's television host on TV2 Presents Andy, which later became Hey Hey It’s Andy. He went on to front several Telethons and entertainment shows before moving behind the camera to become a director and producer of entertainment programming for TVNZ in 1980.
In 1997 the job expanded to include acquiring programmes from overseas. In 2001 Andrew left TVNZ to become Chief Operating Officer at production company South Pacific Pictures, where he brought the popular Idol format to New Zealand screens. He went on to work as a programming and commissioning executive at fledgling network Prime.
Andrew later returned to TVNZ, where he works as General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions. He left his role at TVNZ in July and now works as a consultant under his own company, Sophos.
In November Andrew was named as the recipient of the prestigious New Zealand Television Awards TV Legend Honour for 2020.