South Pacific Productions no longer NZ owned

South Pacific Pictures

South Pacific Pictures has an international reputation for producing world-class television and film including Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, Sione’s Wedding and Whale rider are now internationally owned. Stuff reports that South Pacific Pictures chief executive John Barnett has sold his stake in the production company to its United Kingdom-based majority shareholder All3Media. Documents filed with [ Read More ]

A new local television series ‘Bucket Wish’ will premier on Choice TV

Aaron Carotta

This upcoming new series Bucket Wish featuring ‘Adventure Aaron ‘ (NZ cancer survivor)  as he embarks  on a journey through some of New Zealand’s Most Extreme adventures accompanied by two CanTeen Members with wishes to complete their own bucket list. In this 13-episode series, each week  candidates nominate themselves for one of the Bucket Wish [ Read More ]

New Zealand’s first online educational TV programming for babies is now available

Babies First Concepts

Press Release: Quickflix www.quickflix.co.nz 24 August 2012 Family favourite Quickflix launches educational TV programmes for babies Developmental experts and parents alike understand how important it is to actively help babies learn. Giving your baby a range of experiences and information forms the basis of their knowledge about the world. Created in conjunction with childhood specialists, [ Read More ]

New Samoan director Sima Urale will fill Head Tutor role at The New Zealand Film and Television School

Sima Urale

Sima Urale has been appointed to the role of Head Tutor at The New Zealand Film and Television School, in Wellington City. Urale returns to her hometown to take up this new role. With more than twenty years’ experience in the film and theatre industry she will bring a wealth of practical and academic knowledge [ Read More ]

NZ On Air will fund Simon Morton’s quirky documentary ‘Making Tracks’.

Simon Morton

A “quirky” documentary in which consumer show presenter Simon Morton rides around New Zealand by bicycle has been awarded more than $400,000 of public funding. NZ On Air has released details of its first funding round of this financial year, worth nearly $12 million, to make comedies and documentaries to screen next year. A show [ Read More ]

Dunedin film-maker hopes his documentary ‘Practising Medicine’ will educate Otago medical students

Dr Paul Trotman

Dunedin film-maker Dr Paul Trotman hopes the follow-up to his acclaimed film on the University of Otago’s body bequest programme will help “demystify” the medical profession. His new film, Practising Medicine, follows Otago University medical students who featured in his previous documentary, Donated to Science, through their clinical years in medical school and their first [ Read More ]

TVNZ will be broadcasting live coverage of America’s Cup: World Series

America's Cup World Series

Television New Zealand has confirmed the broadcast plan relating to the America’s Cup World Series round about to get underway in San Francisco. Coverage will be available from TVNZ U Channel beginning this  Friday 24th  August until Monday 27th August; it will also be streamed on-line via demand from tvnz.co.nz The broadcast schedule is as [ Read More ]

A star-studded line-up of NZ celebrities including Dai Henwood and three All Blacks will be on TV3′s Comedy for Cure Kids this Friday

Jeremy Corbett and Paul Ego

This year’s  TV3′s Red Nose Day: Comedy for Cure Kids will be hosted by comedians Jeremy Corbett and Paul Ego with a strong live comedic entertainment  element to it. It will also feature an array of popular New Zealand celebrities and faces, live entertainment and special guest appearances. The Henwood-All Blacks caper will screen alongside [ Read More ]

NZ film writer gains a spot in the New York Television Festival Finals

Roderick Fransham

Wellington performer and writer Roderick Fransham,  has gained a spot in the finals of the New York Television Festival’s competition to produce a TV series. He entered his sketch comedy show, Happy Darling, in the festival’s Independent Pilot Competition.   Happy Darling  is a subtle but high energy show that features a combination of comedy, [ Read More ]

Comedy-doco ‘Deane Waretini: Now is the Hour’ to screen on Maori Television

Deane-Waretini

DEANE WARETINI: NOW IS THE HOUR is an affectionate and funny slice of real life as legendary Te Arawa singer Deane Waretini makes a road trip from Christchurch to his Rotorua hometown for the gig he hopes will re-launch his career. DEANE WARETINI: NOW IS THE HOUR, a seven-part comedy-documentary, starts on Maori Television at [ Read More ]