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South Pacific Pictures is pleased to announce that Kelly Martin will be joining the company in September as Associate Chief Executive.

For the past 12 years Kelly has been with Mediaworks TV3 where since 2006 she was TV3’s Director of Programming.

Kelly will work with CEO John Barnett and Managing Director Chris Bailey bringing her knowledge of local and international audience wants and needs to the company.

John and Chris expressed their delight in the appointment and said that this is an exciting step in moving the company forward and Kelly would be an excellent leader for the company through the next decade. Continue reading »

South Pacific Pictures, in association with Script to Screen, is launching the South Pacific Pictures Emerging Writers’ Lab.

John Barnett, Chief Executive Officer of South Pacific Pictures says: “The South Pacific Pictures Emerging Writers’ Lab is a terrific opportunity for aspiring writers to gain first-hand experience from some of New Zealand’s top drama writers and creators.

“Not only will they experience five days storylining on a new television series concept under the guidance of Tim Balme, Maxine Fleming, Rachel Lang, James Griffin and Steven Zanoski, they will actually be contracted and paid by South Pacific Pictures for their services.

“I look forward to meeting the eight successful candidates and watching their careers progress in the future,” Barnett says.

The Lab will run from 1 – 5 August 2011. Participants will be contracted and paid for their week’s participation.

You must be Auckland-based to apply. Application Deadline: 5pm 24 June 2011.

For full application requirements and to apply please click here.

An all-star cast joins forces in THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS, TV3’s new primetime series to be produced by South Pacific Pictures. The series starts shooting on Monday July 5, 2010.

Tim Balme (Maddigan’s Quest, Mercy Peak, Shortland Street), Dean O’Gorman (McLeod’s Daughters, Shortland Street), Jared Turner (Go Girls, Power Rangers) and newcomer Emmett Skilton star as the Johnson brothers: Mike, Anders, Ty and Axl.

The Johnsons are four ordinary Kiwi brothers who have inherited the powers of Norse Gods. But Norse Gods lived a long time ago, and over many generations, their powers have become diluted.  So the Johnsons aren’t like those flashy cartoon superheroes, they are typical Kiwi blokes who don’t much like to stand out from the crowd.  This is New Zealand after all, and if Godzone really had gods, and they walked among us, let’s face it…you probably wouldn’t even notice.

These everyday gods also have everyday struggles – striving to love stroppy women, overcoming sibling rivalry and fulfilling your God-like destiny, all while still finding the time to enjoy a few beers with your mates.

Ben Barrington (Outrageous Fortune, The Insiders Guide to Love, The Strip) joins the show as the Johnsons’ forever young grandfather, Olaf. Rounding out the series cast is Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider, The Vintner’s Luck), Roz Turnbull (Outrageous Fortune, Spies & Lies, Stolen), Alison Bruce (This Is Not My Life, Legend of the Seeker), Michelle Langstone (McLeod’s Daughters, This is Not My Life)

THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS was created and written by James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, Sione’s Wedding, Serial Killers) and Rachel Lang (Go Girls, Outrageous Fortune, Mercy Peak). Actor Tim Balme (Outrageous Fortune, Stolen and Brown Brothers) also worked as a storyliner and script writer on the series.

The 10 x one hour comedy-drama series is being produced by Simon Bennett (Outrageous Fortune, Spies and Lies, Maddigan’s Quest, Shortland Street) for South Pacific Pictures.  Directors include Mark Beesley (Legend of the Seeker, Outrageous Fortune) and Murray Keene (Outrageous Fortune, Shortland Street, Diplomatic Immunity). The production, which will be shot in and around Auckland, has received funding from NZ on Air and will screen on TV3 in 2011.

Join the stars of Sione’s Wedding, Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune and more for a special screening of the Kiwi blockbuster Sione’s Wedding to raise money for those affected by the recent tsunami in Samoa.

Oscar Kightley, Robbie Magasiva, Faye Smythe, Ido Drent, Shane Cortese and Fleur Saville are just some of the famous faces who will be attending the film this Saturday October 10 at SKYCITY Cinemas St Lukes and Manukau.

All proceeds from ticket sales and donations at the event will go directly to the New Zealand Red Cross for the Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal.

Robbie Magasiva, one of the stars of Sione’s Wedding and currently playing Dr Maxwell Avia on Shortland Street, is inviting everyone to come along to the special fundraiser screenings: “On behalf of my fellow cast members I’m calling on all Aucklanders to come along to this event to support the rebuilding of my motherland. It’ll be a fun night out and 100% of the money raised will go to this great cause.”

As well as meeting your favourite stars, South Pacific Pictures, TVNZ, Firehorse Films and SKYCITY have also donated fabulous prizes which will be raffled at the event.  These include movie tickets, DVD packs, TV2 merchandise and goodies from bro’Town, Outrageous Fortune and Shortland Street.

Tickets can be booked in advance from the SKYCITY Cinemas website (www.skycitycinemas.co.nz) and are available at the special price of $9.

The fundraiser screenings are this Saturday October 10:

•    6pm at SKYCITY Cinemas Westfield St Lukes
•    8pm at SKYCITY Cinemas Westfield Manukau

Production commences this weekend on SPIES AND LIES, a new telemovie produced by South Pacific Pictures for TV ONE which features Outrageous Fortune’s Antony Starr in the lead role alongside acclaimed UK actor John Sessions and a stellar local ensemble cast.

Set in 1942 wartime New Zealand, SPIES AND LIES is a ripping yarn based on a true story of conspiracy, incompetence, and an extraordinary hoax that challenged the highest levels of New Zealand government.

SPIES AND LIES was adapted for the screen by playwright Dave Armstrong and is based on the book The Plot to Subvert Wartime New Zealand by Hugh Price.

Starr, who has won multiple Best Actor awards for his portrayal of twins Van and Jethro West on Outrageous Fortune, plays confidence trickster Syd Ross. Upon his release from prison, Ross makes a phone call and lands himself a meeting with Prime Minister Peter Fraser to whom he tells a tale of sabotage and assassination, of a Nazi plot to take over New Zealand.

Sessions, whose extensive credits include Gormenghast, The Good Shepherd, Whose Line is It Anyway? and The Merchant of Venice, stars as Major Folkes, the British head of New Zealand’s Security Intelligence Bureau who seizes on Ross’ story and gives him a new identity, a car, money and luxury accommodation. Ross is to gather evidence on the ‘Nazi plot’. As he does so, Folkes puts together a secret dossier, embroidering Ross’ lies and building a picture of a country in extreme danger.

SPIES AND LIES is being helmed by award-winning director and producer Simon Bennett (Outrageous Fortune, Maddigan’s Quest, Diplomatic Immunity, Shortland Street) and will be filmed over four weeks in Auckland with some location scenes in Rotorua.

“Syd Ross’ story is a fascinating true New Zealand adventure and I feel privileged to be able to bring it to life,” says SPIES AND LIES Producer/Director Simon Bennett. “We have a hugely talented group of creative and technical personnel working on the production and it’s an honour to work with such an impressive ensemble cast.  The challenge of recreating wartime New Zealand is one that everyone on the show is relishing.”

“TVNZ is delighted to continue our support for New Zealand drama. We have been extremely pleased with the success of our local Sunday Theatres. We believe that Spies and Lies will be another hit. The team at South Pacific Pictures has chosen a fantastic cast and written a strong script. We look forward to working closely with them on this project,” says Andrew Shaw, General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions.

The ensemble cast includes: Ian Mune (I’m Not Harry Jensen, Mercy Peak, Once Were Warriors, Fallout), Kelson Henderson (Avatar, Power Rangers, Sione’s Wedding), Ingrid Park (Go Girls, Burying Brian), Steven Lovatt (Go Girls, Neighbours), Antonia Prebble (Outrageous Fortune, Power Rangers), Cameron Rhodes (I’m Not Harry Jensen, Power Rangers), Roz Turnbull (Outrageous Fortune, Mercy Peak) and John Leigh (Diplomatic Immunity, Outrageous Fortune,  We’re Here to Help).

SPIES AND LIES is a 90 minute telefeature and is being shot on HD.  The programme will air on TV ONE in 2010.

Production commences this weekend on SPIES AND LIES, a new telemovie produced by South Pacific Pictures for TV ONE which features Outrageous Fortune’s Antony Starr in the lead role alongside acclaimed UK actor John Sessions and a stellar local ensemble cast.

 

Set in 1942 wartime New Zealand, SPIES AND LIES is a ripping yarn based on a true story of conspiracy, incompetence, and an extraordinary hoax that challenged the highest levels of New Zealand government. 

 

SPIES AND LIES was adapted for the screen by playwright Dave Armstrong and is based on the book The Plot to Subvert Wartime New Zealand by Hugh Price.

 

Starr, who has won multiple Best Actor awards for his portrayal of twins Van and Jethro West on Outrageous Fortune, plays confidence trickster Syd Ross. Upon his release from prison, Ross makes a phone call and lands himself a meeting with Prime Minister Peter Fraser to whom he tells a tale of sabotage and assassination, of a Nazi plot to take over New Zealand.

 

Sessions, whose extensive credits include Gormenghast, The Good Shepherd, Whose Line is It Anyway? and The Merchant of Venice, stars as Major Folkes, the British head of New Zealand’s Security Intelligence Bureau who seizes on Ross’ story and gives him a new identity, a car, money and luxury accommodation. Ross is to gather evidence on the ‘Nazi plot’. As he does so, Folkes puts together a secret dossier, embroidering Ross’ lies and building a picture of a country in extreme danger.

 

SPIES AND LIES is being helmed by award-winning director and producer Simon Bennett (Outrageous Fortune, Maddigan’s Quest, Diplomatic Immunity, Shortland Street) and will be filmed over four weeks in Auckland with some location scenes in Rotorua.

 

“Syd Ross’ story is a fascinating true New Zealand adventure and I feel privileged to be able to bring it to life,” says SPIES AND LIES Producer/Director Simon Bennett. “We have a hugely talented group of creative and technical personnel working on the production and it’s an honour to work with such an impressive ensemble cast.  The challenge of recreating wartime New Zealand is one that everyone on the show is relishing.”

 

“TVNZ is delighted to continue our support for New Zealand drama. We have been extremely pleased with the success of our local Sunday Theatres. We believe that Spies and Lies will be another hit. The team at South Pacific Pictures has chosen a fantastic cast and written a strong script. We look forward to working closely with them on this project,” says Andrew Shaw, General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions.

 

The ensemble cast includes: Ian Mune (I’m Not Harry Jensen, Mercy Peak, Once Were Warriors, Fallout), Kelson Henderson (Avatar, Power Rangers, Sione’s Wedding), Ingrid Park (Go Girls, Burying Brian), Steven Lovatt (Go Girls, Neighbours), Antonia Prebble (Outrageous Fortune, Power Rangers), Cameron Rhodes (I’m Not Harry Jensen, Power Rangers), Roz Turnbull (Outrageous Fortune, Mercy Peak) and John Leigh (Diplomatic Immunity, Outrageous Fortune,  We’re Here to Help).

 

SPIES AND LIES is a 90 minute telefeature and is being shot on HD.  The programme will air on TV ONE in 2010.

TVNZ and NZ On Air are pleased to announce that the hit local drama Go Girls will be coming back for a second series. The fun loving, sexy series about three friends – Amy, Britta and Cody – seen through the eyes of their best mate Kevin, has proved to be a real hit with New Zealand viewers.

Go Girls has consistently delivered strong audience ratings and dominated its timeslot on Thursday night on TV2.

Jeff Latch, Head of Television, says, “We are extremely pleased with the success of Go Girls. The team at South Pacific Pictures has created another hit drama with great writing and high production values. We are excited to see where the team will go with series two.”

Jane Wrightson, Chief Executive of NZ On Air says the funding agency is delighted to help a local drama succeed in the tough 8-30pm prime time slot.  “We’ve been looking for another popular prime time drama series for a while, and Go Girls has delivered it in spades”, she said.

The funding agency has committed $6.246 million to South Pacific Pictures for production of the second series.

Chris Bailey, Managing Director of South Pacific Pictures is thrilled with the support from TVNZ and says, “South Pacific Pictures are delighted that TVNZ and NZ On Air are keen to commission a second series of Go Girls.”

Jane Wilson, General Manager of Programming says that New Zealand is currently producing some exceptional local dramas.

“The re-commissioning of Go Girls at this stage is testament to the network’s support for this show. We look forward to seeing a lot more New Zealand drama on our screens, “says Wilson.   

Production will commence later in the year and will screen on TV2 in 2010.

South Pacific Pictures have released the trailer for Season 5 of Outrageous Fortune which will air on TV3 later in the year.

Check it out here…

Each week we will be uploading a teaser on YouTube for the next week’s episode of Go Girls.

Check out the teasers for episode 2 and episode 3.

Check out the first of the Go Girls writer’s blogs from the show’s co-creator Rachel Lang here.