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Kyle Wadsworth

Kyle Wadsworth is a trained multimedia journalist with a passion for film and television - notably Westside and Outrageous Fortune! Also known as TuiKiwi (the name of which has also featured on Outrageous Fortune as a guest-starring beer brand).

TVNZ has decreed that Eyeworks NZ series Burying Brian will remain six feet under.

In telling Onfilm that the network is declining to commission a second series, Andrew Shaw, the broadcaster’s general manager, commissioning, production & acquisitions, would only say it was a “business decision”.

It’s one that will have surprised Eyeworks. Burying Brian was its first TV drama series but such was the company’s confidence in its prospects that it was developing a second season and had applied to NZ On Air for more funding. [See page 10 of Onfilm’s August print issue for more.]

“TVNZ said it had rated better than any other New Zealand drama in its first season and they were very pleased with the quality of the series,” Eyeworks development producer Robin Scholes told Onfilm in a statement.

“They felt it was more a self-contained miniseries and believed a second series would not rate as well.”

Source: Onfilm. Link »

Deaf Awareness Week takes place from 22 – 28th September this year. TVNZ is looking for advertisers to show support for this by allowing their ads to be muted for approximately 5 seconds and to have “open” captions running across the ad, to educate viewers about the television experience of the deaf and hearing impaired in New Zealand. Preferable advertisers are: those with brand ads currently on air so that viewers are already familiar with the content (as sound is lost for approximately 5 seconds) commercial material is already on station. Please contact your TVNZ Sales representative if you would like to support Deaf Awareness Week this year and participate with a new ad not yet on air, material has to be on station at least a week before it is scheduled to go on air. This means for the week commencing 21 September, material would need to be on station no later than 12 September.


For 400,000 deaf and hearing-impaired New Zealanders, their experience of television can range from patchy to downright exasperating. This is where captions come in. With Deaf Awareness Week coming up, now is the perfect time to take up the opportunity to reach the maximum amount of viewers by contacting TVNZ Captioning to have your ad captioned. Captions are available on page 801 of Teletext. For more information about Captioning, go to, and to find out more about captioning your ads, please contact or your TVNZ Sales Representative.

Returning from Monday 25 August.
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A Television New Zealand commentator at the Olympics has been attacked by a youth near his Beijing hotel.

Steve Robilliard, an Australian ABC commentator working for TVNZ, was returning to the hotel from dinner when he was set upon by a youth who had been urinating against a wall.

Robilliard says the man grabbed a broken chair and threw it at him, causing cuts to his wrist and arm. While shaken by the incident, Robilliard did not require medical attention.


Rachel and Regan have become proud parents of Eli Daniel David Cunliffe!

Born at 8.43am, weighing in at 9lbs 5.
They are all doing well 🙂

A huge congratulations to Rachel and Regan!

A second series of the show is currently in development!

The series rated exceptionally well in the network’s target demo 25-54, achieving a 32% market share.

According to Eyeworks NZ, the series has potential to also be shown internationally.

“It’s an universally appealing series with the ability to travel around the globe, both as a finished sale or as a local remake. Already our Eyeworks colleagues worldwide are talking with major networks about bringing the series to their local markets. I’m confident we’ll succeed in launching Burying Brian in more territories.” says Julie Christie, CEO of Eyeworks NZ.

Sunrise Australia and Sunrise New Zealand finally meet!
Cool vid!

New Shortland Street opening titles will screen from late-August/early September!

“They’ve been an awfully long time in coming” producer Jason Daniel says of the first titles update in four years.
“There are people in the opening titles at the moment who haven’t been in the show for some time. But the scheduling the production of them has been an ongoing nightmare because of the availability of people.”

Peter Burger has directed the new credits. Daniel says he was scheduled to do it earlier “but we had problems getting the specific camera lenses we need to give us the effect that we wanted.”

Daniel says that the new credits will have more warmth and humanity that the computer-generated style of the current sequence. “They have a specific look that requires a certain kind of focus.”

Some highlights from John Drinnan’s column this morning:

How much longer will MediaWorks cover financial losses for the TV3 breakfast show, Sunrise? C4 boss Andrew Szusterman has been given the job of increasing dismal audiences. Expect to see a less newsy, more entertainment-focused show.

What is behind the two-month break TVNZ has given Breakfast host Paul Henry? We hear that Henry has made it clear that he would like a permanent place in prime time and that the break is part of an offer intended to prevent his departure and that he will be moved to prime time.

TVNZ head of news and current affairs Anthony Flannery got a lot of flak when he was named as Bill Ralston’s replacement. The Aussie with a background in tabloid TV was derided as a lightweight at a time TVNZ was downgrading the influence of its news division. But Flannery has overseen a ratings turnaround at One News.

Sky Television’s introduction of the My Sky 2 second-generation personal video recorder (PVR) has extended its lead over digital service offered by Freeview.

But the consortium of free-to-air broadcasters is planning its own accredited PVR later. And TV manufacturers’ moves this month to install Freeview tuners in new TV sets will give it an advantage.

Tony Veitch’s mea culpa for lashing out at his partner Kristin Dunne-Powell sounded very similar to Paul Holmes’ explanation of his infamous “cheeky darkie” remark. Perhaps that is because Holmes helped his Radio Network workmate to write it.

Source: NZ Herald. Read more »

Everyone else in my nightmare family tells me I look exactly like my Grandmother. Personally, I don’t get it. I mean, yeah, there are certain similarities between me and Grandma Rita – after all, you can’t fight genetics, right?

And I kind of know what was going on with Grandma Rita, in that I can see what she did what she did to Grandpa. I don’t like her for it and I hate how stuffed up it made him, but I can understand what a crappy life it would have been for her, married to a career criminal like Grandpa.

Loretta has updated her blog, so you can read up on her thoughts this week.
Read more of her blog here »