IMG_1032The following is an interview that was conducted with Sky Television CEO John Fellet at yesterday’s upfronts by Eric Young.

EY: For more than quarter of a century Sky has been a part of our television landscape. It’s in half of New Zealand homes and survived, and thrived, through some of the most challenging times in our broadcasting history. Why has it thrived? It has shown it can adapt and maybe, John, that’s where we should start. We’ve had a lot to adapt to in the past couple of years.

JF: You’re absolutely right. You know, ever since the… technology just kinda washes over media every couple of years and certain companies adapt and survive and others that don’t, disappear. I remember when the satellites became cheaper and all of a sudden we could move from UHF up to satellite, and then hard drives became cheaper and cheaper so we could actually put one inside a decoder, making the MySky. Compression technology has been getting better so we could progress from SD to HD. And now, I think this internet, well, I mean, it scares every body and offers lots of challenges. I think it offers more opportunities than ever before.

EY: As technology evolves, viewing options expand, obviously. How are we coping? Continue reading »

I’m on Newstalk ZB at 5:25pm to talk to Larry Williams about this.

rnz-nationalI was on Radio New Zealand with Jim Mora this afternoon to talk ratings.

I joined Tim Watkin and Virginia Watson on the Panel to discuss the ratings on TV3.

Listen to the full interview here:

Julie Chrisite NZwomen entreprenuers Hall of Fame induction July 2105Julie Christie along with telecommunications pioneer, Annette Presley and Birthcare & Labtests founder Dr Lee Mathias have just been inducted into the Company of Women’s, NZ women entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Here are some questions and answers for Julie about success and her ‘Top Four Tips for Success’.

Q: Why do you think you have been so successful?

A: There is no such thing as good luck but there definitely is good timing and good management. Continue reading »

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What are your three favourite TV shows right now? Continue reading »

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1. The new TV show I can’t wait to see is….
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Jamaica photo1. If you could work with any one person in the industry, who would it be?

Johnny Depp … Oh my, I would learn so much- his characterisation skills are amazing the way he literally becomes the character he plays inside and out.. He’s incredible and so inspiring!

2. What does your job entail? Continue reading »

Check out our companion series Inside Westside for all the links between Outrageous Fortune and Westside.

Jaindra WatsonJaindra Watson – Costume Designer – Westside

1. What does your job entail?
My job is to create the costumes for each character in the show Westside.

2. What are your three favourite TV shows right now? Continue reading »

james griffinApproach it with an open mind.

That’s the advice from Westside co-creator James Griffin, who says fans should expect a new but familiar beast when the show begins on TV3 tonight.

“It is in some ways, Outrageous Fortune, but in many ways it’s not.”

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