The winners of the Qantas Television Awards 2007 were unveiled this evening at the Television industry’s prestigious annual awards event. Held at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, the awards were hosted by popular television presenters Jason Gunn and Petra Bagust.

The Qantas Television Awards honour outstanding New Zealand television production in general television and news and current affairs.

Outrageous Fortune (South Pacific Pictures) was the prominent winner of the night, collecting five of their eight nominations for; Best Actor (Antony Starr), Best Actress (Robyn Malcolm), Best Drama, Best Script (James Griffin) and Best Editing (non-factual). The judges said Antony Starr “inhabits the role like no-one else could; he has the gift of charisma as well as talent”.

The judges praised Robyn Malcolm for being “a consummate actress who dominates the screen in her role as Cheryl West. Outrageous Fortune has characters that you want to come back and watch week after week.”

Other notable wins in the general television categories went to; Dancing with the Stars for Best Entertainment programme, Marae DIY for Best Reality Programme (format), Pulp Sport for Best Comedy and Lets Get Inventin for Best Children’s/Youth Programme. The judges remarks included; “truly international in scale and presentation (Dancing with the Stars), “fresh elements executed with great heart“ (Marae DIY ), “irrepressibly creative” (Pulp Sport), “slick, fresh and multi-layered” (Lets Get Inventin).

In the news and current affairs categories TV3 won the coveted Best News trophy, with the judges declaring; “of all the bulletins entered in the category, this was clearly the stand-out”. TV3 also dominated this year, winning; Best Current Affairs Reporting Daily (Campbell Live), Best News Reporting (3 News), Best Current Affairs Series (60 Minutes) and Investigation of the Year (3-News Special ‘Let Us Spray’). 3 News reporter Duncan Garner won the TV Journalist of the Year Award.

The highly competitive Best Presenter accolade went to Close Up’s Mark Sainsbury (TVNZ). The judges chose Sainsbury saying; “With a difficult subject, multiple interviewees in various locations, he was sensitive, strong and deft in controlling the panel and debate. A direct and engaging on air manner but the hirsute hounder could do with a shave”. TVNZ’s flagship current affairs show, Sunday picked up three awards on the night including Best Current Affairs Reporting for a Weekly programme, with the judges exclaiming; “Essential Current Affairs reporting that provides a highly
significant contribution to a major story”.

Chairman of the Television Broadcasters’ Council, Brent Impey said: “The high calibre of locally made television celebrated at tonight’s Qantas Television Awards is a tribute to the strength and diversity of New Zealand’s television production industry”.

Mr Impey added; “The Qantas Television Awards, now in its third year, has been well supported by this country’s foremost television makers, firmly cementing these awards as the premiere event to best showcase these talented New Zealanders”.

Qantas New Zealand Regional General Manager Grant Lilly said “Qantas has a proud tradition of supporting awards in journalism for over 30 years and are delighted to be a sponsor of these awards since their beginning in 2005. Congratulations to all the winners on their outstanding achievement.”

The evening began with a dramatic welcome and aerial performance by Tanemahuta and the cast of Maui. Guest presenters included screen stars; Hilary Barry, Jim Hickey, Jeremy Corbett, Wendy Petrie, Carol Hirschfeld, Brendan Pongia and actors Adam Rickett, Robyn Malcolm, Laura Hill and Shane Cortese. Then changing tempo, Candy Lane and an all-star line-up heated up the night with a spectacular dance performance. The Qantas Children’s Choir who were flown in from Australia to perform also enthralled the audience, with the grand finale by leading New Zealand band Evermore, performing for the first time with the Auckland Philharmonia.

In addition to the 30 peer judged Qantas Awards, the Woman’s Day People’s Choice Awards were also announced on the night. Public votes declared their favourite New Zealand Show – Outrageous Fortune, Favourite International Show – Grey’s Anatomy, Favourite New Zealand Female Personality – Robyn Malcolm and Favourite New Zealand Male Personality – Marc Ellis.

“A record number of votes – more than 34,000 – were received for this year’s Woman’s Day People’s Choice awards. We are thrilled with the response,” said the magazine’s editor-in-chief Megan McChesney. “Once again the people of New Zealand demonstrated how passionate they are about their Kiwi shows and Kiwi talent.”

The Qantas Television Awards screens on TV ONE on Saturday, November 24 at 8.30pm.

QANTAS TELEVISION AWARDS 2007

General Television Category Winners

Best Actor in a TV Drama: Antony Starr Outrageous Fortune South Pacific Pictures TV3

Best Actress in a TV Drama: Robyn Malcolm Outrageous Fortune South Pacific Pictures TV3

Best Drama: Outrageous Fortune Xmas Special South Pacific Pictures TV3

Best Script (non-factual): James Griffin Outrageous Fortune South Pacific Pictures TV3

Best Director (drama): Nathan Price The Hothouse Gibson Group ONE

Best Camera (non-factual): Simon Baumfield The Hothouse Gibson Group ONE

Best Editing (non-factual): Bryan Shaw Outrageous Fortune South Pacific Pictures TV3

Best Arts/ Festival Documentary: Love, Speed and Loss Visionary Film and Television TV3

Best Children’s/ Youth Programme: Lets Get Inventin Magic Gadget Television Spaceman 2

Best Comedy: Pulp Sport Episode 7 Shonky Productions TV3

Best Entertainment: Dancing with the Stars Episode 1 TVNZ ONE

Best Information/ Lifestyle: Fair Go Episode 3 TVNZ ONE

Best Popular Documentary: The Time of our Lives Gaylene Preston Productions TV3

Best Reality (format): Marae DIY Manutuke Screentime Ltd/Hula Haka Maori TV Productions

Best Sports or Event Coverage: The 32nd America’s Cup from The Build-up & Race 1 TVNZ ONE Valencia

Best Observational Reality (non format): Emergency Episode 2 Greenstone Pictures ONE

Best Director (non-drama): Melanie Rakena ICE Jam TV Ltd ONE

Best Editing (factual): Simon Coldrick NZSAS: First Among Desert Road TV Ltd TV3 Equals

Best Camera (factual): Jacob Bryant Ends of the Earth The TV Set ONE

News and Current Affairs Category Winners

Best News: 3 News TV3

Best News or Current Affairs Presenter: Mark Sainsbury Close Up TVNZ ONE

Best News Reporting: 3 News Benson Pope TV3

Best Current Affairs Reporting for a Weekly Programme or One Off Current Affairs Special: Sunday The Tiler’s Tale TVNZ ONE

Best Current Affairs Reporting for a Daily Programme: Campbell Live Spider TV3

Best Current Affairs Series: 60 Minutes Episode 20 TV3

Best News Camera: Christopher Brown One News TVNZ ONE

Best Current Affairs Camera: Mike Dodd Sunday TVNZ ONE

Best News/Current Affairs Editing: Andrew Gibb Sunday TVNZ ONE

Investigation of the Year: 3 News Special Let us Spray TV3

TV Journalist of the Year: Duncan Garner 3 News TV3

Woman’s Day People’s Choice Awards 2007

Favourite NZ Female Personality: Robyn Malcolm

Favourite NZ Male Personality: Marc Ellis

Favourite NZ Show: Outrageous Fortune

Favourite International Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Jason Gunn has been crowned New Zealand’s top TV entertainer in the 2007 TV Guide Best on the Box awards in the magazine’s annual people’s choice poll.

The 25 winners of the TV Guide Best on the Box Awards were decided by more than 11,000 television viewers, voting online or by post over three weeks in October and November.

Jason Gunn came out on top in two of the entertainment awards winning the Best Presenter, General award and retaining his title as Funniest Person on TV, announced today in the TV Guide.

The two top-rating TV shows that Gunn hosts also scooped key accolades in the awards. Game show newcomer The Rich List won the Best Entertainment title and family favourite Dancing with the Stars won the Best Reality/Competition show. Best Kids Show went to long-standing children’s favourite What Now, which is produced by Jason’s Christchurch-based film company Whitebait TV.

Jason commented to TV Guide, “We always say in the industry if you win an award it’s fantastic, but this is an award by the people who watch TV. Thanks to all the readers of TV Guide.”

This is the first year Best Presenter, General has not gone to Fair Go’s Kevin Milne who has held the title since the category was introduced. However, Fair Go still picked up the award for Best Advice Show.

TV Guide editor Julie Eley says the winning four categories in this year’s Best on the Box awards puts Jason firmly on top as New Zealand’s top TV entertainer.

“Jason is a classic Kiwi showman with a style and charisma that has charmed audiences throughout the country for over two decades. These awards show that Jason continues to have the special touch when it comes to entertaining Kiwi viewers with his quirky wit and charming smile.”

Young Gunn protégé Drew Neemia, who currently presents TV3 kid’s show Sticky TV and who was one of the stars of Jason’s 90s junior talent show The Super Troopers, won the 2007 Best On The Box Rising Star title.

ROBYN MALCOLM PUTS SEXY WESTIE ON THE RADAR

In the sexy stakes, Outrageous Fortune star Robyn Malcolm was voted the sexiest woman on TV, cited as ‘a victory for 40-something mums everywhere’ by the TV Guide. The gorgeous 42-year old actress who oozes sizzling on-screen sex appeal in the smash hit Westie TV show, beat contenders TV One’s Bernadine Oliver-Kerby and 2006 winner Toni Marsh to take the title, announced today in the TV Guide.

Robyn commented to TV Guide “Me, Sexy? That’s Outrageous. I just don’t consider myself in that way. I slop around in t-shirts, jeans and jandals and no make-up. It’s sort of flattering in a hilarious kind of way.”

Self-proclaimed ‘average kiwi bloke’ One News presenter Simon Dallow continued his winning streak taking the title of Sexiest Man for the sixth year in a row gaining almost twice the number of votes as his nearest rival. Simon also won the title of Best Presenter News after only two votes separated him and TV3’s Hilary Barry halfway through voting.

“Robyn has captured New Zealanders’ hearts and minds, showing that talent and confidence were major components of sexiness. As Cheryl West, Robyn Malcolm is bold, confident, sassy and stunning,” Eley said. “She’s an assertive leading lady who knows what she wants out of life and that makes her sexy. While Simon’s winning streak shows that for kiwi women ‘tall, dark and handsome’ still wins out in the sexy stakes,” says Julie.

Robyn Malcolm’s talented performance as Cheryl West also won her the Best Actress title alongside her on-screen son Anthony Starr who was named Best Actor for his role as Van and Jethro West. Outrageous Fortune took the title of Best Drama for the second year in a row showing that in season three the following for the hit show is only getting stronger.

“In just three seasons, Outrageous Fortune has become one of New Zealand television’s classics. It shows that New Zealand stories, written by New Zealand’s clever writers and played by our equally talented actors make for intelligent, entertaining and truly great TV,” she Julie.

VIEWERS PUT HICKEY BACK ON TOP

Less than two months after his TV comeback, TV One weather presenter Jim Hickey was voted the nation’s Best Weather Presenter. Jim Hickey, a past award winner, returned to the job as the ONE News weatherman in September after a four-year break to win the viewers’ votes. His predecessor Brendan Horan came a close second.

ONE News scored a hat trick in this year’s awards, winning the Best News Presenter for Simon Dallow, Best Weather Presenter for Jim Hickey and Best Sport Presenter for Tony Veitch. While TV3 News scooped the Best News Programme title and John Campbell retained his title as the Best Current Affairs Presenter.

Julie Eley says Jim has shown that despite his break as TV One Weatherman he hasn’t lost his touch and still got the thumbs up from viewers.

“Viewers are obviously delighted to have Jim back on our screens presenting the weather with his winning style. The sun is definitely shining for the ONE News team today after winning the top three presenting titles. It’s great to see Tony Veitch winning, and shows the decision to make him the main sports presenter was the right one.”

The full list of winners are announced in this week’s TV Guide (on sale 15 November).

Would you like the chance to win 1000’s of dollars? Well here’s your chance to prove you know the words to all your favourite songs.

The rules of the game are simple:
You don’t have to sing it well you just have to sing it right.

TV2 are holding open casting calls for this exciting new game show soon. Details are as follows:

17 and 18 November
The Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC)
Western Springs
9am-5pm


and

24 and 25 November
Telstra Pacific Events Centre
Manukau City
9am-5pm

If you are over the age of 20 (as of 1st December 2007), energetic, competitive and outgoing then you could have the chance to win 1000’s of dollars. Recordings will take place in Auckland and you must be in driving distance of Auckland city to audition for the show. A driver’s licence or passport will be required on the day for identification purposes.

Applications close: 16 November 2007

Click here for the TV2 Promo for The Singing Bee »

Click here for the Singing Bee Application Form »
Click here for the Singing Bee Terms and Conditions »

Tomorrow night, Paul Henry honours another legendary Kiwi in the latest instalment of This Is Your Life.

Who do you think will receive the famous red book this time around?

This Is Your Life – 8.30pm on TV ONE, Tuesday November 6th

Join host Oscar Kightley for a comedy showcase of epic proportions featuring some of the best up and coming Maori and Pacific Island comedians this country has to offer in AotearoHA, screening Friday November 2nd at 8:30pm.

Recorded live in the heart of Manukau City at the Genesis Energy Theatre, AotearoHA was a Special Event of the NZ International Comedy Festival, filmed for TV3 as a one hour special.

Oscar Kightley

With the steady growth of live comedy over the last few years, the NZ Comedy Industry now has an incredible depth of talent from our Pacific Island and Maori communities.

No Kiwi can forget the brilliance of comedy icon Billy T James – he inspired the development and confidence of an industry. Our comedic heritage is growing thanks to the success of the Naked Samoans, Mike King and Laughing with Samoans just to name a few.

With a strong focus on emerging and new to TV talent, AotearoHA brings hilarious new comedy faces to New Zealand television audiences and helps us all to celebrate the riches bestowed on Aotearoa by us having Pacific Island and Maori senses of humour at large in our community.

In this 3 special host Oscar Kightley invites us to sit back and have a laugh at talent such as Gish, Irene Pink, Vela Manusaute, Andrew King, Ben Hurley and more. Many of these comedians have been performing on the Live Comedy circuit for a number of years, but this will be their first outing on NZ television. “Our great hope is for the depth of this talent to be recognised”, says Kightley.

AotearoHA will allow New Zealand TV audiences to experience the warmth and inclusion and extreme hilarity of Maori and Pacific Island Comedy, that has become a key part of being Kiwi, as well as discovering the next generation of their voices.

A grand finale performance by the Masque Vocal Ensemble and the band Spacfix will make sure that the audience finish the night on their feet dancing and singing along – the perfect end to a night of comedy mayhem.

Don’t miss this hilarious TV3 special, AotearoHA screens Friday November 2nd at 8:30pm on 3.

Tourism New Zealand is taking over the paid video space on the homepage of YouTube with their 100% Pure New Zealand campaign from 4pm today for 24 hours!

One News will show the new TV ad tonight, but here it is now to your right…

Tourism New Zealand will be adding mini-documentaries to its new New Zealand channel on YouTube over the next three months. The site will also link to TVNZ’s TV On Demand.

It will also show footage being put together to support Tourism New Zealand’s online rugby club – The Front Row Rugby Club – being led by former All Black, Tana Umaga. The club is part of Tourism New Zealand’s build up to hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

Have you ever wondered how much damage your lifestyle may have done to your body? Do you look in the mirror and wonder how healthy you are on the inside? If so, don’t miss Turn Back Your Body Clock, premiering Tuesday, September 18th at 8pm on 3.

This six part series finds out if it’s possible to repair the damage and literally turn back your body clock.

Each week Straight-talking surgeon and GP, Dr Una Coales, meets someone whose toxic habits and lifestyle choices have seen their body go to pot. By assessing the extent of the damage with a battery of tests, she gives them a shocking wake-up call, including their estimated life expectancy.

With the assistance of health and fitness expert Tim Bean, Dr Coales sets out to extend people’s life expectancy in only eight weeks by improving their fitness, self-esteem, diet, and beating those bad habits.

In the first episode of the series, premiering Tuesday, September 18th at 8pm, Dr Coales meets 36-year-old Steve Barratt, who lives in Northampton with his wife and five-year-old son, Joe. Steve thinks he’s a normal guy living a normal life but Dr Coales sees things differently and sent him for an MRI scan to reveal the true state of his internal organs.

Steve loves a drink and during a night out he can put away five pints of bitter, followed by eight double G&Ts, chased by four whiskeys and a takeaway. Work involves hours in his company car wolfing down junk food, and the only exercise he gets is trying to keep up with his little boy.

Steve has a life expectancy of only 65, and his ECG and MRI scans reveal his heart is sluggish and his liver has been damaged by alcohol. His sperm analysis also returns abnormal results.

Find out if Dr. Coales can successfully turning back Steve’s bodyclock in just eight weeks.

Don’t miss this action packed new makeover show which transforms people’s bodies inside and out. Turn Back Your Body Clock, premieres Tuesday, September 18th at 8pm on 3.

Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old is recording now – and Touchdown needs an enthusiastic studio audience! Come and watch adult contestants battle it out to win $50,000 by answering primary school questions – with the help of some very smart 10 year olds!

Location: Henderson Valley Studio, 12 Hickory Avenue, Henderson
Dates: 13th, 17th, 19th, 20th July @ 1pm and 3:30pm

For more information or to book your free tickets contact Amy.toogood@touchdowntv.com 09 379 7867 ext 760

TV3 will be launching an early morning news, information and entertainment show in the last quarter of the year.

Called Sunrise, the show will screen on weekdays from 6.30am until 8.30am.

Produced as part of the 3 News stable of programming, Sunrise will be an energetic way for New Zealanders to start their day.

“We want Sunrise to be a show that motivates our viewers to get going for the day so that they are informed and up-to-date on the latest news and issues, but also start their day with a smile on their face, thanks to our entertaining and engaging presenting team,” said TV3 Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings.

The network has been hiring staff for the past few weeks and is ready to go with a premium team of producers and reporters.

“I’m delighted we have secured the services of Executive Producer, Claire Watson. Claire has come to us from a similar role at TVNZ and is the most experienced early morning television producer in the country,” he said.

“Auditioning for presenters is ongoing, and the final presenting team will be announced in due course,” said Mr Jennings.

TV3 Director of Programming, Kelly Martin, commented that the addition of Sunrise to the network is a completion of a key programming strategy.

“With Sunrise on air, our viewers will have no reason to go to another channel. We will have the full service offering of morning news, an excellent daytime schedule, evening news, current affairs and entertaining and informing primetime programming,” she said.

The launch of Sunrise coincides with TV3’s live and exclusive hosting of the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

“We very much want to capitalise on the habit forming viewing patterns the Rugby World Cup will create for TV3.

New Zealanders will be watching a lot of TV3 in the early morning during September and October, and Sunrise will allow that pattern of viewing to continue,” said Ms Martin.

At the same time Sunrise launches, a weekday edition of 3 News at midday will also commence.

Further details, including launch date, presenters and other content details will be announced shortly.

Starts 8pm tonight on C4! Add your thoughts on the show, what you thought of it (highlights/low points) here. Are you staying up all night watching the concerts? We’ll be adding in our thoughts and recaps here as it goes to air.