bennytipeneHe might as well have won the first season of The X Factor NZ as Palmerston North’s Benny Tipene has today released his fourth single.

Tipene, who placed third on the show, has now released more music than the winner Jackie Thomas who has only the winner’s single It’s Worth It to her name.

Tipene’s single, Step On Up, is available on iTunes.

blocknz300The block NZ was down again last night with the average audience dropping a further 5% on Wednesday’s record low to 235,680 viewers.

The numbers translate to a 28% drop from Tuesday’s debut. Continue reading »

Amazon have unleashed their new series of pilots on the world for viewers to vote on what gets made.

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Raewyn Rasch

TVNZ has appointed Raewyn Rasch to the position of GM, Māori and Pacific Programmes.

Rasch has been acting in the role of GM since January this year, and has a long history in broadcast journalism and production at TVNZ, as well as at Radio New Zealand, CTV, and TV3. At TVNZ, she has been the Executive Producer of both Fair Go and Seven Sharp, and Programme Producer for Marae Investigates.

TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, John Gillespie, says that Rasch brings a lot of experience and skill to the role. “Raewyn has done a great job for the Māori and Pacific department already this year, and I know the team values her as a leader. I have worked with her for a number of years and I know the dedication she has, so I’m delighted she is taking up the position of GM.” Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Resurrection: 53880 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Extant: 43480 (PRIME, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Upper Middle Bogan: 36200 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 9:10pm)
  4. INXS Never Tear Us Apart: 33740 (TV3, 8:30pm – 10:25pm)
  5. Hell’s Kitchen: 28300 (TV2, 10:35pm – 11:30pm) Continue reading »

coronation-streetCoronation Street will soon screen 2 nights a week with an extra hour on Saturdays at 8.30pm.

Good or bad move? Have your say in the comments.

the-blacklistIt has to be a good time to be a content producer right now. With all the SVOD players scrambling for their share of the market, the demand is high for content and particularly exclusive content that can differentiate one service from the next. This will be pushing the prices of content up while subscription rates, in this part of the world at least, are coming down.

It has been revealed that Netflix has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to The Blacklist for $2m per episode. Continue reading »

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TVNZ has posted a net profit after tax of $18.1 million, up 25% on the same period last year.

Announcing the annual result today, Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick said the company had delivered on its full year Statement of Intent earnings target.

Total revenue softened slightly by 0.4% to $360.6 million, and operating expenses were down 3.0% to $325.6 million.

Underlying earnings increased 7.5% to $27.2 million, after excluding gains on the sale of property, plant and equipment. Continue reading »