DalekAnatomyRaymond Cusick, the 84 year old designer of Doctor Who’s genocidal enemy, the Daleks, died in his sleep today.

Cusick worked on the science-fiction adventure series from 1963 to 1966, but found that he was expected to work “25 hours a day, eight days a week” for “shirt buttons”. Told that “the honour of working for the BBC should be enough” he was, nonetheless, awarded a one-off payment as a reward for the fantastic success of the Daleks. Cusick said it came to £100. Terry Nation’s contract, meanwhile, awarded him royalties and a cut of the highly-lucrative profits from merchandising, netting him tens of thousands of pounds a year. Continue reading »

Having regularly worked with Prime over the years, I can completely understand why they’ve given their logo a bit of a refresh.

Previously, the logo was different depending on where it was being placed.  If it was at the top of the page, then the logo would hang down with Prime sitting at the bottom of the logo like this:

Prime Logo Black-1

If the logo was at the bottom of the page then “Prime” would be a the top like this:

Prime Logo Black top

You can imagine how confusing that could get and when branding is so important, it looks like those hassles have been cast aside for something more consistent.

Here is how it looks now: Continue reading »

ipad.140208-1I was wondering when this announcement would be coming this morning.  Someone’s ears must have been burning.  The next question is, how far away is something for Android?

TVNZ have told us that they’re currently working with Samsung and are hoping to have something available in the next couple of months.

Now Kiwis can watch their favourite TV shows on their terms as TVNZ announces a video on demand app for iPad and iPhone, the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Whether it’s at the beach, on the bus, or the mall, the app is quick and easy to use and with a few clicks, New Zealanders can watch the hottest new shows of 2013 including Revenge, Shortland Street, Masterchef, Once Upon A Time and many more – whenever and wherever they are. Continue reading »

Both Campbell Live and Seven Sharp kicked off their fourth week head to head with big increases on last week.

While Campbell Live enjoyed it’s highest Monday for the period (297,380), Seven Sharp had it’s highest rating episode since the beginning of week two with an average audience of 385,720 viewers.

Here are how the numbers look: Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 605,550 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 525,950 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. My Kitchen Rules: 483,610 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:45pm)
  4. Rapid Response: 437,910 (TV ONE, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  5. Piha Rescue: 431,880 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:05pm) Continue reading »

samsung-galaxy-note-2-xlThis is the first in a series about the new Samsung Galaxy Note II.  The media landscape is changing and mobile devices are becoming more and more involved in our consumption of media.  Here are the initial thoughts from Throng ‘s bexj

What a huge phone! Physically it is quite large in the hand and somewhat tough to swing around but that makes it great for viewing video content.  I am going to make the assumption that these are designed with women and handbags in mind, as there is no way they would fit in a back pocket!  I’m still um-ing and ahh-ing about the best way to protect it from everything else in my handbag.  There are so many options out there and I personally love the idea of a wallet case so I can have my phone and wallet together so am looking at purchasing one of these soon. Continue reading »

Phillip-LeishmanPhillip Leishman has passed away at the age of 61.

We reported last week that the veteran broadcaster was ill again after having a brain tumour removed last March.

Leishman’s close friend Des Coppins said over the weekend: “It was an aggressive form of cancer and it really caught up with him. Continue reading »

JorgegarciaJorge Garcia joins new legal pilot

Former Lost actor Jorge Garcia has joined the new legal drama pilot The Ordained. Garcia will join a cast that already includes Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox.

Wahlberg confirmed Entourage movie cameo

Mark Wahlberg has confirmed he will be making a cameo appearance in the forthcoming Entourage movie. Wahlberg is one of the executive producers of the HBO series. Continue reading »

ShaqFormer NBA basketballer Shaquille O’Neal will make an appearance in cop drama Southland this year.

O’Neal will play an officer called Earl Dayton on the show, who is an old friend of John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz).

Shaq has popped up in a number of TV shows and films throughout his career, including appearances in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Scary Movie 4, Blue Chips and a leading role as a genie in Kazaam. Continue reading »

Finally the first full trailer for the upcoming third season of Game of Thrones has been released and among other things it tells us “”death is coming for everyone and everything”.