idoljudgesWith the American telco giant AT&T ending their affiliation with American Idol prior to the start of the 13th season, producers have been working on a new plan to enable fans to vote.  Cue the involvement of the two biggest online superpowers, Google and Facebook.

The partnership is a TV industry first and launches with Wednesday night’s episode. Built by Google, this new, dynamic voting capability connects to the Internet giant’s search function and presents itself right on the page when fans search on Idol-related terms. After choosing their favorites, fans will have the opportunity to share their votes on Google+, follow contestants, join community conversations or participate in Google Hangouts about the show.

Additionally, unlike previous seasons, voting will open at the beginning of the show and real-time voting trends from the East Coast will be displayed on screen, allowing voters a first ever look at the voting data, along with demographic information, as it happens live. Continue reading »

netflix-logoApproximately 3,500 jobs will be created over a three year period in a US$200m spend by The Walt Disney Company who will be filming four new series based on Marvel’s street heroes characters for Netflix.

The Marvel Defenders production will begin filming in NYC in July 2014 starting with the series based on Daredevil, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Each of those characters — less well known than those in Marvel’s Avengers franchise — is set in Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

The series is being produced by Marvel Television, in association with ABC Television Studios, exclusively for Netflix. The deal encompasses 13 hourlong episodes per series for each character, plus a miniseries of four to eight episodes with all four of the Defenders heroes. The Defenders series are expected to debut on Netflix sometime in 2015. Continue reading »

The big Warner wedding. Continue reading »

rachel_smalleyWhenever I read the words “candid interview” I wonder if that means the reporter was just having a friendly chat and then all of a sudden a comment became newsworthy and a story was born.  This is the case with a story this morning where Rachel Smalley is said to “blast ‘Ken and Barbie’ TV”.

“I didn’t feel that there was any desire to invest in women in senior primetime roles and I knew I couldn’t keep doing those hours. So I was at a real crossroads. I was frustrated.

“I didn’t feel either programme had the support of senior management, the top levels of management of MediaWorks, so there was only so far I could take both programmes.”

She was realistic about the amount of resources and marketing that could be pumped into non-primetime shows. “But that didn’t help the programmes I was on.” Continue reading »

Lego_LogoWith The Simpsons Lego on the not too distant horizon, one must wonder what might be next for Danish toy giant.  If this is anything to go by, then a Doctor Who Lego Tardis may not be too far in the distant future.

Sometimes we have to turn down project submissions that refer to specific brands or licensed properties. We do this to avoid getting your hopes up for something we know we aren’t able to make. In these cases, we already know the LEGO Group can’t secure licensing rights to produce construction toys based on a particular brand or property, due to a conflicting interest with a third party.

If such a conflict goes away, we’ll then be able to accept projects based on a particular brand or license. Continue reading »

First it was Shane Taurima’s conflict of interest and now it’s the made up cyber bullying.

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Shane Taurima scurried out the door after revelations he had bought a serious conflict of interest into the TVNZ newsroom.  Now we find two more TVNZ staff, one of whom has been a trustworthy figure in many homes delivering news most days of the week, have been making stuff up.

While TVNZ will spin this, and have, as a simple misunderstanding of what the piece was, this brings into question the integrity of the newsroom where at least one high profiled news reader has now been found to have made up statements for what was viewed as a serious and truthful news piece.

The question that now goes begging is “What else do TVNZ make up?” Continue reading »

With Revelations that TVNZ ‘s cyber bullying campaign included manufactured quotes, the state broadcaster has bought its credibility into disrepute again, a little over a week after one of their news room executives was caught out in a serious conflict of interest.

TVNZ made a statement after the Shane Taurima story broke saying

Given our position as New Zealand’s most watched news provider we hold ourselves to the highest standards of editorial independence and balance. Clearly a line has been crossed here – it’s unacceptable and we make no excuses for what’s happened.

Having stated their position on editorial independence and balance, I guess their next statement will be about accuracy. Continue reading »