soho-bansheeNew Zealand’s Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune) will return as Lucas Hood on the US cable channel Cinemax’s Banshee on January 10, 2014 and if Sky keeps with its fast tracking regime then the episode should screen on SoHo on January 9th.

Banshee was renewed just three weeks into its freshman season. Its Season 1 finale drew 455,000 viewers during its initial airing and 655,000 during repeats – the largest audience ever for a Cinemax original series finale.

While New Zealand typically spends much of its time reproducing local versions of foreign franchises like Got Talent, X Factor and Masterchef, it’s great to see some of our drama being given the same treatment in other parts of the world.

Wellington’s KHF Media are delighted to announce an agreement that sees their Emmy® award winning drama series Reservoir Hill being remade in Sweden for SVT, Sweden’s biggest broadcasting network.

Reservoir Hill, a dark teen thriller that first aired on TVNZ’s Ondemand channel and later on TV2, has been acquired by ART89 to be remade with a totally Swedish cast and shot in locations around Stockholm and in the north of Sweden.

David Stubbs, co‐creator of Reservoir Hill said; “We’re thrilled that ART89 have been attracted to the story, the characters and all the sinister twists and turns. It really proves the show has universal appeal.”

“This is a truly exciting development” said co‐creator Thomas Robins. “We have been working with the Swedish production team and they’re genuine fans of our web series and are determined that their version will be faithful to the themes and mood of the New Zealand original.”

“We are very excited about doing a Swedish remake of Reservoir Hill. Sweden is a mature market when it comes to consuming online content with SVT being in the forefront delivering drama in this format.” said Tomas Åkerstedt, Producer at ART89 in Stockholm.

With a movie version of Reservoir Hill in early development with NZ Film Commission, the future prospects for KHF’s flagship property look bright. Shane Lowe, Senior Sales Consultant for UK and US sales agents DLTRaydar Rights says: “Reservoir Hill is a superb scripted short form thriller with potential to be a huge global brand. I can’t wait to see the Swedish version, the first fruits of many conversations we’re having with international producers and broadcasters.”

Reservoir Hill was made with funding from NZ On Air. David Stubbs said “We wouldn’t have been able to make this without both NZ On Air’s support and TVNZ’s enthusiasm for the project.”

“NZ On Air is delighted to see the ongoing success of Reservoir Hill. The show was leading edge when it was first made and it continues to break new ground.” said NZ On Air Digital Strategist Brenda Leeuwenberg.

Most watched

  1. One News: 559,140 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 450,210 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 391,890 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Police Ten 7: 375,880 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  5. Seven Sharp: 369,390 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Under the Dome: 50150 (PRIME, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  2. The Block NZ: 30000 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:40pm)
  3. Cougar Town: 27290 (TV2, 9:00pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Breakout Kings: 18120 (TV3, 9:40pm – 10:35pm)
  5. Nothing Trivial: 17780 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 9:35pm) Continue reading »

maori-tv-logo-300pxFree-To-Air sport seems to be pretty rare these days thanks to Sky’s monopoly on it.  While TVNZ have pretty much given up on it other than covering it in their news bulletins and TV3 having no funds to even consider bidding, thankfully Maori Television are there to at least bring us some sports documentaries.

Maori Television has acquired the rights to some of the greatest sports stories of our time from ESPN’s renowned 30 for 30 and Nine for IX documentary series.

Starting Thursday, October 24 at 8.30pm, the channel will screen 20 documentaries, each one focusing on a particular story or moment in sporting history, usually told from the perspective of the sports star or personality involved at the time.

Maori Television general manager of programming Haunui Royal says the acquisition of the ESPN documentaries shows the broadcaster’s commitment to quality documentary-making. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 595,220 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. The Block NZ: 476,350 (TV3, 7:35pm – 8:40pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 460,990 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  4. Fair Go: 436,260 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Seven Sharp: 373,160 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

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nz-on-air-logo-300While Media3 hasn’t made it back after being cancelled by TV3, TVNZ7 still manages to live on with Back Benches being renewed for another season on Prime.

Audiences of every kind are catered for in the latest funding decisions from NZ On Air.

NZ On Air is delighted to support a new series for TV3, The Festival, which will take us inside the most important festivals and celebrations of our ethnic communities.This new series joins a stable of programmes made for special interest audiences available on television and then online.

Young Pacific people will be treated to the return of popular youth programme Fresh (TV2), and wider audiences can enjoy the gastronomic journey of the Pacific cultures with a second series of Real Pasifik (TV One). Neighbourhood will return to TV One to introduce more ethnic communities to their neighbours Continue reading »

It’s been a very newsy start to the week and it doesn’t seem to be stopping yet with the announcement that John Banks will stand trial over the Kim Dotcom donation.  Monday saw John Campbell interview Simon Bridges in the studio and then Maori Television’s Native Affairs were finally able to broadcast their investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement within the Kohanga Reo Trust.  Tuesday saw Len Brown’s affair, his subsequent confession and then apology.

Each of these stories have been reasonably big talking points within the media but I wanted to know how it translated into ratings and ondemand viewing. Continue reading »

maori-tv-logo-300pxAfter one board member resigned over the process employed to appoint a new Chief Executive and the search then being put on hold, this announcement is well due with current head, Jim Mather leaving at the end of the week.

The Board of Maori Television has appointed Alan Withrington, the organisation’s General Manager Finance and Administration, as interim Chief Executive until a permanent appointment is made. This is effective from Monday 21 October. Continue reading »

2014-2016-OLYMPICSWhile Sky has an outrageous monopoly on Sport and it’s high time we had some anti-siphoning laws in New Zealand, I’m ok with the broadcast rights for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil going to Sky and Prime.

The ability to provide multiple channels delivers a far more comprehensive lineup than any free to air broadcaster could hope to offer and with Prime’s historic coverage being quite extensive, those who don’t want to watch everything can still enjoy the big events that New Zealanders will be competing in.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the rights to SKY to broadcast the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014 and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.

SKY Sport will provide extensive coverage of Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016, as well as news and daily highlights across its platforms, partnering with Prime television to offer comprehensive free-to-air coverage for New Zealand viewers.    Continue reading »