On Friday night, Disney Channel premieres Teen Beach Movie and earlier this week I sat down with one of the stars of the movie who was in town on a promotional tour.  The film is the latest franchise to come out of Disney and is now the #2 movie in cable TV history behind High School Musical 2 so it’s kind of a big deal, especially if you’re in the youth demographic.

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. The Big Bang Theory: 43830 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  2. Elementary: 39010 (PRIME, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  3. 2 Broke Girls: 30070 (TV2, 9:00pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Devious Maids: 23230 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
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the-almighty-johnsons-beyond-the-storyHere’s a novel idea.  Take a fantasy TV series and turn it into an iPad app.

New Zealand company BeyondTheStory® won the rights to produce the official digital edition of The Almighty Johnsons on App, and to transform the 13 episodes of the television series into a novel.

UK-based BeyondTheStory® teamed up with South Pacific Pictures, producer of the hit New Zealand comedy-drama, to create a complete guide, episode by episode, giving fans a whole new dimension to the shows.

The Almighty Johnsons is about four ordinary Kiwi brothers who have inherited the powers of Norse Gods. The show follows the Johnson brothers’ exploits as they tackle the challenges of being gods amongst men.

BeyondTheStory® CEO Jen Porter says: “With this app we’ve taken our work into new dimensions by novelising each show and creating all the supporting content, with images, audio, behind-the-scenes video, 3D content, and real-time updates. We even have a Kiwi lingo guide for those who want to get the Antipodean accent on-form.”

“In the App fans can enter the god-o-sphere of the Johnson family and learn more about them and their friends; Norse gods, goddesses and lore and key locations. There’s lots of behind the scenes chatter and interviews with cast members, and heaps of extra content,” Porter says.

The series stars Dean O’Gorman (Fili the Dwarf in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy), Ben Barrington (Top of the Lake, The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) Tim Balme (Peter Jacksons’s ‘Braindead’, Outrageous Fortune), Jared Turner (Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), and newcomer Emmett Skilton as Axl Johnson.

Kelly Martin, Chief Executive of South Pacific Pictures says: “This immersive App is a new innovation for a New Zealand television series and we‘re delighted to be working with BeyondTheStory®.”

The App goes live in regional rollouts that will coincide with TV transmissions in Canada (where the series is up to Episode 6) on the SPACE channel, and in the UK when it launches at the end of the month on SYFY. Further rollouts are scheduled for Australia and the US later in the year.

The Almighty Johnsons App is a first for BeyondTheStory® working with a TV studio. This follows its partnership with US-based Sony Pictures Entertainment/Overbrook to make the official App for movie After Earth with After Earth: Kitai’s Journal.

Other Apps on enhanced digital books, have been developed in partnership with publishers including Hachette, Harper Collins and Penguin, plus independent authors. Award-winning titles include the unabridged classic Wind in the Willows narrated by Stephen Fry; an updated app of Kings and Queens by British historian Dr David Starkey, bringing to life 2000 years of Britain’s monarchy, and in the education sector it has produced Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl.

Most watched

  1. One News: 760,430 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: 604,260 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 523,670 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  4. Border Security: 503,330 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 411,990 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)

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tall-blacks-logoHaving dominated the NBL for the last three years thanks to the New Zealand Breakers, NZ Basketball is in pretty good shape.  You’d have to be pretty siding with the Kiwi’s to take out this series though, for sure.

The New Zealand Breakers got the party started early with an impressive three-peat, Steven Adams got scooped up by one of the best NBA teams in the league and now the Tall Blacks are playing at home for the first time in four years – 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for basketball in New Zealand. Continue reading »

moscow-2013-iaafThere are never enough athletics on Television so the International Association of Athletes Federation’s World Championship event in Moscow should make for some good viewing, despite the somewhat unfortunate timezone difference.

SKY Sport has LIVE coverage of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow and another World Championship gold medal beckons for Valerie Adams in the nine-day athletics spectacle.

Adams won the shot put gold at the Beijing and London Olympics, as well as finishing first at the 2007, 2009 and 2011 World Championships and is favoured to stand at the top of the podium again in Moscow this month.

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Body of Proof: 49280 (TV2, 9:40pm – 10:40pm)
  2. Dynamo Magician Impossible: 47650 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. The Mentalist: 32510 (TV2, 8:40pm – 9:40pm)
  4. Chicago Fire: 30860 (TV3, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  5. Haven: 25890 (TV2, 10:40pm – 11:40pm) Continue reading »

Yesterday we wondered whether Ross Dagan’s approach to 7pm was the right move for TVNZ given that we’re in the middle of one of the biggest news stories of the year and less than 1 in 5 people chose to watch the available television commentary.  Considering Campbell Live appears to be unable to draw in the numbers you’d expect for the only real weeknight current affairs show and that the separation between it and Seven Sharp is now at an all time high, you could be forgiven for thinking that the changes TVNZ made to their 7pm format were beneficial.  But as we know, one set of numbers can paint a very different picture from another.

Today we’re going to look at some historical data to see how Seven Sharp is actually performing compared to its predecessor.  There are two graphs in particular worth looking at.  Firstly we’ll look at the average audiences for the both One News and Close Up/Seven Sharp.  This data is based on the same period – start of the year until now – to make it a fair comparison.

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Most watched

  1. One News: 682,250 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Dynamo Magician Impossible: 642,040 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 544,430 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 361,820 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. 3 News: 342,200 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

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TheVoteThis is pretty appalling and purely a desperate ploy to find some viewers.  At a time when there’s a potentially catastrophic economic issue at hand, 3rd Degree want to unscientifically determine if Auckland is sucking the life out of New Zealand.  And they say Seven Sharp is sucking the life out of current affairs…

On August 14, The Vote will ask Kiwis their opinion on the statement ‘Auckland is sucking the life out of New Zealand’ in the sixth episode of TV3’s national debate programme, screening at 8.30pm on Wednesday night.

A coin toss has determined Duncan Garner will lead the ‘For’ team and Guyon Espiner the ‘Against’ team, with broadcaster and lawyer, Linda Clark again charged with keeping the debaters in line and on topic.

Auckland is big – a third of New Zealand’s population and growing, squeezed onto a narrow isthmus. Is it too big? And is that bad for the country as a whole? In the OECD, only Dublin, Ireland has a greater share of the national population – London, New York, Paris? Not even close. Continue reading »