MTV is pleased to announce New Zealand–born singer songwriter Gin Wigmore as the Local Produce feature artist for June 2012.

Gin Wigmore fans can now head to MTV’s on-air and online platforms for exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences and live performances.

In the fifth installation of Local Produce, Gin Wigmore treats her fans to a soulful, exclusive performance of three renowned tracks off her folk-rock, pop album, “Gravel and Wine”.

MTV’s Local Produce also goes behind the scenes filming a “Day In The Life”, as Gin performs a live show in her adoptive town of Sydney, offering the audience a unique insight into her everyday life. Continue reading »

After his 2010 tour sold out, it comes as no surprise that our favourite UK comedian, Bill Bailey has had to add two extra nights to his NZ tour of Qualmpeddler.

Audiences in Wellington will be getting an extra dose of Bill on the 29th September with Auckland’s second hit coming October 4th.

With all the trademark Bailey elements, Qualmpeddler will have the musical mash-ups, twisted logic, some political ranting, brilliant visuals and animation, a clear-eyed yet surreal view of the modern world, plus some new explorations of language inspired by a trip to China, where Bill’s experiences were strangers than surreal. Continue reading »

New Zealanders are set to get even more choice, with the newly launched TV channel Choice TV rolling out on further platforms.

Choice TV is New Zealand’s newest, freshest TV channel which launched in late April on Channel 12 of Freeview Digital Terrestrial television across the nation, to more than 800,000 homes.

And now six weeks later Choice TV is taking the channel to the next level.

From today, Choice TV is available to viewers on TelstraClear Cable’s T-Box pay (SKY) package in Wellington, Kapiti and Christchurch, on Channel 78.

Then, from the first week of July, Choice TV will be available to a further 187,000 homes across New Zealand on Freeview Satellite (DTH), on Channel 12. Continue reading »

NZ On Air is pleased to announce funding for Media 3 (formerly Media 7).

The Top Shelf-produced programme examining local media will move to TV3 on Saturday mornings in August with an encore screening late on Sunday evenings. It will also be available on-demand at tv3.co.nz. Continue reading »

Commentary from the Game of Thrones season one DVD has revealed that while it was Sansa Stark’s father’s head that King Joffrey had put up on a spike on the wall, there was another famous face who had been decapitated.

“The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around.”

And a close up: Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching Chelsea NZ’s Hottest Home Baker, Girls, Veep and 20/20

The final of NZ’s Hottest Home Baker screens tonight at 7.30pm on TV3. It’s between 36-year-old IRD Investigator Esme, from Lower Hutt, and 30-year-old nurse Emily, from Christchurch. If Esme doesn’t win it, I’ll eat my hat. Although, that Emily…she’s a sneaky thing. I’ll have my eyes peeled for more potential “whoops I knocked your baking on the floor” sabotage from her.

I’ll also be watching Girls (8.30pm, Soho) and Veep (9pm, Soho). Girls has been described as the younger, more realistic version of Sex and the City, and Lena Dunham, who writes and stars in the show, certainly isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of decency on television! Continue reading »

In a world where what has been obvious to many of us for years is now an “exciting revelation” that there are increasingly more and more opportunities for television networks to monetise their content.  The easy road is to get into bed with the dominant and increasingly monopolistic subscription television service provider but there are smarter ways to turn a profit now that won’t necessarily impact on your ability to turn a profit in the future.

With more and more people turning to the internet for their content, whether it be via ad supported on-demand services or other not so scrupulous methods, the question that begs answering is how long before we start to see premium on-demand services from our local TV networks? Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. The Big Bang Theory: 48590 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:05pm)
  2. The GC: 21940 (TV3, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Road Cops: 19240 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: 18620 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 11:35pm)
  5. Breakout Kings: 17920 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm) Continue reading »

Name: Katie Pearson

Job Title: throng.co.nz content editor – I’m the newbie to the team! (Formerly tvnz.co.nz content producer)

What are your three favourite TV shows right now?
Definitely Game of Thrones (although that’s just finished for the season), Mad Men and The Killing. I pretty much love most shows on Soho, actually.

If you could have any other job in the TV industry, what would it be, and why?
Hmm…probably a news presenter or reporter. I love the news, and both of those roles would be challenging and interesting. Presenters get paid much more though, so probably a presenter! I’m not sure I could stop the tears coming during the sad stories though. It must be very difficult to put your emotions aside while presenting those. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 698,570 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 588,000 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Fair Go: 568,700 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Close Up: 495,310 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Animal Rescue: 487,410 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »