NZ On Air is investing just over $9.5 million in content for a wide range of special interest audiences on television and digital media platforms.

In its latest funding decisions, NZ On Air has committed to 10 television and three digital media projects for special interest audiences.

A new six-part series supported for TV3 will focus on the practice of arranged marriages, which continues in some cultures today in New Zealand. Arranged will be made by Notable Pictures, who also produce the returning series Both Worlds. Continue reading »

Robyn-Scott-VincentThe producer of TV One’s Sunday morning program that tells the stories of people with disabilities has been named in this years Queens Birthday Honours.

Ms Robyn Scott-Vincent became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to television and people with disabilities.

Robyn Scott-Vincent is a producer and director of factual television, with 50 plus primetime documentaries to her name. Her company, RSVP, has made more than 320 episodes of Attitude, a weekly series that focuses on people living with a disability.

Scott-Vincent began in journalism and has written for newspapers, magazines, news and current affairs, sports reporting, children’s programming and documentary. She was also a broadcast journalist, working in the TVNZ newsroom on programmes such as Top Half and Holmes.

 Attitude Television will be celebrating its 300th episode on TVONE after eight years of telling unique, human interest stories.

The show raises expectations of what is possible for the more than 660,000 Kiwis living with a disability and showing perspectives rarely seen on television.

The 300th episode at 8.30am on Sunday, July 29 will feature some of the people and moments that have made an impact on the team since they began production in 2005.

From a magazine style show Attitude has developed into a powerful documentary series that has sold internationally.  Alongside that global recognition, Attitude Pictures has been nominated as one of the United Nations 2012 freelance filmmakers to tell stories of disability in developing countries. Continue reading »

New Zealanders will get a special look inside Sir John Kirwan’s world in Italy in a programme on TV One this Sunday, June 17.

Tanya Black, associate producer and co-host of the television series ‘Attitude’ (Sunday TV One at 8:30 am), visited the Kirwan family just prior to Sir John, or “JK” as he prefers to be known, getting his knighthood for services to mental health.

Tanya and the Attitude crew were able to talk to JK in more depth about his experience with anxiety and depression and what motivated him to share his story. They follow him on a trip to his local produce market, cook a curry with him for his kids and watch him play rugby with his son Luca. JK says these are all part of his ‘daily wellness’ – a way for him to stop and do things he enjoys which help him stay healthy. Continue reading »

8:30am Sunday, March 14 on TV One

Attitude returns for its sixth season, promoting the positive lives of New Zealanders living with disabilities – and promises to be more action-packed in 2010 (today at 8.30am on TV ONE).

The Attitude team aim to inspire people living with a disability to get out and live life to the fullest, provide strong role models for young people, and to inspire change. Spearheading stories from New Zealand and around the world are reporters Tanya Black, Curtis Palmer, Kristy Munro and Dan Buckingham.

With a new forum this season the Attitude team will delve deeper into the lives of those living with disabilities, says researcher and reporter Curtis Palmer.

“We are moving from four, eight-minute stories to two, fifteen-minute stories. That means we will get to know people even better and really get to the heart of the story.”

With the team working hard to build on last year’s success, which included the award from the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust for Workplace Diversity, and producing their 200th episode, their ultimate goal is to enrich the lives of those living with disabilities and to have them realise their potential.

“From a little farm in Otago, to the giddy heights of Winter Park, we get to know our two Winter Paralympians before they compete at the games in Canada; we are heading to Colorado to meet disabled war veterans; and investigate mental illness among homeless people on the streets of LA,” says Palmer.

“This will be our sixth year on air, but we still have a long way to go before this sector of society is seen as equal. Our aim is to continue breaking down stereotypes and show the world that disability is no barrier.”

The first episode sees Attitude follow Kiwi Paralympic skiers, Adam Hall and Peter Williams, who are competing at the Paralympics in Vancouver. Their goal: to return home with gold. Get an inside view into their remarkable four-year campaign.

8:30am Sunday, January 10 on TV One

At 24, Stefan Hadfield pushed his life to the limit, but a traumatic brain injury nearly snatched his life away. While skiing in Whistler, Canada, he slipped 30 meters off an icy ledge, smashing a fist-sized hole in his skull on the rocks below. The impact on his brain was among the worst his neurological surgeon had ever seen. Doctors warned his family he wouldn’t survive.

Attitude , today at 8.30am on TV ONE, shows the story of Stefan Hadfield’s road to recovery, and his second chance at life.

Hadfield spent 255 days in hospital in a critical condition, yet the known adventurer and daredevil clung to his life. His doctors had to make a tough call; they could freeze his body to limit brain swelling, but this could kill his organs. He was right on the edge of death.

Dr Paul Dixon says Hadfield’s injury was horrendous: “Imagine somebody coming at you with a very large hammer and beating you on the head. People that I see with this type of injury have been in constant care at a rehabilitative unit – usually it would destroy a person’s life.”

Just when surgeons thought Hadfield’s brain was stable, he contracted a rare and deadly hospital superbug. He was rushed to the operating theatre where Neurosurgeons removed a large chunk of skull.

Before his accident, friends knew Stefan Hadfield as super-human – he smashed world records in rock climbing, he was multilingual and a qualified hydrogeologist with a mind for complex equations. His accident left him without the ability to see, walk or talk. He couldn’t remember anything about the world or who he was.

Hadfield’s road to recovery is perplexing to neurosurgeons and himself. His personality has become ‘quirky’, and while he remembers how to ride a unicycle, he’s forgotten what foods he likes to eat and what his favourite colours are.

Watch Attitude, today at 8.30am on TV ONE.

Sunday 8 March at 9.30am on TV One

Attitude returns for its fifth season, promoting the positive lives of New Zealanders living with disability, Sundays at 9.30am on TV ONE, kicking off an in-depth look at the New Zealand Special Olympics team.

The Attitude team follow the successful team to the United States for the Winter Games. Reporters also go sailing with the Kiwi Cup regatta and surfing at Mt Maunganui.

Spearheading stories from New Zealand and around the world are experienced reporters Tanya Black and Curtis Palmer. Curtis has planned a series of episodes that will feature travel, fun and adventure: “I want to push the boundaries of what society thinks people with disabilities can do,” he says.

The rookie reporters from 2008, Kristy Munro and Dan Buckingham, will be stepping up more this year. And watch out for some cameo appearances from two of New Zealand’s favourite Paralympians: Kate Horan and Cameron Leslie.

With the new series comes new opening titles. The Attitude family has grown tremendously over the years, and to showcase this, the team invited a few friends along to be part of its new opening titles sequence.

Attitude aims to inspire people living with a disability to get out and live life to the fullest, provide strong role models for young people, and inspire change.

Attitude returns for a fourth season of new interviews with enterprising, energetic Kiwis who live life with a disability.

Reporters Tanya Black, Curtis Palmer, and associate producer Grant Sharman have been filming through summer – checking out new sporting endeavours, catching up with Paralympic prospects and investigating fresh issues that impact on disabled New Zealanders. They are joined this year by a new reporter and researcher – Dan Buckingham.

The series starts with the first of a two-part Attitude special about young people making the transition from school to work. Reporter Curtis Palmer talked to young people about their dreams. He then uncovered some of the barriers that are preventing young disabled New Zealanders from reaching those goals.

“It all came about when I went to talk to some teenagers at a secondary school. They came up to me asking if I had any ideas how they could get jobs. It turned out they were all puzzling over what would happen when they left school. There are a variety of agencies out there but schools and parents are confused about who to ask for help. And kids are missing out,” says Palmer.

Another Attitude special in April will introduce viewers to the athletes likely to attend the Paralympics in Beijing later this year. The show will be following those athletes through their build-up, keeping viewers in touch with their training and giving a documentary-style insight into their lives. Curtis Palmer and Grant Sharman are themselves involved in the New Zealand wheelchair rugby team the Wheel Blacks so viewers can be sure they’ll be getting ‘insider knowledge’.

As usual there will also be plenty of fun and action in the series. The production team decided Tanya Black should be the show’s “fish out of water” this year. She begins her year by getting lessons on how to ride a hand cycle so she can take on the Otago cycle trail in autumn.

“I’m looking forward to expanding my role as an advocate for the disabled community,” says Black. “It’s only two years since my accident but already I’m amazed how many issues there are that need addressing. And yes, I’m even kind of looking forward to moving my out of my comfort zone. Above all though, I hope we continue to promote the positive lives of New Zealanders living with a disability.”

Sunday 2 March, 9.30am on TV1

Sunday 2 April, 9.30am

Upbeat local series ATTITUDE returns to focus on issues and interests of people either living with a disability or caring for a person with a disability.

These stories include profiles of ordinary New Zealanders, information about new technology, and the thoughts and views of New Zealanders living with a disability.
“We aim to advocate on behalf of the disabled community, to ensure issues are aired and addressed,” says producer Robyn Scott-Vincent. “Our goals are to inspire people living with a disability to get out live life to their fullest, to provide strong role models for our young people, and to inspire change.”

The first episode focuses on the Commonwealth Games. ATTITUDE heads to Melbourne to check out the Aussies’ efforts to embrace accessibility both inside the games village and throughout the city. We also meet the latest member of the NZ Wheel Blacks (wheelchair rugby team) and we talk to blind female cricketer Donna McKaskill who literally took on the world to ensure she got to play internationally.

Joining associate producer Grant Sharman and Curtis Palmer as presenters is great line-up of guest presenters.

This week, swimmer Theresa Griffin and blind skier and swimmer Daniel Sharp round out the commentary. Daniel has first-hand experience of the Commonwealth Games as he had the chance to compete in Melbourne, thanks to the integration of elite athletes with disabilities into the games.

Anyone see this on Sunday 4th March? If so could they give a recap?

Thanks. 🙂