Shortland Street

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In previous years Ferndale has been a notoriously risky place to reside around the festive season, and this year may well prove to be no exception. Shortland Street wraps up its 24th season tonight with its trademark Christmas cliffhanger.

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On Friday, NZ On Air had their latest funding decision meeting. Very shortly we will hear whether Mediaworks have managed to convince the state funding body to pour millions of dollars into a new locally made soap for TV3. But is it the right time to be launching a new soap opera in New Zealand? Sure, it’ll be great for jobs in the short term, but are people still watching these types of shows?

Today, lets take a look at the ratings for both Shortland Street and Home and Away. Shortland Street has been the biggest success story of local drama for more than two decades on New Zealand Television. It has anchored TV2’s weeknight line up and delivered consistent ratings but as we explored recently, TV2 has suffered with a drop in channel share of 20% in 2010 to only 13% in 2015.

While Shortland Street is still the most watched show on TV2 for the majority of the week, it usually has the highest average audience in the key 25-54 demo.

However, 2015 has seen a slump in the viewership stakes with one of the biggest falls we’ve observed. Continue reading »

LauraThompsonHospitalShortlandStreetVictoria (Laura Thompson) is onto Margaret’s (Debbie Newby-Ward) lies and Bella (Amelia Reid Meredith) struggles with her feelings for Boyd (Sam Bunkall), this week on Shortland Street.

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According to reports, Mediaworks new local weeknight soap is going to be called Trinity Point and set at a beachside resort north of Auckland. Sound familiar?

Tipped to be TV3’s new 5:30pm lead in to the news, Trinity Point, which is said to be produced by Warners (Formerly Eyeworks and Formerly Julie Christie’s company), requires $10m in funding from New Zealand on Air to get the greenlight. (Update: NZ On Air have told us that the amount that has been quoted elsewhere in the media is incorrect but can’t confirm the requested amount due to commercial sensitivity.) Continue reading »

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Drew (Ben Barrington) encounters more strife with the Hutchins, Harper (Ria Vandervis) and Boyd (Sam Bunkall) continue to plan for their wedding and another marriage hangs in the balance, as the residents of Ferndale gear up for Christmas.

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Hospital staff host a fun run this week on Shortland Street, to help Ferndale kids in need.

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There’s struggles with studies and Dayna (Lucy Elliott) makes a lifetime commitment, this week on Shortland Street.

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ArloGibsonShortlandStreetA recognisable face pops up in Ferndale this week when Dayna’s (Lucy Elliott) hardware hunk makes a reappearance.

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JohnBarnettLast week, Actor’s Equity were upset at comments made by South Pacific Pictures Chair John Barnett as part of a wider discussion on Morning Report around the extension of copyright and the TPP. The offending comment, “… any of the productions that we make, the writers, the directors, the actors, are all participants in the pool, so as long as that money keeps coming in they will continue to receive something” resulted in the organisation releasing the following statement:

SPP does not provide any royalty payments or profit share to its actors on Shortland Street and until recently, it did not provide royalties or profit share on any SPP program. In the more than 20 years prior to 2014, no actors have received royalty payments from SPP, nor have they shared in the pool of profits. Continue reading »

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Criminal Trent Wagoner (Kevin Tansey) continues to torment Victoria (Laura Thompson) and Bella (Amelia Reid-Meredith) ignores some twinges of pain, this week on Shortland Street.

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