Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Quote from Online magazine

"While it's welcome news that there is some television drama being commissioned at last, we're reminded about the bizarre agreement with Australia that allows TVNZ's head of commissioning Tony Holden to claim the Australian programme Last Man Standing qualifies as 'local' drama. As Onfilm magazine notes, since there's one Kiwi actor (along with the six or seven core Australian cast), and a whole two NZ actors are involved in the NZ scenes, and of the total 130 day shoot seven will be in NZ, it qualifies. South Pacific Pictures head of drama Simon Bennett points out that: "Both governments on either side of the Tasman count this show as local content because of the treaty that considers New Zealand content to be Australian and vice versa."


Blogger Anonymous said...

Ahh then Britney Spears' video, Toxic, is also NZ on Air, because it features Kiwi export Martin Henderson.

Where is the line to be drawn? Does a minimum of 50% of the cast have to be New Zealanders? (In that case, Lord of the Rings qualifies, thanks to all the extras.)

1 February 2005 at 2:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not related but...
does anyone have any news on when TVNZ is set to go digital? Word has it that sometime in March or April TVNZ will go digital with about 14 channels. Anyone got any news to confirm this???

2 February 2005 at 11:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking about local productions...

Geof Steven, the former TVNZ executive has now left the building and is trying to resurrect his photography career.


His bio page on the site says:

"As a television executive he has Executive Produced many of New Zealand's most successful and innovative programmes and series. These included launching the first international broadcast of the New Zealand created 'Popstars' TV phenomenon. He commissioned 'Once Were Warriors', the highly praised New Zealand feature film and the feature films, 'Scarfies' and'Stickmen'. He recently received an Industry award in recognition of his work in Executive Producing and promoting the documentary in New Zealand television culture."

Question - if he was so great, why isn’t he still working at TVNZ?

1 March 2005 at 9:38 am  
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