Television personality Jason Gunn and his wife, prominent television producer Janine Morrell-Gunn have announced the opening of their purpose built television production and post production facility in Christchurch.
It features two television studio’s, and a control room that is able to broadcast live to national and international networks. With beautifully appointed greenrooms, wardrobe, makeup and props departments the facility is fully equipped and provides an extensive range of production and post production services including editing, audio post production and animation
Whitebait-TV is the producer of New Zealand’s highest rating children’s show “What Now” (TV2), “Animal Academy” presented by Sarah Ulmer (TVNZ6) and the new daily afternoon programme on TV2 “The Erin Simpson Show”.
“By the nature of this industry long hours are often involved and as a presenter I know what a difference it makes to work in a nice environment. This is a purpose built TV facility, New Zealand has nothing else like it. At Whitebait we are passionate about making great telly and this building will allow us to make even more!” said Jason Gunn.
Here are some interesting facts about the facility:
• There are 78 doors, 12 toilets, 6 showers
• More than 40 Plasma’s
• Over 100km of cable have been put into the building
• The studio’s are named after the suburbs that Jason (Ilam) and Janine (Hornby) grew up in
• When the grid of over 200 lights in Hornby studio is operating our average electricity
usage is that of 100 house holds
• The Erin Simpson Show achieved the highest ratings ever for its time slot in its first week
• The Erin Simpson Show has over 150m of fabric surrounding the set
• More than 200 litres of paint was used on the new What Now set
• Already 11,610 pieces of mail have flooded into What Now this year
• What Now has 10 phone lines are bombarded with 66,000 calls every Sunday
• The control room is the only one in NZ to have a chandelier!