Go Girls hits Aussie screens

New Zealand show ‘Go Girls’ hits Australian screens this week.

The show set on Auckland’s North Shore follows the lives of Amy, Britta and Cody who have made a vow that in one year they’ll fulfil their ambition to be… rich, famous and married.

It begins tonight on Ten Network at 10.25pm.

Go Girls has been given the green light for a second series. Production will commence later in the year and will screen on TV2 in 2010.

– Dan News


Back Benches back in Auckland for Super City special

Back Benches is back in Auckland, filming live from the Northern Steamship bar on Monday 14 September, this time providing insight into the issues surrounding the Super City and how it will impact Auckland.

Confirmed as panellists are Rodney Hide (ACT), Pita Sharples (Maori Party), Sue Bradford (Green Party), John Carter (National) and Phil Twyford (Labour).

Auckland is at a crossroads, and the city is critical to New Zealand’s future. The Super City plan will be one of the most significant changes in how the city is managed, but will it help solve Auckland’s problems and put Auckland on a path to prosperity?

Topics up for discussion are the Maori seats, what the city is going to look like under the proposed changes, the submissions, and the power of the Super Mayor.

With most of the Mayors also confirmed to attend on the evening this should make for a lively debate.

“I’ve got to say I’m excited to be hosting the Super City special!” says host, Wallace Chapman. “I was born at National Women’s in Greenlane, raised in Manurewa, flatted in Mt Eden and Ponsonby, and now a proud ratepayer in Waterview – so I’m a thoroughbred Jafa.”

“To me there’s no better city, so to do an hour long show dedicated to the subject, well, it’s a blast. And I’m thrilled with the star lineup of guests we’ve managed to pull together.”

Watch it live, or come along to the Northern Steamship Bar and join in! Anyone who attended the Back Benches Mt Albert by-election special, live from the Neighbourhood bar, will know that these specials are exciting, energetic events so you’ll need to get in early [7.30pm] to secure your spot.

Please note this Monday 9.10pm time differs from Back Benches’ normal slot, but will replay at the usual Wednesday 9.10pm.



TV News ratings for August released

The average daily audience figures for New Zealand’s news programming in August have been released.  The figures are sourced from AGB NMR and include all people 5 years and over.

NZI Business (6–6:30am) 47,910
ASB Business (6:30–7am) 9,470
Breakfast 156,730
Sunrise 26,250
ONE News Midday 118,060
3 News at Twelve 37,860
ONE News 659,360
3 News 396,660
Close Up 538,390
Campbell Live 249,180
Tonight 166,680
Nightline 156,050

Sunday 589,690
60 Minutes 368,420
20/20 368,760
Fair Go 716,190
Target 425, 170

Live Netball broadcast by award winning team

One of the teams acknowledged with a Qantas Award last weekend was TVNZ’s Netball Production Crew under the direction of Barbara Mitchell.

The long serving TVNZ Sport Director’s team won Best Sports Broadcast on Saturday night for the International Netball Series 2008 but Barbara wasn’t able to receive the award, instead she was in Sydney preparing to direct and produce the first test between the Silver Ferns and Australia in this year’s International Netball Series.

“I take a lot of pride in my work and am always striving for perfection so winning the Qantas Award was awesome and a nice acknowledgement for my years with TVNZ especially those with the Sports Department.

These days there are many female directors in news and current affairs but there are still very few in sport. Barbara was one of three TVNZ directors nominated for this year’s Qantas Award for Best Sports Broadcast. The other two were David Turner for Powerbuilt Tools Motorsport and Steve Jamieson for the Heineken Open Tennis Finals. Steve won Best Multi-Camera Direction for the IRB World 7s Series live from Wellington at the Qantas Craft Awards last Friday.

Barbara’s attention is now on the second test which she will be directing and producing live from Melbourne tonight, “The challenge in broadcasting live netball is being able to produce a quality product when the landscape in front and around you, is constantly changing. I love the adrenalin buzz and working with people who have the same standards and enthusiasm.

Silver Ferns versus Australia is live on TV ONE tonight from 9:30pm


TVNZ drama triumphs at awards

TVNZ shows dominated the Qantas Film and Television Awards 2009 winning 17 out of 25 possible accolades in the General Television categories. Among the big winners were three Sunday Theatre dramas, Until Proven Innocent, Piece Of My Heart, and the film Apron Strings.

A finalist in ten categories, Lippy Pictures’ Until Proven Innocent won five awards, including Best Drama, Best Editing and Best Camera work. Best Actor went to Cohen Holloway for his portrayal of David Dougherty, and Peter Elliot won Best Supporting Actor.

MF Film’s Piece Of My Heart was nominated in seven categories with young talent, Emily Barclay and Keisha Castle-Hughes winning Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance for a Supporting Actress respectively. It also took top honours for Production Design.

In the Film Category, another Sunday Theatre Drama, Apron Strings, produced by Great Southern Television, received four awards, including Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film for Scott Wills, and Best Lead Actress going to Jennifer Ludlam.

Jeff Latch, Head of Television, says the weekend’s awards recognise the quality of shows that TVNZ is delivering to New Zealanders.

“TVNZ is extremely pleased with the success of Until Proven Innocent, Apron Strings and Piece Of My Heart. The high production values, strong scripts and stellar casts, created compelling Sunday Theatres that captured the hearts of Kiwis.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the great work of the TVNZ drama commissioning and programming teams, who worked closely with New Zealand’s leading production companies to create these shows.

“To win awards and to be judged the very best by our peers in the industry is a great achievement. However, the public response is just as important, and the ratings for these local dramas was exceptional. We look forward to seeing a lot more New Zealand drama on our screens.

“As New Zealand’s local content leader, it is fantastic to see the excellence of our local programming recognised across such a wide range of genres and subjects, from the inspiring Hunger For The Wild, the irreverent Eating Media Lunch, and the highly entertaining Dancing With The Stars, to our top class dramas.”

At the craft awards presented on Friday, TVNZ shows won seven of the nine craft awards, including Best Original Music for Pacific Screen’s Lost In Libya. For the second consecutive year, Claire Palmer won Best Contribution to Design for her work on Dancing With The Stars, and Steve Jamieson won Best Multi-Camera Direction award for the IRB World 7s in Wellington.

Latch says, “Viewers have plenty to look forward to as TVNZ plans to continue to lead the way in the commissioning of high quality New Zealand drama, both series and one-off productions.”

Starting shortly on TV2 is the new local drama series The Cult, while in the coming 12 months TVNZ will have This Is Not My Life, created by Gavin Strawhan and Outrageous Fortune co-creator Rachel Lang, who also have a second series of TV2’s Go Girls in production; and one-off Sunday dramas, Spies And Lies, starring Antony Starr; Nights In The Garden Of Spain adapted from a Witi Ihimaera script; Bloodlines; and the Katherine Mansfield story, Bliss.

“This will be the richest slate of local drama that TVNZ and New Zealanders have seen in many years,” says Latch.

TVNZ News And Current Affairs shows also won 11 out of the possible 12 Qantas Awards available, including Best News; Best News And Current Affairs Presenter; Best Current Affairs Series; Journalist of the Year; and Investigation of the Year.



Images & Sound Best Drama Programme

Until Proven Innocent – Paula Boock and Donna Malane,

Lippy Pictures Ltd, TV ONE

Best Information/Lifestyle Programme

Hunger For The Wild – Peter Young, Fisheye Films Ltd, TV ONE

Best Entertainment Programme

Dancing With The Stars – Debra Kelleher, TVNZ, TV ONE

Best Sports Broadcast

International Netball Series 2008 – Barbara Mitchell, TVNZ, TV ONE

Best Observational Reality Series

Rescue 1 – Martin Cleave, Great Southern Television, TV2

Best Performance by an Actress – General Television

Piece of My Heart – Emily Barclay, MF Films Ltd, TV ONE

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress – General Television

Piece Of My Heart – Keisha Castle-Hughes, MF Films Ltd, TV ONE

Best Performance by an Actor – General Television

Until Proven Innocent – Cohen Holloway, Lippy Pictures Ltd, TV ONE

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor – General Television

Until Proven Innocent – Peter Elliott, Lippy Pictures Ltd, TV ONE

Best Presenter Entertainment/Factual Programme

Dancing With The Stars – Jason Gunn, TVNZ, TV ONE

Best Director – Factual/Entertainment Programme

Eating Media Lunch – Paul Casserly, Great Southern Television, TV2

Best Multi Camera Direction in General Television

IRB World Sevens Series Wellington – Steve Jamieson, TVNZ, TV ONE

Best Camera Work – Drama/Comedy Programme

Until Proven Innocent – David Paul, Lippy Pictures Ltd, TV ONE

Images & Sound Best Editing – Drama/Comedy Programme

Until Proven Innocent – Paul Sutorius, Lippy Pictures Ltd, TV ONE

Best Original Music in General Television

Lost In Libya – David Ironside, Pacific Screen, TV ONE

Best Production Design in General Television

Piece Of My Heart – Tracey Collins, MF Films Ltd, TV ONE

Best Contribution to Design in General Television

Dancing With The Stars – Claire Palmer, TVNZ, TV ONE


Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film

Apron Strings – Scott Wills, Great Southern Television

Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film

Apron Strings – Jennifer Ludlam, Great Southern Television

Best Cinematography in a Feature Film

Apron Strings – Rewa Harre, Great Southern Television

Best Production Design in a Feature Film

Apron Strings – Johnny Hawkins, Great Southern Television