Mitre 10 Dream Home returns to TV2

Mitre 10 Dream Home is back and headed for Canterbury!

Returning to TV2 with a few renovations of its own, this iconic series will challenge two Cantabrian couples to master the DIY build of their lives.

In what will be a life changing series for one, or both of the couples, New Zealand will be with them, room by room as they transform the old to the new.

This new series of Mitre 10 Dream Home is eco-friendly and it’s about building smarter. Itwill also include useful information and practical demonstrations for anyone with DIY in their DNA.

General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisition at TVNZ, Andrew Shaw says “ Mitre 10 Dream Home is a hugely successful DIY show in New Zealand and is well loved by the audience.

“We believe that this new series will resonate with audiences throughout the country and be a very positive story for the people of Canterbury. We are delighted to partner with Mitre 10 and bring this iconic series back to the screen.”

Mitre 10 is the primary commercial partner of Mitre 10 Dream Home.

Mitre 10 General Manager Marketing, Dave Elliott says, “Mitre 10 is excited to announce the return of Mitre 10 Dream Home and is proud to be bringing the show to the people of Canterbury. Cantabrians have had a tough time of late so bringing the project to the region was a no brainer for us.

“Mitre 10 is a real Kiwi success story and local communities and our New Zealand roots are very important to us, which is why we are dedicated to lending a hand to communities particularly those in need and there are certainly a number of people who could do with a hand in Canterbury.”

For your chance to be one of the Mitre 10 Dream Home couples, register online here. Registration opens on September 17 and closes on October 7.

For the first time, New Zealanders will then be given the chance to vote for their favourite six couples. The final two will be revealed when Mitre 10 Dream Home returns to TV2 in 2013.

X Factor confirmed for New Zealand

NZ On Air is proud to be able to announce support for The X Factor NZ 2013.

The X Factor NZ’s search throughout the country for singing talent will be shared with audiences next year on TV3.

As a proven concept The X Factor offers a highly successful way to develop the careers of New Zealand singers and introduce them to large New Zealand audiences.

NZ On Air will be a minority investor in the ambitious programme.

“We are thrilled that variety series New Zealand’s Got Talent has premiered to a huge audience this year, and we wish the same success for The X Factor NZ in 2013,” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson. “These programmes celebrating this country’s talent are very expensive to produce and we are pleased to help get them over the line. NZ On Air is only able to fund one of these series in a single financial year, so the timing has worked out well,” she added.

The programme will seek to crown a single winner from four categories:

Under 25 male
Under 25 female
Over 25
“Not only does it provide arts entertainment for audiences in prime time, but it also helps to find new music talent,” says Ms Wrightson. “Both are important to us.”

The series will showcase established New Zealand singers as well as the contestants

The X Factor NZ, 30 x 60, TV Works Ltd, TV3 $1,600,000

Sale of Avalon TV facilities confirmed

TVNZ has advised that the sale of its Avalon Studio facility in Lower Hutt has now become unconditional.

The change of ownership to a Wellington consortium, Avalon Holdings Ltd, will take place on March 31, 2013.

The consortium is made up of local business interests including Wellington businessman John Feast, and two Avalon staff members who each hold a minority shareholding.

The consortium has advised TVNZ and Avalon staff that it intends to retain the facility as a production base for the film and television industry.

Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says the finalisation of the sale process is good news all round.

“It’s very pleasing that the facility will continue to be available to the industry, and that the new owners are locals with a strong appreciation of Avalon’s place in the history of NZ film and television. We offer our cordial best wishes for the future.”

NZ On Air supports Christchurch Quake drama series

NZ On Air is pleased to announce support for Hope and Wire, which will screen on TV3.

The Platinum Funded six-part drama series is set in Christchurch in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes.

“This is an incredibly important project” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson. “It is set around the most significant event in New Zealand’s recent history and we are pleased to commit this investment to telling a version of Christchurch’s story.”

Hope and Wire comes from one of New Zealand’s most celebrated film and television makers, Gaylene Preston. The filmmaker counts Home by Christmas, Bread and Roses, Perfect Strangers, and Earthquake, a documentary for TV3 on the 1931 Hawkes Bay quakes, on her list of credits.

She will be producing and directing the series, which she has co-written with Dave Armstrong. It will also be produced by Chris Hampson and executive produced by Sue Rogers.

“It would be hard to find a family in Aotearoa New Zealand that has not been affected in some way by the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Canterbury” Gaylene Preston says. “My formative years at the Ilam School of Fine Arts give me many fond memories of a city that exists now only in memory.”

The filmmaker is looking forward to collaborating with the local community to realise this complex project, and has established a relationship with the Film Department of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury.

Informed by research into the life of the people and the city, Hope and Wire presents a fictionalised mix of strong characters – families that fly apart, others that come together – to illuminate the best and the worst of what happens when a city literally loses its heart.

MediaWorks TV Head of Drama and Comedy, Rachel Jean says TV3 is proud to be broadcasting the first drama series based on the experiences of the Christchurch people.

“With major television and radio offices in Christchurch, MediaWorks is very much a part of the Canterbury region and it is just so important to us to tell, and keep telling, the stories of the quake and its aftermath,” she says.

“In the hands of Gaylene Preston, one of our foremost directors, Hope and Wire will be one of those television series that define a moment in our national history.”

NZ On Air says Hope and Wire is a strong addition to the line-up of top quality dramas the Platinum Fund has supported in recent years.

Hope and Wire, 6 x 60, Gaylene Preston Productions, TV3 $4,972,66

– NZ on Air