Interview with STAN WALKER


Stan Walker is a multi-platinum recording artist and one of the four judges for The X Factor NZ.

The ‘Take It Easy’ hitmaker has sold more than 80,000 albums in New Zealand, with triple platinum sales of his debut album Introducing.

Australian Maori singer Walker is a chart-topping pop star across Australasia, with a total of five gold singles, one platinum and one double-platinum in New Zealand alone.

Dan Lake caught up with Walker to chat about The X Factor NZ mid-season, the other judges, which contestants he likes the most and who inspires him.

TRN Lures Yahoo! New Zealand’s GM

Laura Maxwell-Hansen

The Radio Network (TRN) has appointed Laura Maxwell-Hansen as their Commercial Director. The role will involve leading TRN’s sales division including agency and direct sales.

Maxwell-Hansen has most recently held the role of General Manager/Director for Yahoo! New Zealand where she was initially appointed as the sales director.

CEO for TRN, Jane Hastings, says Laura’s sales results are exemplary.

“Laura is proven with exceptional sales results over what can only be described as a tough period economically. She has led the development of many exclusive partnerships which have been significant drivers for Yahoo! EBIT results.”

Hastings says Maxwell-Hansen appointment recognises the importance TRN places on its digital platforms.

“This is the way of the future, and we’re committed to leading the way by having the most integrated and relevant digital platform solutions for our clients and the best people to deliver them.”

Maxwell-Hansen is well-known and respected in the industry having held roles including sales director for both APN Outdoor and for Buspak New Zealand. She is the current chair of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

Maxwell-Hansen says she’s looking forward to joining TRN, particularly with iHeartRadio launching shortly.

“It’s an exciting time for radio and I’m very much looking forward to working with all TRN’s sales divisions so we are ready to leverage these exciting new digital platforms for our clients.

Maxwell-Hansen will begin her role at TRN 29 July.

MGM to become SKY Movies Classics

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SKY’s MGM channel will be renamed SKY Movies Classics on June 1st this year with significant enhancements to the channel’s movie line up.

As well as continuing to screen great movies from the MGM library, the move allows the channel to expand their offering to show quality classic movies from studios such as Paramount, Universal, Warner’s and Sony Pictures, offering SKY Movies subscribers a much wider range of films from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s.

For more than 13 years SKY has programmed the MGM-branded channel with movies chosen solely from the MGM Studios library. Recently MGM Studios decided to sell its global branded-channel business to a third party, Chello Media who took over the licensing and at this point the decision to rebrand MGM was made.

SKY’s Director of Entertainment Programming, Travis Dunbar said the changes will add significant value to SKY Movies subscribers.

“When SKY Movies Classics launches in June, we humbly believe that it will offer a more varied movie experience. In many cases there will be films that have never played on New Zealand television or haven’t for decades including content from legendary filmmakers such as Stanley Kubrick, Sam Peckinpah, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford and John Boorman,” he said.

The programming team, led by SKY’s Head of Movies Chrissy Henderson, has worked hard to ensure that SKY Movies Classics will offer films for all generations and preferences.

“We have worked alongside MGM for many years and with their blessing will now work in with other studios to keep the channel looking fresh without compromising what we know our audience loves”, she said.

“We know our viewers enjoy a variety of genres and we are delighted to be able to draw on hundreds of new classic titles. Westerns are a perennial favourite and the rebrand means we can add Ride Vaquero, Rio Bravo, The Searchers and Gunfight At The OK Corral to our great Western stable, and the inclusion of deals from a few independent studios has enabled us to include titles such as L.A. Confidential, Natural Born Killers and Heat to our film library,” she said.

SKY Movies Classics launches Saturday 1 June on SKY Channel 033 and will continue to offer viewers the best classic films from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s.