Search for The Block NZ contestants begins

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The search for next year’s Alice and Caleb, Loz and Tom, Alisa and Koan, and Pete and Andy has begun – the casting call for series three of The Block NZ is now open!

Producers are looking for four new teams – friends, family members or partners – to move into The Block NZ 2014, and star in the next series of the hit renovation-reality show.

The 2014 edition of The Block NZ will again see four New Zealand teams compete to renovate four dilapidated houses in an upmarket suburb – room-by-room, week-by-week, challenge-by-challenge – and sell them at auction for the highest price.

The teams can be couples, family members, or friends, and can come from anywhere in New Zealand, but all contestants must be over 18-years-old. Producers are looking for energetic people with a sense of humour and design flair. Previous home renovation experience might help (but it’s not required), but specialists in residential building and project management, painters and professional interior designers are excluded.

Once selected, the four teams will literally live and breathe their DIY project for the shoot, living on site in The Block NZ houses. There are no further eliminations; the winning couple is simply decided by the toughest judge of all, the real estate market. All four renovated houses will go to a LIVE TV auction, with The Block NZ 3 crown, and an additional cash prize, going to the couple whose property sells for the most over reserve.

In 2013, the series two contestants became household names as they worked around the clock to renovate and sell four North Shore houses. On auction night, Alice and Caleb were crowned winners of The Block NZ 2 and walked away with a life-changing $261,000. In 2012, inaugural winners Libby and Ben took home $237,000. Who will it be in 2014?

The Block is one of the biggest reality formats in the world, with a compelling blend of real estate dreams and high stakes drama that has made it a global phenomenon – and turned New Zealand into a nation of Block-o-holics.

It was TV3’s number one show in both 2012 and 2013, with 2,973,200 viewers turning in throughout the 2013 series (Nielsen TAM, 5+ cume).

The Block NZ 3 is produced by Eyeworks Television and will screen on TV3 in 2014.

HOW TO ENTER

· Simply fill out the online form at www.tv3.co.nz/theblock and tell us why you’ve got what it takes to be part of The Block NZ.

· Provide all the information you can and please remember to attach digital photographs of yourselves. Videos are welcomed too but are not compulsory, and cannot be returned.

· The successful teams must be available for a twelve week shoot period from late March 2014.

· You will be living in The Block NZ houses during the shoot and you will not be able to attend your usual place of work during this time. But a weekly allowance will be provided for you to take care of obligations back home.

Presenting line up for Paul Henry show announced

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TV3 have announced that Janika ter Ellen will be the news anchor for The Paul Henry Show, the network’s new late night news programme which premieres early in 2014.

Janika has been a reporter for 3 News for the past three years, based in the Wellington bureau, and has worked across Firstline, 3 News’ 6pm bulletin, and Nightline, covering everything from The Scott Guy trial to New Zealand Fashion Week.

Mark Jennings says: “Janika is a real up-and-comer, one of the talented journalist/presenters who continue to come out of the 3 News stable. We think she will form an excellent combination with Paul in what promises to be the most interesting addition to our News and Current affairs programming for 2014.”

TV3 also confirmed Fiona McMillan as the executive producer of The Paul Henry Show. Fiona is currently executive producer of Firstline, and her background includes five years as executive producer of Worldwide Exchange at CNBC.

Current Firstline producer, Rebekah Ferretti, will executive produce the programme from January 2014. She will be joined by producer Paul Mayow, who is currently producing Nightline.

New hosts for Firstline in 2014

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Nightline anchor Sacha McNeil and 3 News Business Editor Michael Wilson will host Firstline in 2014.

Sacha will make the move from late nights to early mornings next year, when Nightline takes a break. One of TV3’s most experienced news anchors; she will continue to be a backup anchor for the 6pm bulletin. Michael brings a wealth of business knowledge and extensive interviewing experience to his new role on Firstline.

TV3’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings says the duo’s experience and skill set will ensure Firstline is the must-watch early morning news programme for New Zealanders who want to start the day fully informed.

“Sacha memorably anchored our first breaking news coverage of the Christchurch Earthquakes in February 2011, and worked the early part of the day, handing over to Hilary Barry each afternoon. When we launched Firstline shortly afterwards Sacha took over as Nightline anchor from Rachel Smalley, and has done a terrific job. She is one of our most talented news anchors and I’m delighted to have her back in the early morning slot.

“Michael is acknowledged as one of the country’s leading business journalists and we are keen to make more use of his excellent interviewing skills. The programme targets serious news viewers and we think the combination of Sacha and Michael will allow us to further expand our coverage of business, politics and breaking news.”