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It’s a Crazy Time

I’ve been around on this planet for quite a while now and I’ve never experienced a crazier time. Uncertainty seems to be the biggest challenge, at a personal, work and global level, whether it’s war, climate change, the future of the New Zealand screen industry, or just being able to connect with family and friends […]

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Screen Investment Review

At the end of 2021 the Government announced a review of government investment in the screen sector. The review will be led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. There is a document outlining the terms of reference for the review here. This review is one part […]

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Here We Go Again

I do hope everyone had a restful and restorative Christmas and New Year’s break, because here we go again. Like 2021, a false sense of security across the summer has been ended this year, quicker than last, with COVID bashing down the doors once more.Thankfully, production has been rolling in Auckland since the move to […]

Good Riddance to Screenis Horribilis 2021

What a horrible bloody year it’s been for the New Zealand screen industry. Lockdowns interrupting domestic and international production here. Local films having their releases shortened or delayed. The New Zealand International Film Festival cancelled in Auckland. The LOTR TV series moving to the UK. Cowboy Bebob cancelled after one season. The list of woes […]

TVNZ – RNZ Merger Complicated

What’s happened to the TVNZ – RNZ business case that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi commissioned to be ready for mid-year, with presentation to Cabinet by the end of 2021? You might have, like I did, missed the article about it in Stuff in early November. It’s been delayed. Sure, COVID has made it difficult for […]