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A Dismal Failure By All Concerned

The proposal by Warner Bros. Discovery to shut Newshub highlights the dismal failure past and present by successive New Zealand governments, bureaucracy and those in the screen sector to grasp the seismic changes that have flowed through…

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ is on Fire

Netflix's live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender takes the number one ranking on the global streaming service, with 21.2 million views (so far!) this week alone. DEGANZ member Roseanne Liang is a series co-executive producer and…

Maihi is a Berlinale Talent

DEGANZ member and 2017 Incubator alum Renae Maihi attended the 2024 Berlinale Talents Summit as a selected writer/director. Each year, the renowned Berlinale Film Festival hosts the talent development programme to foster the growth of the world's…

Songs of Praise for ‘Miles from Nowhere’

The new comedy-drama series Miles From Nowhere, directed by 2021 Incubator alum Ghazaleh Golbakhsh (DEGANZ) and co-edited by DEGANZ board member Ben Powdrell, dropped on 21 February to great praise. The show centres on Said, a young Kiwi-Muslim…

Rupture Selects DEGANZ Members Currie and Tuiburelevu

Max Currie (DEGANZ) will take part in Rupture, a new development programme for series writers. Additionally, fellow member Litia Tuiburelevu joins writer Coco Solid's team as a collaborator. The pilot programme aims to bring together powerful…

Day One Shorts (formerly Someday Stories) Selects Townsend’s ‘Wilbert Wire’

Day One Shorts (formerly Someday Stories) selected DEGANZ member Ricky Townsend's Wilbert Wire as one of the eight commissioned projects for 2024. Ricky is the project's writer/director and is joined by Ella Waswo (producer) and Joseph Chamsay…
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Missing in Action

There’s a coalition government in power now whose focus is on the economy and righting what they see as the wrongs of the government before. I decided to go trawling to see if there was any hope for the arts, culture and heritage or the…

Raman and Lawrence Plant the Seeds for Features

Congratulations to DEGANZ members Kishan Raman and Jamie Lawrence for being selected for the New Zealand Writer Guild's Seed Grant! They are two of six writers (out of 122 applications) to receive funds from the highly competitive grant,…

DEGANZ Members at Māoriland

Many DEGANZ members' mahi have been selected to show during the 2024 Māoriland Film Festival! This year marks the biggest one yet for the festival with 168 films and video works from over 130 Indigenous nations. The festival will take place…

Te Wake Celebrates Community in ‘The Boy, The Queen and Everything in Between’

DEGANZ member Ramon Te Wake's new series The Boy, The Queen and Everything in Between is out now. The series, co-directed, co-produced, and written by Ramon, follows Jacob, a young father fresh out of prison and in desperate need of a job.…

‘PleasureDora’ Needs a Boost

Mark Prebble (DEGANZ) and the PleasureDora team are crowdfunding $10,000 to finish post-production on the short film. The film questions meaningful connection in the age of AI and machine learning with the titular PleasureDora, a glitchy…
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The Cost of Screening

Greetings from DEGANZ for 2024! Currently overseas on a personal trip and headed back as I write this. I’ve had a couple of goes at this op-ed but still felt I wasn’t getting the tone right. As I reflect back on what has passed and…

DEGANZ Members Investigate ‘Black Coast Vanishings’

DEGANZ members dive into the mysterious disappearances in Piha with new true-crime docuseries, Black Coast Vanishings. Megan Jones (DEGANZ) co-directed the series with Candida Beveridge, while, board member Margot Francis was one of the editors.…

Dillon Nominated for the Wētā FX Creative Technology Award

DEGANZ member Cushla Dillon is being recognised for her work as an editor with her nomination for the Wētā FX Creative Technology Award at this year's Women in Film & Television (WIFT) Awards. This award recognises outstanding achievement…

Peel-McGregor’s ‘Storm’ is Brewing with the Empowering Women Script Competition

Congratulations to DEGANZ member and 2018 Incubator Alum Agnes Peel-McGregor for being one of 11 finalists for the inaugural Empowering Women Script Competition by Stage 32, in collaboration with Catalyst Studios. This is a first-of-its-kind…

DEGANZ Members Bring Fact and Fiction to FIFO

The International Oceanian Documentary Film Festival (FIFO) returns for its 21st run with multiple DEGANZ members' work featured! Each year, the festival aims to celebrate and amplify the voices and cultures of Oceania on screens locally and…
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Still Crazy After All These Years

You’d have thought things might have settled after the COVID years. But, no, it’s still crazy. And what a year it’s been. The long mooted merger of TVNZ and RNZ finally fell over. The $60 million taken away from NZ On Air returned…

DEGANZ Members Sweep Up 2023 NZTVAs

The New Zealand TV Awards (NZTVA) took place on 5 December, celebrating the industry's achievements from the past year. DEGANZ was thrilled to see so many members' mahi on productions being recognised in the finalist list, many of which went…
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A Dismal Failure By All Concerned

The proposal by Warner Bros. Discovery to shut Newshub highlights the dismal failure past and present by successive New Zealand governments, bureaucracy and those in the screen sector to grasp the seismic changes that have flowed through…

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ is on Fire

Netflix's live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender takes the number one ranking on the global streaming service, with 21.2 million views (so far!) this week alone. DEGANZ member Roseanne Liang is a series co-executive producer and…

Maihi is a Berlinale Talent

DEGANZ member and 2017 Incubator alum Renae Maihi attended the 2024 Berlinale Talents Summit as a selected writer/director. Each year, the renowned Berlinale Film Festival hosts the talent development programme to foster the growth of the world's…

Songs of Praise for ‘Miles from Nowhere’

The new comedy-drama series Miles From Nowhere, directed by 2021 Incubator alum Ghazaleh Golbakhsh (DEGANZ) and co-edited by DEGANZ board member Ben Powdrell, dropped on 21 February to great praise. The show centres on Said, a young Kiwi-Muslim…

Rupture Selects DEGANZ Members Currie and Tuiburelevu

Max Currie (DEGANZ) will take part in Rupture, a new development programme for series writers. Additionally, fellow member Litia Tuiburelevu joins writer Coco Solid's team as a collaborator. The pilot programme aims to bring together powerful…

Day One Shorts (formerly Someday Stories) Selects Townsend’s ‘Wilbert Wire’

Day One Shorts (formerly Someday Stories) selected DEGANZ member Ricky Townsend's Wilbert Wire as one of the eight commissioned projects for 2024. Ricky is the project's writer/director and is joined by Ella Waswo (producer) and Joseph Chamsay…
View from the Top banner

Missing in Action

There’s a coalition government in power now whose focus is on the economy and righting what they see as the wrongs of the government before. I decided to go trawling to see if there was any hope for the arts, culture and heritage or the…

Raman and Lawrence Plant the Seeds for Features

Congratulations to DEGANZ members Kishan Raman and Jamie Lawrence for being selected for the New Zealand Writer Guild's Seed Grant! They are two of six writers (out of 122 applications) to receive funds from the highly competitive grant,…

DEGANZ Members at Māoriland

Many DEGANZ members' mahi have been selected to show during the 2024 Māoriland Film Festival! This year marks the biggest one yet for the festival with 168 films and video works from over 130 Indigenous nations. The festival will take place…

Te Wake Celebrates Community in ‘The Boy, The Queen and Everything in Between’

DEGANZ member Ramon Te Wake's new series The Boy, The Queen and Everything in Between is out now. The series, co-directed, co-produced, and written by Ramon, follows Jacob, a young father fresh out of prison and in desperate need of a job.…

‘PleasureDora’ Needs a Boost

Mark Prebble (DEGANZ) and the PleasureDora team are crowdfunding $10,000 to finish post-production on the short film. The film questions meaningful connection in the age of AI and machine learning with the titular PleasureDora, a glitchy…
View from the Top banner

The Cost of Screening

Greetings from DEGANZ for 2024! Currently overseas on a personal trip and headed back as I write this. I’ve had a couple of goes at this op-ed but still felt I wasn’t getting the tone right. As I reflect back on what has passed and…

DEGANZ Members Investigate ‘Black Coast Vanishings’

DEGANZ members dive into the mysterious disappearances in Piha with new true-crime docuseries, Black Coast Vanishings. Megan Jones (DEGANZ) co-directed the series with Candida Beveridge, while, board member Margot Francis was one of the editors.…

Dillon Nominated for the Wētā FX Creative Technology Award

DEGANZ member Cushla Dillon is being recognised for her work as an editor with her nomination for the Wētā FX Creative Technology Award at this year's Women in Film & Television (WIFT) Awards. This award recognises outstanding achievement…

Peel-McGregor’s ‘Storm’ is Brewing with the Empowering Women Script Competition

Congratulations to DEGANZ member and 2018 Incubator Alum Agnes Peel-McGregor for being one of 11 finalists for the inaugural Empowering Women Script Competition by Stage 32, in collaboration with Catalyst Studios. This is a first-of-its-kind…

DEGANZ Members Bring Fact and Fiction to FIFO

The International Oceanian Documentary Film Festival (FIFO) returns for its 21st run with multiple DEGANZ members' work featured! Each year, the festival aims to celebrate and amplify the voices and cultures of Oceania on screens locally and…
View from the Top banner

Still Crazy After All These Years

You’d have thought things might have settled after the COVID years. But, no, it’s still crazy. And what a year it’s been. The long mooted merger of TVNZ and RNZ finally fell over. The $60 million taken away from NZ On Air returned…

DEGANZ Members Sweep Up 2023 NZTVAs

The New Zealand TV Awards (NZTVA) took place on 5 December, celebrating the industry's achievements from the past year. DEGANZ was thrilled to see so many members' mahi on productions being recognised in the finalist list, many of which went…