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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 […]


Looking for a Laugh

I normally go surfing and garden as my stress release mechanisms. Neither have been of much help with all the rain we are having (I live in the Waitakeres) and the West Coast of Auckland is offering up limited opportunities at this time. Thank goodness the dams are full, though. Today, however, I went looking […]

It’s Time

A couple of days ago on The Spinoff, South Pacific Pictures Managing Director Andrew Szusterman decried the loss of drama Head High from Discovery Three. Lead director and co-lead writer on the show is a DEGANZ member, Tim Worrall. Szusterman pointed out the difficulty and cost of getting NZ drama funded and made. He said […]

The Blank Page

I’ve been writing this blog for the DEGNZ newsletter for close to six years now. There have been a few times when I’ve been stuck for what to write about, but ultimately came through. But from memory there were two or three times when I couldn’t move from the blank page and we’ve had to […]