Pay Rates

1 May 2015 Pay rates continue to be a hot topic here at DEGNZ. It’s understandable as the impact of digital technology continues to drive down pricing in many instances. Just this week I was speaking with a voiceover agency owner who is seeking to maintain the rates she charges for her artists in the […]

What Are You Worth?

17 April 2015 On Tuesday evening the DEGNZ board debated the effect that low-budget filmmaking has had on the pay rates of members. When the Escalator low-budget feature film scheme was introduced by the NZFC, it formalised for features the methodology used by producers to get short films made—beg, borrow and steal (metaphorically), and get […]

Being Māori

Tēnā kotou katoa. I have had two very different experiences in the last week that were refreshers on what it is to be Māori in the New Zealand film industry. The first was when I attended the down-home  Māoriland Film Festival in Otaki from last Friday to Sunday, run by Māori power couple Libby Hakaraia […]

The Digital Landscape

20 March 2015 On Tuesday evening I was fortunate to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of New Zealand on Air, hosted by Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams at Parliament. The crowd of 300 or so included many producers whose programmes have received funding from NZ on Air across those 25 years; a number acknowledged with awards […]