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In series successes, we wish to congratulate the cast and crews of Rūrangi and Creamerie for being nominated for the 2021 MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards.

Directed by Max Currie (DEGNZ), Rūrangi is one of three finalists in the LGBTQIA+ / Scripted category. Season 1 is currently streaming on Hulu.

Creamerie is a finalist in the Race and Ethnicity – Scripted category, along with We Are Lady Parts and Dreaming Whilst Black. The six-part series for TVNZ was directed by member Roseanne Liang, and edited by Jochen Fitzherbet (DEGNZ) and Tom Eagles, who was awarded a DEGNZ International Editor’s Mentorship in 2016.

Now in its 5th year, the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards are dedicated to championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms across the international television industry. The Awards ceremony is being held in Cannes on October 13.

The second season of Head High from DEGNZ member Tim Worrall has been playing Monday nights on Three. Recommended by The Spinoff as one to watch with the whānau, you can stream season one and two of the award-winning series on ThreeNow.

Tim Worrall served as lead-writer and directed part of the series. The drama follows the rise of high school rugby stars, Mana and Tai (Jayden Daniels and Lionel Wellington), who with the guidance of their step-father and coach, Vince (Craig Hall), and police officer mum Renee (Miriama McDowell), fight to achieve the ‘Kiwi’ dream of wearing the black jersey.

The first two episodes in the three part documentary Ake, Ake, Ake are now available on Māori Television OnDemand and on the RNZ website. Co-directed by DEGNZ member Kim Webby and Whatanui Flavell, the series tells the story of the land occupation at Ihumātao through the voices of those who were intimately involved in the actions that took place there.

Screened to coincide with the 2nd anniversary of the occupation during July 2019, Ake, Ake, Ake is an important documentary that explores a significant event in Aotearoa’s recent history.

The last episode will be released on August 2.

The series was produced by Scottie Productions for Māori Television and made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho & NZ On Air.

The trailer for the highly-anticipated TVNZ drama series, The Panthers, has been released. The six-part series, two episodes of which have been directed by DEGNZ member Vea Mafile’o, is based on the Polynesian Panthers. Guild members Peter Roberts and Margot Francis were also editors on the series.

A group inspired by the Black Panther movement in the US, The Polynesian Panthers formed to fight the system and became history-making revolutionaries.

There is no release date yet for The Panthers on TVNZ 1 and TVNZ OnDemand, so keep an eye out.

Watch the trailer

DEGNZ member Gal Hochman has directed, written and produced the third episode of Re: and TVNZ’s documentary series, Young and… Titled Young and Can’t Cum, Gal talks to a group of women to uncover what is really happening under the sheets, and why women struggle to orgasm. Gal has also written a companion piece for Re: News, involving the women from the documentary.

The series follows a range of young voices, offering a unique and fresh perspective on what it’s really like to be in your twenties in 21st century Aotearoa, in this collection of compelling, stand-alone documentaries.

Watch it here