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Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

    inevitable spinoffs

    Pimp My Flag is going gangbusters at the moment!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Pimp My Flag is going gangbusters at the moment!

    To be fair, it benefited from the audience tuning in for the upcoming episode of "Panda, what panda?"

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Alfie,

    How about…

    Reckon I'd watch both of those. In terms of entertainment - irony, tragedy, heart-ache, schadenfreude, unintended consequences, disastrous decisions, ridiculous antics, bare-faced lying, cheap tricks - MediaWorks 2015 has it all.
    Trainwreck TV.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Pimp My Flag is going gangbusters at the moment

    I'm hoping my entry in the multi million dollar Flag Folly will get me into the Final.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    I'm really enjoying Steve Braunias' nightly reviews of The Block as he cleverly captures the unbridled excitement this series offers.

    Today's story devotes a sizeable and deserved chunk to "Mark "Useless" Weldon" -- well worth a read.

    And the running "Creak," croaks Cat" gag is just priceless.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Alfie,

    somebody famous for copying others’ reality formats is promoted beyond her capabilities, then mistakenly trusts her gut feeling that intelligent tele is dead

    I wish I could find a video edition of this Futurama clip. Ah well.

    http://www.gotfuturama.com/Multimedia/EpisodeSounds/4ACV06/08.mp3

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1142 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Alfie,

    Pimp My Flag is going gangbusters at the moment!

    To be fair, it benefited from the audience tuning in for the upcoming episode of “Panda, what panda?”

    And don't forget the ever popular "Where in the world is Gerry?"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Oaktree has provided Mediaworks with a multimillion-dollar capital injection. Mark Weldon earns 100 bonus points.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Alfie,

    all about the bizness ..

    "If the 5.30pm, 6pm and 7pm time zones are delivering the numbers, then the rest of the night works."
    ...

    a more "saleable and salient channel platform for advertisers"

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    A show about Mark 'Useless' Weldon - watching 'pain' dry - could work....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    living in appject fare...
    The solution to MediaWorks content woes has been found...

    Pictures of a dinosaur standing next to a chocolate cake, shiny gray spaceships on the lunar surface and rainbow-coloured African safari animals are easily worth 1000 words.
    However, these images were created by a machine. WordsEye is a new web app that translates a few lines of user text about a scene into an artistic image using artificial intelligence.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11555489

    Electric paint or ePaint can't be far away
    better that than psychic lichen...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Electric paint or ePaint can't be far away

    Does this spell the end for Jim’ll Paint It?

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Jim’ll Paint It

    He is quite the dream-weaver...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Jane Bowron sums up the Christie and Weldon disaster and hints that the incapable duo are about to apply their magic to the 6pm news as well. God help us all.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Alfie,

    Jane Bowron sums up the Christie and Weldon disaster and hints that the incapable duo are about to apply their magic to the 6pm news as well. God help us all.

    What happens if the good ship MediaWorks goes down again? Knowing Weldon & Christie, they should do the honourable thing and go down with the ship, but more likely they'll probaby pull a Costa Concordia instead.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5443 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    A show about Mark 'Useless' Weldon - watching 'pain' dry - could work....

    Or "Dry Hard" -- Steve Braunias' Secret Diary of Mark Weldon

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11559638

    Maori Television confirmed major changes to its award-winning series Native Affairs, which will be cut down to a half-hour format, and contain imported stories about Native Americans, but introduced in Te Reo.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

    Showtime!

    Or “Dry Hard”

    ...so many layers!

    ...yet a winner is waiting in the wings!
    for the TV3 7pm spot the ultimate insider's must view show:
    Cambelt Life
    a delicate yet brash melange of mixed martial arts, automotive anarchy, political intrigue and gossip!
    all with an audible name recognition factor to-die-for!

    But wait there's more..
    a GCSB DIY section called
    - wait for it - Tap Gear

    Gotta be runners, right?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    TV3 has not received the "more than $10 million" they requested from NZonAir for their proposed daily 5:30pm soap opera.

    One has to wonder if the fact that they received over half million dollars from NZonAir for ten 3D Investigates shows, then promptly rescheduled the primetime programme to a late night backwater slot with no viewers, had any influence on the decision.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Tap Gear: They could have a Stig type character disguised in a rabbit onesie who tests out various forms of espionage equipment each week. They could call him (or her) Bugs Bunny

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Cops on the Block coming to TV3?

    Police were found to have manufactured a fake search warrant, created an invented signature of a court official to back it up then staged a false arrest of an undercover agent.

    Heathen, Du Plicitous Aliens.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Bomber Bradbury claims to have insider information on TV3’s failure to secure $10m+ of funding from NZonAir for their new soap.

    TV3 were privately assured that the funding for this was going to happen as the 5.30pm soap was the lynchpin behind Weldon and Christie’s plans to reinvigorate the TV network.

    Rumours are that the decision not to fund the new 5.30pm soap were mostly to do with the way MediaWorks had treated 3D and Campbell Live. The resentment NZ on Air feel about promises made in the past to promote 3D and the way Campbell Live was handled has left a bitter taste in NZ on Air mouths.

    It’s not just NZonAir experiencing that bitter taste, as recent ratings prove only too well.

    However NZonAir seem to disprove that assertion by awarding $400k to TV3 for Minority Reports – 30 half hour Māori current affairs shows presented by Mihi Forbes. I guess TV3’s sterling record in the current affairs arena must have impressed somebody, huh.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Alfie,

    presented by Mihi Forbes. I guess TV3’s sterling record in the current affairs arena must have impressed somebody

    Mihi Forbes record makes all the difference, eh? Cos IMO she has more current affairs mana in her little toe than TVNZ have across their channels.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Alfie,

    TV3’s failure to secure $10m+ of funding from NZonAir for their new soap

    John Drinnan has some thoughts on that.

    Hubris:

    Judging by the NZ On Air response to MediaWorks, Weldon and co have been too confident. MediaWorks sources said the chief executive and MediaWorks board member Julie Christie had been blunt in discussions with the funding agency.

    Greed:

    "The [NZ on Air] board considered the business case for the application was not strong enough when considered as a whole. Issues included MediaWorks' inability to commit to the level of sliding scale investment the board had previously indicated it expected" - in other words, making the taxpayer's contribution smaller as the show became established.

    #karma

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    No idea why the new owner keeps backing these prize chumps as they destroy the value of their investment.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

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