Olympic highlights video to feature on mobile phones

25 07 2008

Kiwi sports fans will be able to keep tabs on our Olympians via video clips streamed direct to their mobile phones free of charge, thanks to a partnership between Television New Zealand and Telecom. In what is a first for New Zealand, Telecom customers with video-enabled mobiles will be able to view the best of TVNZ’s Olympic coverage from almost anywhere.

The TVNZ clips will be up to three minutes long, and will feature the best of the broadcaster’s Games coverage including Kiwi performances, athlete interviews, and key events of the day from Beijing. Telecom customers will be able to stream up to 20 clips per day free of charge. “Mobile is the perfect device for short form content like the clips we are providing from Beijing. This will allow Telecom mobile users to have access to the Olympics, wherever they are,” says Thor Bayer, GM Content Licensing at TVNZ. Telecom and TVNZ have been working on the technical side of the arrangement for a number of months to ensure it’s ready for 8 August, 2008.


Naked News Flash presenter found for Alt TV

6 05 2008

Naked News Presenter
In March Alt TV advertised for a presenter for their proposed show Naked News Flash.
What we are looking for:

Alt TV is looking for someone who has the ability to speak clearly, articulately and confidently. You must be well presented, comfortable in your own skin and not be shy about having your breasts/chest broadcast on national television.

What you will get:

The successful candidate will be given a three month contract, their own show on Alt TV, a Brass Magazine covershoot, future endorsements with Marquis Condoms, a weekly supplementary wage, along with the obvious media attention that will come with the job.

They have chosen a presenter in former bikini streaker, part-time lap dancer and former stripper Lisa Lewis who’s 15 minutes of fame was as a bikini clad streaker during a televised rugby match between Ireland and the All Blacks in June 2006. And later she went on to auction the bikini she wore on popular auction website trademe.

In Alt TV’s own words:

We live in a world where broadcast news is fast becoming a sensationalized hash of human interest pap and titillation. Alt TV throws their hat into the ring of news coverage and takes the current trend to its logical conclusion, by providing bulletins from 10pm weekdays in unflinching fashion… and stripped bare.

Alt TV and Marquis Condoms have found a NZ anchor with no inhibitions on reporting the facts that matter, delivering hard hitting commentary and showing their ‘assets’ in front of a large news hungry audience. Although critics may crow that objectification will overshadow news content, Alt TV reassures viewers that integrity will not be sacrificed for flesh. From May 12th catch Marquis Condoms’ Naked News Flash from 10.00 pm, weeknights on Alt TV.

Alt TV is an independent TV station based in New Zealand. We broadcast on SKY 65 in New Zealand and online at alttv.co.nz

Dancing with the Stars downloads for charity

4 03 2008

Fans of TVNZ’s hit programme Dancing with the Stars will tonight have a new opportunity to support the show and their favourite dancers.

Mobile phone downloads featuring each of the dancers will be available for purchase, with the profits going to the charity associated with the chosen dancer.

The mobile ‘wallpaper’ will cost $2 for each image.

TVNZ has to pay its suppliers and telcos out of this amount in order to provide the service, but, as is the case with the voting system, it will not make a cent itself from the initiative.

TVNZ says the mobile wallpaper idea is a fun way to promote the show and to make an extra contribution to the charities involved.

The phone number to dial to purchase an image will be given out on tonight’s show, which goes to air at 8.30 on TV ONE.

Over the last three years Dancing with The Stars has raised $1.1 million for charity, through the generosity of the New Zealand public.

TVNZ’s Head of Television, Jeff Latch, says it is important that New Zealanders know that TVNZ is doing everything it can to maximise the amount of money going to the charities, and takes no revenue itself from either voting or wallpapers.

“Through the show TVNZ has had a unique opportunity to contribute both practical help to charities and tremendous enjoyment to the whole country,” he says.

“New Zealanders are known as a generous people, and I hope that will be reflected in support for this year’s show. The mobile wallpaper is another way to put a little more in the bucket for charity.”

IOC awards internet and mobile rights to TVNZ for Beijing Olympics

14 11 2007

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced an agreement with Television New Zealand (TVNZ) for the internet and mobile platform exhibition rights within New Zealand for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The IOC selected TVNZ on their capacity to guarantee full exploitation of the broadcast rights over a variety of platforms and their commitment to promoting the Olympic Games and the values of the Olympic Movement. The IOC’s over-the-air broadcast partner through to Beijing 2008 is also TVNZ.

Commenting on the agreement, Timo Lumme, Managing Director of IOC Television and Marketing Services, said: “Digital media represents an increasingly important means for communicating the Olympic Games and the Olympic values to the broadest possible audience and we look forward to working with TVNZ to make the Beijing 2008 footage available over the internet and mobile phones in New Zealand.”

TVNZ’s Chief Executive, Rick Ellis, said: “TVNZ’s successful bid for internet and mobile rights will open up a whole new world for New Zealand viewers, allowing them to follow the Beijing Olympics more closely and in more depth than ever before.”

TVNZ partners with Bebo website

16 10 2007

Bebo website

TVNZ and Bebo have announced an exclusive strategic partnership which offers advertisers access to a combined audience of 1.5 million New Zealanders; and Bebo users access to TVNZ premium content.

Bebo has chosen TVNZ as its exclusive partner for selling display and video advertising in New Zealand, combining Bebo’s global reputation and TVNZ’s local strengths in content delivery. The deal provides advertisers with substantially improved interactive marketing opportunities through a ‘one stop shop’ – accessing mass users through social networking site Bebo, reaching targeted audiences through tvnz.co.nz and using in-stream video advertising on TVNZ ondemand.

TVNZ GM Digital & Interactive Sales, Mark Copplestone, says Bebo provides a mine of information about users’ behaviours and preferences.

“We’ve now got three platforms: a mass market, a targeted, and a video platform which enable advertisers to do one deal with TVNZ and reach the majority of New Zealanders online. The specific information that Bebo, tvnz.co.nz, and TVNZ ondemand provide ensures that every single ad that we serve is targeted individually to a consumer.”

Bebo has the largest number of page views of any website in New Zealand and has more than doubled its online audience in the past year. It also holds the top position in the New Zealand social networking market and ranks as the most engaging website with users spending an average of 43.6 minutes per day on the site – more than any other website.*

Bebo’s General Manager Australia and NZ, Francisco Cordero, says the partnership with TVNZ is an important development in extending/cementing Bebo’s presence in New Zealand.

“Bebo is the number 1 social network in New Zealand. It has also become the online destination for the elusive 13-24 year-old demographic. This partnership enables advertisers to connect with their audience in a place where they interact with friends and consume media and entertainment. It also delivers premium content to Bebo’s users including TVNZ’s news, current affairs and entertainment whilst allowing us to benefit from TVNZ’s scale, experienced sales force, advertiser relationships and industry leading technology capabilities.”

Advertisers should talk to their TVNZ sales representative for detailed information about the host of interactive opportunities arising from the TVNZ-Bebo partnership.

*Source: comScore World Metrix

TVNZ ondemand to carry Chinese TV programmes

4 10 2007

New Zealand’s television public broadcaster TVNZ has signed an agreement with World TV to screen Chinese language programmes on TVNZ ondemand.

TVNZ Chief Executive Rick Ellis says the agreement will see TVNZ ondemand screen up to 4 hours a day of programmes in the Mandarin dialect from CTV 8, a free-to-air channel which currently broadcasts in the greater Auckland region.

The programmes are streamed and are free of charge. They begin on Monday October 8.

“TVNZ’s new five year strategic plan, ‘Inspiring New Zealanders on every screen’, has as one of its goals the broadcaster being the partner of choice for other content providers,” Mr Ellis says.

“Not only does this initiative fulfil that, but it provides programmes for New Zealand’s increasingly diverse population. The Asian population is growing, and it’s critical that New Zealand has a public broadcaster that gives access to a diversity of programmes to reflect the rapidly changing nature of New Zealand.”

World TV’s Samson Yau says the Chinese broadcaster sees the value in partnering with New Zealand’s television public broadcaster.

“We recognise that TVNZ’s new strategy is forward-looking in using different platforms to get programmes to the public. We are very happy to offer CTV8 programming to a wider audience,” he says.

“CTV8 understands and appreciates the concept of people viewing their programmes ‘anywhere and at anytime’, and we believe this initiative will be very much welcomed by the Chinese community.”

NZ film in running for World’s Best 60 sec film

19 09 2007

A new Zealand made film – ‘GRAHAM’ has made the 2007 Filminute Shortlist! 25 films have been chosen from 800 submissions from 45 countries to be presented from September 1-30. ‘GRAHAM’ is the only NZ submission to be selected which is pretty cool.

The film is a kooky mix of a animation and sound design conceived by sibling designers Paul and Kahra Scott-James. Paul’s past life in sculpture and visual design is personifed in the not so perfectly formed GRAHAM with Kahra’s sound design accentuating his anarchic yet comic world. Her 2-piece band O.D.D (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) complete the soundtrack with a cut from their aptly titled tune ‘quit’.

2006 attracted audiences from over 50 countries with 1.7 millions hits during the festival month of September and Head of Jury and Filminute co-founder John Ketchum has gathered an eclectic, contemporary, and international mix of luminaries from the filmmaking, literature, arts and communications industries. “I’m thrilled with the group we’ve assembled for 2007 and can’t wait to see how they judge what is bound to be an even stronger shortlist of
international films and filmmakers.”

Jury members include
Kevin Roberts – CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world’s leading creative organizations, employing over 7000 people in 83 countries. Also the author of Sisomo:The Future on Screen, a book that looks at the central role of sight, sound and motion and the impact these element have in accelerating emotional connections in the digital age.

Michael Ondaatje – Award winning novelist and poet whose Booker Prize winning work The English Patient was adapted into an Academy Award and Bafta-winning film by Anthony Minghella. Ondaatje is also the author of The Conversations: Walter Murch & The Art Of Editing Film, an invaluable non-fiction work that explores the uniquely powerful role of the editor within the creative process of filmmaking.

Samira Makhmalbaf – Award-winning Iranian filmmaker whose 1998 film Sib (aka The Apple) was accepted to the official selection at Cannes Film Festival making her the youngest director (18 years old) to achieve that feat.

Kenichi Kondo, The Mori Art Museum Tokyo – as a curator with a specialty in video art, Kenichi Kondo has been responsible for strengthening the Mori’s focus on contemporary art and culture through his various initiatives.

Klaus Eder – General Secretary of FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique), the international body of professional film critics and film journalists based in Munich. FIPRESCI awards carry great distinction and are given out at the world’s leading film festivals to films that advance the art of cinema.

Vot now on www.filminute.com