April 18, 2018

Auckland closes the gap on Wellington as the home of New Zealand film production

By James Croot, stuff.co.nz,  April 11 2018

In figures released by Stats NZ on Monday, Auckland's share of New Zealand's annual film production revenue increased to 43 per cent in 2017. Wellington still led the way with 55 per cent as New Zealand's overall film production revenue increased by 15 per cent to $1.1b.

Stats NZ business performance manager Laura O'Leary said Auckland's film production revenue was estimated at $489m last year, an increase of 37 per cent from 2016, while the Capital's revenue was slightly down.

Jason Statham-starrer The Meg, Shailene Woodley thriller Adrift and New Zealand family comedy Kiwi Christmaswere among the feature films to shoot in Auckland last year, while Wellington-based production and post-production companies contributed to the making of Ghost in the ShellThor: RagnarokBlade Runner 2049Justice League, and War for the Planet of the Apes and Mortal Engines was also shot there.


April 18, 2018

Irish Government to Invest $250 Million Over 10 Years in Screen Industries

By , Variety, 11 April

The Irish government is set to pump €200 million ($247.2 million) into the country’s media production and audiovisual industries over the next 10 years. The announcement came as part of the publication of a government report Tuesday titled “Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027,” a cornerstone of its Project Ireland 2040 initiative.

Ireland’s national film agency, the Irish Film Board, which manages funds for the development and production of Irish film, television drama, documentary and animation, welcomed the announcement. In a speech Tuesday chair Annie Doona also revealed the agency would be changing its name to Screen Ireland, which she said reflected “the widening remit of the board.”


April 18, 2018

Auckland's screen production sector worth $1 billion

Auckland's screen production sector earned more than $1.1 billion in gross revenue in 2017, according to Statistics New Zealand's latest annual industry economic data.

Production of the first season of The Shannara Chronicles based in Auckland

"With the two new sound stages at Kumeū Film Studios about to be completed and a major international production ready to move in for the rest of the year, and a number of other key television productions such as Power Rangers – in town again at Studio West and on location – this year is another strong one."

Nick Hill, chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development 


March 19, 2018

Film Industry Working Group announced

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway today announced the establishment of a Film Industry Working Group, facilitated by Linda Clark, to find a fit-for purpose way to restore workers’ rights in the screen industry. The Working Group is made up of key industry players like Film Auckland, as well as BusinessNZ and the Council of Trade Unions.

“This Government is determined that all New Zealand workers get a fair go, including film workers,” says Mr Lees-Galloway.

“The 2010 ‘Hobbit law’ meant film production workers were treated as independent contractors, unless they are party to a written employment agreement that states they are employees. This effectively denied them rights enjoyed by other workers in New Zealand. Contractors do not have the right to bargain collectively under the Employment Relations Act.

“New Zealand must have a highly skilled and innovative economy that provides well-paid, decent jobs, and delivers on economic growth and productivity,” says Mr Lees-Galloway. “To achieve these outcomes, working people need a voice in their workplace through collective bargaining.

“The industry has agreed to work collaboratively to find a durable solution to restore collective bargaining rights for film production workers, without necessarily changing the status of those who wish to continue working as independent contractors.”


March 19, 2018

TVNZ bosses say sexual harassment policies up to scratch

TVNZ's boss is confident its workplace policies safeguard against the kind of sexual harassment revealed to be plaguing the entertainment industry overseas and says there's no gender pay gap between its presenters.

The assurances were made by chair Dame Therese Walsh and chief executive Kevin Kenrick to a select committee on Thursday morning as part of the public broadcaster's annual review.

Kenrik said it was "naive" to think there had never been an issue with sexism in TVNZ's history, but the board was happy with the organisation's current culture....


March 19, 2018

Govt too upbeat about AI - Ben Reid from the Artificial Intelligence Forum

Ben Reid from the Artificial Intelligence Forum said the country needed to have an open conversation about the impact of AI on the workforce.

"Yes, artificial intelligence is going to have a significant impact on the job market.

"New Zealand really does need to start having an open conversation. There will be some people who do find it hard to retrain, and I think society - and industry - need to have open conversations about how we support those people in the future."

Mr Boyd said the government was guilty of being too upbeat about AI, seeing it as a tool for economic growth, and downplaying the huge disruption likely to follow....