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  1. Banijay Confirms MasterChef NZ Return

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    Banijay today confirms the return of global cookery hit, MasterChef, in New Zealand following a six-year hiatus.

     

    Screentime New Zealand, a Banijay company, and Discovery, have struck a deal with the support of Banijay Rights, which sees MasterChef NZ launch on Discovery’s Three in 2022.

     

    Last on our screens in 2015, the global family favourite is set to take on a distinctive Kiwi taste with local amateur cooks keen to show the country they have what it takes in the kitchen.

     

    Inspiring food lovers everywhere, MasterChef NZ has produced some of the most-loved kiwi chefs, and this season will be no different. From time-pressure challenges, to forgetting the key ingredient, this season will have you on the edge of your seat. Which regular kiwi will surpass the judges’ expectations in the food knowledge, cooking, plating and pairing arena and win the title of MasterChef New Zealand?

     

    Philly de Lacey, CEO Screentime New Zealand comments:MasterChef continues to evolve and travel worldwide and we are so proud to be reuniting audiences with the brand here in New Zealand. Underpinned by universal themes, but with a modern hyper-local focus this season is going to stun audiences – set in one of the most stunning cuisine and produce regions in NZ with talent who are at the top of their game – the show has all the ingredients to unite the nation in its love of food culture.”

     

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay adds: “To bring a global phenomenon like MasterChef back to New Zealand after a six-year absence is an absolute thrill, and with Screentime and Discovery’s Three at the helm, we’re in no doubt this will be a very exciting launch for 2022.”

     

    MasterChef is the world’s most successful cookery television format, produced across 64 markets. The life-changing show has broadcast more than 10,000 episodes to-date and recently aired its milestone 500th season globally since its reboot in 2005. Created by Franc Roddam, the show is a super brand known and enjoyed around the world.

     

    The MasterChef format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay Rights.

     

    Led by CEO Philly de Lacey, Screentime New Zealand produces award-winning drama, documentary and factual entertainment series. This includes a high-profile local comeback of entertainment hit Popstars, prime-time factual success Eat Well For Less NZ, and award-winning drama, The Gulf.

  2. LEGO® Masters NZ Makes it 14

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    Banijay today announces Screentime New Zealand will produce a local version of LEGO Masters for TVNZ.

     

    The competition reality hit has now been picked up by 14 broadcasters globally, with New Zealand joining recently confirmed adaptations for Spain and Norway, and more major deals in the pipeline.

     

    Successful productions broadcasting so far this year include the US, which is currently on air, and proving a major success for FOX as the #1 show among younger viewers (P18-34) and teens, and its second-most streamed entertainment series.  The series three finale of LEGO Masters Australia in April dominated the ratings in all capital cities, broadcasting as the number one show of the day in all key demos. The format also had a spectacular debut run in the LEGO Group’s home market of Denmark in April, pulling in a 50.6% share for 15–34 year olds across the season.

     

    More than 2.5 million bricks are now making their way to Aotearoa, for the colourful and playful format set to air in 2022. LEGO Masters sees pairs undertake numerous challenges which test their creativity and building expertise. LEGO Certified Professional (LCP), Robin Sather, will be the judge and oversee the contestants throughout, offering advice as the stages get increasingly harder, pairs are eliminated and the pressure mounts. However, only one pair can be crowned the nation’s LEGO Masters.

     

    Banijay serves as the exclusive format and finished tape distributor globally for the format, which was created by Tuesdays Child Television and the LEGO Group.

     

    Philly de Lacey, CEO of Screentime New Zealand adds: “Following the success of LEGO Masters in Australia, the US and Europe, we’re so excited for LEGO fans in New Zealand to finally have the opportunity to compete in this incredible series.  We can’t wait to see what amazing designs Kiwis will bring to the LEGO table.”

     

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay comments: “The LEGO brand is universally loved. It champions innovation and talent, and this, paired with the jeopardy and competition of creating jaw-dropping builds, is proving compelling viewing for all ages.  The international momentum of LEGO Mastersshows no sign of slowing down, and we’re incredibly proud 14 broadcasters have picked up the show.”

     

    Led by CEO Philly de Lacey, Screentime New Zealand produces award-winning drama, documentary and factual entertainment series. This includes a high-profile local comeback of entertainment hit Popstars, prime-time factual success Eat Well For Less NZ, and scripted success The Gulf.

  3. Screentime New Zealand Teams Up with Emergency Services for TVNZ

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    Screentime New Zealand, part of Banijay Group, today confirms TVNZ1 has commissioned a new 10×60’ documentary series, First Responders.

     

    The first production in New Zealand dedicated to capturing all three major emergency rescue services in one series – helicopters, ambulances, boats – First Responders will portray the stories of those in need across the country; from the transport of critically injured patients, to the winching of a cow from the sea. With unprecedented access, each episode will combine rescue footage with 111 call audio and interviews to create an intimate relationship between the audience and First Responders.

     

    Philly de Lacey, Executive Producer and CEO of Screentime New Zealand comments: “With state-of-the-art rigging, a highly experienced team, and never-before-seen access, we are confident this series will put audiences right at the heart of the nation’s first response teams. After 18 years working on Police Ten 7, the crew are well-versed in capturing the real-life high adrenaline drama that comes with the territory and we look forward to sharing this world with the rest of the country.”

     

    Cate Slater, Director of Content at TVNZ comments: “The work these three emergency teams do 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year is invaluable. We’re excited to bring viewers a unique insight into this life-saving work. They’ll get to see first-hand the immense dedication these highly skilled professionals bring to their jobs. We’re full of admiration for our first responders and we know our audience will feel the same.

     

    First Responders was commissioned by TVNZ and will be produced by Screentime New Zealand and executive produced by Philly de Lacey and Tina McLaren. The series will be distributed by Banijay Rights.

  4. Dope New Action Drama Set for New Zealand’s Mediaworks Three

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    Mediaworks Three today confirms it has commissioned new telemovie Toke from Banijay Group’s Screentime New Zealand. Marking the first feature-length script from writer Kewana Duncan (Ngāti Tara, Tokanui), the action drama will go into production later this year, and air on the network in 2020.

     

    Set in the sleepy town of Tokerangi, New Zealand, Toke centres around three underachieving kiwifruit orchard workers – Georgie, Taki and Henare.  While innocently raising funds to travel the world, the trio accidentally grow a strong strain of weed, and find themselves drawn into the secretive world of the high-stakes global cannabis industry. From small-town workers, to international marijuana experts, the group’s stock quickly attracts customers alongside unwanted attention, and, as the lines between legal and illegal blur, it is not long before they are in way over their heads.

     

    Kewana Duncan comments: “Toke is a mad-cap, entertaining caper set in a hearty remote Māori community. I am thrilled to continue working with the experienced drama producers at Screentime to reflect a part of small-town Aotearoa to a primetime audience.”

     

    Philly de Lacey, Executive Producer and CEO of Screentime New Zealand: “We’re so proud to be partnering with Kewana Duncan on his first-ever feature-length script. Championing diversity on and off-screen, Toke is the perfect balance of drama and comedy, and we can’t wait to shine a light on these areas and stories that rarely make it to screen.”

     

    Toke will be executive produced by Screentime New Zealand’s Philly de Lacey, with Duncan directing alongside Charlie Haskell (The Gulf and Straight Forward). The series follows the success of Screentime New Zealand’s latest “world-class drama”, The Gulf, which will be available to buy at this year’s MIPCOM. Both titles are distributed globally by Banijay Rights.

  5. TVNZ Picks Up Eat Well for Less from Screentime New Zealand

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    TVNZ today confirms the commission of Eat Well for Less from Screentime New Zealand, a Banijay Group company. The new series, based on the original UK format, will air on TVNZ and TVNZ Ondemand later this year.

     

    Eat Well for Less sees experts tour the country to show families how to spend less and eat better. In each episode, the resident specialists show a new family how to shop, cook and ultimately, eat for less. With the help of a nutritionist, they analyse the groceries the family buys and set a target for how much they could save. The hosts also suggest alternative weekly meals and new recipes for the family to try, and work on distancing them from the big, and often expensive, household brands.

     

    Devised and produced by RDF Productions (a Banijay Group company) in the UK, Eat Well for Less has enjoyed six seasons on BBC One with a seventh series on its way. The number one factual programme in its slot, its success has also led to hit local versions across France, Spain, Denmark, Australia and Poland. In every series, families discover how to save significant amounts of money on food and reduce their waste, without scrimping on quality or nutrition. By using simple tips, tricks, swaps and easy recipes, they can slash a weekly food budget.

     

    Philly de Lacey, Executive Producer comments: Eat Well for Less has been a firm favourite in the UK schedules for a number of years and has proven itself in a number of other territories internationally. A strong primetime format, with broad appeal, we are sure, with TVNZ, we have found the perfect home for it in New Zealand.”

     

    Eat Well for Less New Zealand will be executive produced by Screentime’s Philly de Lacey and Tina McLaren. It was commissioned by TVNZ’s Tony Manson. All rights for the Eat Well for Less brand are held by Banijay Rights.

     

  6. Screentime New Zealand Partners with TVNZ on Brand New Wife Swap Roll-Out

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    Screentime New Zealand, a Banijay Group company, today announces it is producing a new local version of Wife Swap for TVNZ in New Zealand. The new series will air on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ Ondemand later this year.

     

    The latest version in New Zealand acts as the 28th local remake. Like the award-winning versions that have gone before, Wife Swap New Zealand will commence with the wives arriving at their new homes and meeting their temporary families. Aided only by an instruction manual left by their predecessor, the wife must spend the first week living according to the often difficult and bizarre rules of the house. How do people live like this? In the second week expect some big changes as she runs the household as she sees fit. Expect drama, tears and…understanding, as cameras follow the journey to often common ground.

     

    Having been on air across the globe for 15 continuous years of broadcast, the brand has proved a worldwide success getting straight to the heart of how we live and love. To date, the show has proved a hit across the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia and France. And further productions are already underway with Banijay Group’s Screentime Australia, Banijay Productions Germany and Zodiak Netherlands and Banijay Studios North America. That is not to mention the recent orders across Brazil, Bulgaria, and France.

     

    Philly de Lacey, Executive Producer, Screentime New Zealand: Wife Swap has long played a significant role in the Banijay Group portfolio and I could not be happier to be putting our own spin on it for audiences in New Zealand. With a social experiment and drama at its core, there is no doubt it will resonate with and attract viewers.”

     

    Cate Slater, TVNZ Director of Content: “Wife Swap is an iconic format with a global following. The series has a unique fish-out-of-water quality that strongly resonates with viewers. We’re excited to see this show reimagined for 2019 on TVNZ and to celebrate the diversity of New Zealand families.”

     

    Wife Swap New Zealand will be executive produced by Screentime’s Tina McLaren and Philly de Lacey, and Dominic Smith will serve as producer. It was commissioned by TVNZ’s Tony Manson. All rights for the Wife Swap brand are held by Banijay Rights.