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  1. 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.

  2. Incendo and Screentime NZ Commence Filming the movie A LOVE YARN

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    Incendo  and Screentime  New Zealand  are pleased to  announce that  they have commenced principal photography on A LOVE YARN, starring New Zealand actress Anna Hutchison (Robert the Bruce;Encounter; Vengeance), as well as Simon Arblaster (Once Upon a Time; DC: Legends of Tomorrow; Wild Justice) and Olivia Tennet (Lord of the Rings; 800 Words; Kiri and Lou).  A LOVE YARN is being shot on location in New Zealand.

     

    A LOVE YARN is written by Becca Johanson.  It is with great excitement that we welcome the contribution of director Peter Burger (Filthy Rich; Until Proven Innocent; Mataku).  His last two films received a nomination in the category “Best Director” at the New Zealand Film & TV Awards and at the Qantas Television Awards.

     

    In A LOVE YARN  the owner of a quaint New Zealand yarn shop, Sophie Dale, gets her world flipped upside down  after  learning her top  supplier of  yarn,  King Farms, is stopping production. Much to her  surprise,  the charming yet  stuck-in-his-ways  Samuel King  has  travelled all  the  way from  New  York to  audit  the business model of the farm. Desperate to keep her shop going, Sophie convinces Samuel to give her two weeks to learn the ropes of yarn spinning and raise enough money to buy the mill herself. With Samuel’s help, Sophie comes up with a fundraising plan to host a “knit-off” and auction at the local makers’ market. However, when the two  weeks  come to  an  end Sophie  finds  herself at  a  crossroads of  business  and romance.  Could  she have misinterpreted Samuels growing romantic interest in her as just business all along?

     

    A LOVE YARN is produced in association with Citytv, a Rogers Sports & Media channel, to air as part of Citytv’s fan-favourite Fall in Love Fridays lineup. Kaleigh Kavanagh, Bridget Bourke and Tina McLaren will produce the film; Executive Producers are Jean Bureau, Ian Whitehead and Philly de Lacey.

     

  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. 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.