Jane Wrightson

The wheels spin off the ‘Spinoff’

A newspaper reports on the wheels coming off at The Spinoff.

Quote:The Spinoff has lost nearly 90 per cent of its audience after moving to Friday’s 10.45pm “graveyard slot” on Three.

[…]The show, which was publicly funded by New Zealand on Air to the tune of $700,000, previously held Friday’s prime 9.45pm slot which has traditionally been home to comedy shows like Funny Girls and Jono and Ben.

It was pushed back after losing nearly half its viewership just three weeks in, when its target audience (viewers aged 25-54) dropped from 73,000 to just 35,000. It has been replaced with low-budget clip show Fail Army.End of quote.

If you’ve ever seen the show you’d know why. It’s gayer than Simon Bridges wearing a rainbow badge. Ok, I admit I’ve only seen one show and a bit but I’m not a masochist. If you watched the first show you got subjected to a rant against Whaleoil columnist Bob Jones by some chubby Maori chick after he hooked a bunch of SJWs with a surprise punch (and if you’re reading this Bob the boxing metaphor is for you). Oh, and speaking of chubby chicks just about all the women on it are chubby. As for the guys think young, snot-nosed, and gay in both senses of the word. Actually, you’ll be hard pressed to find a gayer show since Shortland Street.

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Mediaworks suffer another setback as taxpayer funding trough remains closed


New Zealand on Air (NZOA) has declined to fund a new serial drama proposed by TV3 to screen in the 5:30pm time slot.

NZOA chief executive Jane Wrightson said the organisation’s budget for drama is under “unprecedented pressure” with more projects seeking support than funds available.

NZOA said the proposed TV3 project was “unable to be considered a priority due to constrained funding and competing priorities.”

It also said it would require an ongoing financial commitment that “was unsustainable in the current climate of a static budget but increasing demand.” Read more »

What a waste of money

Public arts and culture funding to the tune of $1.6 million will partly pay for the New Zealand’s Got Talent reality television series.

Developed by Simon Cowell, the series is famous for discovering unlikely star Susan Boyle in the British series. It will screen on TV One.

Government agency New Zealand On Air said its support was a smart use of the public purse.

Chief executive Jane Wrightson said it was a “wonderful opportunity for many types of New Zealand performers to entertain a nationwide audience”.

Oh great we are going to search for our very own Susan Boyle. Give me?strength.

If it was such a good idea a commercial station would have purchased the rights and made money from it.