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Triangle TV becomes Face TV

The 7pm TV viewing slot is the talk of the town as TVNZ’s Seven Sharp gets set to take on TV3’s Campbell Live.

But there is another player in the game, February 1, 2013 saw Triangle TV become Face TV.

Face TV chief executive Jim Blackman says he will bring more local news programming to air for the prime-time position.

“What we’re aiming to do is build the current affairs aspect to an hour an evening during prime-time.”

The channel will reach around 50% of total TV homes in NZ on Sky TV’s channel 89.

Face TV will screen international current affairs during prime-time, as well as a range of local content already screened on Triangle TV.

New Zealand programming would include Martyn “Bomber” Bradbury’s Citizen A, The Beatson Interview, Pacific Viewpoint, In Conversation, Know Your Rights and Gay Talk TV.

International News services would include Al Jazeera News Hour, Euronews, PBS Newshour, ABC Australia Network news and Bloomberg TV

Triangle TV secures NZ free-to-air rights for AFL’s “Game of the Week”

It’s played by two teams of 18 players with an oval ball that is bounced, handballed, kicked and punched, on an oval field with 8 goal posts.

It’s wildly aggressive, athletic and is the most attended sporting league in Australia as well as being the second-most-watched sporting event in Australia, behind cricket.

It’s Australian Football – or AFL –  and it’s catching on quickly in New Zealand.

Now, for the second year In a row, Auckland’s Triangle Television is pleased to be able to bring the game to the free-to-air viewing audience.

Triangle’s CEO Jim Blackman says that in association with AFL Australia the channel has arranged to screen a game a week commencing on Sunday 17th June at 9:00 pm up to and including the legendary Grand Final.

“We are pleased to be able to provide a broader exposure to this sport which we believe will grow in popularity over the next few years to the point where we may even see a Kiwi team playing in the League” he says.

In fact Melbourne’s St Kilda club it is considering the possibility of an Australia/New Zealand AFL clash as early as Anzac Day 2013 inWellington

Now in its fifteenth year promoting Victorian Australian Rules football, The Local Footy Show features stories from more than 280 clubs from across 16 leagues, with 11 leagues featuring in its full match-of-the-day coverage in 2011 alone.

The AFL games screen in addition to “The Local Footy Show”  which features  club-level  games acrossVictoria on Triangle on Saturdays throughout the season at 1:30pm

“We see these programmes as sowing the seeds of understanding  of the sport  in this country and, for us, it is part of our commitment to a broad base public service broadcasting service,” Blackman  says.

“Triangle Television’s  Game of the Week” Sundays at  9:00pm

“Local Footy Show” Saturdays at 1:30 pm

ASFF 2012 Winners Announced

Madeleine Parker and Matthew Cleaves were announced the winners of the Aurora Short Film Festival at last night’s inaugural Short Film Festival held at the Dendy Opera Quays Cinema.

The winners will now go on to have their work broadcast nationwide on Aurora Channel, to help kick-start their film and TV careers.

Viewers can also watch the top ten finalist films on the Aurora website by clicking here

Parker received the coveted Critics Choice award for her film The Pitch, a story about two strangers who meet, but not for the first time.

After receiving more than 6000 overall votes in the online voting process, Cleaves walked away with the popular Viewers Choice award for his film Forever Young, after topping the most votes at 2276. His film portrays love as an eternal struggle, as a young man learns to find love again.

Accompanying the award for both winners is a cash prize pool valued at $2000.

Says Phyllisse Stanton, Aurora CEO: “The calibre of the winning films have been such high quality and truly thought provoking. We are excited to support Madeleine and Matthew in their journey as Australian filmmakers and showcase their talent to audiences nationally.

“Aurora also congratulates the top ten finalists, as well as all the entrants who submitted their creations. They have set the bar far beyond our expectations and we look forward to supporting them in their endeavours as upcoming filmmakers.

“This is the first short film festival for Aurora and we received an outstanding 135 entries from budding filmmakers from around the country who have shared their stories and creative passions. We look forward to starting the process again soon for 2013 Aurora Short Film Festival.”

Joining the winners for the countdown and screening of the top ten finalist films at the Dendy Opera Quays Cinema were the panel of judging experts including: Michael Bodey, media writer for The Australian; Brooke Hemphill, encore managing editor; Genevieve Clay-Smith, former Tropfest winner; Ross Howden, CEO of ScreenLaunch; and Corrie McDougall, Aurora programming and production manager.

The audience also included a full house of fellow filmmakers, members of the media industry and film and TV buffs.

Themed ‘Make Something 2012’, Aurora laid down the gauntlet for creatives to submit their own digital content for a chance to receive industry acknowledgement, television exposure and sponsorship opportunities to help launch their film careers.

As an independent broadcaster, Aurora is passionate about uncovering fresh Australian talent and the Aurora Short Film Festival is all about the spirit of having a go and providing all Australians with the unique opportunity to have their work broadcast on a national platform.

Australian audiences can tune in to watch the announcement of the winners and the screening of the top ten films to industry professionals on Aurora Channel this Sunday, 3rd June at 8pm.

Aurora Short Film Festival 2012 – Top ten finalists

Are You Serious?
Submitted by David Di Muro

Berry Bliss
Submitted by Andrew Pearce

Class Wars
Submitted by Afrim Memed

Dear Photo
Submitted by Greg Teh

Ducking Madness
Submitted by Alex Rowe

Forever Young
Submitted by Matthew Cleaves

Get Up
Submitted by Dan Balcaban

Love Is A Many Childish Thing
Submitted by Mikael Hattingh

Take It Off
Submitted by Katie Johnson

The Pitch
Submitted by Madeleine Parker

Aurora doubles prize pool for 2012 Short Film Festival

Winners of the inaugural Aurora Short Film Festival 2012 will have reason to celebrate twice as hard this year, with the nation’s leading not-for-profit subscription community channel doubling the value of prizes on offer from $1000 to $2000 each.

Themed Make Something 2012, the Aurora Short Film Festival is open to creatives across Australia, who are invited to submit their own digital content for a chance to win the Viewer’s Choice Award or the Critics’ Choice Award.

As well as industry acknowledgement and cash prizes, winners will also receive nationwide television exposure to help kick-start their film and TV careers.

According to Aurora CEO, Phyllisse Stanton, entries have exceeded the Channel’s expectations and the quality of submissions has been extremely high.

Says Stanton: “Entrants have really taken to the theme of Make Something 2012 – so far we have received everything from music clips, comedies, thought-provoking documentaries, to student films. The entries have been of such high calibre, that we felt it only appropriate that we increase the prize pools for both categories. The Aurora Short Film Festival is unique in that we don’t ask entrants to feature any specific item, topic or event – we ask for nothing except that entrants make something up to 10 minutes long. Whether it be a short film, music clip, documentary, digital art, all we ask is that entrants be as creative as possible, to make something and have a go.”

She added: “Our goal is to create a platform for the top filmmakers to show their work to the nation via our network, while also interacting with the audience during the selection process, through the viewer online voting system.”

The top 10 finalists will be announced on 4th May, and viewers will then have several weeks to vote online to determine the winner of the Viewer’s Choice Award.

The finalists will also be invited to showcase their creations for industry professionals and the public during a screening night at Dendy Opera Quays on 29th May, where a panel of expert judges will select the winner of the Critics’ Choice Award.

Stanton concluded: “Entries close on the 30th of April, so I encourage all budding creatives to enter the Aurora Short Film Festival for a chance to get a head start in the film and television industries, before it’s too late!”

Aurora Short Film Festival 2012

Entry Details:
Entries close: April 30th 2012
Finalists – Top 10 Announced: May 4th 2012
Voting: May 4th 2012 – May 29th 2012
Winners announced May 29th 2012
Prizes: Critics Choice $2000 (panel of industry experts) and Viewers Choice $2000 (online voting)

Entry Requirements:

  • Can be animation, drama, photostory, documentary, music clip – anything
  • Max 10 minutes in length
  • Terms and Conditions and online entry form on the website 
  • Entries to be delivered on DVD (file format .avi, mpeg2, .mov etc) or uploaded to
  • Finalists must provide a broadcast quality version of the film if they reach the top 10. 

Triangle Television NZ appoints Corcoran Media in Australia

Triangle Television in New Zealand has appointed Corcoran Media as their sales representative company in Australia.

Corcoran Media’s Managing Director Craig Corcoran welcomes its first international appointment and looks forward to working with the Auckland based team at Triangle Television.

The company also represents subscription channels in Australia including Aurora Community Channel and Ovation Channel.

Corcoran says, we’re very excited to be given the opportunity to generate revenue opportunities for Triangle Televsion from within the Australian market where the channel is relatively unknown.

Broadcasting free to air to the greater Auckland region from all key transmission sites accessible on the UHF frequency, the channel currently broadcasts in analogue and on their pathway towards digital switchover in Auckland during December 2013.

Corcoran says, the channel has been broadcasting since August 1, 1998 in the greater Auckland region which is NZ’s largest city and population base.

In describing the channel, Corcoran likens it to SBS in Australia in that it has a pretty broad audience and diverse range of content, which is a true reflection of the multi cultural profile of Auckland’s population.

Corcoran Media’s appointment is effective from Monday March 19, 2012.