Video slot: Irene Gardiner on producing and commissioning TV

Posted Monday 10 Jul 2017

Irene Gardiner

Producer Irene Gardiner has had a long career in television, including roles at TVNZ as head of the Production Unit, and Commissioning Editor. She is also a media commentator, and spent seven years as NZ On Screen's Content Director.

NZ On Screen has just uploaded their new ScreenTalk interview with Irene Gardiner. It's just seven minutes long and is a whistle-stop tour through fascinating decades of NZ TV.

In the interview, Irene speaks about:

� Meeting legendary musicians while working on Radio with Pictures and Ready to Roll
� Producing her first show 3:45 LIVE!, with the talented Phil Keoghan and Hinemoa Elder
� How Newsnight was initially the media's whipping boy
� The challenge and rewards of heading TVNZ's Production Unit
� Why Mucking In was one of her favourite shows
� Why she found commissioning a tough job
� Feeling proud of her time at NZ On Screen
� Being incredibly lucky to have "stumbled" into producing, and her thoughts about the future

Watch the video here.

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Ticket giveaway: Paris Can Wait

Posted Monday 10 Jul 2017

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Well, it ain't every week an 80-year-old woman directs her first feature film. Given that woman is Eleanor Coppola, matriarch of the Coppola family, it sounds a little more feasible - but still, we thought it a feat well worthy of another ticket giveaway!

Anne is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer, she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humour, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne's senses and giving her a new lust for life. Starring Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard and Alec Baldwin.

Paris Can Wait opens in NZ cinemas on July 20, and we have 5 double passes to give away.

To enter the draw, just watch the trailer and answer this simple question: How many icecreams is Anne eating as she walks away from the icecream cart?

Email your answer in the subject line to by 5pm Friday 14 July 2017. Only winners will be notified.