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Children’s Content Funding Discussion Paper


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NZ On Air have released a discussion paper on Children’s Content Funding. Kidsonscreen encourages interested parents and caregivers to look at it and see what possibilities are ahead and to make a submission on what you think the future is for New Zealand children’s screen content. Chair Janette Howe was invited to contribute to the drafting of this

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Events, In the News, Research, Television

Where are our kids in the Big Picture?


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Ruth Zanker moderated a session on kids` content with an interesting mix of panelists, the ABC`s soon-departing head of kids` content, Tim Brooke-Hunt; writer Briar Grace-Smith; former children`s commissioner Ian Hassall; and producer Yvonne Mackay. Zanker, Hassall and Mackay are all trustees of the New Zealand`s Childrens Screen Trust, which “seeks to enrich the lives

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In the News, Television

Children’s TV crying out for a local hero


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In the NZ Herald NZCST Trustee John Harris asks why we have so few Kiwi dramas on TV for children, and so little money for production. The United States has produced and immortalised a huge number of “heroes”: Davy Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Revere, Geronimo, Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull, Luke Skywalker, Hannah Montana, Calamity Jane,

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In the News, Television

Kiwi Kids’ TV More American Than US


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Kiwi kids bombarded with overseas television programmes watch more United States-made content than their American counterparts. And rather than moving away from such programmes, exposure to American children’s shows is increasing, says a visiting academic. The statistics have led to a call for a publicly funded, free-to-air children’s channel, as well as warnings of “far reaching

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