Red Sky, SPP and Zoomslide are all named finalists in the international film and TV awards. Two are previous winners at the event. All three nominations are for shows supported by NZ On Air.
NZ companies have a decent track record at the event, which names its winners during the April NAB show in Las Vegas. Last year Imagination Television took a Silver World Medal for itsWild Life At The Zoo.
Red Sky is nominated in the Social Issues category forMind the Gap which screened here in TV3`sInside New Zealand series.
At last year`s event, Red Sky`sInside Child Poverty was named a finalist. In 2011, itsJesus The Cold Case won two awards.
SPP`sThe Blue Rose is nominated in the TV Drama category this year. SPP has a strong record at the event.Nothing Trivial andThe Almighty Johnsons were named finalists in both 2012 and 2013.
In 2012 one of SPP`s rare ventures into factual programming, Craig Potton`sWild Coasts, was awarded in the Environment and Ecology category. The same year Roseanne Liang`sMy Wedding and Other Secrets, produced by SPP, was a finalist in the directing and acting categories, and came away with a Bronze in the Best Feature Film category.
The third 2014 finalist is Zoomslide, nominated in the Travel & Tourism category forReal Pasifik – of which a second series is currently in pre-production for TVNZ.
As he was last year, SPP`s Simon Bennett is one of the 200 or so jurors who make the decisions, although he doesn`t get a free trip to Vegas. Judging is done by watching the submissions online. The contest attracts entries from over 50 countries, although over one third of the judges are from the US.
This year`s winners will be named at NAB on 8 April, so a number of contenders will have to ask themselves the hard question: should I go to Vegas or Cannes (where MIPTV is running the same week)? `Tis a hard life.