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Sky’s record year for local content

Sky TV, Auckland, July 2014: SKY had a record-breaking year supporting the New Zealand television industry during 2013, with a 14% increase in local content over the previous year.

Ranging from sport and news to documentaries and entertainment, SKY aired more than 27,000 hours of locally produced content across its channels and free-to-air channel Prime.

“We’re committed to increasing Kiwi content across our channels, which is reflected by the leap in the amount of local shows we screened last year,” says SKY chief executive John Fellet.

“Like our customers, we’re passionate about all things Kiwi, whether that’s cheering the All Blacks on to win another big game, taking in the day’s news or being inspired by culinary creations. We are right behind our local talent.”

SKY loves helping New Zealanders experience the thrill and excitement of great sport, both on and off the field. SKY’s huge range of local sports content last year covered rugby, netball, league, cricket, tennis, fishing, golf, V8s and rally driving, plus iconic weeknight series The Crowd Goes Wild and the ever-popular SKY Arena events. Not only did this mean Kiwis had a great variety of sporting entertainment at their fingertips but also SKY’s investment filtered back through to the grass roots of local sport, ensuring there are future generations of great Kiwi athletes for our viewers to be fanatical about.

SKY also invests time and funding into a range of other entertainment content, from news to factual and entertainment programming. 2013 productions included a variety of popular shows for SKY’s free-to-air network Prime, such as 60 Minutes, Shearing Gang, New Zealand From Above, Sachie’s Kitchen, documentary series Aftermath, as well as Starting Over for VIBE on SKY’s digital platform.

SKY also screened locally-produced entertainment content across the network such as the Emmy-nominated Top Of The Lake and sword and sandal epic Spartacus. There were lots of laughs too, with an impressive 644 hours of comedy screening on SKY channels and Prime last year, starring the likes of Rhys Darby, Jacquie Brown and Leigh Hart.

SKY is committed to further develop a broad local content offering for Kiwis and looks forward to sharing more great New Zealand stories this year.

Summary of Local content:

Prime: Local Production-Funded Content

Prime News, 60 Minutes, Sachie’s Kitchen, The Crowd Goes Wild, Aftermath*, New Zealand From Above*, Shearing Gang*, The Forgotten General*, The Animal Files*, Back Benches*, The Exponents*, Weight of a Nation, The Kiwi Dream, Fishing NZ, International Rugby, Super Rugby, Heineken Open and ASB Classic Highlights, International Netball, International Cricket, NZ Horse Racing and V8 Supercars.

*SKY gratefully acknowledges the assistance of NZ On Air

Entertainment

Starting Over (fully-funded by SKY), Spartacus, Café Secrets S2, World Kitchen, Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge, The Sugar Club, Chelsea NZ’s Hottest Home Baker S4, Kiwi Baker in Shanghai, Kai Ora S1, The Garden Pantry S1, How Did You Do That?, Beyond the Darklands, 111 Emergency, Shipwreck, A Shocking Reminder, I Escape Jaws, Top Ten Sharkdown, NZ Evening News, Top of the Lake, The Billy T Show, BroTown, It’s Rhys Darby Night, Jacquie Brown Diaries, Moon TV, Pulp Comedy, The Hobbit, The World’s Fastest Indian, The Lord of the Rings.

Sport

All Blacks, Investec Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup, Investec Super Rugby, ITM Cup, Meads & Lochore Cup, Mainfreight Rugby, Toyota Grassroots Rugby, Land Rover 1st XV Rugby, Steinlager Rugby Awards, Wellington Sevens, Regional Sevens, NRL Telstra Premiership: Warriors, Holden Cup: Warriors, NSW Cup: Vulcans, 40/20, Silver Ferns, ANZ Championship, Fast5 Netball World Series, The Netball Zone, BLACKCAPS, HRV Cup, The Cricket Show, All Whites v New Caledonia & Mexico, Hyundai A-League: Phoenix, ASB Premiership Final, NBL Championship: Breakers, Tennis: ASB Classic & Heineken Open, BMX World Championships, Golf: NZ Women’s Open, Golf Central, ANZ Golf World, SKY Arena Access, SKY Sport: What’s On, Red Bull Chronicles, Feed the Backs, The Crowd Goes Wild, Challenge Wanaka, Cycling: Tour of Southland, Deaker On Sport, The ITM Fishing Show, Trans-Tasman Match Fishing Series, State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, Weight of a Nation, Small Blacks TV, Reunion Live, Rugby Zone, Toyota Racing Series, The Dirt, NZ V8’s

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