Last night, TVNZ and its agency and production partners gathered at Auckland’s Shed 10 cut the ribbon on a new season lineup. But as much as it was a celebration of what’s to come, it was a chance for the broadcaster to recognise all it's achieved in the past year in its push to connect with more Zealanders than ever in more places than ever before.
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At end of June, upon lifting lid of Lightbox, the Spark subsidiary's head of programming and local content Maria Mahony told StopPress that she was in talks with local film distributors to secure a deal to screen several local shows. Shortly after Lightbox's announcements, Quickflix sent out a release saying that it had snapped up pair of local shows, which Lightbox was thought to have been interested in, and this seemingly spoiled the party for the newcomer. Then, when Lightbox later revealed its lineup there was a clear Kiwi-shaped hole in its programming, leading to questions as to whether the subscription video on demand (SVOD) provider would in fact be adding any local shows to its lineup. However, these questions have now been answered by today's announcement that Lightbox has added no less than 19 local shows to its catalogue. UPDATE: Quickflix ups its local game with seven more shows.