In the past five years GSTV has grown quickly and is now one of New Zealand's largest production companies. Its benchmark show, Eating Media Lunch, is about to enter its 8th season - and popular factual series, The Lion Man, has sold globally to 120 countries via distributors All3Media, London. Factual series, Remarkable Vets, has been broadcast on the National Geographic Channel. Key broadcasters include TVNZ, TV3, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, ABC (Australia) and BSkyB (UK). GSTV is part owned by former retail magnate David Levene.
The company owns the rights to the gameshow format Who Wants to be a Millionaire in New Zealand and has made the first season for TVNZ, debuting September 2008 on TV One. The series was shot in Melbourne in conjunction with Channel 9 - but using New Zealand contestants and a New Zealand audience.
In April 2008 GSTV announced it first major acquisition, Maxim Films. Two movies will be released in 2008 under the Great Southern Films title, Apron Strings and Show of Hands. Apron Strings was selected for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Show of Hands was selected for the Montreal Film Festival.
In July 2008 Great Southern rebranded as Great Southern Film and Television, and moved its head office into the Oktobor Building in central Auckland.
In September 2008 its comedy series Eating Media Lunch was voted best comedy at the Qantas Film and Television awards. In the same month GSTV had five comedy series on air on New Zealand television: The Unauthorised History of New Zealand, The Pretender, 1000 Apologies, the Millen Baird Show and Back of the Y.
It currently has two factual series in production: Birdland, hosted by Jeremy Wells for TV One, and Four Families for TV3.
A new series of Eating Media Lunch launches on TV2 in November.
The company has four feature films in funded development, and three dramas in funded development.
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