Story: Screen industry

The games affair

This early children’s drama, The games affair, was made by Endeavour Television Productions in 1974 and directed by John Barnett. The six-episode series came in under budget ($96,000). Barnett would later recall an annoyed New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (the government agency that ran television in New Zealand at the time) threatening to never give Endeavour another commission on the grounds that the company should not have made a profit. From 1993 Barnett was head of South Pacific Pictures, producer of landmark soap opera Shortland Street and drama series Outrageous fortune.

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Reference: The games affair. Producer, Graham McLean; director, Bruce Clark. Endeavour Televisions Productions, 1974

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Megan Cook, 'Screen industry - Screen industry growth, 1970s to 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 22 Oct 2014