Binge watching

The beginning or the end of social entertainment?
Wednesday 20 April 2016, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm @ Vodafone, 20 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland City

Binge watching

The way we consume video entertainment has evolved rapidly. First there was the inherently social phase of Friday nights at the cinema,and crowding around ‘the box’ with your flatmates or at your neighbours' house. Soon, as we filled multiple rooms in our homes with TV sets, it became an experience strictly between viewer and show. Now, in the age of social media, TV viewers can follow their favourite shows, share content and connect with fellow fans at any time before, during and after a program. 

So what impact does this have on the industry and how does New Zealand keep up when content from around the globe is now readily available when, where and how we want it?

What are content providers (traditional and otherwise) doing in this new age of social TV and what are the results?

And with our fondness for binge watching and instant gratification – is traditional TV dead?

Bingeworthy or cringeworthy? Who decides?

Join our panel on Wednesday, 20 April to find out this and more! 


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  • Kym Niblock

    Media Executive

    Kym Niblock

    Kym Niblock has 25+ years of media and 10 years of IPTV and OTT digital experience with with brands like Spark, Foxtel,, Viacom, B Sky B, Nickelodeon and MTV Networks. She was most recently the CEO of Media at Spark where she set up and ran Lightbox.

    Kym specialises in taking disruptive content initiatives to market and building them into large scale and sometimes global businesses, that are leading the way carving out new business, value and revenue models at the forefront of the media revolution.

  • Model & TV personality

    Chrystal Chenery

    Chrystal came to fame as one of New Zealand's first bachelorette's, followed by a run to the finals on Dancing with the Stars.

    Viewers couldn't get enough of her outspoken antics on ‘The Bachelor’. She is charismatic and unapologetically authentic.

    As a yoga instructor and self-proclaimed "health nut," Chrystal leads a holistic lifestyle and is passionate about health, nutrition, physical activity, travel and fashion when she's not delighting audiences.

  • Head of Curation, Emerging Platforms, SKY Television

    Kathy Wright

    Kathy Wright is responsible for the selection of key content, schedule planning for SKY's emerging platforms - including a wide variety of UK and US studio and major independent series for SKY Television in New Zealand.

    Previously, Kathy was also responsible for programming SKY’s free-to-air channel, Prime and the inception of a new Entertainment Production team to provide local production and commissioning services to Sky's Entertainment channels, including Prime's first commissioned drama, The Brokenwood Mysteries, and long running series 60 Minutes, The Crowd Goes Wild, Shearing Gang and SKY All Access.
    In a former life, she looked after content for Vodafone’s short-lived Mobile TV service and was a programmer for TVNZ.

  • Angela March

    Angela March

    As an occasional binge watcher herself, Angela could not resist bringing the topic of screens and TV viewing to #SMCAKL. PR Account Director for Pead PR by day, Angela has worked across a range of consumer brands from food and beverage to cosmetics and lifestyle.

  • Lightbox

    Lightbox is a New Zealand streaming TV service that offers you an incredible choice of TV shows to watch ad-free. For $12.99 per 30 days, you’ll have unlimited access to brand new, globally trending shows, cult classics, New Zealand favourites, and a huge range of kids’ shows.

    Lightbox are giving away ten subscriptions at the event – come along and be in to win!

  • Bozzy Bootz

    Dee Wilson created Bozzy after the ongoing frustration of not being able to find casual thigh high boots; Cool, casual thigh high boots.

    Modelled by Chrystal Chenery, Bozzy Bootz have been created with love, time and passion. Meticulously designed and tested, they have been made with only the best materials.

    To celebrate the launch of Bozzy Bootz we have a pair to give away! Just tweet or commenting on our Facebook post your best #BozzyMoment with #smcakl and we’ll announce the winner on the night.

  • 27 - 28 Jun, 2016


    Be inspired by social media moguls and creative thinkers who live and breathe social. Jam-packed with case studies, the 2016 NZ Social Media Forum will bring you first-hand knowledge from some of your favourite brands including Facebook, Twitter, Hell Revolution Ltd, Pita Pit NZ, Les Mills, 90 Seconds, My Food Bag and more!

    We have two tickets to giveaway: One ticket to the best question asked during the event and one ticket for the best tweet.

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