Ex music reporter Paul Ellis, MNZM, signed Kiwi acts Bic Runga and Strawpeople while at Sony Music NZ, then worked with Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper from Sony's New York office. Later the longtime music manager returned home, where he was a judge on NZ Idol and New Zealand’s Got Talent. Ellis has handled communications for Brisbane television channel QTQ-9, and runs company Paul Ellis Publicity.
...this is one of the best times the New Zealand music industry has ever had. Paul Ellis in a TV3 interview, 20 November 2014
Simulcast on TV3, RadioLIVE and online, Paul Henry debuted in April 2015. Not to be confused with late night's The Paul Henry Show, the new three hour 'multi-platform' morning show was billed as unique, allowing "viewers/listeners to move effortlessly between their bedrooms, living rooms and cars" with uninterrupted access. Henry was supported by Hilary Barry (later Ingrid Hipkiss), Jim Kayes and a resident social media expert. By September 2016 Barry had joined rival show Breakfast. Henry himself stepped down in December, opening the slot for Duncan Garner's The AM Show in 2017.
Based on the hugely successful Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell, this nationwide TV talent quest first screened on Prime for one season in 2008. It was revived by TV One in 2012 and 2013. The Prime hosts were Andrew Mulligan and radio DJ Jason Reeves, with judges Miriama Smith, Paul Ellis and Richard Driver. From 2012 the host was Tamaiti Coffey, with model/actor Rachel Hunter, Opshop frontman Jason Kerrison and UB40's Ali Campbell as judges. American choreographer Cris Judd replaced Campbell for the 2013 series.