Pioneering TV programmer Bettina Hollings can list the launch of Shortland Street and being the first female to head a major local television network among her credits. In 2000, she ‘jumped fence’ and formed Imagination Television. The company is responsible for making some of NZ’s most popular shows, including MasterChef New Zealand, New Zealand’s Got Talent and Grand Designs New Zealand.

We need a five-day-a-week soap. What Bettina Hollings said to NZ On Air to pitch Shortland Street, according to Caterina De Nave in a May 2008 Listener interview)

Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty

2015 - 2016, Executive Producer - Television

Grand Designs New Zealand

2015 - ongoing, Executive Producer - Television

Wild Life at the Zoo

2012 - 2013, Executive Producer - Television

New Zealand's Got Talent - 2012 Final

2012, Executive Producer - Television

This Kiwi version of the Got Talent franchise scoured Aotearoa "on a mission to find a star". Topping the weekly TV ratings, the TV One series was hosted by weatherman Tamati Coffey, with Rachel Hunter, musician Jason Kerrison (Opshop) and UB40 frontman Ali Campbell as the judges. In this opening excerpt of the 2012 final, the last two contestants are chosen: people’s choice Dudley Fairbrass, and judge’s choice Logan Walker. They join 10 other finalists — including eventual winner, 15-year-old Clara van Wel from Blenheim — to compete for $100,000 and a Toyota Corolla. 

Chef on a Mission

2011, Executive Producer - Television

My Kitchen Rules

2010 - ongoing, Executive Producer - Television

MasterChef New Zealand

2010 - ongoing, Executive Producer - Television

Stars in Their Eyes

2008, Executive Producer - Television

Dare to Win

2008, Executive Producer - Television

New Zealand's Got Talent

2008 - 2013, Executive Producer - Television

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. 

RSPCA Animal Rescue

2007 - 2012, Executive Producer - Television

Deal or No Deal

2007, Executive Producer - Television

The Rich List

2007, Executive Producer

The Out House

2005, Producer - Television

So You Think You Can Dance

2005 - 2006, Executive Producer - Television

Animal House

2004 - 2012, Producer - Television

School Rules

2002, Producer - Television

The Party Animals

2001 - 2003, Producer - Television

The Great TV3 Comedy Debate

2000, Producer, Field Director - Television

The Mole

2000, Executive Producer - Television

This 2000 reality TV show was the Kiwi version of a 1998 Belgian concept, which sold to 40 countries. The show involved contestants completing challenges to avoid elimination and win a cash prize — the complication being that one of them is a mole, planted to sabotage their efforts. The host was actor Mark Ferguson (Living the Dream) in his first outing as a reality TV host. NZ Herald reviewer Fiona Rae argued that Ferguson's "low-key approach and easy rapport with the team" hid a devious underbelly, as he kept pushing the players and ensured all were under suspicion.  

Shortland Street

1992 - ongoing, Original Concept - Television

Shortland Street is a fast-paced serial drama set in an inner city Auckland hospital. The long-running South Pacific Pictures production is based around the births, deaths and marriages of the hospital's staff and patients. It screens on TVNZ’s TV2 network five days a week. In 2017 the show was set to celebrate its 25th anniversary, making it New Zealand’s longest running drama by far. Characters and lines from the show have entered the culture — starting with “you’re not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata!” in the very first episode. Mihi Murray writes about Shortland Street here.