Editorial: December 2016


This is it – the end of the first year of Crewed. It’s been an interesting journey, and an enjoyable one for the most part.

From our POV, it’s been an opportunity to indulge in some of the more contemplative feature articles that the hamster wheel of SCREENZ’s news-driven service doesn’t often allow and that the industry hasn’t seen much of since the disappearance of OnFilm. We hope you’ve enjoyed the articles, and that you’ll continue to enjoy them as we head into 2017.

There’s a tradition in year-end pieces of looking back over the year, to pick out highlights or lowlights and pontificate, identifying trends and crafting commentary with the benefit of hindsight.

Bugger that.

We’ve celebrated the successes and sympathised with failures this year as we have every other. This year the successes and failures have different titles from last year, and next year they’ll have different titles from this. If we could pick the wheat from the chaff without hindsight, we wouldn’t buy lottery tickets and Mark Weldon would still have a job.

This month, we note some of the people who’ve passed away this year. Raise a glass in memory of those who’ve gone before, who’ve contributed to the films and programmes of previous years and helped build the road we find ourselves travelling.

One year-end tradition we will observe is that of giving thanks. We’ll start with our contributors, who’ve helped give Crewed a broader outlook and range of industry knowledge and expertise than it would have without them. Thanks!

Thanks also to you, dear reader, without whom our contributors’ fine efforts would be like a tree falling in a forest when nobody’s around to get mashed by it.

We’re not of the scale of Fairfax or NZME (and nor do we aspire to be), but we operate in the same disrupted media environment and face many of the same challenges. Readers expect content for free, writers (and their families) like to eat. So special thanks go to the inbetweenies, the glue that binds together our ability to create content and eat with your ability to enjoy the content, for free.

Raise a glass to our advertisers. Without them we’d all be poorer in different ways – and probably not publishing.

Enjoy the final issue of 2016, enjoy the holidays, and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you again in early February.


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Written by Keith Barclay

Keith is the editor of SCREENZ, and the co-creator and founding editor of CREWED.