Sir Peter Jackson was "mortified" to hear that a journalist
was blacklisted from covering The Hobbit premiere for writing
too many negative stories about the movie.
Radio New Zealand reporter Cushla Norman had her pass to
cover the film reinstated this morning after being told
yesterday by a publicist for Roadshow Film Distributors that
she had been cut.
The publicist told her she had written too many negative
stories on the film.
"[Sir] Peter and [his wife] Fran are both mortified," WingNut
Films spokesman Matt Dravitzki told Radio New Zealand this
"As I said, the filmmakers, the producers and the studio
would never do this to any journalist or ask that credentials
Radio NZ was told another journalist could attend the film
but the public broadcaster said it would not be dictated to
and refused to replace Norman at the premiere.
The decision was made this morning for her accreditation to
Mr Dravitzki said it had not been good publicity for the
"We think it is an error and certainly a very regrettable
one," he said.
"That's why we're taking steps to make sure this is remedied
Norman earlier this week covered allegations animals were
mistreated during the filming of The Hobbit trilogy.