Kia ora, season's greetings and welcome to our last bulletin for the year. We're proud to announce the latest funding decisions, and in particular the second wave of Platinum Fund projects.
It's been a busy couple of months and it's worth reflecting on industry successes this year, many of which we highlighted in the recent Annual Report. There's been a number of excellent new shows succeeding in prime time; some terrific new music; and some really valued special interest and community broadcasting services. Thanks to all of you for your passion and commitment to great content, and for the creative risks you take.
It was good to see many of you at the SPADA conference last month. Julie Christie did an excellent job in delivering the John O'Shea memorial address with useful, provocative ideas (but in her plea for no-strings-attached government grants for popular programmes, she strangely managed to overlook :) the highly beneficial terms of trade that NZ On Air agreed with producers only 18 months ago to help grow businesses).
Julie raised the interesting comparison with Trade and Enterprise, whose support is in the form of a grant. T&E mostly offers a 50/50 arrangement where T&E offers 50% and the applicant provides 50% of their own money.
Compare this to the NZ On Air TV deal where producers are rarely required to put up their own money. NZ On Air funding of less than $200,000 is treated as a grant. Projects over $200,000 must return 25% of net income to us. It's probably the most generous screen funding arrangement in the world, to acknowledge the special challenges facing NZ producers in building offshore business.
Julie also made some good points about production companies needing to increase international focus, being tougher in business, and making more commercial programmes. One point that still has me thinking is this, and I quote: "(Entertainment) shows are gone because the broadcasters simply can't afford to fund them. An evil word called 'yield' - the difference between what a programme costs and what it earns in ad. revenue - has invaded their and our working lives". Julie is right: the yield question is worth reflecting on.
Local content is always going to be less profitable than cheaply-acquired foreign content. If broadcasters only concentrate on the yield for each programme, then local content is threatened. This is despite a local programme's ability to attract significant audiences and its overall strategic value to the schedule. Local programmes will generally be 'loss leaders' in our small market and NZ On Air's job is to subsidise some of that loss for the genres we are mandated to support.
To secure NZ On Air funding the immutable first requirement is straight from the Broadcasting Act - the idea must 'reflect and develop NZ identity and culture'.
The higher the level of funding sought, the more we will look at our core statutory priorities - drama, documentary, children's and special interest - to see if the proposal helps us meet those objectives. If the project doesn't clearly fit into those categories (such as some types of entertainment shows Julie spoke about), funding might still be possible if a good idea clearly can't be made without help. But the more commercial the project, the more we'd expect our contribution to be proportionately low.
Provided the NZ identity is obvious, the amount sought modest, and we've enough in the kitty! But if the Board sees that a good-sized audience is going to love a great, well-made idea, and the case for a subsidy is clearly made, then we'll be as flexible as we can.
So there's lots of things to think about in the months ahead.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas from NZ On Air's Board and staff. We hope that you get a decent rest - and have some fun - over the break.
This work will help inform our Rautaki Māori and may also provide useful information to the industry. We will select the research provider as soon as possible after the RFP closing date - 20 January 2010 and hope to release the report during Matariki.
The Digital Content Partnership Fund is a contestable fund of $1 million for the creation and transmission of new multi-format audiovisual, New Zealand content. Applications close 9 April 2010.
This is the third year of the planned four years of the fund and once again we are leaving the criteria open for a broad range of proposals. If you have any questions on the Digital Partnership Fund please contact email@example.com.
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Four Platinum projects were supported at this meeting - Stolen, a telemovie for TV3; Tangiwai, a drama for Sunday Theatre on TV One; Rivers With Craig Potton, a documentary series on New Zealand rivers fronted by the renowned photographer for Prime; and Facing Facts - Tamariki Ora: A New Beginning, a 3 hour primetime special for Māori Television which will examine the impacts of domestic violence on children in New Zealand and seek positive strategies for change.
We have now committed $10.37m of the available $15.1m. Year to date commitments by channel and genre are:
|TV One||6 programmes||$6.3m (61% of current commitments)||Current Affairs, Drama, Documentary|
|TV 3||2 programmes||$2.8m (27%)||Current Affairs, Drama|
||1 programme||$0.76m (7.3%)||Documentary|
||2 programmes||$0.48m (4.6%)||Documentary|
The balance of funding is likely to be applied to projects now in development.
As usual, we won't know our level of Crown funding until next year's Budget. But Treasury information is sobering and all government agencies are being asked to look carefully at expenditure. At a recent briefing to Crown entities the picture was made quite clear:
While forecast Crown expenditure (yes, that includes us) continues to exceed income the Government will be facing some very hard choices. NZ On Air is making the best funding case we can: keeping our admin expenses very low and promoting awareness of the contribution our investments make - to both cultural identity, and to NZ job creation and skills development.
However our wide-ranging responsibilities also mean NZ On Air has the largest funding pot in the arts and culture sector. So, like all agencies, we will be under pressure to prove its worth. What is certain is that there will be no extra funding for the short-medium term. We'll keep you posted on our priorities for the 2010/11 year once the Board has had a chance to assess, and once the Budget is delivered.
Gin Wigmore's debut album Holy Smoke topped the chart at the end of October on its first week of release. The album was recorded at Capitol Studios in LA and featured The Cardinals as the backing band.
In November, Christchurch live drum & bass outfit Shapeshifter (pictured left) hit the top spot for two weeks running with their fourth studio album The System Is A Vampire. Their first week at the top was based on just three days of sales (the album was released on Friday 13 November), and held a certain Michael Jackson movie soundtrack off the top spot.
Our last direct credit payments for 2009 will be Tuesday 22 December (correct and complete reports and invoices must be with us by 1pm on Friday 18 December).
Our first direct credit payments for 2010 will be on Thursday 14 January (correct and complete reports and invoices must be with us by 1pm on Tuesday 12 January).
If your production or activity is likely to need a drawdown payment prior to 14 January, please contact us by Tuesday 22 December to discuss how we can accommodate your requirements.
Wellington Anniversary Day is on Monday 25 January. We will process our direct credit payments that week as usual on Tuesday 26 January. Correct and complete reports and invoices must be with us by 1pm on Thursday 21 January, a day earlier than usual.
The normal payment processing procedures will resume from the following Tuesday.
NZ On Air logo
NZ On Air's logo must be on all copies of funded programmes supplied to broadcasters. This particularly applies to TVNZ deliveries where an accelerated flow credits version is supplied in addition to the international version. BOTH versions must include NZ On Air's logo.
All submitted invoices must contain the programme title, correct invoice number (it cannot be a duplicate number of an invoice previously paid) and the words "Tax Invoice", together with wording that clearly identifies which drawdown is being invoiced. We cannot process invoices which do not conform to these requirements and your payment is likely to be delayed if it is incorrect.
The latest forms and guidelines
The most up-to-date versions of all our forms and guidelines are now available on the TV Apply for Funding page. Please ensure that you use the website versions and not a version you have previously saved. There are different contract initiation forms for development and production. There are also different initiation forms depending on whether you're an independent producer or a producer/broadcaster.
After dipping in the third quarter and slowly improving in October and November, the local content figure on all commercial radio in the last week of November was 20.32%. As we head into summer some big songs building on the radio waves include Focus by Annah Mac, I Do by Gin Wigmore (pictured below), Cruel by Dane Rumble, and Music (Makes The World Go Round) by Frisko feat. Aaradhna.
In November the Minister of Broadcasting announced that Chair Neil Walter and member Nicole Hoey had both been reappointed to NZ On Air's Board, each for a second, three-year term.
Member Paul Smith has now retired from the Board after two terms. NZ On Air is grateful to Paul for the deep knowledge, experience and special insight he has brought to our work. The Minister will announce Paul's replacement shortly.
We're delighted to announce that Legal Affairs Exec. Naomi Wallwork has been promoted to Assistant Television Manager, taking more responsibility for planning and funding assessment. You may also have seen our advert for a new TV support role.
These moves are part of a small rebalancing to help the very busy TV team. We had over 90 applications for the new position and are very pleased to welcome Benedict Reid who will start in late January. Benedict is a freelance writer, a news archivist for Maori Television and holds BSc and MA (Scriptwriting) degrees. He'll be looking after contracting, monitoring and reporting on funded projects.
Anna Cottrell has resigned from staff and will undertake various ad hoc projects on contract as they arise. Right now, for her sins, she's slaving over the Local Content Report 2009.
We enjoyed compiling a timeline of two decades of broadcast content, a special feature of the printed report.
Special highlights of a very successful year included investments in:
• over 200 individual TV programmes, balanced across
mainstream and special interest audiences, providing hundred
of production jobs
• 11 community access radio stations around the country
• Radio New Zealand National and Radio New Zealand Concert, keeping them fully non-commercial
• 30 new albums from established musicians
• 20 musicians new to radio
• 170 music videos to develop airplay potential for new music
• NZ On Screen, showcasing historic New Zealand television and film on an award-winning website
Also, the Platinum Fund was created, alongside a new project to increase NZ-composed music on RNZ Concert.
The annual report includes short profiles of several investments that have resonated with audiences recently - from dramas like Go Girls and the Sunday Theatre successes, to comedy like The Jaquie Brown Diaries and 7 Days. From radio programmes like Upload to new music from Midnight Youth, Tiki Taane and Smashproof.
It's our privilege to be able to assist such a stellar array of NZ creativity that's enjoyed by so many.
For a printed copy, just email us.
If your station broadcasts music you have obligations to APRA, AMCOS and PPNZ. This is important so if you're not sure of the rules please check!
Check out the APRA website for more information.
The Association of Community Access Broadcasters conference was held in Auckland in October. Planet FM did a fantastic job of hosting everyone. Speakers included the Minister of Broadcasting, Bob Harvey and Rod Oram. The focus of the speakers was on the broadcasting big picture and the place of community access radio. If you feel like a little inspiration the speeches can be found on the 104.6 Planet FM website.
Congratulations to the team at Radio Kidnappers - the station is now broadcasting on 104.7 FM as well as the original 1431 AM frequency.
A record number was set in the October round with 170 applications. But the December round set yet another new record with a whopping 209 applications for one of 35 grants. Across the year a grand total of 1,008 applications were received for music video grants, of which 170 were successful. The new online application system at kiwihits.co.nz, introduced this year, has made it a lot easier to apply for the music video and new recording artist grants, and may well go some way to explaining the rising numbers.
In December the site launched the ability to 'embed' selected NZ On Screen clips on websites or blogs. It's great to see NZ screen content shared the modern way - look for the 'Embed This' link under the player.
TV and film classics continue to be regularly added. Coming soon are: A Week of It (a first outing for McPhail and Gadsby), early Fair Go, Lyn of Tawa, pioneering drama Pukemanu; and a Christmas Collection bringing together pohutukawa and pavlova flavoured telly and film (including Gregory King's award-winning digi-feature called ... Christmas).
For more on NZ On Screen, read the recent article on the big idea website.
NZ On Screen has been announced as a finalist in this year's ONYAs in the "Most outstanding website" category, check out their website for more details.
New Zealanders Professor Roger Horrocks and Stephanie Hopkins, and the Chief Curator of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Meg Labrum, analysed and assessed the environment around and issues facing the NZ Film Archive. The screen industry was also invited to comment.
The review recommends a number of changes to the arrangements governing the NZFA, its preservation priorities, and its funding arrangements.
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On the documentary/factual front returning series include South, How the Other Half Lives and The Kitchen Job. Nigel Latta will expand his parenting advice for 2010 into the mysterious world of teenagers with The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers.
The comedy genre also saw some strong applications with another season of the popular 7 Days supported. We're also backing a new series starring Madeline Sami (Super City) as well as new series for Bill and Ben (Pulp) and Jono Pryor (The Jono Project), which will see these established performers further extend their television repertoire.
The Almighty Johnsons a new primetime drama devised by James Griffin and Rachel Lang for TV3 was also funded.
|Genre||Programme||Total Amount Approved||No. Of Episodes||Length of Episodes (minutes)||Production Company||Channel|
|Arts/Culture||MAKING TRACKS 2||399,947||8||30||Two Heads Ltd||C4|
|Children||KAPA HAKA KIDS||220,323||4||30||Black Inc Media Ltd||TV 2|
|Comedy||7 DAYS 2||576,809||25||30||TVWorks Ltd||TV3|
|Comedy||PULP||657,840||10||30||Shonky Productions Ltd||TV3|
|Comedy||SUPER CITY||998,122||6||30||Super Fumes Ltd||TV3|
|Comedy||THE JONO PROJECT||566,850||12||60||TVWorks Ltd||C4|
|Documentary||HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES 2||461,289||8||30||Chico Productions||TV One|
|Documentary||POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO TEENAGERS||500,000||8||30||Razor Films Ltd||TV One|
|Documentary||QUEST FOR JUSTICE||143,477||1||60||E2 Productions Ltd||TV One|
|Documentary||SOUTH 2||749,430||10||30||Jam TV Limited||TV One|
|Documentary||THE KITCHEN JOB 2||795,385||10||60||Top Shelf Productions Ltd||TV3|
|Documentary||THE MISSING||894,912||8||60||Screentime Ltd||TV One|
|Drama||THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS||5,663,000||10||60||South Pacific Pictures Ltd||TV3|
|Special Interest||ASIA DOWNUNDER 2010||1,240,880||40||30||Asia Vision Ltd||TV One|
|Special Interest||OPEN DOOR 11||387,520||10||30||Morningside Productions Ltd||TV3|
|Special Interest||YOUNG FARMER CONTEST 2010||99,321||1||60||Dexterity Productions Ltd||TV One|
|Genre||Programme||Total Amount Approved||No. Of Episodes||Length of Episodes (minutes)||Production Company||Channel|
|Documentary||RIVERS BY CRAIG
||762,000||8||30||South Pacific Pictures Ltd||Prime|
|Drama||STOLEN||1,678,000||1||120||South Pacific Pictures Ltd||TV3|
|TANGIWAI||2,754,240||1||120||Lippy Pictures Ltd||TV One|
|Special Interest||FACING FACTS - TAMARIKI ORA: A NEW BEGINNING||348,247||1||180||Maori Television Service||MTS|
|Genre||Description||Total Amount Approved||No. Of Episodes||Length of Episodes (minutes)||Channel|
|Music||AS KIWI AS 2010||40,200||36||5||Classic Hits|
|Music||HOMEGROWN 2010||34,180||48||60||Radio Rhema|
|Comedy||James Coleman's Year In Review||4,620||4||60||Radio Live|
|Special Interest||Christmas 2009||15,200||1||1080||NewstalkZB|
|Special Interest||Real Life 2010||12,000||50||60||NewstalkZB|
|Special Interest||The Asian Radio Show 2010||39,700||19||15||Radio Live Network|
|Special Interest||Today in Parliament||25,000||45||10||Radio Live|
|Youth||Te Puutake 2010||88,110||33||60||George FM|
|Funding Type||Artist - Project||Total Amount Approved||Production Company|
|NZ Music Albums||AKA Brown - Album 1||50,000||Handmade Records|
|NZ Music Albums||Anika Moa - Album 4||50,000||Flightless Birds Music Ltd|
|NZ Music Albums||Concord Dawn - Album 5||50,000||Uprising Records Ltd|
|NZ Music Albums||Jonny Love - Album 2||50,000||Limelight Records Ltd|
|NZ Music Albums||Ladi6 - Album 2||50,000||SLR Limited|
|NZ Music Albums||The Earlybirds - Album 1||50,000||The Earlybirds Music & Publishing Ltd|
|NZ Music Albums||The Tutts - Album 2||50,000||Isaac Promotions|
|NZ Music New Recordings||Clap Clap Riot - Yoko Ono||10,000||Clap Clap Riot|
|NZ Music New Recordings||Computers Want Me Dead - Fell Down Every Flight||10,000||Isaac Promotions|
|NZ Music New Recordings||Daecolm - Magic Carpet Ride||10,000||Beck & Holla|
|NZ Music New Recordings||I Am Giant - Neon Sunrise||10,000||Giant Sound|
|NZ Music New Recordings||Salvi Stone - Stay Honey Stay||10,000||Dryden Street|
|NZ Music Videos||Artisan Guns - Goodbye||5,000||Let The People Speak Entertainment|
|NZ Music Videos||Avalanche City - Love Love Love||5,000||Avalanche City|
|NZ Music Videos||Boh Runga & Che Fu - Come Together||5,000||CRS Records|
|NZ Music Videos||Chazz Valentine - The Brightest Star||5,000||Page One Management|
|NZ Music Videos||Clap Clap Riot - So You Say||5,000||Clap Clap Riot|
|NZ Music Videos||Collapsing Cities - Favours For Favours||5,000||Pastel Pistol Ltd|
|NZ Music Videos||Connan Mockasin - It's Choade My Dear||5,000||Connan Mockasin|
|NZ Music Videos||Die! Die! Die! - How Ye||5,000||SNR Records|
|NZ Music Videos||DJ CXL - My Love||5,000||Illegal Musik Ltd|
|NZ Music Videos||Dukes - Self Control||5,000||Lorraine Barry Music Management|
|NZ Music Videos||Erakah - No More||5,000||Illegal Musik Ltd|
|NZ Music Videos||Ermehn feat. PNC - Stare & Whisper||5,000||Anonymouz Workz|
|NZ Music Videos||Family Cactus - Coal Town||5,000||Sony Music Entertainment (NZ) Ltd|
|NZ Music Videos||Gareth Thomas - Google Song||5,000||Hark Entertainment Ltd.|
|NZ Music Videos||Ivy Lies - Addicted||5,000||Let The People Speak Entertainment|
|NZ Music Videos||J Williams - Broken Love||5,000||Illegal Musik Ltd|
|NZ Music Videos||Jonny Love - Such A Rush||5,000||Limelight Records Ltd|
|NZ Music Videos||Lawrence Arabia - Auckland CBD Part Two||5,000||Honorary Bedouin Records|
|NZ Music Videos||Lisa Crawley - These Friends Of Mine||5,000||Lisa Crawley|
|NZ Music Videos||Misfits Of Science - The Hype||5,000||Akrite Records|
|NZ Music Videos||Motocade - Comeback Kid||5,000||Isaac Promotions|
|NZ Music Videos||Opshop - Pins & Needles||5,000||Opshop Music Touring Ltd.|
|NZ Music Videos||Pieter T - Something Else||5,000||Handmade Records|
|NZ Music Videos||Pistol Youth - Frankfurt||5,000||Let The People Speak Entertainment|
|NZ Music Videos||Robin Johnson feat. PNC - Keep It On The Low||5,000||Moonlight Sounds|
|NZ Music Videos||Sarah Brown - That's The Thing||5,000||Tardus Music|
|NZ Music Videos||So So Modern - Dusk & Children||5,000||Neo Con Records|
|NZ Music Videos||The Checks - Crows||5,000||Isaac Promotions|
|NZ Music Videos||The Earlybirds - I Can't Live Without You||5,000||The Earlybirds Music & Publishing Ltd|
|NZ Music Videos||The Tutts - Get Contented||5,000||Isaac Promotions|
|NZ Music Videos||The Upbeats - Bones||5,000||Non Vogue|
|NZ Music Videos||These Four Walls - Matter Of Opinion||5,000||Isaac Promotions|
|NZ Music Videos||TokyoStreetGang - Spellbound||5,000||Dirty Management|
|NZ Music Videos||Trei - Day Away||5,000||Samurai Distribution Limited|
|NZ Music Videos||True Lovers - Death Threat||5,000||Ultra Records Ltd|
|Phase 5 Campaign||Artisan Guns - Bird & Bone ep||6,000||Let The People Speak Entertainment|
|Phase 5 Campaign||Kids Of 88 - My House||20,000||Dryden Street|
|Access Radio Funding|
|Funding Type||Description||Total Amount Approved|
|Access Radio Capital Fund||Arrow FM - Southern exposure project||22,057|
|Access Radio Capital Fund||Toroa Radio Dunedin - FM Transmission||30,000|
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