Engaging and entertaining diverse audiences

We will invest around $40m in the 2017/18 year in scripted content. This includes audio/visual drama, comedy, animation or any other content that requires a planned creative approach.

Our aim is: Great New Zealand content is valued and enjoyed by many New Zealand audiences.

One of our core functions under the Broadcasting Act 1989 is to reflect and develop New Zealand identity and culture. With a clear strategy and single platform-neutral fund (the NZ Media Fund) we do this by investing in quality, diverse and discoverable content.

Our Scripted Roadmap sets out our approach to investment in scripted drama and comedy. It was developed following sector consultation. Our Development Roadmap  explains how we approach our content development (and industry development) work.

We balance different audiences and content types so that New Zealanders can find locally made content made for them on the platforms they use.

And we fund content for a variety of platforms. A qualifying commissioning platform is defined in our strategy for the NZ Media Fund as one that:

  • offers to co-invest in the production budget
  • provides free access to the content
  • provides a promotions plan for the funded content
  • can provide an audience for funded content that is appropriate for the size of the investment
  • will provide audience data after release
  • is an established, viable business
  • has a sustained commitment to local content for New Zealand audiences.

To apply for funding you must first register as an applicant using our online applications system, Eric. Registered applicants can manage applications through their personal dashboard, nominate supporting platforms, and update business information. Applications not submitted through Eric will not be considered.

Register and apply here.

We have five funding rounds a year. All deadlines are now 4pm on the date stated.

2017- 18 Funding deadlines

Please be aware that all your applications are covered by the Official Information Act - read more here.

May Funding Decisions

The latest scripted funding decisions are available here.

When funding is approved for a project there are a number of steps content producers need to take.

  • Initiating a Production Funding Agreement
  • Meeting milestones and providing reports on progress to trigger the drawdown of funds at agreed stages
  • Specific requirements for accrediting NZ On Air on the content
  • In some cases, supplying sales income reports regularly after the content has been delivered

Download Forms and Guidelines for each step of the process