Funding decisions

The latest funding decisions under the NZ Media Fund Scripted stream.

Due to changes to our website to reflect the new funding model, the NZ Media Fund, the search engine can only provide results up to May 2017. All funding decisions since then are available below, the latest first.

December 2017

The Bad Seed, 5 x 44 mins, Jump Film & Television with South Pacific Pictures for TVNZ 1, up to $5,586,890 A psychological thriller based on two critically-acclaimed Charlotte Grimshaw novels.

Fresh Eggs, 6 x 45 mins, Warner Bros NZ for TVNZ 2, up to $4,385,309 Black comedy about a couple's quest for "the good life" that goes wickedly awry

The Brokenwood Mysteries 5, 4 x 90 mins, South Pacific Pictures for Prime, up to $3,636,000  NZ's unique murder-mystery series is back for a 5th season

Darryl, A Coast To Coast Story, 9 x 8 mins, Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions for TVNZ On Demand, up to $472,500  Comedy webseries in which the hapless Darryl attempts his first coast to coast endurance event

Only In Aotearoa 2, 8 x 30mins, Kura Productions for Māori Television, up to $400,000 A second season of clever comedy sketches from a Maori perspective

At My Most Beautiful, 6 x 10 mins, NZME for WatchME, up to $295,523 A transgender activist in rural NZ gets swept up in a sutainable dairying fight in this drama webseries.

Alibi, 6 x 10 mins, PLUS6FOUR Entertainment for TVNZ On Demand, up to $143,460 An interactive non-linear drama webseries in which we must decide which of six potential suspects is guilty of murder.

Suzy & Friends 2018, 53 x 45mins, Treehut for various radio stations, up to $136,000 Everyone's favourite children's show host brings children and children's stories to ears around the country, and on YouTube

That's The Story 2018, 617 x 16mins, Lound Mouth Productions for Radio Rhema, up to $88,400 Children's radio show

September 2017

New Scripted Children's content: 

Custard’s World, 26 x 5 mins + 245 mins, Whoa! Productions for the children’s platform, up to $750,033
A rollicking comedy adventure tale for children aged 5-9 yrs featuring puppets and people.

Kai Five, 40 x 5 mins, Pickled Possum Productions for the children’s platform, up to $437,432
A kid-centric cooking show that empowers 5-9 year olds to get creative in the kitchen. Supported also by the Health Promotion Agency.

Jandal Burn, 10 x 5 mins, Mukpuddy for the children’s platform, up to $308,900
An animation comedy series for 7-9 year olds from the makers of Barefoot Bandits.

The Drawing Show, 13 x 4 mins, Mukpuddy for the children’s platform, up to $260,000
An animated series in the style of “how to” videos with the aim of encouraging kids to draw and be creative.

The Vloggingtons, 25 x 1.5 mins, Yoozoo for the children’s platform, up to $209,960
An animated web series and interactive app all about the fun of creating your own funny video clips with friends.

The Green Fairy, 5 x 5 mins, CONICAL Interactive Studios for the children’s platform, up to $200,000
An interactive series running as an Augmented Reality app. Five downloadable episodes can be played back from different angles and include online Vlogs.

Tales From Cardboard City, 10 x 3 mins, Vinewood for the children’s platform, up to $188,200
Adventure stories set entirely in a world created from cardboard by kids in their backyard.

Legendary, 10 x 4 mins, Tikilounge Productions for the children’s platform, up to $175,640
A humorous, animated take on some of the extraordinary legends of the Pacific for 5-9 year old children.

The Barefoot Bandits Water Bomb Battle, game, Mukpuddy for the children’s platform, up to $153,700
A multi-player water fight battle arena game, based on the popular children’s show characters and capturing all the fun of a kids’ water fight.

Gamefroot, game, Gamelab for the children’s platform, up to $129,240
A gaming platform and tools for kids to actively create their own games to tell stories.

Sound4Kids, 26 x 32 mins, Prue Langbein for the children’s platform, up to $123,633
Audio stories and snippets created by and for kids.

Knock Knock, 52 x 0.25 mins, LOUDmouth Productions for the children’s platform, up to $45,500
A spin-off of the funded children’s radio show That’s The Story, children contribute their own ‘knock knock’ jokes which are animated and screened.

NZ Educational Games Suite, game, InGame for the children’s platform, up to $25,000
An update to five popular educational games for children.

Returning Scripted Children's Content:

Cul De Sac 3, 6 x 24 mins, Greenstone TV for TVNZ 2, up to $1,220,591
The third and final instalment of the teen, dystopian drama has dark forces gathering against Rose and her siblings.

Darwin And Newts 2, 40 x 11 mins, Whitebait Productions for TVNZ 2, up to $1,523,177
A second animated series aimed at pre-schoolers that brings science and the natural environment to life, along with an app. Also supported through the Screen Production Grant.

Maia The Brave 2, 20 x 10 mins, Pickled Possum Productions for the children’s platform, up to $495,718
A second series of empowering stories for 3 – 7 year olds, helping them to overcome fears.

Drama

Westside 4, 2 x 44.5 mins (additional), South Pacific Pictures for THREE, up to $1,166,500

The Outlook For Someday 2017-18, 6 x 8 mins, Connected Media Trust for Fairfax - Stuff, up to $186,000

Comedy

Aroha Bridge 2, 18 x 8 mins, Piki Films for Māori Television, up to $534,900

The Coconet TV Strands, 35 x 5 mins, Tikilounge Productions for TheCoconet.TV, up to $250,000

Housie Wives (Skip Ahead), 5 x 8 mins, Tikilounge Productions for TheCoconet.TV on YouTube, up to $98,800

July 2017

New content:

In Dark Places, 1 x 90 mins, The 10,000 Company for TVNZ 1, up to $2,944,175
A Rautaki Māori telefeature based on the true story of a wrongful conviction for rape and murder.

War Stories, 1 x 84 mins, Making Movies for TVNZ 1, up to $2,690,000
An international co-production telefeature based on an extraordinary 1997 interview conducted by NZ journalist Peter Arnett with Osama bin Laden, and the events that followed.

AFK: This World And The Next, 10 x 10 mins, Epically Casual Ltd for TVNZ On Demand, up to $276,420
Series 2 of a previously self-funded successful fantasy webseries based on gaming, for a younger audience.

Daffodils, 1 x 90 mins, Libertine Pictures for TVNZ 1, up to $200,000
A feature-length musical based on the successful stage show celebrating a couple’s love and marriage amid re-imaginings of loved New Zealand songs (with the NZFC).

Returning content:

Westside 4, 8 x 44 mins South Pacific Pictures for Three, up to $6,543,500
The continuation of the popular back story of Ted and Rita West, their son Wolf and soon-to-be wife Cheryl.

Jono And Ben, 26 x 44 mins, Mediaworks for Three, up to $1,717,042
A seventh season of the entertainment comedy series that has been the launching pad for many young comedy careers.

7 Days, 32 x 32 mins, Mediaworks for Three, up to $1,056,000
The one-liners will be rolling again for the ninth season of Friday night’s appointment viewing comedy panel show.

The Watercooler 2, 6 x 6min, Breakdown Productions for WatchMe, up to $120,000
A second series of this original approach to telling outrageous ‘this-happened-to-me’ stories.

May 2017

For results from the May 2017 funding round please see here.