Telling our stories creatively

Drama and comedy provide unique opportunities to tell New Zealand stories creatively. We fund scripted television and online drama series, tele-features, scripted and stand-up comedy.


Overview

The Broadcasting Act gives special emphasis to drama as an appealing way to reflect and develop New Zealand culture and identity. We fund high-quality local drama for adults and children, innovative webseries, quirky animation, and many types of comedy.

To ensure that funded content has the best possible chance of success, most higher-cost projects will go through a development process before we agree to fund the production.


Showcase

Dear Murderer

May 2017

Dear Murderer

A five part drama series based on the life of one of the most flamboyant and outrageous characters of New Zealand's legal history - Mike Bungay QC.

The Brokenwood Mysteries

October 2017

The Brokenwood Mysteries

Murder lurks around every corner in an idyllic small NZ town.

Westside

July 2017

Westside

From the award-winning creators of Outrageous Fortune, Westside is a drama series that takes the West family's large and loyal fan-base on a journey back to where it all began.

Filthy Rich

July 2017

Filthy Rich

After a cliffhangar ending to Season One fans of Filthy Rich can look forward to vengeance and retribution in Season Two.

Flat3 - Season 3

October 2014

Flat3 - Season 3

Follow Lee, Jessica and Perlina as they try to figure out who they are, what they’re doing in this life,
and whose turn it is to buy toilet paper.

Jono And Ben

February 2017

Jono And Ben

Jono and Ben take nothing in life too seriously. Funded since 2012, Jono and Ben on Three at 7:30pm on Thursdays, is a great way to end your evening on a laugh.

High Road Season Two

November 2014

High Road Season Two

Ex-rocker Terry Huffer is back and his chain of disasters continues.

7 Days

February 2017

7 Days

Making funny TV is serious work. NZ On Air has been funding the hilarity on 7 Days since 2009.


Strategy

NZ On Air is a key funder of drama in New Zealand. Drama is a high-risk genre because of its production complexity, cost, and heavy international competition.

The Scripted funding stream focuses on audio/visual drama, comedy, animation, and other entertaining content requiring a planned creative approach. We prioritise engaging projects that will entertain or challenge a targeted audience. And we encourage scripted content to feature diverse New Zealanders.

Projects will range from relatively large budget television series and telefeatures to smaller-scale quality projects selected to provide a diversity of creative ideas.

In September 2017 we brought together 130 members of our industry to discuss the future of local drama. Amid a backdrop of changing viewing habits by audiences, we want to work with the industry to come up with solutions for drama that audiences will love.

Below are a summary of the discussion, as well as the opening remarks from our CEO Jane Wrightson and some of the key data slides presented.

The next step will be a short draft plan we will publish in early 2018 for feedback.


Apply for funding

All funding applications must be made through our online application system, Eric.

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