Responding to Covid-19

Please note: NZ On Air understands there will be logistical and financial pressures experienced by funded Platforms as a result of Covid-19. Please read our Responding To Covid-19 page for NZ On Air’s response and further information.

Contract initiation

If an application for funding is successful, producers must execute a contract with NZ On Air before any funding can be released.

You will be asked to complete a form and execute a contract like the ones below, depending on which type of funding has been approved.

Production funding

If you have had production funding approved, please complete the Production Funding Contract Initiation Form below and send it, along with attachments listed on the last page of the form, to conall@nzonair.govt.nz

Contracting will begin once you have completed any pre-contracting requirements specified in your Letter of Offer and once NZ On Air has received all the requested information from you and your supporting platform/s. Contracting will take not more than 14 working days from receipt of all necessary information.

Please note: If NZ On Air has provided development funding to this project in the past, whether or not to the successful applicant, we will require that previous funding is included in the full production budget that forms part of the production contract.

For projects funded out of the Public Interest Journalism fund, contract initiation forms can be found on the Journalism funding page here.

Development funding

If you have had development funding approved, please complete the Development Contract Initiation Form below and send it, along with attachments listed on the last page, to conall@nzonair.govt.nz

Contracting will begin once NZ On Air has received all the requested information from you and your supporting platform/s. Contracting will take not more than 14 working days from receipt of all necessary information.

Digital Signatures Policy

As part of NZ On Air’s move towards becoming a paperless administration, we are now digitally signing NZ On Air Scripted, Factual & Platform Funding agreements.

Full guidance around this process can be below.

Drawdowns

We release funding in stages, or drawdowns, which are agreed during the contract negotiations (see “Default Drawdown Schedules” in Production above).

After the first payment, producers must meet agreed milestones and provide reports on progress to receive further drawdowns.

See below for further information on what to include in your reports to NZ On Air.

All invoices and reports should be addressed to Lisa at fundingpayments@nzonair.govt.nz and must be received by 5pm Monday in order to be paid by the Thursday of the same working week.

Overview

This document clarifies NZ On Air’s expectations around acceptable budget/line-items for funded projects. It should be read in conjunction with the advice given in our resources for producers, particularly the contract initiation form and the producers and cost reporting documents.

This document will be reviewed and updated regularly, so please do refer to it when preparing your application budgets.

NZ On Air tries to limit the number of rules we have around acceptable budget/line-items, as we accept that every project has its own unique situation. However there are some line items we will not accept within any funded budget. There are also some specific expectations around how certain line items should be treated.

NZ On Air’s role is to provide a production subsidy for content creation, not provide a means for commissioning platforms to defray content acquisition expenses.

Audits

From time to time we carry out financial audits of production companies to ensure taxpayer funds are being spent correctly.
We also have the right to carry out health and safety audits.
More information about our audit process is below.

Sales/Income

When funding is over $200,000, or if the project is co-funded by another government agency (NZFC, TMP), it is an equity investment. This means that we are entitled to a share of any income in accordance with our standard recoupment policy.

Producers must complete a sales income return every six months for the first three years after a programme is delivered to the broadcaster, then annually for the next two years. If no income has been received we still require producers to file a 'nil' return.

After five years has elapsed we ask producers to report sales income only when it has been received.

Health and safety

Producers must be aware of their requirements under the new Health and Safety at Work Act (2015).

NZ On Air along with the Film Commission, SPADA and industry guilds and organisations has funded the development of the website Screensafe as an industry resource for Health and Safety information.

There are specific requirements for the accreditation of funded content when it is broadcast or uploaded, and in publicity and promotional material.

You can read about what's required in the document below.

Logo files

PLEASE NOTE: These logo files are for Scripted and Factual Content only, if you are looking for Music Video logo files please visit out Resources For Musicians page.

It is important that New Zealanders know what their taxpayer dollars have funded – this helps reinforce the cultural value of this funding.

The following document sets out the criteria for acknowledging funding provided through the one-off Innovation Fund jointly administered by NZ On Air and RNZ.

Joint Innovation Fund Accreditation Requirements

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