ScreenSafe - Screen Industry Guidance – Omicron Phase 3 Update

With New Zealand entering Phase 3 of the Omicron outbreak, ScreenSafe have shared an update on key changes that will affect productions.

These include the shift to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) as the primary form of testing, the requirement for only confirmed cases and their household contacts to isolate, the development of a new self-investigation tool for contract tracing, and changes to self-isolation rules for New Zealanders travelling back to Aotearoa.

You can read the full update on our responding to COVID-19 page.

With changes happening daily ScreenSafe will cover off the major changes as they come to hand but recommends all productions to keep informed. For regular updates please check:

Staffing updates - Musical chairs

We are very sad to announce the resignation of our awesome Head of Music David Ridler. David has been a key member of our senior leadership team since returning to NZ On Air in 2016 (yes he liked us so much he has worked for us twice!).

NZ On Air CEO Cameron Harland says David will be hugely missed. "David has made a massive impact in the role. He has a real passion for the music mahi, and a wonderful personal style that makes him so popular to work with. He leaves a legacy of success, and a team dedicated to continuing the good work."

David is leaving to pursue private interests and to spend some more time with his 3-year old daughter but will continue on contract with NZ On Air to assist with transition and future strategy.

We are now recruiting an exceptional person to replace David. You can read the Job Description here and if you are interested in applying please contact the recruitment agent Cindy Mitchener.

Farewell Vincent Burke

Vincent Burke

We acknowledge with sadness the passing of long-time producer Vincent Burke on 17 February.

Through his production company Top Shelf he was well-known to NZ On Air. He created many fascinating documentary series covering every topic imaginable over more than three decades.

His contribution to the screen sector will live on - you can find out more about his prolific career at NZ On Screen.

RIP Vincent.

NZTV Award Winners

NZTV Awards

Congratulations to all the winners at the 2021 NZTV Awards! NZ On Air is incredibly proud to have supported more than half of the winning projects and creatives recognised at the ceremony on Tuesday evening.

After what's been a tough couple of years for our screen industry, it's fantastic to see the hard work and ingenuity of so many local productions celebrated.

The complete list of 2021 New Zealand Television Awards winners funded by NZ On Air is as follows:

NZ On Air Best Drama Series
Bronwynn Bakker, Roseanne Liang, Perlina Lau, JJ Fong, Ally Xue, Tony Ayres. Kevin & Co and Flat 3 Productions (TVNZ 2).

Best Factual Series 2021
Fight for the Wild.
Peter Young, Tracey Roe, Dave Hansford. Fisheye Films (RNZ).

NZ On Air Best Documentary 2021
Loimata, The Sweetest Tears.
Anna Marbrook, Jim Marbrook, Dr Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni, Dame Gaylene Preston. Anna Marbrook Productions (Māori Television).

Best Original Reality Series 2021
David Lomas Investigates S2.
David Lomas. Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand (Three).

Best Format Reality Series 2021
Match Fit - Series 01.
Bailey Mackey, Aaron Dolbel. Pango Productions Ltd (Three).

Best Current Affairs Programme 2021
The Hui
Annabelle Lee-Mather, Rewa Harriman, Mihingarangi Forbes, Philip Smith. Great Southern Television Ltd and Aotearoa Media Collective (Three).

NZ On Air Best Children’s Programme 2021
Kiri and Lou
Fiona Copland. Stretch Ltd (TVNZ 2).

Te Māngai Paho Best Māori Programme 2021
The Hui
Annabelle Lee-Mather, Mihingarangi Forbes, Lillian Hanley, Philip Smith. Great Southern Television Limited and Aotearoa Media Collective (Three).

NZ On Air Best Pasifika Programme 2021
Untold Pacific History
Lisa Taouma, Tuki Laumea. Tikilounge Productions (RNZ).

Best Live Event Coverage 2021
Aotearoa Music Awards 2020
John McDonald, Charlotte Hobson. (Three, Discovery).

Best Comedy/Comedy Entertainment Programme 2021
Wellington Paranormal Season 3
Paul Yates, Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi. New Zealand Documentary Board (TVNZ 2).

Best Director Documentary / Factual 2021
Natalie Malcon & Thomas Robins - Heaven and Hell - The Centrepoint Story.
Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand (TVNZ 1).

Screen Auckland Best Director Drama 2021
Max Currie - Rūrangi.
Autonomouse (Neon & NZME).

Best Actress 2021
Rima Te Wiata -The Tender Trap.
Greenstone TV (TVNZ 1).

Best Actor 2021
Joel Tobeck - Black Hands.
Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand (TVNZ 1).

Best Supporting Actor 2021
Arlo Green - Rūrangi.
Autonomouse (Neon & NZME)

Best Presenter News And Current Affairs 2021
Tova O'Brien - Newshub Nation.
Newshub (Three, Discovery).

Best Editing: Documentary/Factual 2021
Simon Coldrick - Six Angry Women.
Kindred Films (TVNZ 1).

Best Editing: Drama 2021
Allanah Bazzard - Black Hands.
Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand (TVNZ 1).

Best Camerawork: Documentary/Factual 2021
Phil Johnson - Emma.
Stuff Circuit (Stuff).

Best Cinematography: Drama 2021
Dave Cameron NZCS ACS - Mystic.
Libertine Pictures and Slim Film + Television (TVNZ 2).

Images & Sound Best Original Score 2021
Tom McLeod - Fight for the Wild.
Fisheye Films (RNZ).

Best Post Production Design 2021
Paul Lear - Vegas.
Greenstone TV, 10,000 Company & Steambox Film Collective (TVNZ 2).

Best Script: Comedy 2021
Melanie Bracewell - Wellington Paranormal Ep 306 “Fatberg.”
New Zealand Documentary Board (TVNZ 2).

Best Script: Drama 2021
Riwia Brown and Kathryn Burnett - The Tender Trap.
Greenstone TV (TVNZ 1).