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$3.5M for factual and fact-ent

NZ On Air has announced a strong slate of factual and fact-ent programming, most of it for Māori Television – “more diversity than you can shake a stick at”, according to the release.

Three series are supported for Māori Television. Artefact, presented by Dame Anne Salmond and a new talk show, All Talk With Anika Moa.

Back for a second season is Tikilounge’s Game of Bros (pictured, top) for Māori Television. Warners Bros generously hit Māori Television with a cease and desist notice over the broadcaster’s “Lover Boy vs Lavalava Boy” marketing campaign for the show, delivering the show plenty of free advertising.

The Warner Bros show supported in the funding is, unsurprisingly, not heading for Maori Television. A local version of The Naked Choir, from the BBC format which premiered last year, will head to TV One.

The other programme announced not screening on Maori Television is the NZ Music Awards. Last year’s broadcast fell foul of Māori when TV3 ran a commercial break over the presentation of the Best Māori Language Album award.

Māori Television also gets support for a couple of one-off programmes, addiction doco Ngārara and next year’s Auckland Dawn Service to mark Anzac Day.

“These latest decisions include exciting new projects that will widen the diversity of programmes for local viewers. History, popular culture and a capella singing, all in prime time and all on demand, means audiences have even more choice in their viewing,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

Funding details
Artefact, 6 x 1 hr, Greenstone TV for Māori Television, $1,140,277 (Rautaki)
The Naked Choir, 6 x 1 hr, Warner Bros NZ for TV ONE, $1,025,349
All Talk With Anika Moa, 10 x ½ hr, Rogue Productions for Māori Television, $641,549 (Rautaki)
Game of Bros s2, 7 x ½ hr, Tikilounge Productions for Māori Television, $348,392 (Rautaki)
NZ Music Awards, 1 x 2 hr, MediaWorks for TV3, $170,000
Ngārara, 1 x 1 hour, Tellyvise for Māori Television; $92,636 (Rautaki)
Anzac – Auckland Dawn Service 2017, 1 x 70mins, Māori Television for Māori Television, $77,450