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$8M for docos and factual

Two Platinum Fund projects and 10 other productions, including the 2017 season of Country Calendar, are announced from NZ On Air’s latest funding round.

Great Southern’s Coast NZ (pictured, top) gets a second season for TV One, while Frame Up’s Uncharted casts off with Sam Neill, revisiting Captain Cook’s three Pacific voyages. Both productions receive Platinum Fund support.

Country Calendar books another 40 shows, and is one of a number of returning series. Warners’ Lost & Found, SPP’s Forensics NZ and Greenstone’s The Big Ward will all return.

Of the one-off supported, Notable Pictures’ The King In The Ring is developed from last year’s Loading Docs title Wilbur Force, and has recently been crowdfunding on Boosted. The production also won this year’s DOC Pitch in May.

Funding details:
Coast NZ 2, 6 x 1hr, Great Southern Television for TV ONE, $1,800,901 (Platinum)
Uncharted, 6 x 1hr, Frame Up Films for Prime, up to $1,500,000 (Platinum)

Lost & Found 3, 12 x 1hr, Warner Bros NZ for TV3, $1,032,439
Forensics NZ 2, 6 x 1 hr, South Pacific Pictures for Prime, $1,020,000
The Trial, 4 x 1hr, Razor Films for TV3, $759,679
Country Calendar 2017, 40 x 30mins, TVNZ for TV ONE, $566,720
The Big Ward 2, 10 x 30mins, Greenstone TV for TV2, $433,611
Islands Of The Gulf, 5 x 30mins, Top Shelf Productions for TV ONE, $362,486
Beyond The Battalion, 1 x 1hr, Awa Films for Māori Television, $200,000
The King In The Ring, 1 x 1hr, Notable Pictures for Māori Television, $130,179
Camp Twitch, 1 x 1hr, 2Bmedia for TV2, $125,000
Under The Bridge, 4 x 10mins, Greenstone TV for NZ Herald/WatchMe, $71,495

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