Discovery Networks Asia Pacific (DNAP) in New Zealand, a branch of the world’s number one non-fiction media company Discovery Communications, is today launching its annual local production initiative Discovery Ignite. This opens DNAP’s doors for programming pitches for six television channels covering factual and lifestyle genres.
Now in its tenth year, Discovery Ignite gives independent filmmakers the opportunity to pitch production ideas for local commission. For the first time, DNAP is broadening the categories in 2016, with producers invited to submit original, “distinctly Kiwi” programming proposals, not only for Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, but new channels TLC and Discovery Turbo, as well as Living Channel and Food TV, which recently joined the DNAP family. Submissions close Thursday 30 June 2016 and applicants will be advised in July 2016 if their pitch has been shortlisted.
“Local productions resonate very strongly with our audiences so we’re always excited to receive submissions for Discovery Ignite,” said Mandy Pattinson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands, DNAP. “Each year has generated new and unique, local stories that we’re proud to be able to share exclusively with our SKY audiences.
“It’s a privilege to unearth talented documentary makers and provide them the opportunity to showcase their work on a local and international stage with our global reach. At the same time, we’re able to continue investing in the creation of high quality, local productions that our viewers can trust and enjoy.”
Some of DNAP’s most successful local productions are a result of Discovery Ignite. Most recently, Saltwater Heroes and John Eales Reveals: Life After Sport were commissioned through the initiative and premiered on Discovery Channel in 2015. Award winning Abalone Wars completed its fourth season and has been picked up for Shark Week in the US, highlighting the true potential for international success.
Other Discovery Ignite successes include: Storm Surfers New Zealand, Storm Surfers Australia, the Ultimate Fish franchise with Andrew “ET” Ettingshausen and Rocket Compulsion.
For information on how to submit a programme visit: Discovery
Submissions close Thursday 30 June 2016