Greenstone TV and CJZ have announced NZ Film & Television School student Malorie Carey as the winner of The Next Big Idea and a $10,000 cheque. The winning submission was a family drama, High Frequency, which Carey will develop during an internship at Greenstone.
“CJZ has always been passionate about fostering new talent and the Next Big Idea competition has certainly flushed out some really talented young New Zealanders. We are thrilled to offer the prize to Malorie for her work and equally happy she has accepted to join us as an intern,” says Matt Campbell, CJZ Group CEO.
The Next Big Idea brought in 100 proposals across factual, drama and entertainment genres and the Greenstone team is impressed with the range of original ideas.
“As well as some strong submissions from industry professionals, I was thrilled to see the number of teenagers who sent in really imaginative proposals,” says Rachel Antony, Greenstone’s Development Executive. “Our youngest entrant was just 12 years old, with a lovely sense of story.”
Greenstone announced the opportunity back in February, shortly after being bought by Australia’s Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ). The company stated at the time that while there would be only one winner, it might seek to option other material put forward. In an unusually open if welcome manner, Greenstone has also named the originators and genre of proposals now being discussed further with their creators.
They include Faramarz Beheshti (documentary), Peter Feeney and Robin Walters (comedy), Michael Bennett and Jane Holland (drama-doc) and Veronica Schmidt and Felicity Monk (comedy-drama).