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MediaWorks seeking soap

MediaWorks has released a RFP for “a long running, daily serial drama”, with the intention of moving it forward fairly quickly.

The deadline for submissions is a tight 29 October, with the RFP available for download here

The MediaWorks release follows:

Mediaworks is very pleased to announce that we will be looking to commission a long running, daily serial drama for TV3, for on-air in 2015.
We invite production companies (and their co-production partners) to submit an initial proposal by 29 October, 2014.

We are looking for a broad appeal, five day a week, contemporary soap which will play a critical role in attracting viewers to TV3 in 2015 and beyond.
We want appealing, accessible characters and rich, dramatic narrative.
The series must be bright and entertaining, compelling and at times provocative. It will deal with real issues.
It’s likely to be family-centric (and suitable for a G timeslot). It must be firmly rooted in contemporary New Zealand, have must-see story lines and inherent longevity.
The soap must connect with the New Zealand audience, in particular TV3’s target demographic which is primarily 25-54.

We appreciate the tight three-week turn around but would like your initial proposal to include:

  • Brief concept, setting, core characters, treatment, and ideas for story arcs
  • We need to see evidence of a high calibre creative team – producers, directors and an experienced writing team. If you do not have direct experience in daily soaps or network television drama, this should not stop you submitting a proposal as we may be able to match you with someone who has the relevant experience.
  • We are also keen to see ideas for integrating cross platform – online, interactive, radio – which may involve creating specific content for those platforms.
  • We are very open to new and innovative production techniques and settings to ensure the high-volume, quick turnaround, nature of a daily soap.

Your initial proposal should not exceed 20 pages and should be submitted electronically to Pip Lovell-Smith ([email protected]) no later than5.00pm Wednesday, 29 October, 2014.

You will be advised within two weeks of submissions closing if you have been successful in making it through to stage two of our process.
Stage two will involve a pitch to a panel.
Mediaworks plans to begin development immediately upon choosing the successful proposal. The successful company will be required to follow a specific timetable for development over early summer.
We thank you for your interest and we are very excited about receiving your great ideas.

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