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NZ-China co-pro treaty stretches to TV

The NZ and Chinese governments have announced a co-production treaty, China’s first for TV, adding to the film treaty signed four years ago.

Following the treaty announcement, the NZFC also confirmed further cash available specifically to co-production projects with China. The production support fund of $1 million adds to the $200,000 made available earlier in the year to assist projects in development.

The NZFC made the announcement on Thursday.

The China-focused announcements come less than a week after the PM confirmed the successful conclusion of very long-running negotiations with Korea to establish a free trade agreement (now to be ratified by both countries’ parliaments) and a day after NZ and Australian producers’ organisations issued a statement announcing a MOU about greater trans-Tasman co-operation on co-productions.

The Australia-NZ MOU came at the end of the Australian producers’ Screen Forever conference, which hosted a specific ANZ co-production sidebar. Much of the Australians attention was diverted by announcements out of state broadcasters the ABC and SBS about job losses in the wake of federal funding cuts.

Announcing the fund, NZFC CEO Dave Gibson said a delegation of senior New Zealand screen sector professionals, including China-focused producers and regional film office representatives, will travel to Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing at the end of the month. 

“China played a huge role in my former life as an independent producer and I kept this a major priority when I joined the NZFC.”

Among those travelling to China as part of the delegation will be NHNZ, which has long done business in the country and has an office in Beijing. GM John Crawford welcomed the TV treaty and the benefits it could deliver.