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NZ On Air spreading Christmas cheer

Wrapping up what’s been a messy year, with normal service being somewhat interrupted by the recession, NZ On Air (NZOA) sent out a lovely e-Christmas card ahead of its newsletter yesterday.

The newsletter contained much to inspire thought over the holidays and beyond, with a couple of opportunities being announced, alongside a bunch of funding decisions.

South Pacific Pictures (SPP) came away with a nice Christmas bonus, having scored two of the four Platinum-funded projects announced, drama Stolen (1 x 120) for TV3, written by Tim Balme, at $1,678,000 and documentary Rivers with Craig Potton (8 x 30) for Prime at $762,000. In the general funding announcement, SPP was awarded $5,663,000 for The Almighty Johnsons (10 x 60), written by James Griffin and Rachel Laing, also destined for TV3.

SPP also announced today that Tim Balme has been appointed as Head of Development, replacing Chris Gist who’s returning to Australia.

Multi-award winners at this year’s Qantas awards for Until Proven Innocent, Lippy Pictures received funding of $2,754,240 for another major drama Tangiwai (1 x 120).

Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman today welcomed the Platinum fund announcements, taking the opportunity to give its forerunner, the TVNZ Charter, a good kick in passing.

NZOA-funded NZ On Screen has recently started to add an embed link to its fare, so content can be shared more widely. Just to prove it works, here’s a clip from bro’Town.

The efficiency in general programming award – not that there really was such an award, but if there had been it would surely have gone to TVWorks for 7 Days. Series 2 was awarded $576,809 for 25 x 30 minute, coming in at an exceedingly efficient (not to mention very entertaining) $46,145 per hour.

Melissa Lee’s Asia Vision Ltd was awarded $1,240,880 for next year’s Asia Down Under (40 x 30), drawing a line under October’s $80,000 disagreement with the funder.

Elsewhere, the newsletter announced a couple of RFPs, one for research into mainstream Maori TV programming and one for applications under the Digital Content Partnership Fund. Applications close 20 January and 9 April respectively.

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