NZ On Air’s first funding round of the new financial year has put $20.3 million into drama. The country’s biggest drama producer, South Pacific Pictures, has a second season of Outrageous Fortune prequel confirmed. The show will expand from six to 10 episodes next year.
Outrageous Fortune co-creator Rachel Lang again teams with Gavin Strawhan and Steve Zanoski for new series Dirty Laundry, about a middle-class family whose mother is jailed for money laundering. The trio also have Filthy Rich in production.
Just as the 2014 crop of Sunday Theatre titles are about to air, two dramatised docos have Platinum Fund support for next year. Screentime’s Bombshell – The Sinking Of The Rainbow Warrior tells the story of the French government’s botched act of terrorism in Auckland harbour. Lippy Pictures has Jean, about the life and times of Jean Batten, star of the skies and a 1990s Weetbix kids ad.
This year’s crop of Sunday Theatre presentations has Making Movies’ Abandoned and three Screentime productions, How To Murder Your Wife, The Monster of Mangatiti and Venus and Mars.
“We are very impressed by the calibre of drama applications – this genre is alive and well,” she continued. “This is a significant investment in drama yet funds remain for future projects. We acknowledge recent discussion about a new soap. We have not yet received a funding application for this: it may come to us for assessment in the coming months along with other projects in development and potential returning series.”
The year’s first round of funding has allocated around a quarter of the overall TV budget, with an announcement about arts culture programming made late last week.
Dirty Laundry, 13 x 60 mins, Filthy Productions for TV One, $6,719,650
Westside 2, 10 x 60 mins, South Pacific Pictures for TV3, $7,597,000
Bombshell – The Sinking Of The Rainbow Warrior, 1 x 2 hrs, Screentime New Zealand for TV One, $2,854,573
Jean, 1 x 2 hrs, Lippy Pictures for TV One, $3,155,000