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TVNZ looks to four

TVNZ has named four independent production companies as the preferred applicants to produce its stable of Maori and Pacific programmes.

Tiki Lounge, led by Lisa Taouma, is TVNZ’s preferred applicant for Fresh. Taouma is a senior director on the show at TVNZ.

Tagata Pasifika Ltd, a newly formed company involving a number of TVNZ staff currently working for the in-house Maori & Pacific Programming team, is the preferred applicant for Tagata Pasifika.

Pango Aotearoa Ltd, led by Bailey Mackey, is the preferred applicant for Marae. Formerly a reporter on Te Karere and with several directing and producing credits, Mackey is probably best known as the creator of Black Inc Media’s The GC.

Scottie Productions, led by Megan Douglas, is the preferred applicant for Waka Huia. Scottie has a solid record of TV doco production, mostly for TVNZ. Shows include the recent Educating Tama, Hikoi and Te Araroa: Tales From The Trails. The company also produced Hamish Bennett’s short, Ross and Beth, a winner at both the NZIFF and Show Me Shorts this year, and tonight in competition for four awards and the NZ Film Awards.

TVNZ consulted with Te Mangai Paho and NZ On Air as part of its discussions with prospective suppliers. In TVNZ’s announcement today, the broadcaster noted that all four companies “have expressed willingness to take on existing TVNZ staff”.

The contracts aren’t signed at present, but TVNZ hopes to have them all put to bed before Christmas. Subject to the successful conclusion of production agreements, TVNZ won’t be holding further discussions with anyone else at this stage.

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