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TVNZ & NZ On Air create new webseries fund

As part of its New Blood initiative, TVNZ has teamed with NZ On Air to fund a new webseries.

TVNZ will call for submissions which must include a pilot or episode. The date for the call isn’t confirmed yet, but is expected to go out early next year once NZ On Air has announced the webseries it will support from its own call. NZ On Air also require pilot or episode as part of submissions, so the TVNZ call will offer a second bite at the cherry for those missing out first time around. Last year NZ On Air’s webseries call drew 108 applications, of which eight were supported.

TVNZ will shortlist from the submissions to its own call and run a vox pop vote on TVNZ OnDemand. The winner scores $100,000 to make the series, which will screen on TVNZ OnDemand.

“This an exciting and innovative idea. Not only does it extend the opportunity for new creative ideas for webseries, but it gives the public a say in what gets made. We are very happy to see new initiatives emerging in this space,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

“TVNZ’s thrilled to be collaborating with NZ On Air on this New Blood Webseries Competition because it gives a greater voice to the next generation of local storytellers coming up. We’re handing the reins to Kiwis and saying, ‘you tell us what you want to see more of’,” said Amie Mills, TVNZ Digital Creative Director.

NZ On Air has another webseries initiative with a third party that will soon announce its winners. The YouTube-NZOA Skip Ahead closed its call at the end of August.

Image: Pot Luck, one of the local webseries hosted on TVNZ OnDemand

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