Working with Australia - What Do We Have to Offer?

Posted Tuesday 12 Apr 2016

Script to Screen Event TUES 19 APRIL, 2016, 7:30-8:30PM, THE CLASSIC,

James Griffin, Maxine Fleming and Kelly Martin discuss their experiences making "800 WORDS"

Whether it's via co-production, selling content, or promoting NZ talent, are we making the most of being neighbours with Australia? After all, at our doorstep lies a thriving industry, and a much larger audience.

In 2015, over 1.4 million Australians tuned in each week across five capital cities to watch drama series 800 WORDS. It is the first show of its kind - a TV series created and shot in NZ for an Australian network. A co-production between NZ's South Pacific Pictures and Australia's Seven Productions, the show was commissioned for prime time on Seven Network where it shot to number one viewing for Australian households. The first season has just picked up four  Logie nominations (incl Most Outstanding Drama Series) and the second season is currently in production.

Join STS to hear the show's instigator, NZ writer James Griffin, writer Maxine Fleming and producer Kelly Martin (CEO, South Pacific Pictures) talk to Irene Gardener about the conception of the show, what was learnt through the writing process and the experience of making a show for one of Australia's biggest networks.

Come early for a drink and stay afterwards for a slice of pizza.

Tues 19th April, The Classic, 321 Queen Street, 7pm drinks, 7:30-8:30pm talk. $5 koha appreciated.

STS are delighted to welcome NZ on Air on board as a supporter of the Writers' Room. Thanks NZ on Air!

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Posted Tuesday 12 Apr 2016

DOC Pitch 2016 will be held on Thursday, 19 May at Auckland University of Technology.

This is a 'dragons den' event held during Screen Edge Forum to support documentary makers,

Doc Pitch helps projects to get funded and completed. This year there is a great line up including VNZ, TV3, NZFC and NZ On Air, commissioning editors from Australia, Singapore and China as well as local producers and there are still more on the way!

DOC Pitch seeks projects with universal themes that are challenging and innovative in subject matter as well as the treatment and delivery.

This year, a total of 8 projects will be selected:

4 x Festival (cinematic) documentary

4 x Television documentary series

All applicants must be registered for the Screen Edge Forum to apply.

Submissions close April 22nd 2016.

Please visit our website for registration forms

Always a crowd favourite, Doc Pitch allows selected filmmakers to present their project to a panel of local and overseas commissioning editors, distributors, sales agents, producers and other potential partners, sitting together in a documentary specific pitching forum.

DOC Pitch is a significant opportunity for filmmakers to put forward their ideas for documentaries and make important contacts.

For the Doc Pitch Panel, it provides an opportunity to hear of new and exciting projects. Observers will be able to hear feedback directly from the decision-make