Big Boost for TV Drama Production

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

Well this is a day to celebrate - every single production has WIFT members leading the charge!  Whoopee!!! And SPP will be cracking the champagne as they toast a third season of drama series Westside for TV3.

The controversial saga of the Truebridge family will continue on TV2 in Filthy Rich 2. After a cliffhanger ending to the first season there was strong demand from the loyal audience for the drama's continuation.

The brilliantly-made first series had an average 5-plus audience of 250,000 and a total of more than 700,000 on demand streams across the series, meeting NZ On Air's objective of a bold local drama engaging its audience.

A thoroughly diverse mix of stories will feature in TV ONE's Sunday Theatre slot with three new telefeatures supported from the Platinum Fund. Kiwi tells the story of a horse from humble beginnings pulling out a blinder to win the 1983 Melbourne Cup. Based in small-town New Zealand, it is also the story of Kiwi's owner, trainer and the country's first female jockey.

Resolve will bring to screens the story of Chris Crean - who stood up to gang activity in Taranaki, but paid with his life, gunned down by a gang in front of his family. The legal case that followed led to changes to witness protection.

And on a lighter, musical note Why Does Love? will take viewers on a tumultous rock'n'roll journey through the 1980s with the seminal NZ band The Exponents.

Also for TV ONE is Vermilion - a feature film about a woman composer whose condition �- synaesthesia - causes her to see colours when she plays musical notes.

"With fragmenting TV audiences, funding drama in our small market to compete against global fare is increasingly challenging. It is a tribute to our TV production sector that they make quality drama at reasonable cost, that local audiences enjoy but that also competes internationally," said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

"And after our own Diversity research  recently highlighted a lack of women in top roles, it is also particularly pleasing to support so many projects with women in executive producing, producing, writing and in the case ofVermilion, directing roles," continued Ms Wrightson.

Funding details

Filthy Rich 2, 14 x 1hr, Filthy Productions for TV2, $6,896,419
Kiwi, 1 x 2hrs, Rogue Productions for TV One, $3,043,975 (Platinum)
Resolve, 1 x 2 hrs,  Screentime New Zealand  for TV One, $2,549,955 (Platinum)
Why Does Love?, 1 x 2hrs, Great Southern Television for TV One, $2,549,330 (Platinum)
Vermilion, 1 x 2hrs, MF Films for TV One, $199,000 Westside 3, 8 x 60 South Pacific Pictures for TV 3, up to $6.583,500


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Auckland Members First Wednesdays Have Begun!

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

We know many of you find networking difficult but work isn't going to come to you if you just wait at home for the phone to ring, so at member Morgan Leigh Stewart's suggestion we are going to provide you with a relaxed environment once a month to meet up and hook up!!  Patricia will be there so if you don't know anyone else you can always talk to her.

Morgan, Kathy and Patricia went on a pub crawl (Patricia will do anything for you..) to find the right venue and we think we are on to a winner!!

So, commencing this Wednesday 3 August, and the first Wednesday of each month hereafter, we have WIFT HOOK UPS!

Where:  Carmen Jones - 382 Karangahape  Rd.  This is next door to Coco's Cantina and right by the bus stop for The Link! Great Southern is around the corner so we expect to see that team turning up!! Come and find us by the fire.

When:   From 5pm

Cost:      Buy your own drinks, but it's happy hour! So prices closer to 1990 than 2016!  WIFT will put a few nibbles on the table.  No excuses if you're tight for money - water is good for you!!  It's the company that matters.

No RSVPs.  Just turn up!!

As this is a member initiative let's support it.

See you this Wednesday 3 August....