All you documentary makers,

Posted Tuesday 15 Mar 2016

Look out for the RFP from TVNZ for Sunday Specials!

Documentaries and factual programmes spanning a wide range of subjects are set to add to the diversity on local free-to-air television, with support from NZ On Air.

A series of six  independently-produced one-off documentaries has been supported, for airing  in the successful Sunday current affairs slot on TV One. The quality one-hour programmes will increase the range of documentaries in prime time. Called Sunday Specials, TVNZ will issue an RFP for proposals from independent producers shortly.

The popular history documentary series Making New Zealand will return with a new series celebrating the enterprise of past generations. The forestry, construction and aviation industries will feature in the new season, on Prime, along with an episode previously funded on mining.

Hiphop culture will feature in a new observational series to screen on M?ori Television. Sisters follows the fortunes of the talented O'Neill twins, who found success as dancers with Parris Goebel's world-famous crew ReQuest, and are now hoping to make a break into the music business, with the help of mentor Stan Walker. The six-part series is supported as a Rautaki M?ori programme.

The popular TV2 Pacifica youth programme Fresh will embrace rangatahi with 15 extra episodes for M?ori audiences. Fresh has been a big hit with youth audiences, with as big a following online as on broadcast.

Meanwhile a previously funded arts series Heritage Rescue is to be extended to hour-long episodes, after the producers uncovered a wealth of material when they began researching regional museums and collections around the country.

Funding details:

Sunday Specials, 6 x 60 mins, TVNZ for TV One, up to $900,000

Fresh 2016, 15 x 30 mins new content, Tikilounge Productions for TV2,  $699,681 (additional)

Making New Zealand 2, 3 x 60 mins, Top Shelf Productions for Prime, $523,169

Sisters, 6 x 30 mins, Rogue Productions for M?ori Television, $309,513

Heritage Rescue, 8 x 60 mins previously funded, Top Shelf Production for Choice TV, $144,486 (additional)

Jean, 1 x 120 mins previously funded, Lippy Pictures for TV One, $86,700 (additional)