Webseries creators get opportunity

Posted Tuesday 11 Oct 2016

NZ On Air is delighted to be supporting a new initiative from TVNZ to find the next hit webseries. TVNZ will run an online competition, with the winner getting to make a webseries with $100,000 of funding jointly from NZ On Air and TVNZ.

TVNZ will call for submissions from creatives for their webseries ideas. Each application must provide a pilot or episode. The public will get to vote on the shortlisted pilots which will be available on TVNZ OnDemand. The votes will determine which of the  pilots will be developed into a full webseries.

"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 andsaying, 'you tell us what you want to see more of'," said Amie Mills, TVNZ Digital Creative Director.

The funded webseries will screen on TVNZ OnDemand.

NZ On Air also partnered recently with Google/YouTube to fund webseries from successful YouTube content creators.