NZ On Air announce future funding for Funny Girls
NZ On Air have announced plans to support new local content across both TV and online, including six one-off docos for TVNZ and three TV series.
The all-female comedy series Funny Girls is set to return to Friday nights on TV3 after a successful debut season in 2015.
The series, starring local comedian Rose Matafeo at its helm, announced its plans to provide a dedicated talent development initiative to help advance local women in comedy.
"We've had many sketch shows in the history of New Zealand television, but none with a dominant female cast and created by women," said Matafeo ahead of the show's launch.
"It's just – it's a way of pretty much supporting women who are trying to work in comedy. I think it's such an amazing opportunity, especially to introduce newer writers and performers into television and onto screens for people to get to know," she said.
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Prime TV have also received funding to pursue a second series of Making New Zealand, while Māori Television will document the life of dancers the O'Neil twins in the doco Sisters.
TV2 have also been given the green light for another season of their talk show Fresh, while TV One's Sunday evening current affairs offering will see six new one-hour Sunday Specials join the line-up.
For the younger TV viewer, the pre-school focused Māia The Brave, features interactive animation from Mukpuddy and offers a family-friendly online interaction corner.
"While the largest audiences are still on linear television, we are increasingly looking for projects that also engage online audiences," said NZ On Air's chief executive Jane Wrightson.
"This is especially important for younger audiences. At the end of the day the content must be engaging and reflect us as New Zealanders – no matter where it is viewed," she said.
"These projects all do this for different audiences."
The ever-popular local talent search Smokefree Rockquest is also set to return, airing first on The Edge TV, with social media webisodes and re-runs scheduled for TV3.