TVNZ yesterday unveiled its line-up for 2016, continuing its strong focus on local content matched with some of the best of what’s available from around the world.
Leading the local slate is the new multi-night drama series Filthy Rich, spectacular Sir Edmund Hillary drama series Hillary; and gritty new drama Dirty Laundry. Other highlights include local versions of Coast New Zealand and the iconic Mastermind series, as well as new factual series The New Zealand Home and The Big Ward.
The international slate includes the contemporary reboot of The Muppets, new medical drama Code Black, chilling dramas Blindspot and The Catch; and action series Rush Hour, The Player and Supergirl.
TVNZ ceo Kevin Kenrick says success for TVNZ starts with delivering what viewers want.
“Our business model is underpinned by viewers. We know that producing, commissioning and acquiring the best local and global content is what New Zealand viewers demand, so that’s what we’ll continue to deliver in 2016.
“Viewers can expect more from our market leading news and current affairs teams, intrigue from the likes of Kiwi-made Filthy Rich, and then there’s The Muppets … who doesn’t like The Muppets?” says Kenrick.
TVNZ director of content Jeff Latch says the company has a history of leading in terms of local content and 2016 will be no different.
“Our local content strategy is something we are very proud of, we prioritise our news and current affairs offerings and invest heavily in a range of key drama, entertainment and factual projects.
“In 2016 you will see us diversify further with our first ever locally produced multi-night drama Filthy Rich. Multi-night has traditionally been reality-only territory and we think Kiwi audiences will be open to something new on this front – the show is also outrageously good.”
TVNZ will screen more than 2000 hours of local content in 2016 representing an investment of close to $100 million dollars.
Returning local favourites in 2016 include a second season of property reality series Our First Home; the return of New Zealand’s most watched programme, Shortland Street; and further seasons of NZ On Air funded series Nigel Latta, I Am Innocent, Police Ten 7, Country Calendar’s 50th anniversary and another Sunday Theatre series.
“TVNZ’s News and Current Affairs programmes continue to be a driving force, both on-air and online,” Latch said. “In the last few months ONE News has delivered close to three times the audience of its nearest competitor; Seven Sharp up to twice the audience; Breakfast more than three times the audience and Sunday a larger audience than all its competitors combined.
TNVZ commercial director Jeremy O’Brien also unveiled TVNZ OnDemand OD Shorts, which he sayswill open up new opportunities for advertisers to get closer to Kiwi audiences wherever they are.
“OD Shorts is a short form video destination that, alongside TVNZ’s own titles, will provide an opportunity for advertisers to partner with us to build from the ground up original short video series,” he said.
Digital offering ONE News Now also launched in July with streams experiencing 185% year on year growth since launch.
Latch says TVNZ’s preferred partnership agreements with market leading global studios continue to provide access to most of the best global content available.
These deals will also see the return of hugely popular series such as The Big Bang Theory, How To Get Away With Murder, Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Wentworth, and a top range of blockbuster movies on TV2.
Now with more than 750,000 registered users, TVNZ OnDemand will continue to premiere and fast-track shows out of the USA as well as exclusive weekly sports programming.
“We know a whole bunch of Kiwis don’t want to wait to see their favourite shows out of the States and that they also don’t want to become pirates – so in 2016 we will continue to premiere through TVONE, TV2 and TVNZ OnDemand, says Latch.
In the world of Freeview and sport, Latch says viewers can also expect more.
“TVNZ pop-up on Freeview channel 13 is our new home of sport. Just last week we acquired the free-to-air rights to AFL games – this is something you can expect more of.”
- TVNZ OnDemand: www.tvnz.co.nz/new-season-showcase
TVNZ’S NEW SEASON TITLES
Coast New Zealand
The New Zealand Home
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Blood & Oil
The Hard Stuff With Nigel Latta
I Am Innocent
Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Country Calendar 50th anniversary
The DNA Detectives
Our First Home
Sunday Theatre series: Jean; Living In Hope; Bombshell; The Possession Of Janet Moses
A Place To Call Home
The Big Ward
The Cul de Sac
My Kitchen Rules NZ
The Real O’Neals
Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris
My Kitchen Rules Australia
The Big Bang Theory
2 Broke Girls
The Voice Australia
Take Me Out
Police Ten 7
The Walking Dead
The Mysteries Of Laura
The Amazing Race
The Vampire Diaries
12 Years A Slave
The Amazing Spiderman 2
Big Hero 6
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge Of Tomorrow
Guardians Of The Galaxy
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Lady And The Tramp
The Lego Movie
The Lone Ranger
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Monsters Vs Aliens
Muppets Most Wanted
Planes 2: Fire And Rescue
Someone Marry Barry
Star Trek: Into Darkness
The Wolf Of Wall Street
What We Do In The Shadows
World War Z
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