TVNZ is proud to announce the launch of its newest online-only series, Auckland Daze.
With over 25,000 impressions on the Auckland Daze Facebook page and over 5,000 video views on Facebook and TVNZ Ondemand to date, the series is already cementing its popularity.
Airing from 5pm tonight, Auckland Daze follows the success of TVNZ’s Emmy-Award winning digital-only series Reservoir Hill. This time, the series is a spoof comedy that follows four hapless wannabes – a model, a stuntman, a dwarf entertainer and a stand-up comedian who are all chasing fame in Auckland’s ridiculously small entertainment industry.
Starring a number of local talents including Millen Baird (The Millen Baird Show), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Xena: Warrior Princess), Fasi Amosa (Sione’s Wedding), Jimmy James Fletcher (Jono’s New Show), Natalie Medlock (Shortland Street) and Glen Levy, the stuntman described by National Geographic as “the 20th deadliest man on the planet”, plus an abundance of guest appearances by New Zealand celebrities including Craig Parker, Anna Hutchinson, Johnny Barker, Brendhan Lovegrove and Anna Julienne.
Auckland Daze takes the interactive experience that made Reservoir Hill a success to the next level. Screening on TVNZ Ondemand, which has almost four hundred thousand unique viewers per month, Auckland Daze is also embedded into Facebook where viewers will be able to watch, “like” and share the episodes with their friends without having to leave their Facebook profile. After the episode, the audience will be prompted to say what they think. Filmed weekly, suggestions from viewers will influence the plot of the next episode.
“Auckland Daze is another demonstration of TVNZ’s leadership in online video. This hilarious new show combines high profile writers and actors with an innovative platform that allows the audience to ‘like’, watch, share and influence the show without having to leave their Facebook page” says Tom Cotter, TVNZ’s GM – Digital Media.
Co-created, produced and directed by kiwi actor Kiel McNaughton (Shortland Street), and with funding from NZ On-Air, the show promises to be hilarious, clever and full of twists the creators don’t even know about yet. “Auckland Daze is a ground-breaking digital-only show where the audience can have their say. It is a great opportunity for New Zealanders to get involved with their favourite characters while having a laugh along the way.”
The first episode of Auckland Daze will be available to view at TVNZ Ondemand from 5pm this afternoon. ‘Like’ Auckland Daze on Facebook and catch up on some of the guys’ antics to date at http://www.facebook.com/aucklanddaze.