Riverstone Mysteries

An investment in local drama? Sure, it’s on Prime but how long before Sky start creating their own original local content that isn’t sport?

Prime Television is excited to confirm it has commissioned a brand new New Zealand drama series.

The Riverstone Mysteries*comprises four two-hour murder mystery stories set in a seemingly quiet country town where the town’s newest resident, Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd, finds that murder lurks in even the most homely location.

Head of Prime Karen Bieleski says the series will be produced by South Pacific Pictures and shot on location in New Zealand.  Continue reading »

nz-on-air-logo-300This is kind of good news.  $9,750,182 in funding for more local drama in 2014.  However, this is only for 11 hours.  Compare that price tag to 13 hours of Nothing Trivial ($6,734,000) or 13 hours of Go Girls ($6,672,500) etc.  The final 18 episodes of Outrageous Fortune only cost us $8,612,010.

What would you rather see?  Short 1-2 hour long dramas/mini-series or full season drama?

Three different production houses have won NZ On Air funding for significant new drama projects. Six telefeatures will join NZ On Air’s slate of short and longer-run series currently in production. Continue reading »