20 December 2013
ONLINE CHANNEL FOR NZ WEB SERIES LAUNCHES
New Zealanders – and the rest of the world – can now watch independently produced web series created by fellow New Zealanders, online, any time and for free, with the launch of an online New Zealand Web Series Channel (www.webserieschannel.co.nz)
New Zealanders – and the rest of the world – can now watch independently produced web shows created by fellow New Zealanders, online, any time and for free, with the launch of an online New Zealand Web Series Channel (http://webserieschannel.co.nz/)
Web series are short videos, usually in episodic form, released on the internet and are part of the newly emerging medium called web television, web TV.
NZ Web Series Channel was created by Ferb Media, who also publish Viewfinder magazine for creators of NZ indie film, video and web TV. Founder and publisher, Fiona Powell says “When interviewing the creators of web series we realised there was a huge need for a place on the internet that brought all these amazing web series together, so audiences could find them in one place; a hub for New Zealand made web series. That way the shows could also leverage off each other. So we went ahead and created it.”
Powell sees the web series medium as a win/win for both audiences and creators:
“For the web series creators – often cast and crew in the screen industry are filling gaps between jobs – there’s the freedom to produce the diverse content they want to, and broadcast it without permission from, or approval of, the traditional broadcasters and gatekeepers.
“For audiences there’s the benefit of viewing content when they want to, rather than waiting for scheduled content, and where they want to, including of course on mobile devices. Web series are the perfect medium for the digital generation with shorter attention spans who expect content on demand”.
The NZ Web Series Channel already has 50-odd web series, created by Kiwis, on the Web Series Channel, and Powell says there’s no shortage of content.
“This year we saw a huge spike in the number of local web series being created,” says Powell. “Self-funded projects included the highly rated shows Flat3 and High Road. NZ On Air funded series included Woodville, Hook Ups and The Factory, and currently in crowdfunding stages are Tina, Oddballs and Project J.
“For its latest round of Digital Media funding, NZ On Air received 54 applications for web series funding – and four projects have received $100k each. That means there are 50-odd web series wanting to be made. And if you consider the 800 or so teams that competed in the 48 Hour film competition earlier this year, and all the film graduates – there are a lot of New Zealanders keen to make film and video content.”
While web series are fairly new to New Zealand audiences, in the States and elsewhere, web series are an established medium, with their own web festivals and award ceremonies. Web series are making their creators rich and famous with some web series being picked up by the TV networks; for example US broadcaster Fox bought Couple Time, a single-camera comedy web series project.
Powell says brands and advertisers are already keen to partner with the NZ Web Series Channel site and/or web series creators. “Brands wanting to target the digital generation – who don’t watch much TV – and early adopters, can see the potential to align with creative web series made locally, and there are a number of innovative opportunities to do that, which is really exciting for all of us.”
FOUNDER / MANAGER – NZ WEB SERIES CHANNEL
Ph: 021 1712 301
NZ web series featured / discussed in media:
VIDEO – Are Web Series the Future?
From Script to Screen, the video of the August Writer’s Room featured the makers of two successful locally produced web-series Flat 3 and The Factory. Writer/director Roseanne Liang and actress JJ Fong from Flat 3 were joined by writer/director Michael Bennett, EP/actor Vela Manusaute and director Joe Leonie of The Factory to discuss the viability of the format, and the joys and challenges it brings.UP
Podcast: National Radio; Simon Morris, At the Movies
….and talks to Fiona Powell, editor of Viewfinder Magazine, the journal for no-budget features, web-only TV series and crowdfunded documentaries. (About half way thru)UP
Podcast: National Radio, Simon Morris, At the Movies
Most people under 30 hardly watch TV at all, they’re simply going on-line – and so are many smart production companies. We are talking about shows like Woodville – snappy 5-minute “webisodes” of a mockumentary that you can only find online. Other web only series include High road, Roseanne Liang’s Flat 3 and the Kila Kokonut Krew’s The Factory. We chat to Brenda Leeuwenberg, the digital strategist for New Zealand on Air, to Kerry Warkia who’s the Production Manager on The Factory and producer of Flat 3, and to Georgiana Taylor, the producer and director of Woodville.UP
Podcast: National Radio, Arts on Sunday with Lynn Freeman: Home-grown TV Drama
The big news has been the axing of a number of prime-time New Zealand TV series. So is this the end of TV drama, or just the end of that sort of TV drama? This week we speak to the CEO of New Zealand On Air, Jane Wrightson and to the Listener’s TV writer, Fiona Rae.
*Note: NZ web series are also discussedUP
Innovative new projects to excite and engage online audiences
13 December 2013
Fresh support from NZ On Air’s Digital Media Fund will bring six innovative projects to online audiences.
The latest funding round saw 61 applications to the Kickstart fund for transmedia projects and 54 applications for webseries. The applications were seeking a total investment of more than $20 million.
Four webseries will receive up to $100,000 each.UP
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