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Shows Rūrangi, Educators and Homebound 3.0 promise entertainment and comic relief for Kiwis with funding from NZ On Air.

Rūrangi

The award-winning Rūrangi has been greenlit for a second season (5 x 22 mins) with recent funding from NZ On Air. DEGANZ member Max Currie directed and co-produced the first season, which tells the story of a transgender activist who returns home to the remote, politically divided dairy community of Rūrangi in hopes of reconnecting with his estranged father.

Season 2 will screen on Prime and Māori Television. Hulu picked up the first season for distribution in the US, among other international sales to Australia, the UK and France.

Rūrangi is a finalist in the 2021 New Zealand Television Awards for NZ On Air Best Drama Series.

The series was also cut into a feature film that screened at NZIFF in 2020 and the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, winning an Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. The film recently took home the award for Best International Feature at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

Educators

Returning for a third season is the hit improvised comedy show, Educators. Set in a secondary school, the show centres around the dysfunctional teachers in charge of educating the next generation.

Entirely unscripted and featuring some of New Zealand’s top comedians, Educators is directed by Jesse Griffin (DEGANZ) who also co-writes the storylines. Recently, we hosted an online talk with Jesse and Educators editor Stuart Boone, delving into their process of writing, directing and editing the series. The talk was recorded for the DEGANZ podcast so if you missed it, you can catch it online or wherever you get your podcasts!

Homebound 3.0

DEGANZ 2021 Incubator alumna Hweiling Ow is part of the team behind new comedy Homebound 3.0, written by writer/actor Sam Wang. The project won the South Pacific Pictures Big Pitch at the 2019 SPADA Conference and will now become an exciting reality produced by Kevin and Co for Three.

The half-hour comedy revolves around a struggling 30-something unpublished writer forced to move back home and deal with the disappointment of his Chinese parents.

Read more on NZOA’s funding decisions

We are beyond proud and excited for the DEGANZ members who are finalists in the 2021 New Zealand Television Awards. With a total of 117 nominations from more than 530 entries and across 37 categories, this year’s finalists reflect the diversity of content and voices available to Kiwi viewers.

A big congratulations to all DEGANZ members up for awards!

Screen Auckland Best Director Drama

David Stubbs (DEGANZ)
Black Hands
Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand (TVNZ 1)

Roseanne Liang (DEGANZ)
Creamerie
Kevin & Co + Flat 3 (TVNZ 2)

Max Currie (DEGANZ)
Rūrangi
Autonomouse (Neon & NZME)

Peter Salmon
INSiDE
Luminous Beast (Prime, Neon)

Black Hands, Creamerie and Rūrangi are also finalists for NZ On Air Best Drama Series.

Best Script: Comedy

Shoshana McCallum and Roseanne Liang
Creamerie
Kevin & Co + Flat 3 (TVNZ 2)

Best Factual Series

Origins
Peter Bell (DEGANZ), Tash Christie, Meg Douglas, Megan Tucker
Scottie Douglas Productions / Greenstone TV (TVNZ 1)

Fight for the Wild
Peter Young (DEGANZ), Tracy Roe, Dave Hansford
Fisheye Films (RNZ)

Best Camerawork: Documentary/Factual

Peter Young
Fight for the Wild
Fisheye Films (RNZ)

We would also like to extend our congratulations to all the finalists in the directing and editing categories:

Best Editing: Documentary/Factual

Bryan Shaw
Origins
Scottie Douglas Productions / Greenstone TV (TVNZ 1)

Toby Longbottom
Deleted
Stuff Circuit (Stuff)

Simon Coldrick
Six Angry Women
Kindred Films (TVNZ 1)

Best Editing: Drama

Allanah Bazzard
Black Hands
Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand (TVNZ 1)

Eric de Beus
The Gulf – Season 2
The Gulf Productions (Three/Discovery)

Gretchen Peterson
The Gulf – Season 2
The Gulf Productions (Three/Discovery)

Best Director: Documentary/Factual

Anna Marbrook
Loimata: The Sweetest Tears
Anna Marbrook Productions (Māori Television)

Irene Chapple
The Eruption: Stories of Survival
Pencil Productions (Three/Discovery)

Natalie Malcon & Thomas Robins
Heaven and Hell – The Centrepoint Story
Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand (TVNZ 1)

Best Director: Multi Camera

Matt Barrett
Battle of Jacks Ridge
Sky Sport (Sky)

Wayne Leonard
36th America’s Cup Match
America’s Cup Events (Am. Cup website/YouTube)

​Nigel Carpenter
Aotearoa Music Awards 2020
Discovery (Three/Discovery)

The NZTV Awards are designed to recognise excellence in television, and honour the special skills and unique talents behind New Zealand television.

Finalists across all awards categories can be read here. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 1 March, 2022 at a red carpet gala event held at Auckland’s Shed 10.