TVNZ is to make a multimillion-dollar documentary on the history of New Zealand in a project that will include a significant web development.
The state-owned television company has asked the production community for proposals to produce the series and drawn up a short list of five.
TV One head Shaun Brown would not reveal names on the short list but said they were established production houses or partnerships between production companies. Computerworld understands Gibson Group and Communicado are candidates, and they are working with web developers.
Brown says the series will need to be bold and of a significant scale.
“Currently we’re having presentations from the shortlisted applicants and I believe all of them envisage a significant web dimension to the proposal. We see the website as being an important element of the series but it won’t be what the decision is made on.”
He says TVNZ has asked for proposals to include a budget.
“The site might have the capacity to generate funding of its own. We will go through the budget with the successful player, then put a proposal to New Zealand On Air for the majority of the funding. Obviously the budget is going to be in the millions.”
Brown says TVNZ hasn’t decided or specified what proportion of the budget would go toward web development. Computerworld understands as much as 10% could be spent online.
The successful application will be chosen next month, before a proposal and budget is taken to NZ On Air. The series will screen either late 2003 or early 2004.