Cleverman to TVNZ New Zealand

Goalpost Pictures Australia, New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures, TVNZ, alongside Entertainment One (eOne) who handle domestic sales on the series for Australia and New Zealand, have announced that Cleverman has been sold to TVNZ.

All six episodes of the critically acclaimed series, which was recently renewed for a second season, will be available from Monday July 25 on TVNZ OnDemand, and the series will air on DUKE at a later date.

CLEVERMAN is an official Australian/New Zealand co-production between Goalpost Pictures Australia and Pukeko Pictures. Cleverman was filmed on location in Sydney, Australia, with Wellington-based Park Road Post Production providing picture, visual effects and sound post production services. The creature design in the series is by New Zealand’s five-time Academy Award®-Winning Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit motion picture trilogies, King Kong, Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia, District 9, Elysium and Chappie).

“We are thrilled that we are taking Cleverman to its ‘second home’, New Zealand, following the first season broadcast in Australia on ABC TV and in the US on SundanceTV. We couldn’t wish for better production partners than Pukeko Pictures, and local distribution partners in eOne, and we are thrilled to be working with them again as we prepare production of season two,” said Goalpost Pictures’ Rosemary Blight.

“At Pukeko Pictures we are extremely proud of Cleverman and its premiere success in both Australia and the US. We are very excited that eOne has secured the first season premiere in our homeland of New Zealand on TVNZ especially as it has given us the opportunity to again work closely with our Miramar Peninsula creative colleagues Park Road Post Production and Weta Workshop. We are now looking forward to continuing this working relationship and our one with Goalpost Pictures Australia on the series’ second season,” said Clive Spink, CEO, Pukeko Pictures

The series is an original concept commissioned by the ABC TV Indigenous Department and co-produced with Sundance TV and Red Arrow International, who handle rights outside Australia and New Zealand, with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen NSW and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant. Cleverman has also been sold to the UK’s BBC3.

“Cleverman stood out as a unique dramatic proposition on many levels. It is clever, subtle and compelling storytelling peppered with extraordinary characters. We believe it is an ideal fit for our on demand platform,” Andrew Shaw, General Manager of Acquisitions, Commissioning and Production at TVNZ.

Jude Troy, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & TV Development, Entertainment One Australia & New Zealand, said: “We are delighted to have closed the deal on both seasons of Cleverman with TVNZ where the show will be seen by a very broad audience. The series extends our relationship with both Goalpost, Pukeko Pictures and TVNZ, and supports eOne’s commitment to working with the finest talent in Australia and New Zealand.”

Entertainment One (eOne) brokered the sale on behalf of Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures.


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