7 Digits for 7 Days, Big Spend on Jono and Ben

TV3’s HD comedy hits 7 Days and Jono and Ben are laughing all the way to the bank.

NZ On Air has awarded both series more than $2.7 million in funding for their 2016 runs.

7 Days, which returns next week, has picked up $1.056 million for 32 half-hours and Jono and Ben $1.717 million for 26 hours.

TV3’s also commissioned a one-hour stand-up comedy showcase for new talent, Aotearoha Rising Stars, which NZOA has bankrolled for $75,218.

The funding agency’s also contributing $200,000 towards Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s broadcast and online runs. (Taika Waiti’s take on Barry Crump’s Wild Pork and Watercress will screen on TV2.)

NZOA’s also supporting two other movies: Tip Top Taj Mahala screen adaptation of the acclaimed play Krishna’s Dairy (up to $199,999); and Chief Gary, a comedy about a struggling real estate agent who inherits a tiny sinking island in the Pacific ($199,999).

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2 Responses to “7 Digits for 7 Days, Big Spend on Jono and Ben”

  1. It’s time that NZ On Air (us, the taxpayer) stopped funding entertainment programmes like this and used the money for documentary stuff.

  2. Why can’t TV3 fund 7 Days and Jono & Ben now that they are established hits? Does NZ on Air get any slice of the advertising money that these shows generate?

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