ABC’s Cleverman has been sold to TVNZ.
The news is not unexpected given it was an Australian / New Zealand co-production between Goalpost Pictures Australia and Pukeko Pictures.
Weta Workshop was responsible for creature design whilst Wellington-based Park Road Post Production provided picture, visual effects and sound post production services.
Goalpost Pictures’ Rosemary Blight said, “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.”
“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.
Cleverman was co-produced with Sundance TV and has also been sold to the UK’s BBC3.
A second series has already been announced.