Funding and Correspondence information on the TVNZ On Demand Series BossBabes

Alex Janssen made this Official Information request to Television New Zealand Limited

The request was partially successful.

From: Alex Janssen

Dear Television New Zealand Limited,

Pursuant to Section 12 of the Official Information Act 1982, please provide, if any:

- Email correspondence regarding the upcoming TVNZ on demand series, BossBabes

- Information regarding the funding of BossBabes, including any current or pending requests made for government funding/grants and sponsorships to pay for the show's production.

- Any email/text documentation highlighting how this production was approved and who approved pre-production. If the name is redacted, I would like to request the person's title if possible.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Janssen

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From: Brent McAnulty
Television New Zealand Limited

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Dear Alex Janssen


We have received your email requesting information related to funding and
correspondence of the TVNZ OnDemand series BossBabes.


We will respond to your request in due course.


Yours sincerely



Brent McAnulty
General Counsel and Corporate Affairs Director

d.  +64 9 916 7935
m. +64 27 226 4913






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From: Alex Janssen

Dear Brent McAnulty,

This request is now overdue. By law, under all circumstances, this request should have been responded to by now. Please advise of any extension that you may require or I will submit a complaint to the ombudsman.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Janssen

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From: Brent McAnulty
Television New Zealand Limited

Dear Alex

My apologies. I have been travelling overseas and I see that my response was trapped in my outbox.

I refer to your request of 14 April regarding our involvement in the production of Boss Babes.

The production is being managed by Warner Bros, who pitched the show to TVNZ, after being advised by TVNZ that it was looking for a programme within this genre. On receiving the proposal from Warner Bros, the final decision to commission the programme was taken by our Content Director following consultation and on the advice of her team of commissioners and programmers.

The programme is being made specifically for TVNZ OnDemand, and will be funded entirely by TVNZ through commercial revenue. No external funding has been sought.

Any correspondence between ourselves and Warner Bros is commercially sensitive and withheld under section 9(2)(b)(ii) of the Act.

In our view the withholding of the information is not outweighed by other considerations which render it desirable in the public interest to make it available.

In accordance with Section 19(b) of the Act we advise that you have the right to seek an investigation and review of the above refusal by making a complaint under Section 28(3) to an Ombudsman.


Brent McAnulty
General Counsel and Corporate Affairs Director

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