Emma John

Scripted Commissioner
Country (Address)
New Zealand
Emma John is the Scripted Commissioner at TVNZ. She started out in the industry as a runner and soon became a Director’s assistant on Shortland Street. She then went on to spend a large part of her career working as a Script Supervisor on BBC comedies in London such as ‘The Office’, ‘The Mighty Boosh’ and ‘Nighty Night’ as well as comedies for Channel 4 and dramas for ITV. On her return to New Zealand she worked as the GM and Head of Programming at a Sky TV channel before returning to comedy as an associate producer on ‘7 Days’ (a weekly comedy panel show) and then went on to producer ‘Would I lie to you’(also a comedy panel show). Emma is passionate about story and the tricky task of making memorable local content.
Emma John
What we're looking for from Ready, Steady, Pitch!

TVNZ is interested in co-productions that authentically illuminate Aotearoa New Zealand with the opportunity to also showcase the culture of the production partner. We have had recent success with The Gone, an Irish / NZ co-pro with collaboration built into its DNA; from the Irish / NZ writing team, through to production HOD’s and onscreen talent. Productions that film in NZ or use NZ services may be eligible for the Screen Production rebate (SPR) and we welcome any scripted pitches that may fit this remit.

TVNZ’s core viewer objective is to materially grow younger audiences (18-34) while maintaining a broader commercial audience (18-54), by prioritising making and buying content that attracts and retains these more commercially-attractive audiences.