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Additionally, a close source expects a second series of romantic comedy Under The Vines - shot this year in Central Otago and Queenstown - will also be given the go-ahead.
One Lane Bridge executive producer Philip Smith, of Queenstown, was thrilled New Zealand On Air - supported by TVNZ and British distributor All3Media - had backed a third series, which would be shot between next March and July.
Due to Covid-19, ‘‘it’s the homegrown shows that are keeping the industry alive, otherwise we’ve got nothing’’, he said.
‘‘We’re looking to employ even more locals on this series, and get the local film and drama industry really bustling again.’’
With another $6 million-plus budget, Mr Smith said the shoot would also be a valuable shot in the arm for Queenstown’s beleaguered tourism industry.
Mr Smith’s Great Southern Television produced the first series last year and the second this year.
Getting a third across the line was ‘‘a really good achievement in New Zealand’’, he said.
‘‘It’s very competitive to get NZ On Air funding, so you have to be at the top of your game.’’
He believed it was a result of the popularity of the second series, which recently aired in New Zealand, and its success in sales to 20-plus countries, including Australia, Germany, France, Europe’s Nordic countries and United States cable network AMC.
He said that unlike many other dramas, One Lane Bridge made no bones about being located in the resort.
‘‘We wanted to make the local environment a character as well - we’re going to build on that into series three, because it does get watched by millions of people globally, and we want them to see the very best of Queenstown.’’
Mr Smith said the third series would also be a fillip for a new screenwriters’ residency, ‘‘Tahuna’’, which Great Southern and the local council were co-funding.
‘‘The writers will be able to visit the set and our writers and team will be able to give them talks and mentoring.’’
Meanwhile, it is understood a second series of Under The Vines - co-produced by TVNZ and global streaming service Acorn TV - will also be shot in Queenstown/Central Otago next year, though no official announcement has been made.