Two major international television productions underway in Auckland – Power Rangers Dino Charge, and Ash vs Evil Dead – are headlining at the annual three-day convention 'Comic con' alongside The Chronicles of Shannara which attracts more than 130,000 fans and media coverage from across the world.
Ash vs Evil Dead, which is currently in production in Auckland for Starz Entertainment, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The 10-episode first season is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio – executive producer and showrunner.
The series’ cast and creators, including star Lucy Lawless are taking part in a panel discussion at Comic-Con and its trailer has been revealed online.
Saban Brands’ Power Rangers has been made in Auckland for more than a decade, and is one of the top rated and longest running kids' live-action television shows (now in its 22nd season). At Comic-Con, the cast and crew of Power Rangers Dino Charge is offering sneak peeks of upcoming episodes, exclusive giveaways, and a Q&A session.
It has been a boom period for Auckland’s screen production industry. In addition to the international television and feature films, there have been a range of international television commercials for household names such as Samsung, Lipton Tea, Ford, and BMW in the past year; and major local productions slated for Auckland this year include Lee Tamahori and Robin Scholes collaboration The Patriarch, and Toa Fraser’s next feature film 6 Days.
Michael Brook says: “The Government’s improved tax incentives for international productions announced last year restored New Zealand’s, and therefore Auckland’s, global competitiveness and gave confidence to international producers who were considering making films here. But our region’s talented fast turnaround crews, and access to unique and widely diverse locations, are also crucial for attracting international productions.”
In the 2014/15 financial year to 30 June, Screen Auckland processed a record 543 Auckland Council film permits for filming in open public spaces across the region, for screen production worth an estimated $129 million. The 2014 year industry economic data released by Statistics New Zealand showed that screen production and post-production in Auckland produced gross revenue of $647 million (nearly half the national industry).