ABC Commercial reaches agreement with TVNZ to bring The Wiggles to FTA television in New Zealand

ABC Commercial reaches agreement with TVNZ to bring The Wiggles to FTA television in New Zealand

 

Sydney, Australia – ABC Commercial today announced it has reached a new agreement with free-to-air television network TVNZ to bring a variety of The Wiggles' acclaimed pre-school programming to New Zealand.

The agreement will see The Wiggles' brand new television series Emma! Series 2 receive a linear broadcast on TVNZ later this year, in addition to a number of standalone specials from the group, including Dial E For Emma!, The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra, Apples and Bananas and The Emma and Lachy Show! – with all programmes available to stream on TVNZ’s AVOD platform TVNZ OnDemand.

An iconic staple of pre-school entertainment across the world, The Wiggles' popularity in New Zealand has grown rapidly since the group relaunched with their new look line up of Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony in 2013. Since then, The Wiggles have embarked on numerous tours throughout New Zealand, entertaining families at sold out shows across Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and more – with ticket sales continuing to climb with each successive visit.

“ABC Commercial is pleased to partner with TVNZ to bring The Wiggles' award-winning programming to New Zealand families everywhere,” said Jessica Ellis, Head of Content Sales & Distribution at ABC Commercial. “We’re excited for what the future holds for The Wiggles in the territory.”

“We know Kiwi kids love The Wiggles! We’re excited to bring the group’s fun new series and specials to New Zealand screens," said Cate Slater, Director of Content at TVNZ. "We’ll be giving families choice over how they can watch, with episodes coming to TVNZ 2 and streaming on TVNZ OnDemand. Educational and entertaining pre-school content benefits our youngest viewers and it’s great to welcome these iconic entertainers to TVNZ."

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be coming to free-to-air television in New Zealand,” said Paul Field, Managing Director of The Wiggles. “The Wiggles have always had an amazing time performing for New Zealand fans and we’re ecstatic so many more will have the chance to enjoy our content.”

In addition to The Wiggles' expanding television and touring footprint in New Zealand, the group has also seen considerable digital uplift in the territory. Since relaunching in 2016, The Wiggles' YouTube channel has reached over 550 million views globally, with New Zealand based audiences accounting for over 63 million minutes of watch time during that span.

ABC Commercial reaches agreement with TVNZ to bring The Wiggles to FTA television in New Zealand