A new video-on-demand platform will launch today, showcasing original Kiwi comedy – including Leigh Hart’s cult comedy series Late Night Big Breakfast.
Commissioned by Matt Heath and Jeremy Wells, WatchMe will feature several short-form comedy series – available to view on demand free of charge.
Each series is made up of between six to eight short-form episodes – specifically designed to cater for a digital audience.
‘It’s all about removing the padding’ explains Heath.
‘When you make a commercial half hour for TV it’s 22 minutes cut roughly into three seven-minute bits – divided by ad breaks.
We don’t have ad breaks so we are just making the seven-minute bits.
If people want to watch 22 minutes they can watch three shows in a row’.
WatchMe will also feature a video adaptation of Ben Uffindell’s satirical website The Civilian – as well as a video version of Wells’ popular radio segment Like Mike – in which he parodies Newstalk ZB broadcaster Mike Hosking.