A big congratulations to Ashleigh Reid and Isla Macleod! The fresh faced, Auckland based filmmakers have won TVNZ’s inaugural New Blood Web Series Competition with their pilot, Oddly Even.

In four weeks, the Top 10 pilots were viewed more than 38,000 times combined and 8,600 votes were cast. With 24% of the public vote, it was Oddly Even that took out first place.

Ashleigh and Isla, will receive with $100,000 from TVNZ and NZ On Air to create a full web series to screen on TVNZ.co.nz.

The duo both work in the film and television industry and came up with the concept after meeting at the New Zealand Broadcasting School. They’re excited about what this win means for them:

“As 22-year-olds, it would be at least another decade working our way up the industry ladder before we would be in a position making the creative decisions. Winning this competition gives us a platform to tell our stories now. Stories that are relatable to young Kiwis."

Oddly Even follows Olivia (Beth Alexander) and her 10-year life plan to run a successful food truck business. Not in the plan is her older sister Frankie (Lucy Suttor) who disappeared eight years ago after their parents died. Now Frankie is on Olivia’s doorstep with a suitcase and a plan of her own. 

The series will screen on TVNZ.co.nz later this year, but in the meantime you can get a taste of what's to come in the pilot episode below!

The TVNZ New Blood Web Series Competition was made with the support of NZ On Air.