TV Shows

Nanogirl and the Imaginauts : 2018

Winner of the 2019 Goethe Institut IPST Science Education Award, this extraordinary children’s series is based on the science experiments featured in Dr Michelle Dickinson’s acclaimed stage show. Children are given a word associated with an experiment and are asked to come up with a story about how that experiment works. 

This inspiring new series of 7 x 22 minute episodes sees Dr Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) guide little ones on their scientific journeys, offering fun and exciting insights into how the world around us works.

Each episode features three young imaginative scientists describing their own wild theories and explanations for the science behind the experiment.  These ‘hairy theories’ are brought to life in 2-D animation. 

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Kea Kids News: 2019

Kea Kids News gives tamariki aged 7-11 years a chance to have their voice heard on the news and current affairs. In delivering a unique news programme for kids.  We also retain our existing mass appeal to a large family audience with 2 x stories per 7 minute episode appearing twice weekly on the Stuff and TVNZ on Demand platforms.

With sixty six episodes per season to date, our kid reporters cover observations of culture and trends as well as topical issues from the Pike River mine disaster to parents with queer kids. More importantly, we have continued to build a strong community of curious kids breaking stories never before seen from an empowered kid perspective.

Like children themselves, KKN delivers in a tone that is:

playful and energetic

refreshingly simple

confidently curious

and warmhearted and inclusive

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Ministry Of Education - Soft Skills Series

The New Zealand Ministry of Education commissioned Luke Nola & Friends to engage Māori and Pasifika rangatahi in understanding the ‘soft skills’ that they have developed from their culture and to hear directly from employers what true value those skills bring to employment. Luke Nola and Haimona Ngata  worked closely together to document authentic conversations with Māori and Pasifika teenagers. We are proud that the series broke new ground in connecting this under-served group with large employers such as Air New Zealand and Xero. More importantly we helped teens understand and feel proud of the value their culture brings to the corporate world.

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We create exciting content of discovery. Jimmy Hunt travelled the Waikato River on a lilo to create awareness for male depression. 'A Bit Mental' was a one hour doco on TV3. 

Chevron Delo needed to get the word out to truckers so we arranged a tug o war between a tow-truck and a tug boat. Darrell Ward of History's Ice Road Truckers came along for the ride and pitted two mega-metal beasts against each other on a wharf in California. All in the name of Severe Duty.

Let's Get Inventin' is an epic series that ran for 91 episodes over 7 seasons. With both international Emmy & BAFTA nominations this groundbreaking format brings invention ideas to life. Kids 8 - 12 enter a competition for design and construction of their very own inventions.

Let's Get Inventin'

Luke Nola and Friends created a top rating family science TV show screening on Discovery Asia and TVNZ Hei Hei. The format brings kids engineering ideas to life and helps kids 8 - 12 years get patents.

A 2007 BAFTA Nomination, in 2014 an International Emmy® Kids Awards Nominee and Winner of three Qantas Best TV Awards, this show is the only New Zealand kids show to rate number one against adult titles.

For 10 years it has screened in over 150 countries, inspiring young imaginations to produce astounding inventions over seven seasons, 91 half-hour episodes. 

Inventors are mentored by scientists and engineers who help create working prototypes. Crazy, entertaining, funny and sometimes practical, 12 kids have received patents as a prize. It all starts with the free Invention app. on iTunes. Here young inventors create new ideas with a chance to have them made.

Download flyer here.

Watch the Sizzle Reel

ABC Commercial represents the format internationally.

Check out some of the past inventions On Facebook

For format inquiries email: luke@lukenola.tv

Life on Ben

Mixing live action with stop motion animation this series for kids explores the intricacies of life at cellular level.  Gordon and Gloob (voiced by Flight of the Conchords’ Jermaine Clement and Boy director Taika Waititi) are two symbiotic creatures who go on an unexpected journey across the body of 10 year old Ben meeting a petri dish of other microbial folk along the way.

10 x 2 min episodes.

Watch episodes at - http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/life-on-ben-2002?video_ref=7021

A Bit Mental Inside New Zealand Doco for TV3

This 2013 documentary follows Jimmy Hunt and his quest to conquer depression in his own way, by floating the length of New Zealand's longest river on an inflatable lilo.

The Goober Brothers

Turn your big toe into an adorable instant best friend for life. 

A crazy fast-paced romp with two back yard inventor scientists who market their ‘useful’ inventions through this series of engaging infomercials. The Goober Brothers inspired the creation of the Let’s Get Inventin’ reality series bringing kid's ideas to life.

New Artland

Luke Nola created this ambitious art series for TVNZ6. Thirteen leading artists were commissioned to create epic works of art with the help of a community of their choice. Presented by New Zealand music legend Chris Knox, the series spans the length and breadth of the country and involves the artworks of farmers, flying squads, orchestras, graffiti artists, school kids, tattooists, knitters, BMX riders, snowballs and Westies. 

Two Series - 26 Episodes.

The Party Animals

Luke was co-creator and designer of this live action pre-school series which features five lovable alien bears who drop in to earth  and try to decipher everyday objects.

Tippy has a magic touch, Buddy has a taste of the action, Snuffles has a nose for everything, Chopper is there with his great big ears and Poppy has got eagle eyes. And the Party Animals are helped by their special friend, Alphapet.In each episode, they are given some mystery objects to solve and discover things like letters, numbers, colours and time. Once they've found the answer to the objects and their functions, it's time to party!Party Animals is a fun programme especially for Kiwi kids. It enhances the natural curiosity of children by encouraging exploration and problem solving skills, with the help of five colourful characters, each focused on one of the senses.The Party Animals live in a large three-storey house near the edge of the universe. Each animal has its own room and its own style. They're highly individualized characters each with their own special qualities and distinctive personality. Together they combine their unique attributes to promote interactive learning through mutual problem solving. 

Preschool 30m X 180 episodes. Two series.