Peter Cox

Peter Cox

Peter Cox is an innovative and award-winning writer and creator who works across a broad range of genres including drama, comedy and mystery. He is known primarily for mixing drama and comedy, with series that focus on distinctly memorable and endearingly complex characters. Peter’s love of collaborating with other writers and creatives is central to his process, being equally comfortable as a creator/script producer as well as a staffed writer.

As a creator, Peter’s first series was The Insider’s Guide to Happiness which won six awards at the 2002 NZ Film and Television Awards, including Best Script and Best Drama Series, screening on SBS and the Australia Network. Since then, Peter has developed and/or created TV series’ in both drama and comedy, that have won more than 30 NZ Film and TV awards, and have been distributed in Australia, Canada, the UK, Asia and Europe, with format rights being sold in countries as diverse as Russia and the US. He has also been the recipient of the Buddle-Findlay Sargeson Writer’s Fellowship and won Best New NZ Playwright at the Wellington Chapman Tripp theatre awards.

Most recently Peter won a 2021 AWGIE for Best Mini-Series Screenplay for New Gold Mountain, of which he was creator/ head writer/co-producer. New Gold Mountain was also nominated for Best Mini-Series at both the AACTA and Logie Awards.

Peter has been developing new series in New Zealand and Australia and writing on staff for a comedy series for Paramount/Viacom UK.

He also has an MA and PhD in Creative Writing, focusing on collaborative creative process.

Peter Cox

Currently In Development

EDGEWATER – television series, drama – (Creator/Writer), Goalpost Pictures Australia
BLOODLINES – television series, drama – (Developed by), Pukeko Pictures/Weta Workshop NZ

 

Television

AGENT ANNA (Series 1)
Story by, Script Editor
6 Part, ½ hour comedy series                             Great Southern, TVNZ 2012
THE CULT
Creator, Writer
13 Part, 1-hour drama series                              Great Southern, TVNZ 2010
THIS IS NOT MY LIFE
Developed by, Story by, Writer
13 Part, 1-hour drama series                              GRST, TVNZ 2009
THE PRETENDER (Series 2)
Creator, Writer
8 Part, ½ hour comedy series                             Great Southern, TVNZ 2008
THE PRETENDER (Series 1)
Creator, Writer
6 Part, ½ hour comedy series                             Great Southern, TVNZ 2007
TALENT
Writer, Director
Comedy, 1 x ½ hour                                           Eleven Media, TVNZ 2007
THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO LOVE
Creator, Writer
7 Part, 1-hour drama series                                Gibson Group, TVNZ 2006
THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO HAPPINESS
Creator, Writer, Storyline
12 Part, 1-hour drama series                              Gibson Group, TVNZ 2004

 

Theatre & Radio Plays

THE SWANS
Radio New Zealand 2006
VERY LUCKY PEOPLE
Hagley Theatre Company 2005
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEBBLE
Bats Theatre 2003
THE EXPERT
Circa Theatre, Wellington 2003
HEARTBEAT
Radio New Zealand 2002
THE PLUM TREE
The ‘Young and Hungry’ Arts Trust Initiative 2002
FIVE SHORT SEMINARS ON HOW TO
DISCIPLINE YOUR DOG

McKenzie Theatre, Wellington 2001

 

Awards, Nominations & Official Selections

Winner, Best TV Series – Air New Zealand Film and Television Awards, 2011
‘This is Not My Life’ (Developed by/Story by/Writer)
Nominated – Best Drama Series; New Zealand Film and Television Awards, 2010
‘The Cult’ (Creator/Writer)
Nominated, Best Comedy Series – Air New Zealand Film and Television Awards, 2009
‘The Pretender, Series 2’ (Creator/Writer)
Nominated, Best Comedy Series; Nominated, Best Script – Air New Zealand Film and Television Awards, 2007
‘The Pretender, Series 1’ (Creator/Writer)
Winner, Best TV Series – Qantas New Zealand Film and Television Awards, 2006
‘The Insider’s Guide to Love’ (Creator/Writer)
Winner, Best Production – Christchurch Theatre Awards, 2005
‘Very Lucky People’ (Writer)
Recipient of the Bundle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, 2005
Writer’s Residency, Sargeson Centre, Auckland NZ
Official Selection, ‘INPUT’ International Public Television Screening Conference, San Francisco, USA, 2005
‘The Insider’s Guide to Happiness’ (Creator/Writer)
Winner, Best Television Series – Air New Zealand Film and Television Awards, 2004
‘The Insider’s Guide to Happiness’ (Creator/Writer)
Winner, Best Script (Story); Nominated, Best Script – Air New Zealand Film and Television Awards, 2004
‘The Insider’s Guide to Happiness’ (Writer)
Best New New Zealand Playwright – Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, 2002
‘The Plum Tree’ (Writer)

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