New Zealand-based specialist factual firm NHNZ Worldwide has hired development producer Daysun Perkins into the new role of SVP of development, based in Los Angeles.
Based in Los Angeles, Perkins will help the company to expand upon its documentary and natural history programming roots as it seeks to push into new genres for international markets.
Perkins has 25 years of experience across network and production company development and joins NHNZ Worldwide from Remedy Television, where he served as SVP of programming and development.
NHNZ Worldwide is a factual specialist documentary production company with offices in Dunedin and Auckland, New Zealand, and staff based in the US, the UK and China. Its most recent productions include the third season of Our Big Blue Backyard for Love Nature and TVNZ along with the company’s first children’s animation series, Panda & Kiwi. The PBS climate crisis series Dynamic Planet (working title) is also currently in production along with another series of Orangutan Jungle School for Love Nature.
NHNZ was founded 46 years ago as the Natural History Unit of Television New Zealand and was owned by Fox International Channels from 1997 to 2012. CEO Julie Christie took sole ownership of the company from Blue Ant Media this year after acquiring a majority stake in 2021.
“Daysun brings both network and production experience to our company at a vital time in our growth plan as we build on our documentary and natural history programming heritage, and expand into other genres for our clients all over the world,” said Christie.