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TBI Weekly: The Future is Factual – The Top Unscripted Trends of 2018

Weeks after unveiling its long-gestating, multi-million-dollar collaboration with David Attenborough, Netflix made another strong statement in the factual space at this week’s World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) where new recruit Sara Edelson – Los Angeles-based manager for original docs – eschewed the SVOD’s low profile strategy at markets, and met delegates out […]

NHNZ hires ex-Discovery exec for US production role

Kiwi prodco NHNZ has hired ex-Discovery exec Liz Brach in a newly created VP of production and development position in the US. Brach will oversee editorial development and production of new projects made for the US market, including National Geographic Channels, Animal Planet, Discovery Network International, PBS and streaming platforms including Love Nature, Netflix and Facebook […]

Ex-Nat Geo topper to lead Blue Ant networks unit

Producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant Media has launched a global networks division to support its international expansion efforts. Former National Geographic Partners COO Ward Platt will lead the division, taking up the newly created role of CEO, global networks and kids. The global networks division will manage: Blue Ant’s joint venture with AT&T, […]

Sniderman joins Blue Ant from Vice’s Pulse

Blue Ant Media has added to its senior management team by bringing in Sam Sniderman from Vice Media-owned Pulse Films. Sniderman has been named global head of commercial affairs at the Toronto-based broadcast, production and distribution company. His hire comes soon after Blue Ant acquired David Haslingden’s Racat Group. He was previously global COO and […]

Blue Ant buys RACAT to form natural history powerhouse

Toronto-based producer-distributor Blue Ant Media has announced the high-profile acquisition of international media organisation RACAT Group. Included in the purchase are prestigious production houses NHNZ, Beach House Pictures and Northern Pictures. Also included in the deal is international children’s nature broadcaster ZooMoo Networks and Runaway Play, a mobile game developer and publisher. The RACAT businesses […]

NHNZ preps more kids TV, teams with CCTV

NHNZ and China’s CCTV will coproduce several new projects including two animated kids series. Kiwi prodco NHNZ is best known for its factual output, but is also making kids fare. Under the terms of the 2014 Sino-NZ coproduction pact, it will team with CCTV animation to make 52x12mins Panda and Kiwi (WT). It will follow […]

Cleverman studio appoints scripted dev chief

Pukeko Pictures, the New Zealand-based producer behind new drama Cleverman, has appointed a head of scripted development. Lisa Chatfield (pictured) will work closely with chief creative officer Martin Baynton and head of production Angela Littlejohn after joining the Wellington-based prodco. Chatfield was most recently at the New Zealand Film Commission, where she was head of […]

NHNZ creates US ob-doc division

Natural History New Zealand has created a new US ob-doc unit, Outrun the Sun, and hired Abigail Rodriguez as vice president of development. NHNZ created the US prodco to create character-based fact-ent and ob-docs for the US market. NHNZ already makes ob-docs including Redwood Kings, and said it wants to expand in this part of […]

Fox bringing NHNZ fare to market

Fox International Channels’ new distribution arm has picked up rights to a raft of programming from NHNZ, the Kiwi factual specialist that is owned by former Fox exec David Haslingden. FIC Content Sales will be shopping programmes from NHNZ’s new Archive Unit. The first three titles are: Fur Seals: Battle for Survival, Japan’s Wild Year […]

Nat Geo and PBS producer joins NHNZ

NHNZ has brought on veteran producer, director and writer Sue Houghton who will work on blue-chip projects for the natural history producer and distributor. Houghton, who specialises in expedition and marine programming has been working for National Geographic and PBS for the past eight years and her credits include The Secret Life of Predators and […]