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 […]

News brief: NHNZ gives Collins North America role

Kiwi factual producer and distributor NHNZ has promoted Shera Collins to vice president of marketing and development for North America. Collins, who has also worked for the Animal Planet and Discovery channels, has been at NHNZ since 2006. Speaking about Collins’ new role, NHNZ managing director Kyle Murdoch said: “With Shera’s background in both production […]

Haslingden tunes up a new super indie

Until September last year, David Haslingden was Fox’s top channels executive, running its US and international networks. But after two decades at the News Corp unit he left, only to emerge back into the spotlight in February when he acquired Natural History New Zealand. Australia’s Northern Pictures was then added and a joint venture formed […]

Keshet, Haslingden launch Oz production venture

Israel’s Keshet International is going into business with former Fox Networks Group president David Haslingden to launch a new production venture in Australia. Keshet and Haslingden’s RACAT holding company will jointly own Keshet Australia, which will aim to bring Keshet’s slate of more than 50 scripted and unscripted formats to television screens in Australia and […]

David Haslingden buys NHNZ and starts building factual super indie

David Haslingden, the former boss of Fox’s Networks division, has bought Kiwi natural history producer NHNZ and its associate Beach House Pictures from Fox and has also bought Australian producer Northern Pictures as he starts to build a factual-based super-indie. Haslingden’s departure as president and COO of Fox’s channels division was announced last September following […]

Smithsonian Channel moves into reality with LA Frock Stars

The Smithsonian Channel is moving into the reality genre after it commissioned its first unscripted series LA Frock Stars. The broadcaster, which is a joint venture between US cable network Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution, has ordered the six part series from Fox-owned New Zealand producer NHNZ. It is a coproduction with BBC Worldwide and […]

New Zealand’s NHNZ hires three new producers

Fox-owned New Zealand factual producer NHNZ has hired three new producers to work across its slate of documentaries and reality series. The company has hired Robin Shingleton, Colette Beaudry and Lorne Townend. All three will report to NHNZ’s head of production Andrew Waterworth. Townend previously produced History Channel’s 12-part series Mankind: The Story of All […]