BBC goes big on Arctic natural history for Christmas

29 November 2017

Polar bear cubs, reindeer, snowboarding crows and seemingly suicidal penguins all feature in the BBC’s Christmas natural history line up.

On BBC1, Snow Bears tracks the 400-mile journey of two polar bear cubs as they search the North Pole for seal-rich pack ice and learn how to survive the frozen world.

Source: Broadcast

The 1 x 60-minute doc, produced and directed by Philip Dalton, was ordered by head of specialist factual and natural history commissioning Tom McDonald and was made by John Downer Productions. Lucinda Axelsson is executive producing for the indie.

RTS 90th Anniversary; awards Mike Gunton Fellowship

29 November 2017

To commemorate the Royal Television Society’s 90th anniversary, the RTS has awarded nine new Fellowships, and we are delighted to share the news that one of the most respected members of the wildlife film community has received one of them ! 

On behalf of NHN, we'd like to congratulate BBC NHU's Mike Gunton  !



“To mark the Society’s 90th anniversary we thought it was fitting to celebrate the incredible talent working in our industry today – those who have had a huge impact on broadcasting and have helped to drive it forward and define its future," said Theresa Wise, CEO of the Royal Television Society. "All of those selected have done just this and I

BBC Studios and Worldwide to Merge

29 November 2017

The BBC has revealed plans to merge production company BBC Studios and distributor BBC Worldwide into a single commercial organisation, after initially rejecting the idea.

The unified business will operate under an expanded BBC Studios banner and will have revenues of around £1.4bn, in line with the likes of Endemol Shine Group, Fremantle and ITV Studios.

Source: Broadcast

It will combine BBCW’s content financing, sales and commercial channels with Studios’ production capabilities under a single business plan that looks to maximise the IP of BBC programmes.

NHNZ celebrates its 40th Birthday

28 November 2017

It was a battle at times, but after four decades a Dunedin-based company has grown from mainly filming birds to becoming an internationally respected creator of Emmy-winning wildlife documentaries.

Last weekend NHNZ, formerly Natural History New Zealand Ltd, celebrated 40 years since it began as the wildlife unit of TV One.


Source :

Otago  Daily Times, NZ

25 November 2017

NHNZ today employs 100 people, supports another 300 globally in various ways, and also has offices in Beijing and Washington, DC.

Technical and IT systems manager Wayne Poll, who has been with the company for 35 years, said the largest change in that time was technology.

Coming Soon ! Offspring's Wild Files for Sky Kids

24 November 2017

December TV viewing choices for children/families from Sky will include a fun and fact-filled series that’s all about apes and monkeys, is fronted by the ever-enthusiastic Bristol Uni and UWE graduate Patrick Aryee and has been made by the innovative Bristol-based indie Offspring Films for Sky Kids.

Each 15 minute episode of MONKEYS AND APES: WILD FILES will find Patrick using glossy wildlife imagery, clever graphics and bite-sized facts and figures to look at a different member of the primate family - scoring each on their agility, teamwork, tool kit and superpowers to work out which one comes out on top. 

Visual Impact's November '17 NHN Trade Stall!

24 November 2017

The Team from Visual Impact were out in force with their NHN Trade Stall in the Foyer at our November networking morning.  They brought and demonstrated some fab kit to our NHN members.

The kit included the brand new Panasonic AU-EVA1 Camcorder, as well as the Varicam LT and other delights ! 

If you want further information about any of their Panasonic range, please see their details here 

November NHN Networking with Ammonite !

24 November 2017

 Our NHN networking morning this week attracted quite a crowd ! They came to hear news from Ammonite, and also take a look at the array of Panasonic cameras on display from Visual Impact !

Just back from a long haul trip to Mongolia, Martin Dorhn of Ammonite Films presented to a packed crowd of NHN members . He gave us an overview of the past, present and future of the company, and also shared his views and good advice about filming, scripting, and story.  

For details of what Martin follow this link Martin Dorhn and Ammonite Presents @NHN November 2017


'Blue Planet' Inspires UK Budget 2017:

23 November 2017

I think that all those in NHN network will be proud to hear that our films can have real impact at the highest levels.  It seems that Planet Earth II has struck a chord with UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond . In his Autumn Budget he has outlined some environmental concerns - and how he wants to tackle them.

'We Have To Ensure Our Planet Has A Future'

Hammond mentioned BBC TV series Blue Planet - which has highlighted planetary issues - when introducing his plans on plastic.

In a bid to reduce ocean pollution, the Government is looking at introducing a tax on single-use plastics, including bubble wrap and takeaway boxes.

Tigress Production's long awaited Dian Fossey Doc airs Nat Geo December 6

22 November 2017

Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist, the three hour series for National Geographic Channel will air on National Geographic Channel on 6 December 2017.

The series tells the story of the life, work, murder and legacy of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey.


The series weaves together three story strands. The first is the story of Dian’s life and work – her childhood, her first trip to Africa and her arrival in Rwanda where she set up the Karisoke Research Centre to study Mountain Gorillas.

Sinking Solomon Islands - BBC Radio 4's Costing the Earth

21 November 2017

NHN member Ellen Husain, reports for BBC Radio 4's Costing the Earth on how climate change is effecting the Solomon Islands. 

Five of the Solomon Islands have already been lost to sea level rise and many more are being rendered uninhabitable. For Ellen Husain that's not just a disturbing quirk of climate change, it's a family concern - listen here:


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