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From small beginnings as TVNZ’s natural history unit, NHNZ has seamlessly expanded into a global production house with a reputation for innovation in storytelling, technology, and business integrity.
Each year, NHNZ produces more than 60 hours of television. Our productions are seen by millions of viewers in over 180 countries around the world and have received more than 300 international awards, including the prestigious Wildscreen Panda and Emmy Awards, the industry’s highest accolades.
Today, NHNZ is based in Dunedin, New Zealand with offices in Washington DC and Beijing. NHNZ is part of the RACAT stable of market-leading independent television production companies along with Beach House Pictures (Singapore) and Northern Pictures (Australia).
NHNZ continues to build on its strong foundations with a growing and diverse slate, working with multiple broadcast partners across multiple projects from classic natural history through to obs doc series and archive driven content. Working mainly with the US and Asian markets, we have established ourselves as a leader in international co-productions – helping to bring partners together from all over the globe.
As a one-stop shop, NHNZ has 80 highly-skilled filmmakers, craftspeople and researchers plus a dedicated group of technicians. With an in-house archive library, NHNZ Moving Images; a dedicated archive production unit and ZooMoo, the first children’s channel devoted entirely to the animal kingdom, NHNZ’s continues to push the boundaries of imagination in wildlife programming.
NHNZ appoints VP of Production and Development in the USA
NHNZ has launched a new short-form division aimed at strengthening connections between brands, nature and wildlife.
WiLD Studios will focus on producing cinematic short-form non-scripted content by tapping into NHNZ’s remote production crews located in key wildlife destinations around the world. Projects will run anywhere between 30 seconds and 30 minutes. February 2018
NHNZ has an exciting announcement to make. Liz Brach has been appointed by NHNZ as VP of Production and Development in the USA - link to article.
NHNZ is marking 40 years of filmmaking with a birthday event at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum on 25th November in Dunedin, New Zealand. The evening will celebrate the people and history of NHNZ over the past four decades. Those who have a connection to NHNZ, past or present, who will be in Dunedin on the night are warmly welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a ticket.
Kyle Murdoch, Managing Director
Anya Durling, Head of Marketing and Development
Sue Houghton, Executive Producer
Judith Curran, Executive Producer
As the Earth spins, there’s a point where all we can see is the Pacific Ocean: it holds half of our world’s water, and hides the deepest place on our planet. 75 percent of Earth’s volcanoes surround the Pacific, even though it stretches from Pole to Pole. It’s greater than all Earth’s land combined, and home to beasts beyond our dreams – and our nightmares. In this groundbreaking series, the world’s best cinematographers and researchers will capture its most guarded secrets to share with viewers everywhere.
Extreme Animal Babies
The natural world is full of animal baby daredevils. They can also be brave, messy, stroppy, fussy, tough, gross, precocious, demanding prima donnas and trouble makers. In Extreme Animal Babies we reveal the different personalities and behaviours of the world’s baby animals and find the most extreme examples.
Life Force II
Life Force II is a breath-taking, blue-chip documentary series that explores the unusual, the unexpected... and the downright bizarre. This series, following in the footsteps of the first Life Force series, reveals incredible habitats where nature has allowed mutant animals, extraordinary adaptations, and curious patterns of behaviour to flourish through the miracle of natural selection and the wonder of evolution.
Giant Pandas: Born to be Wild
In Giant Pandas: Born to Be Wild, we follow the challenges and triumphs of a group of pandas at Bifengxia Panda Center, and the centre’s remote mountain base at Wolong. We witness our panda characters give birth, raise their cubs and choose a partner for mating; leading to the ultimate goal of releasing a young panda into the wild…
Our Big Blue Backyard
Our Big Blue Backyard is a 6 x 1 hour series produced for TV One exploring six unique marine locations around New Zealand’s coastline. The series reveals the daily dramas, challenges and triumphs of the marine animals who live in these neighbourhoods - from iconic Orca, dolphins and sharks through to blue cod, snapper and crayfish and all in between. Our Big Blue Backyard connects the audience to these creatures, like never before.
The second season received a green light from NZ on Air in March 2015.
WILD 24 celebrates the eternal rhythm of light and dark in different locations around the world, revealing the behaviours of a myriad of animals that battle it out to survive over 24 hours in these exotic, but demanding environments.