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FIC launches NHNZ programmes at MipTV

Fox International Channels Content Sales will be offering the first batch of programming out of NHNZ’s new dedicated Archive Unit at MIPTV 2015 in April.


NHNZ’s Madagascar’s Legendary Lemurs

The first three titles to enter the market are Fur Seals: Battle for Survival, Japan’s Wild Year and Madagascar’s Legendary Lemurs.

Fox International Channels’ Senior Vice President of Global Factual Content & Operations, Germaine Deagan Sweet, said, “It’s very appropriate that the first titles we’re taking to market via our partnership with NHNZ’s Archive Unit are blue-chip natural history specials. With impeccable production quality, fascinating subjects and intimate access to these animals in their natural habitats, these films are exemplars of FIC’s reputation for programming that crosses cultural and linguistic boundaries to appeal to global audiences.”

Spying a market opportunity, NHNZ launched The Archive Unit in 2014 and with immediate success – garnering 16 hours of co-production with National Geographic Wild US and International.

NHNZ Managing Director Kyle Murdoch says the Archive Unit aims to make the most of NHNZ’s 35 year collection of content.

“These three are the first of over 16 hours of “blue-clip” content that taps into NHNZ Moving Images’ immense and highly prized collection of blue-chip archive.”

The Archive Unit aims to produce a range of stock footage based productions, including original series and one-offs; additionally the unit is contributing to several highly successful and established archive anthologies.

NHNZ has put together a specialist team, including Lorne Townend who has an impressive track-record as a producer and director of factual television and archive programming, including the award-winning series In the Womb; key team member Archive Producer Lemuel Lyes who won NHNZ a Focal Award, the stock footage industry’s highest accolade, for his work on Shark Nicole (for National Geographic US); and is led by Head of Production Andrew Waterworth, who has executive produced more than 200 hundred hours of highly successful documentaries for the global market. 

“NHNZ has developed, created and produced some of the world’s most successful and long-lasting archive shows; our expertise in crafting smart, brilliantly told stories from our deep archive resources is peerless. The Archive Unit is set to capitalise on that talent and experience and to create a successful enterprise that drives our goal of expansion and broad market penetration,” says Waterworth.

NHNZ is a major global producer of factual television creating original content for Discovery Channels, A&E Television Networks, Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Channels, NHK and CCTV.  Highly regarded for its 35-year natural history heritage, NHNZ has broadened its factual horizons with success on shows like Redwood Kings for Animal Planet, L.A. Frock Stars for Smithsonian and I Survived…for A&E.  The company’s storytelling prowess has been recognized with more than 250 international awards including Emmy awards and the prestigious Wildscreen Panda.  In addition to its one stop hub in Dunedin, New Zealand, NHNZ has offices in Beijing and Washington DC.
FOX International Channels (FIC) Content Sales is a leading global distributor of high-quality scripted and unscripted programming and formats. Managing a library of award-winning, exclusive and top-rated signature series and specials from FIC’s bouquet of channels including FOX, FOX Sports, FOXLife and National Geographic Channel, FIC Content Sales features an impressive offering of dramas, sports, unscripted and riveting factual programming targeting all audiences. 
With dedicated sales and creative teams based in several of the 62 hubs around the world, the FIC Content Sales group is positioned to service its compelling content to television clients worldwide and offer independent producers a broad distribution.  The extensive catalogue features a diverse mix of produced hours and formats including Wayward Pines, Emmy award-nominated series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, The Bridge, Da Vinci’s Demons and The Walking Dead.
Local language series and formats are available from a stable of original content produced across Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

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