Fox will be launching the second season of NHNZ’s ocean wildlife series Our Big Blue Backyard alongside the second season of Wild 24, and a brand new series Extreme Animal Babies at MIPTV 2016 in April.
Our Big Blue Backyard (5 x hrs) explores unique marine locations around New Zealand’s coastline, revealing the daily dramas, challenges and triumphs of the marine animals that live in these neighbourhoods – from iconic orca, penguins and sharks through to blue cod, snapper and crayfish and all in between.
Wild 24 (6 x hrs) focusses on various characters through a day in locations around the world: New Zealand, Brazil, India, South Seas, the Equator and Australia.
The new series Extreme Animal Babies (6 x hrs) reveals the characters of the world’s most engaging animal babies – be they daredevils, family fighters, fussy eaters or troublemakers.
“The first series of both Our Big Blue Backyard and Wild 24 have been high selling properties, with terrific appeal to global audiences,” says Fox’s Vice President of Content & Marketing, Connie Hodson.
“Our Big Blue Backyard is a stunning production, with engaging storytelling and intimate access to marine animals in their natural habitats; we are excited to have our hands on the second season.
“Wild 24 combines a compelling narrative, with quality archive, giving an insight into the daily routine of wildlife around the world. And we have high expectations with the Extreme Animal Babies – a delightful romp through the wild nurseries of the world.”
NHNZ Managing Director Kyle Murdoch says it’s hugely satisfying to have these series launching at MIPTV.
“Our production teams have been working around the clock to get these shows out the door, and it’s always rewarding to have such volume hit the market arena.”
Our Big Blue Backyard is being produced for TVNZ, funded by NZ on Air Platinum fund, and Wild 24 and Extreme Animal Babies are co-productions for Nat Geo Wild International.
NHNZ is a major global producer of factual television creating original content for National Geographic Channels, PBS, Animal Planet, Discovery, NHK and CCTV. NHNZ’s storytelling prowess has been recognized with more than 250 international awards including Emmy awards and the prestigious Wildscreen Panda. With a market focussed approach, NHNZ is made of three central divisions. Highly regarded for its 35-year plus natural history heritage, NHNZ core continues to go from strength to strength in the wildlife blue chip arena, with the upcoming series Big Pacific set to be the company’s biggest global co-production to date. NHNZ has also cemented its expertise in clip shows via The Archive Unit which, since launching in 2014, has produced over 28 hours of premium archive content for broadcasters around the globe, including original series Wild 24 and Extreme Animal Babies. Following the recent success with US-based commissions like I Survived… and LA Frock Stars, NHNZ this year launched a US production division, Outrun the Sun, based in Washington, D.C..
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