NHNZ has been sold to Canadian company Blue Ant Media (BAM). In NZ, BAM has held a majority stake in Choice TV since late 2014.
Australian David Haslingden, who acquired NHNZ from Fox Television, has sold his RACAT Group’s media holdings – including NHNZ. As well as taking on NHNZ, BAM has also acquired Australia’s Northern Pictures and Singapore-based Beach House Pictures, plus NHNZ’s game development company, Runaway Play, and “all animals all the time” kids’ broadcaster ZooMoo.
NHNZ and BAM are currently co-producing a series of NZ-based UHD natural history specials called Wildest New Zealand, due for delivery in July.
Haslingden will become a shareholder and Executive Director of BAM as part of the deal. In a statement, NHNZ Managing Director Kyle Murdoch said the company was excited for its next chapter. “Blue Ant Media and NHNZ have some very obvious synergies. We’re thrilled to be a part of such an ambitious group. While it is business as usual for the time being, I’m looking forward to seizing new opportunities for NHNZ’s continued growth and evolution.”
Top Image: NHNZ’s Dunedin HQ
Photo: Graham Warman