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NHNZ turns 40 as parents shuffle family

Dunedin-based NHNZ celebrates its 40th anniversary on Saturday (25 November) as its owner, Blue Ant Media (BAM), enacts a bunch of changes higher up the ladder.

NHNZ was sold to BAM by David Haslingden’s Racat earlier this year. Haslingden acquired NHNZ when he departed previous owner Fox in 2012, along with sister companies Beach House Pictures (BHP) (Singapore), Northern Pictures (Australia), NHNZ’s game development company Runaway Play, and ZooMoo.

NHNZ creates more than 100 hours of TV each year, and has racked up over 300 international awards, including prestigious Wildscreen Panda and Emmy Awards, during its journey. Big Pacific is its latest title to be taking trips to the winner’s podium.

Here, Our Big Blue Backyard is among the finalists at next week’s NZ TV Awards.

Parent BAM is restructuring at present, in part to better manage its recent acquisitions. Beatrice Lee has been appointed to a newly created role, CEO, BAM Asia. Based in Singapore, she’ll oversee business in the region including BHP and growing ZooMoo’s business.

Raja Khanna, CEO for TV at BAM for several years, will depart as the compnay strips out a level of management in the reshuffle.

Change is also in the air at Runaway, which has this week announced the appointment of longtime Art Director Emma Johansson as the replacement for deaprting Creative Director Tim Nixon.

Top image: Max Quinn in Erebus Glacier Tongue ice cave, Antarctica, © NHNZ