Kyle Murdoch has 15 years of experience working around the globe in factual television as a producer, director and writer. In 2007, Kyle was NHNZ’s Director of Business development for China, Asia and the Middle East, responsible for NHNZ’s significant China production presence. He took over the Managing Director role in 2013, and since then has built on NHNZ’s production slate and diversified the company’s role as a content provider, working across apps, building Channels and stepping into the gaming industry.
Becs Wilson joined NHNZ development in 2000 and worked on projects including The Most Extreme and I Survived…. In 2006 she left NHNZ to pursue various business development and export marketing roles including key positions with the University of Otago and Dunedin’s Fashion Incubator. Becs returned to NHNZ in 2013 to head up the Development team - with a focus on diversifying NHNZ content as well as building a solid slate for the recently launched Archive Unit and ensuring NHNZ stays true to its Natural History heritage with blue-chip projects like Big Pacific.
John was NHNZ’s General Manager for over a decade. He has over 30 years of senior management experience in media companies and in his previous role managed NHNZ’s international business negotiations, IP rights management as well as its post-production operations, field resources, moving images, VFX and video gaming divisions.
Sandra Hunt began her career in the television industry as a production manager with TVNZ. She then worked as a freelancer for 10 years before joining NHNZ where her role includes leading production management to ensure the delivery of NHNZ’s programs on time and on budget.
Abigail Rodriguez has over ten years experience working in documentary television as a producer, writer, and developer. Before joining Outrun the Sun, she worked in production for National Geographic Studios on series including Monsterfish and Explorer. In development, she worked on special events like Eat: A Story of Food as well as character-driven series, including Snake Salvation and Kentucky Justice, for the National Geographic Channel and Wild Channels. Rodriguez is based in Washington, D.C..
Sue Houghton has a legendary background in television and film production as a producer, director and writer. She has worked on a wide range of educational and factual productions and has spent a decade working for National Geographic Television. Specialized in expedition and marine-focused programming, Sue created and produced numerous projects for the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and PBS, including The Secret Life of Predators, Planet Carnivore and Hunter and Hunted. Sue is currently EP and Showrunner on NHNZ’s underwater epic Big Pacific and Big Cats India (Animal Planet/Discovery Int).
Documentary editor Meg Townend moved from a Senior Creative Team at a leading UK Production company to NHNZ in 2014. She has edited multiple award winning series and documentaries; from blue chip BBC documentary series to CH4 hit shows with subject matter spanning history, politics, science, natural history, lifestyle, social campaigning, animation, food, health and fashion. A specialist in formatting new series, she has joined the development department as a Creative Preditor and is working on new NHNZ content generation.
Since joining NHNZ in 2001, Judith Curran has been the driving force behind a diverse range of high profile programs. Judith series-produced top rating docu-drama series Orangutan Island, the acclaimed Life Force series and A&E Bio Channel series I Survived...Beyond and Back. In 2012 Judith both series produced and executive produced Smithsonian Channel’s first foray into reality with the original series L.A. Frock Stars and TVNZ’s Our Big Blue Backyard, funded by NZ on Air’s Platinum Fund.
In Craig’s 28-year career in television he has developed and sold more than 150 hours of original programming and directed, produced or written another 500 hours of international factual TV shows. He has been with NHNZ since 2003 and has held the role of executive producer since 2010. When not making television Craig is an on-call fire fighter.
Kristen Gillespie began her television career in front of the camera as an actor and presenter. Her first job for NHNZ (then Natural History New Zealand ) was the title role of Bidi Bidi the sheep in the Bidi Bidi puppet series. She worked as a freelance production manager in Wellington for several years before moving to a full time job with development at NHNZ in 2001. Kristen manages development and has overseen the development of hundreds of NHNZ shows, including Redwood Kings, Our Big Blue Back Yard and Big Pacific.
Lorne Townend is a multi-award winning executive producer, series producer, director and writer with over 20 years of experience working around the globe in factual television. Since joining NHNZ in 2012, Lorne has series produced the blue chip evolutionary series, Life Force 2, for the Science Channel, CCTV, NHK and Arte. Lorne was recently supervising producer and writer on a NGCI special China From Above, and he is now series producing NHNZ’s first foray into UHD film, making 4 hours of wildlife shot in China, Tibet and America’s West for NG Wild.
Robin has produced and directed over 200 hours of primetime content across a range of factual televsion genres. He produces the multi-award winning series Abalone Wars for Discovery International and is a key player in the ongoing success of Redwood Kings for Animal Planet in the US. He produced TVNZ’s stunning series Wild About New Zealand and with I Escaped Jaws 2 for Discovery US “Shark Week” tipping the Twitter scales as #1 tweet ahead of teen singer-songwriter Austin Mahone, he finally got the attention of his two teenage daughters!
With over 10 years HR experience in the UK and NZ within Healthcare and Finance industries, Zoe joined NHNZ in 2014. With more than a dozen productions on the go, Zoe has quickly come up to speed in the world of factual production HR needs, working with NHNZ’s production teams around the world.
Tom Koykka has 19 years' experience as a post and field supervisor. Having worked mainly out of Los Angeles, Tom brings to NHNZ a wealth of experience across all production genres. Tom has overseen the post-production on over 200 titles since his arrival in early 2012, as well the launch of the ZooMoo channel.
With a background as a zoologist and a unique ability to interpret the phenomena of the animal kingdom, Ian has produced and written a number of hugely successful natural history programs. In 1999 Ian won an Emmy Award writing Twisted Tales: The Bat. The following year, Ian and co-writer Quinn Berentson were nominated for an Emmy Award in the same category. In 2002 Ian picked up his third Emmy nomination for Most Extreme: Jumpers. He is currently Creative Director on NHNZ’s first channel venture, ZooMoo.