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NHNZ reaches significant milestone

NHNZ reaches significant milestone

We recently celebrated our 40th anniversary of factual filmmaking.

NHNZ has grown from humble beginnings into an international production company that creates more than 100 hours of television each year. Our productions are seen by millions of viewers in over 180 countries around the world. NHNZ has received more than 300 international awards, including the Wildscreen Panda and Emmy Awards.

“For a company to reach 40 years in business, let alone a specialist TV company, is a very special achievement. The secret to success is our people. NHNZers are passionate about telling incredible stories about the world around us. While many people have come and gone over the decades, that passion for world-class storytelling hasn’t changed in 40 years. NHNZ has a unique creative environment that has hatched an archive library business, a mobile gaming business and other start-up companies as opportunities have arisen,” says Kyle Murdoch, NHNZ’s Managing Director.

Some of NHNZ’s recent successes include award-winning "Big Pacific" which achieved great international ratings, produced with major stakeholders PBS, CCTV, NHK and ZDFE. "China From Above" is now in its second series with China’s CICC and National Geographic Channels (NGCI). NHNZ programming featured on local screens recently with the highly successful two season-run of "Our Big Blue Backyard" on TVNZ.

The birthday occasion for past and present NHNZ colleagues was a celebration of the people and history of the company’s four decades in the television industry. The night was an enjoyable mix of reminiscing and excitement for future endeavours.

NHNZ also took the 40th anniversary on the road in December. In Beijing, we hosted a group of 50 Chinese industry executives from state broadcaster CCTV. The popularity of the new breed of Video On Demand platforms like Tencent (where China From Above has now reached over 250 million views) was recognised. In addition, the event was attended by John McKinnon, New Zealand’s Ambassador to Beijing, colleagues from the Embassy and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, officials from the State Council Information Office, and Media regulator, SARFT.

We celebrated 40 years of NHNZ, which includes 20 years with China.