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Fox bringing NHNZ fare to market

Madagascar's-Legendary-LemursFox International Channels’ new distribution arm has picked up rights to a raft of programming from NHNZ, the Kiwi factual specialist that is owned by former Fox exec David Haslingden.

FIC Content Sales will be shopping programmes from NHNZ’s new Archive Unit. The first three titles are: Fur Seals: Battle for Survival, Japan’s Wild Year and Madagascar’s Legendary Lemurs.

The NHNZ Archive unit launched last year and uses the company’s archive, comprising footage from 35-years, to make new blue-chip factual shows. It has a deal to produce 16 hours of blue chip for National Geographic Wild US and International.

Fox International Channels’ senior VP of global factual content & operations, Germaine Deagan Sweet, said: “With impeccable production quality, fascinating subjects and intimate access to these animals in their natural habitats, these films are exemplars of FIC’s reputation for programming that crosses cultural and linguistic boundaries to appeal to global audiences.”

NHNZ Managing director Kyle Murdoch said: “These three are the first of over 16 hours of ‘blue-clip’ content that taps into NHNZ Moving Images’ immense and highly prized collection of blue-chip archive.”