David Haslingden


Blue Ant TV boss steps down in rejig

Blue Ant Media’s CEO of television and digital, Raja Khanna, is leaving the Canadian content business after more than a decade. He will leave his post at the end of the year, as the company continues to position itself as an international production, distribution and channels operation. “In order to deliver on our growth strategy, […]

Blue Ant buys RACAT to form natural history powerhouse

Toronto-based producer-distributor Blue Ant Media has announced the high-profile acquisition of international media organisation RACAT Group. Included in the purchase are prestigious production houses NHNZ, Beach House Pictures and Northern Pictures. Also included in the deal is international children’s nature broadcaster ZooMoo Networks and Runaway Play, a mobile game developer and publisher. The RACAT businesses […]

Broadcast veteran Leckie exits Seven

David Leckie is leaving Australian commercial broadcaster Seven Network and will take a full-time role elsewhere. According to local news outlets, negotiations with Seven have ended with Leckie not renewing a multi-year agreement when his contract expires. Therefore, he leaves the broadcaster after 13 years on July 29. Seven has been the top rated Australian […]

NHNZ preps more kids TV, teams with CCTV

NHNZ and China’s CCTV will coproduce several new projects including two animated kids series. Kiwi prodco NHNZ is best known for its factual output, but is also making kids fare. Under the terms of the 2014 Sino-NZ coproduction pact, it will team with CCTV animation to make 52x12mins Panda and Kiwi (WT). It will follow […]

Haslingden steps down as Nine chair

David Haslingden has stepped down from his post as chairman and non-executive director at Australia’s Nine Entertainment Company. Peter Costello, currently an independent, non-executive director, will take over as chairman, effective March 1. This comes soon after Hugh Marks succeeded David Gyngell as CEO of Nine Entertainment, which owns Australian commercial channel Nine Network. Former […]

New CEO for Nine as Gyngell exits

David Gyngell’s run as CEO of Australian commercial broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co. is coming to an end. Hugh Marks (left) is to replace Gyngell (below right) on November 10, with the latter remaining on the board as a non-executive director. A CEO switch has long been expected, with industry veteran Marks first tipped for the […]

Fox bringing NHNZ fare to market

Fox 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 […]

Nat Geo and PBS producer joins NHNZ

NHNZ has brought on veteran producer, director and writer Sue Houghton who will work on blue-chip projects for the natural history producer and distributor. Houghton, who specialises in expedition and marine programming has been working for National Geographic and PBS for the past eight years and her credits include The Secret Life of Predators and […]

Discovery finds Nomad Chef, new Baker Brothers

Discovery Networks International has commissioned a pair of food-themed series, one featuring roving chef Jock Zonfrillo. Nomad Chef will follow Zonfrillo (pictured) as he journeys to remote communities to hunt, forage and cook with with ingenious locals. After returning to his city-based restaurant, he will then develop a menu inspired by his travels. The other […]

News brief: NHNZ gives Collins North America role

Kiwi factual producer and distributor NHNZ has promoted Shera Collins to vice president of marketing and development for North America. Collins, who has also worked for the Animal Planet and Discovery channels, has been at NHNZ since 2006. Speaking about Collins’ new role, NHNZ managing director Kyle Murdoch said: “With Shera’s background in both production […]