Dunedin-based NHNZ, one of New Zealand's seminal film and
documentary makers, has been sold by its multi-national owner
to a leading Australian television executive.
When NHNZ shot its first episode of I Survived, no-one
at the Dunedin-based production house dreamt it would be one
of the more popular shows in the United States.
Dunedin-based film-maker NHNZ booked a roughly three-fold
profit increase to $3.1 million in its full year to June
2011, underpinned by programme sales and licensing revenue up
almost $6 million.
Flaming hands, frozen sheep brains and exploding balloons
feature in the latest advanced still and moving footage from
Dunedin, likely to be seen around the world.
NHNZ is working with a Korean company to develop
cost-effective software able to turn high-definition
television into 3-D programmes.
A partnership between two Dunedin-based heavyweights could
have "huge" commercial potential, its backers say.
A Dunedin computer-game company has collaborated with
National Geographic to produce an app for smart phone
and tablet computer devices. It was released last month.
For the past decade the University of Otago has
collaborated with NHNZ in a documentary film-making venture
that, at its core, strives to produce good storytellers.
Shane Gilchrist reports.
Dunedin-based company NHNZ is putting the natural history
back into New Zealand television with a new series on the
country's national parks.
NHNZ has been used by one of the world's largest video game
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