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Haslingden’s new trio wins big at New York Festival


10 April 2013

Haslingden’s new trio wins big at New York Festival

David Haslingden’s new stable of production houses—NHNZ, Beach House Pictures and Northern Pictures—got plenty of booty at the New York Festivals Television and Film Awards this year, gaining four gold, and two silver awards.

Beach House Pictures’ Mao’s Cold War series for Discovery Channel Asia reaped two golds: the China vs India episode gained the top prize for Television - Craft: Program Best Writing, and the China vs USA episode won the Television Documentary/Information Program History & Society category.

BHP’s The Great Elephant Gathering, co-produced with Off the Fence for National Geographic Channel, won silver for Television - Documentary/Information Program Nature & Wildlife. And NHNZ took the top prize in the same category with Primeval New Zealand, produced in association with NHK for TVNZ with funding from NZ on Air. Northern Pictures, with co-producer Fredbird Entertainment, won two prizes for its Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta series for SBS TV: the Silver World Medal and the United Nations Department of Public Information Gold Award in the Community Portraits category. The series was produced with development and production assistance from Screen Australia, Screen Qld and Screen NSW.

Managing Director of Haslingden’s stable, Sue Clothier, says it’s terrific to have such a close-knit group of production houses doing so well together, and building a great reputation.

“Northern Pictures, NHNZ and BHP are all independent production houses, and we each offer our key broadcast markets something different. B ut the quality of our work is the same: great stories with strong production values, so that, as a group, we are unstoppable. And results like this just prove the point.”



NHNZ is a major global producer of factual television creating original content for National Geographic Channels, Discovery Channels, Smithsonian Channel, A&E Television Networks, 3net and NHK. Highly regarded for its 30-year plus natural history heritage, more recently NHNZ has branched out to other factual genres with hit original shows like I Survive… (A&E’s Bio Channel) and L.A. Frock Stars (Smithsonian Channel and BBCW). The company’s storytelling prowess has been recognized with more than 250 international awards including Emmy awards and the prestigious Wildscreen Panda. NHNZ has production units in Dunedin (NZ), Beijing and Washington DC.

Northern Pictures

Northern Pictures is a TV production company that delivers large scale factual television to the Australian and international market. Northern Pictures is currently producing series two and three of the high profile, award-winning "Once Upon a Time in…" franchise for SBS and a landmark four-part series on Kakadu for the ABC. Based in Sydney, Australia, Northern Pictures has a global outlook and is committed to innovative ideas and high quality production values with a focus on documentary series of all types, as well as factually inspired drama.

Beach House Pictures

Renowned for producing such highly rated series as Man Made Marvels (Discovery Channel), Hidden Cities Extreme (HISTORY Asia) and Lonely Planet Six Degrees (TLC, BBC Worldwide), Beach House Pictures (BHP) has built a reputation for creating top quality and exciting new factual content for major international broadcasters. It has an expanding slate of original wildlife programs including Kakadu (ABC TV) and Asia’s Deadliest Snakes (NG Wild, Smithsonian) and has produced US format hits like Hot Guys Who Cook (DIVA Universal), Top Chef Season 7 (NBC Universal) and The Bachelorette (ABC). Combining strong roots in Asia with a global outlook, Beach House Pictures aims to create more groundbreaking projects guaranteed to engage, entertain and inform audiences worldwide.

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