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NHNZ Announces New Appointments

Media Release
Monday October 29th, 2007

NHNZ Announces New Appointments

NHNZ has restructured its management team creating four new roles in a bid to maximise new media opportunities and expand its business.

The New Zealand-based production company's growth strategy has resulted in the addition of four new positions in the past three months.

Tim Mepham has been appointed as NHNZ's Corporate Services Manager with responsibility for the company's finances, human resources, and training and administration activities. Tim brings over 20 experience in finance, information systems development, supply chain management, process control and human resources management to the company.

With a strong emphasis on looking after its highly skilled staff, NHNZ has also created a Human Resources Advisor position and appointed former sales and account manager Debbie Hill to the role.

Marketing professional and New Zealand Association of Scientists' Science Communicator of the Year Caroline Cook has been appointed as NHNZ's Manager for Emerging Media. The new role sees Caroline head a team of five staff with a focus on using multiple platforms to deliver NHNZ's programmes and, maximising ancillary opportunities.

Michelle Budge, a former news reporter and public relations practitioner, is NHNZ's new publicist and is charged with raising the company's profile internationally and domestically.

NHNZ managing director Michael Stedman says the company's longevity and success was partly attributable to its ability to respond to changing markets. The creation of new executive positions reflected that approach.

"Like many other production companies, NHNZ has absorbed the impact of a weak US dollar this year. Fortunately we're adept at responding to changing markets and remain positive about the company's growth potential."

Investigating opportunities for delivering NHNZ's product is now a top priority with the company firmly focussed on extending its reach to new audiences and, providing more ways for people to be entertained and informed by its award winning programmes.

"While making high calibre programmes remains our core business, ensuring we maximise potential revenue streams and utilise new media opportunities is a key objective as we look to the future," Mr Stedman says.

With $700,000 currently being spent on production related equipment and some significant production projects pending, the Emmy award winning company from Down Under is confident of meeting its goals.


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