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. But 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.”