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Haslingden’s new trio wins big at New York Festivals

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.”

Northern Pictures joins NHNZ and BHP stable

Australia’s Northern Pictures this week joined a production stable that already houses New Zealand-based NHNZ and Beach House Pictures (BHP) in Singapore. Sydney-based David Haslingden, who bought NHNZ and its sister company BHP from Fox last October, acquired Northern Pictures to add an Australian production house to his pool of globally independent production houses.

Managing Director of Northern Pictures Sue Clothier says the grouping is a perfect fit for her production company, which has had significant growth since its inception in 2010.

Northern Pictures is currently producing series two and three of the high profile "Once Upon a Time in…" franchise for SBS and are in production with BHP on a landmark four-part series on Kakadu for the ABC and 10-part series for international distribution.

"I have been an admirer of NHNZ and BHP for many years and have always felt there were obvious synergies between our companies and people. Australia, New Zealand and Singapore locales give us distinct Southern Hemisphere advantages.

“We share similar storytelling sensibilities and have complementary slates with content covering a range of genres. Our combined teams and wealth of knowledge in the global production market should see us extremely well placed.”

Over the past two decades Sue Clothier has built a solid and strong reputation in the Australian television market both as an innovative creative and as a deal maker.

Northern Pictures is a TV production company that delivers large scale factual television to the Australian and international market. 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.