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NHNZ moves into South Africa

Fox International Channels-owned New Zealand production company NHNZ has entered the South African television market by taking a stake in a prodco there.

Factual specialist NHNZ has taken an undisclosed stake in Johannesburg-based Aquavision, as part of a long-term strategy to increase its global reach. Two years ago, the company made a similar deal with Singapore’s Beach House Productions. It also has production offices in Beijing and Washington, DC.

NHNZ MD Michael Stedman said the new agreement will allow both companies to grow their presence internationally and increase Aquavision’s potency in Africa.

“NHNZ is part-way through a strategy to bring like-minded companies around the world on board to strengthen our global filmmaking capacity and give us access to an enormous range of footage and production opportunities,” he added.

Aquavision CEO Peter Lamberti added: “Joining forces with NHNZ gives us access to decades of filmmaking expertise and will raise our profile with their network of some of the world’s top broadcasters and networks,” he says.

Aquavision, which has a staff of about 60, will continue to operate from the company’s base in Johannesburg. Earlier this month NHNZ confirmed plans to open a production subsidiary in Abu Dhabi.

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