Creative Differences’ Fairclough joins NHNZ

The former BBC, ITV and Discovery Channel exec is going to head up development and production efforts in the U.S. for the New Zealand-based prodco.
March 16, 2011

Phil Fairclough, most recently the Washington-based executive vice president of development and production at Creative Differences, is joining New Zealand prodco NHNZ in the same capacity.

Fairclough will remain in Washington and head up production and development efforts in the U.S. for the company. He will work with NZ-based executives Neil Harraway and Craig Meade and Shera Jenne in DC.

Prior to Creative Differences, Fairclough had stints as senior VP of production at Discovery Channel in the U.S. as well as head of ITV’s Granada Wild. He also headed up Wildvision, the BBC Natural History Unit’s commercial production arm.

At Creative Differences, Fairclough recently worked on the 3D Werner Herzog-directed doc Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and two projects for Discovery Channel: Into the Shark Bite and the upcoming animated series Reign of the Dinosaurs.

“We are thrilled to have Phil’s talent, energy, experience and connections to help to boost our expanding production businesses, especially in the U.S.,” said NHNZ CEO Michael Stedman in a statement. Fairclough added that he was “delighted to be joining this highly respected and ambitious company.”

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