Fremantle, global leaders in scripted and unscripted content and Pango Productions, a powerhouse in TV production in New Zealand, have formed a development partnership resulting in two major commissions of internationally successful formats with NZ broadcasters.

Three have secured the hit factual entertainment series Match Fit, an original format from Fremantle’s UK label Talkback. TV1 will be the home for the popular social history series National Treasure, a fascinating look New Zealand’s history through unique items sourced from local citizens, an original concept from Irish producer EZ Films which Fremantle distribute into New Zealand.

Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO Asia Pacific, Fremantle, said: “I’m extremely excited that as part of Fremantle’s New Zealand strategy we are working with Bailey and teamed with such a progressive and innovative company as Pango, they have a proven track record in telling great stories and we look forward to many more collaborations in the future.”

Bailey Mackey, Pango CEO and Executive Producer, said: “This is a significant step for an independent production company like Pango.  To be linked with a global entity like Fremantle, it’s awesome.  They have set the standard in the unscripted space worldwide and this partnership opens up the international landscape for us.”

Both series are currently in production and supported by NZ On Air.

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