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A+E Networks UK is among companies to have struck pre-sale deals for fact-ent show Spiky Gold Hunters (6 x 60’) from Australian distributor LGI Media (formerly known as Looking Glass International).

The series has also been acquired by The History Channel Iberia’s entertainment channel Blaze and Foxtel/A+E networks Australia, having been produced by Kiwi company Pango Productions for TV New Zealand.

Spiky Gold Hunters follows a team of six free divers as they attempt to find unique sea urchins harvested from the oceans around New Zealand, which are considered by some to be the gastronomic equivalent of gold. The series has also been acquired by Viasat World exclusively for Viasat Explore across CEE, Russia CIS and Nordics.

Bailey Mackey, CEO of Pango Productions, said: “This project has been a passion of mine for years and combines two of my great loves, diving and storytelling. I’ve long held the view that New Zealand has all the elements for an international franchise such as Spiky Gold Hunters. Combined with beautiful scenery, authentic characters and the intrinsic danger element you have an incredible series which audiences around the world will love just as we do.”

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