We love great stories. We believe every project deserves its own unique style and format. We believe in being visually ambitious and pushing the creative envelope.

Outrun the Sun is a production company based in Washington, D.C.  We launched in January 2016 and develop and produce long and short form film projects.  Our parent company, NHNZ, is an international production company based in New Zealand. We use the radical difference in time zones to our advantage: when one office closes shop for the night the other opens. 

 
 
 
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Abigail Rodriguez

Vice President of Development & Executive Producer

 

Abigail Rodriguez launched Outrun the Sun for NHNZ in January 2016 and oversees the development and production teams in the US.  Before starting Outrun, she spent almost a decade traveling around the world in production on series and specials for National Geographic Studios, including “Monsterfish" and “Explorer.” Abigail and her husband live in Maryland, and have three children.

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Katy Kassler

 Development Producer 

An experienced television creative, Katy has a strong background in Development having worked at Tiger Aspect and Lion Television in New York City before joining NHNZ (Outrun the Sun) six years ago.

She is equally at home in the field and worked most recently as Supervising Producer on the second season of NHNZ’s “L.A. Frock Stars” for the Smithsonian Channel.

Now heading up the Outrun the Sun L.A. Development office Katy specializes in identifying great talent and working with them to come up with the perfect series.

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Alex Wenchel

Creative Director

Prior to joining Outrun the Sun, Alex worked at National Geographic Studios bouncing between development and production. Most recently he produced and edited Nat Geo WILD’s first digital series, Wild_Life with Bertie Gregory.

Now Outrun the Sun’s Creative Director, Alex focuses on how unique visuals can drive a story and emphasize the authored tone of our productions. He also has a special focus on how Outrun the Sun can bring television-quality production values to the digital world.

 
 
 

Washington, DC

 
 

Abigail Rodriguez
arodriguez@outrunthesun.tv

 
 

Alex Wenchel
awenchel@outrunthesun.tv

 

Los Angeles, CA

 

Katy Kassler
kkassler@outrunthesun.tv
 

 

Dunedin, NZ

 

Anya Durling
ADurling@nhnz.tv