October 17, 2016
By Thanussha Priyah
KAHA, a new Kiwi-made cloud-based software solution designed to make production simple by streamlining budgeting, scheduling, cash flow and staffing needs for film and television producers, celebrated its global launch at MIPCOM with a networking event.
Founded by prolific New Zealand television producer Bailey Mackey, the man behind recent FremantleMedia format acquisition Sidewalk Karaoke as well as hit local series such as The GC, Marae and The Game Chef, KAHA’s innovative, effective, and easy-to-use interface gives producers real-time, day-to-day, as-it-happens understanding of their financial and scheduling position at any given time on any individual project.
In addition to providing an integrated production management platform, one of KAHA’s key advantages is that it’s designed for producers by a fellow producer. “A couple of years ago I was working on a production and it amazed me that, for an industry that prides itself on innovation, there was actually no way of pausing activity on a production and getting an accurate financial snapshot,” says Mackey. “Up until now, so much of what we do in terms of managing a production isn’t integrated. You have a budget that doesn’t talk to a schedule, cash flow or cost report. So I set about designing and building a system that brings everything together seamlessly.”
Mackey reached out to the high-performing tech duo of Peter Akuhata (Trade Me NZ) and Joseph Heeney (NZ Funds Management) who brought the technical know-how to the project. The user interface design is led by former All Black rugby player Greg Rawlinson in what is very much a team-focused product development environment. Following the international launch function at MIPCOM, the KAHA team will have a stand at the NAB Show New York next month and a bespoke product launch in Los Angeles at the end of the year.