Karina is known as a dynamic industry leader working in both the independent sector as Head of Production, Creative Producer and Writer/Director; as well as within the national broadcaster as Commissioning Editor of Science and Natural History, and Head of Factual for ABC TV.
Over her career, she has been a key creative and executive on break out series such as Go Back to Where You Came From, Redesign My Brain, Employable Me, Luke Warm Sex & Changing Minds.
Since 2013, her role at Northern Pictures has allowed her to oversee content creation for broadcast series as Executive Producer as well as direct her own films. Her first theatrical film BLUE, premiered at the United Nations before its global cinema release. She has won various awards for her work including the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle, Venice Television Award, New York Festivals, AACTA, Asian Television Award and received an Emmy nomination.
Karina is a passionate ambassador of conservation work internationally and was awarded the Okeanos Prix for services to the Ocean in 2018. The crux of her creative work is to create change, truth tell and find unlikely heroes who challenge our perceptions.
HEAD OF NP KIDS
Catherine has had over 25 years’ experience in the media space in a wide range of roles including channel management, distribution and as an Executive Producer.
Since joining the Northern Pictures team in September 2014, she has had a slate of over 430 episodes commissioned in both Australia and Internationally including preschool series Teddies and Hiccup and Sneeze (both co-productions with Singapore) as well as factual entertainment series for Australian broadcasters Networks Nine and Seven and a large slate of original programming commission by Nat Geo Kids Latin America.
In 2018 Catherine led the team for the scripted comedy drama series Hardball, commissioned by the ABC - the series is now in post production for delivery in early 2019. Hardball will be distributed by ACTF and also has funding from Screen Australia and Create NSW.
Catherine was previously General Manager, SVP, for Nickelodeon Asia where she oversaw distribution, production, programming and marketing. Before moving to Asia, Catherine was the Managing Director for Nickelodeon Australia where she was responsible for launching Nick Jnr., as well as delivering the #1 Channel and online portal for kids.
SERIES PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
Tosca Looby has been writing, directing and producing award-winning social and natural history documentary for over 25 years across Europe, Asia and Australia.
She began her television career in the UK, completing a masters in International Journalism in London before joining ITV in Wales & Bristol as part of a ‘multi-skilled programme making team’. The six member team were trained in every aspect of television production, then unleashed to create series for the broadcaster including live television from the the rooftop of ITV in Bristol. A true baptism by fire. From the rooftop she could peer longingly at the natural history companies which famously call Bristol home, and eventually snuck out of ITV and into Partridge Films, to pursue animals in place of B Grade British celebrities.
Returning to Australia in 1996, Tosca joined the ABC Natural History Unit (alongside now long-term collaborator Karina Holden) working on both blue-chip and human led international co-productions. She then moved to Perth, where she returned to social documentary with in-house ABC, and Independents Artemis Films and Electric Pictures.
Joining Northern Pictures in late 2015, Tosca has series produced and written the three part series Outback (Channel 9/PBS) and the first blue-chip continent wide series to have been created in Australia by Australians for sixteen years, Magical Land of Oz (ABC, BBC and PBS). In her continuing role at Northern Pictures she is very excited to oversee, as well as further develop and produce outstanding natural history and factual TV in partnership with broadcasters, distributors and funding bodies across the globe.
Northern Pictures employs Tosca with assistance from Screen Australia under its Enterprise People funding program.
Joe (Joanne) Weatherstone
Joe is a graduate of the prestigious Australian Film Television & Radio School. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the live action short film INJA directed by Steve Pasvolsky. Joe was the Series Producer on the Logie-nominated half hour comedy Housos series 1 and 2, as well as Swift And Shift Couriers series 2, Bogan Hunters for 7Mate and Pizza Series 5.
She produced the comedy feature films Housos Vs Authority, Fat Pizza Vs Housos, and Dumb Criminals – The Movie by Paul Fenech and the critically acclaimed feature film Killing Ground directed by Damien Power which was selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival and MIFF 2017. Most recently she produced the award winning feature documentary The Go- Betweens: Right Here directed by Kriv Stenders (winner of ‘Best Feature Documentary’ - Screen Producers Association Award).
She is currently Series Producer on Hardball, a 13 part ABC kids drama series.
Darren is a highly experienced director and creator across television and film. He set up and directed nine episodes of the hit half hour comedy series Here Come the Habibs! for the Nine Network and returned for the second series. Other television credits include The Wrong Girl for Network Ten, Wonderland, Worst Year Of My Life Again for BBC and ABC, the second series of the ABC dramedy Bed of Roses and both Rush and Offspring for Network Ten.
Darren co-wrote and directed his first feature film Thunderstruck, which was distributed by Icon in 2005. Inspired by his daughter’s dance classes, Darren and writer Carolyn Wilson devised a story about pushy stage mothers and dance competitions. This became the basis of Darren’s second film Razzle Dazzle, starring Australian actress Kerry Armstrong and UK comic Ben Miller.
Razzle Dazzle was selected for over twenty film festivals around the world, including Berlin, Edinburgh, Los Angeles Independent Film Festivals and was the opening night film at the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Darren was also the executive producer on feature film Not Suitable For Children starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Sarah Snook (Predestination), directed by Peter Templeman.
Darren was the set up Director on the ABC series Hardball, and directed 9 of the 13 episodes.
Peter Anderson was appointed Managing Director of Northern Pictures on February 5, 2018.
He was previously Director of Operations & Finance at Endemol Australia from 2009 and was responsible for the management of the company’s operations, strategy, business development, financial risk and performance, IT and business affairs. Prior to this Peter was Chief Financial Officer of Southern Star Entertainment for many years and also held various other senior finance roles in the company since joining in 1984.
Peter is a CPA with over 30 years’ experience in commercial accounting.
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER, BLUE ANT AUSTRALIA
Jake Richardson is the Financial Controller of Blue Ant Australia, providing oversight of the finance operations and strategy for Northern Pictures and the Australian Geographic businesses based in Australia. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, he has over 10 years’ experience throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.
Before joining Blue Ant, Jake led the finance team for BBC Studios’ Western Europe division. Specialising in distribution of both BBC owned and independent content across Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, the Benelux and Scandinavia, linear channel operations in the Benelux and Scandinavia and television production in France and Germany.
In addition to ensuring good financial operations for Western Europe, Jake has experience on several multi-million pound negotiations with telcos and broadcasters across Western Europe, but specifically in the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway and worked closely with management on several strategic initiatives, such as the launch of a global channel for cruise ships and the launch of a new OTT platform.
GENERAL COUNSEL, BLUE ANT ASIA PACIFIC
Page Henty is General Counsel of Blue Ant Asia-Pacific, providing legal, operational and strategic advice to all of Blue Ant Media’s entities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Page is a corporate and commercial lawyer specialising in entertainment, communications, media and technology law. She has over 30 years experience in Asia, the United States and Australia advising some of the world’s best known media organisations. Transactions that Page has worked on include those establishing the National Geographic Channel in the United States and elsewhere, the Fox Sports Network in the US and the SKY pay TV platforms in Latin America.
Before joining Blue Ant, Page was General Counsel at FTA broadcaster Network Ten and Head of Legal at pay TV distributor AUSTAR in Sydney. Her in-firm experience includes as a partner in the New York office of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and Special Counsel at leading Australian law firm Allens.
Page is admitted to practice in Australia and New York and is President of the Australian Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA).
DIRECTOR, BLUE ANT MEDIA
David Haslingden owned and operated the RACAT Group, a global network of television production companies comprising NHNZ, Beach House Pictures, Northern Pictures, Runaway and ZooMoo. The group has operations in the United States, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Europe producing a broad range of television shows, principally in the non-fiction genre. The Group was acquired by Blue Ant Media in May 2017.
Previously, Mr. Haslingden was President and COO of Fox Networks Group (FNG). As the most senior executive of Fox’s network business, he was responsible for all Fox owned channels in the United States and around the World, including the Fox broadcast network, FX, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Fox Sports, Speed and Fuel in the United States, and all Fox, National Geographic, Star and other Fox owned channels in more than 50 countries. In aggregate FNG’s 250+ channels generated over 60% of News Corporations profits in 2012.
Prior to his appointment as President and COO of FNG at the end of 2010, Mr. Haslingden was CEO of Fox International Channels. Mr. Haslingden also served as CEO of the National Geographic Channels business, a worldwide joint venture between News Corporation and the National Geographic Society.
Mr. Haslingden has sat on a number of industry boards in the United States including the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. He was the Chairman of Network Nine in Australia from 2013 to 2016, and Chairman of US charity WildAid from 2008-2016. He is currently a director of Ardent Leisure Group and Blue Ant Media.
DIRECTOR OF GOODWILL (DOG)
Tido joined the company in 2013. He is an accomplished DOG with over 70 (human) years experience in the private sector. As the company’s main DOG, he is primarily responsible for implementing human resource management strategies that enable the company to recruit and retain a high performing and motivated workforce, with employee health and wellbeing a key priority.