Blue Ant Media’s Northern Pictures has made changes to its management team, including founder Sue Clothier taking on the newly created position of head of content and production.
In addition, Peter Anderson was appointed managing director of Northern Pictures. Anderson will also serve as senior VP of commercial finance for Blue Ant Media’s global production division in order to help support and expand the company’s production businesses, which include NHNZ, Beach House Pictures, Antenna Pictures, Blue Ant Canada and Omnia Media.
Both Clothier and Anderson will work out of Northern Pictures’ Sydney office.
Catherine Nebauer will continue to oversee Northern Pictures’ kids’ business, while Karina Holden remains head of factual. Both will report to Anderson.
Sam Sniderman, the executive VP of production at Blue Ant Media, said: “Over the last seven years, Sue has led Northern Pictures to creative and financial success. Although Sue has a great commercial acumen, she is most passionate about developing and producing her own slate of content. As such it makes sense to bring in additional resources to allow that to happen, and we are delighted to be able to do so, both for Sue and for the company.”
Clothier noted: “When I started Northern Pictures, the idea was to create high-quality content that has the capacity to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Over that time, we’ve produced over 260 hours of content with some 70 hours currently in production for Australia and the rest of world. Making great content takes a great team and I’ve had the privilege of working alongside so many talented colleagues. I’m pleased that quality content that matters continues to be at the heart of Northern Pictures’ vision.
“Corporately, it’s smart to shake up the structure to be both more efficient and, in our business, more creative. I’m looking forward to having the time now to focus on my slate that builds on our success to date.”
Sniderman added: “Describing Peter Anderson as ‘additional resources’ is an extreme understatement. Peter has had a distinguished career as a leading TV production executive, acting in CFO and COO capacities for some of Australia’s largest production companies, including Southern Star and Endemol. We are excited to bring Peter’s talent and experience into the company, and strongly believe that he will ensure Northern Pictures continues to grow and expand its output of high-quality content in Australia and internationally.”