Blue Ant Media-owned factual studio Northern Pictures has shuffled its executive ranks, with company founder Sue Clothier stepping into the newly created position of head of content and production. She is tasked with overseeing the company’s ongoing content expansion.
As a result, former Endemol Australia executive Peter Anderson has been appointed to the role of MD at the Sydney-headquartered production outfit.
Anderson will also add SVP of commercial finance to his remit for Blue Ant’s global production unit, which encompasses storied New Zealand factual producer NHNZ, Singapore-based Beach House Pictures, London’s Antenna Pictures, Blue Ant Canada and LA-based Omnia Media.
Clothier founded Northern Pictures in 2010 and has since shepherded the company to commercial success with such programs as Life On the Reef for Aussie pubcaster ABC, PBS and Arte; Kakadu for ABC; Outback for PBS and Nine Network; and Changing Minds for ABC.
Anderson, meanwhile, previously served as director of finance & operations at Endemol Australia from 2011 to 2015, and was formely CFO of Southern Star.
Over the past two years, Anderson has consulted a number of businesses, primarily with Endemol Shine Group in Amsterdam, where he worked on projects including the development and implementation of the five‐year strategic plan.
Karina Holden will continue in her role as head of factual at Northern Pictures, while Catherine Nebauer will continue to run its kids business. Both report to Anderson.
The restructuring at the Australian production house follows Blue Ant’s May 2017 acquisition of New Zealand-based media company The Racat Group, previous home of Northern Pictures, in an effort to become more of a global content player.
“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,” said Clothier in a statement. “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.”
“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,” explained Sam Sniderman, EVP of production at Blue Ant Media. “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.
“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.”