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Northern Pictures founder Sue Clothier to depart

Sydney-based Northern Pictures founder Sue Clothier is stepping down from her role as head of content and production in August. Clothier and her husband Preston are moving to Tasmania where they will soon ...
July 11, 2018

Sydney-based Northern Pictures founder Sue Clothier is stepping down from her role as head of content and production in August.

Clothier and her husband Preston are moving to Tasmania where they will soon take up residence.

She will have an ongoing relationship with the Blue Ant Media-owned production house and global content producer, continuing to consult on projects in post-production and collaborating with the team on her current development projects.

Clothier founded Northern Pictures as a factual television production company in 2010. Since then, the company has grown steadily with a slate of programs, including Life on the Reef (ABC, PBS, Arte), Kakadu (ABC), Outback (PBS, 9), Changing Minds (ABC) and, more recently, Employable Me (ABC).

Over the past eight years, Clothier has shepherded more than 260 hours of content with approximately 75 hours currently in production for Australia and the world.

The executive also established a kids programming unit at Northern Pictures, which recently produced two theatrical feature documentaries: Blue and Whiteley.

“Not only did Sue found Northern Pictures but she’s been centrally involved in every important financial or creative decision the business has made and key to putting together the amazing team we have here at Northern Pictures,” said David Haslingden, executive director of Blue Ant Media, in a statement. “She deserves full credit for the company’s evolution from small startup to a well-respected fixture in Australia’s creative industry.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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