ABC’s science boss Karina Holden moves to Northern Pictures

The ABC’s commissioning editor for science and natural history Karina Holden is moving to television production company Northern Pictures as head of production and development.

Karina Holden

Karina Holden

Holden has over ten years’ experience in independent factual television production, will be brief to drive programming for Northern Pictures in the international marketplace. Northern Pictures has offices in Singapore, Beijing, New Zealand and Washington.

Sue Clothier, founder of Northern Pictures, said: “Karina has a dynamic track record working in both the independent sector and within the national broadcaster and as such has developed a unique sensibility and understanding of the industry and its challenges.”

Holden joined the ABC as commissioning editor for science and documentaries in October 2010, where she oversaw internal science TV production as the head of science program Catalyst, and was acting head of factual and documentaries in 2012. Her slate also included 50 hours of  programming from the Life series, Australia: the Time Traveller’s Guide, Making Couples Happy, and Two Men in China.

Holden, a former wildlife biologist,  started her TV career with the ABC’s Natural History Unit, then went on to work at Becker Entertainment, Beyond International, and Southern Star.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join Northern Pictures at this time of exciting change,” Holden said. “The company already has a great reputation for quality journalism and blue chip programming. With its reach into the international marketplace, Northern Pictures has the opportunity to be a global leader in creating programming with impact.”


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