Caterina De Nave

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Caterina De Nave

Caterina De Nave began her career in television in the 1970s as a script editor for Play School. By 1988 this courageous woman had broken the glass ceiling to become Head of Entertainment at TVNZ – the first woman, ever, to be named head of a department there. In 2000, she was named Head of Drama and Comedy at TV3.

A bold and creative producer and a champion of New Zealand stories, De Nave believed that local productions are essential – not only because they provide a learning tool for the trade, but they also let us reflect on ourselves, "instead of gazing ad nauseum at other countries’ cultures". As a producer and a television executive Caterina De Nave developed or produced some of our most iconic local television, including Erebus: the Aftermath, Shortland Street, bro’Town, Outrageous Fortune, Montana Sunday Theatre and Work of Art.

Caterina De Nave moved to Australia in 2009 and, sadly, she died of leukemia in 2014.

In this excerpt from an interview on RNZ's Morning Report, Caterina De Nave talks about Shortland Street, in advance of its premiere.

Find out more about Caterina De Nave – read her biography at NZ On Screen and a tribute to her from the New Zealand Film Commission

Image: Caterina De Nave.

Catalogue Reference 9146

Year 1992


Interviewer: Geoff Robinson, Morning Report, RNZ National

Excerpt: 00:04:10

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