We are a leading multi-genre Film & TV production company that thrives on creating strong ideas we believe in.

Who we are

Creating ambitious and gripping programs that push boundaries

We seek out passionate, innovative and world-class talent, and give them the tools to create ambitious and gripping programs that push boundaries and resonate with audiences across the world.

Started in 2002, Great Southern Television is a multi-award winning international production company based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Since then, we have produced over 80 original productions and worked with the likes of The BBC, Netflix, AMC, Discovery, The History Channel, Foxtel, TVNZ, THREE and Channel 7. We have won numerous local and international awards - including Best Drama at the New Zealand Television Awards.

Great Southern Television is motivated by a passion for three things:

Great Stories.

With indie sensibilities, we pursue unique narratives with scale and ambition. We strive to deliver work of an extremely high-calibre - whether that be a long-running drama series, a feature film, an observational documentary series, or a commercial reality television show - that resonates with audiences around the world.

Great People.

Great stories need great storytellers. Great Southern Television has built an international reputation for working with world-class writers, producers, directors and visionaries. We are invested in supporting and developing outstanding creatives: whether established or emerging.

Great Partners.

At Great Southern Television, we believe stories should entertain, inspire and challenge audiences around the world. We work alongside indigenous communities and companies, and are proudly one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading producers of Māori programmes. Great Southern Television actively contributes to the development of a new generation of indigenous storytellers through our own bespoke initiatives.

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Team

Cate Calver

Chief Executive Officer

Cate Calver

Cate Calver (previously Slater) joined GSTV in 2024 after more than a decade at TVNZ where she was Director of Content and Chief Transformation Officer. These roles saw her leading the content and business strategy for the transition of TVNZ from a traditional broadcaster to a digital-first streaming business. A lawyer by trade, she has extensive experience in television and media.

Philip Smith

Chief Creative Officer

Philip Smith

Philip handles the ideas department at GSTV, a company he launched in 2002. He has written or created over 70 television series in New Zealand, Australia, the USA and the UK including the AMC drama series, One Lane Bridge, the Netflix series, The Casketeers, the BBC1 Series Coast Australia and Coast New Zealand. He also created the dramas The Pretender, the Cult, Agent Anna, Why Does Love, The Kick and One Lane Bridge. He was named NZ drama writer of the year in 2018 and was a Logie finalist in Australia. He has won 33 NZ Film and Television Awards.

Vicky Maples

Chief Financial Officer

Vicky Maples

Vicky manages the Corporate and Production Finance department. She also manages, develops and implements the financial systems for Great Southern Television. Vicky has a strong background in Project Accounting. Prior to joining GSTV, she spent 10 years in the Advertising Industry.

Kathleen Anderson

Head of Drama

Kathleen Anderson

Kathleen Anderson is a seasoned television producer and executive. With a rich career spanning over two decades, Kathleen has become a prominent figure in the New Zealand media industry. Before joining GSTV in 2020, she honed her skills at Te Reo Tātaki (Television New Zealand) as Head of Scripted, where she contributed to numerous award winning productions, including popular series' Go Girls, Wellington Paranormal, In Dark Places, Ablaze, Baby Mama’s Club, and the international co-production, The Luminaries. At Great Southern, Kathleen's credits include One Lane Bridge, Spinal Destination, n00b and the critically acclaimed psychological thriller, Friends Like Her.

Annabelle Lee-Mather

Head of Indigenous Development

Annabelle Lee-Mather

Annabelle Lee-Mather (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāti Kahungnunu) is a multi award-winning television-maker who has worked in programming for more than two decades. She is the creator and an executive producer of the Netflix acquired series The Casketeers and was the executive producer of Three’s acclaimed current affairs series The Hui for 7 seasons. As part of her role at Great Southern, Annabelle oversees all aspects of indigenous storytelling.

Victoria Boult

Development Executive

Victoria Boult

Victoria Boult, Ngai Tahu, is a major rising star in the local and international drama landscape. Victoria wrote and directed her first commissioned television series for Warner Brothers Discovery, entitled nOOb. As a development executive at GSTV and Graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and English Literature (Hons I) at the University of Sydney, her responsibilities include supporting the ideation, development and production of all unscripted, factual and drama series at GSTV.

Adrian Stevanon

Head of Factual

Adrian Stevanon

Adrian Stevanon is an award-winning journalist and producer of Samoan/Swiss descent. Over the last 20 years he has directed, produced and executive produced for a number of documentaries & factual series including The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, Family Faith Footy - A Pasifika Rugby Story & Hongi to Hāngi and Everything in Between. Adrian oversees all factual projects and drives development for Great Southern.

Mary-Jo Enyori

Head of International Factual Development

Mary-Jo Enyori

MJ joined GSTV in late 2023 and is building an exciting slate of ideas for the global market. Moving over from London, where she held the position of Head of International and UK Development at Woodcut Media (a Global 100 company), as well as holding in-house Head of Development and production roles at the BBC, ITV and a number of leading independent production companies where she worked across popular factual, documentaries, specialist factual and factual entertainment for channels including Amazon, NBCU, Disney, NatGeo, Discovery, Sky, Smithsonian, A&E Networks, Paramount+, Channel 4, and A&E Networks. Some commission highlights include ‘The Titanic In Colour’ (C4/SBS), ‘Fatal Family Feuds’ (NBCU-Oxygen US), ‘The Suitcase Murders: Buried in Baggage’ (Discovery UK, US), ‘Queens That Changed The World’ (Channel 4/SBS/BBC Select US, Canada), ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Prisoners’ (Paramount+/Filmrise). MJ is a voting member of BAFTA.

Cass Donaldson

Head of Production/ Line Producer

Cass Donaldson

Cass has worked in the film and television industry since the early 90’s, both in New Zealand and the United States. An award-winning producer, he has worked on a wide variety of projects, from Hollywood features to large scale reality shows to smaller documentaries. Cass acts as a Line Producer on Great Southern’s unscripted and reality projects and manages the Operations side of the company.

Kelly Bent

Production Accountant

Kelly Bent

Kelly studied a Bachelor of Business Analysis at the University of Waikato, before joining the team at Great Southern. Kelly is responsible for the day to day accounting at Great Southern along with production accounting on both factual and drama productions.

Briar Coleman

Line Producer

Briar Coleman

Briar joined Great Southern Television in 2022. With nearly 20 years experience in television production across unscripted documentary/ factual, award winning children’s scripted, animation, podcasts and music videos. Briar has Line Produced & Production Managed a number of documentary & factual series at Great Southern Television including The Casketeers, Hongi to Hāngī and The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes.

Awards

Best Format Reality Series

The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes

NZTV Awards 2023 - Winner

Best Format Reality Series

The Apprentice Aotearoa

NZTV Awards 2021 - Nominated

Best Current Affairs Programme

The Hui

NZTV Awards 2021 - Winner

Te Māngai Paho Best Māori Programme

The Hui

NZTV Awards 2021 - Winner

Best Presenter, Entertainment

Tāmati Rimene-Sproat, Hongi To Hāngī:And Everything In Between

NZTV Awards 2021 - Winner

Te Māngai Paho Best Māori Programme

The Casketeers

NZTV Awards 2021 - Winner

Best Original Reality Series

The Casketeers

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Te Māngai Paho Best Māori Programme

NZ Wars; Stories of Tainui

NZTV Awards 2021 - Nominated

Best Editing, Drama

One Lane Bridge, Season 2

>NZTV Awards - Nominated

Best Script, Drama

One Lane Bridge, Season 2

>NZTV Awards - Nominated

Best Drama Series

One Lane Bridge, Season 2

NZ On Air Awards

Best Drama Series

One Lane Bridge

>NZ On Air Awards

Te Māngai Paho Best Māori Programme

NZ Wars; Stories of Waitara

NZTV Awards 2020

Best Format Reality Series

My Restaurant Rules

NZTV Awards 2020