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RIP Caterina de Nave

de Nave was a champion of women in the industry. That aspect of her legacy was repeated often in the tributes following the news of her death yesterday.

PAX_CaterinaDeNaveDuring her career in NZ, de Nave held a number of key positions: Head of Entertainment TVNZ, Head of Development at South Pacific Pictures, and Head of Drama and Comedy at TV3. While many of the shows that she worked on and with during those years were ground-breaking in vaarious ways, it was the time before 1988, when she became TVNZ’s first female Department Head, that shaped her reputation as someone committed to the advancement of women in the industry.

Former PM Helen Clark tweeted

De Nave EPed TVNZ’s Sunday Theatre for many years, a season which came to end this year on the same weekend as her death, telling the story of another strong woman.

SPP CEO Kelly Martin said, “We worked together at Mediaworks – and we commissioned bro’Town and Outrageous Fortune, and The Strip and Jaquie Brown Diaries and a few other things I can’t recall …

“Caterina was clever, creative, open, warm, dedicated, and inquisitive – she was interested in everything and everyone – in particular she loved finding out what made people tick – it was like research – and I think it’s one of the reasons she was so good at the business of creating and producing drama and comedy.

Martin concluded, “She will be sorely missed by many people.”

Many of those people yesterday offered digital bouquets via Twitter.

Great Southern’s Philip Smith tweeted, “Her legacy is not only her unequalled body of work but her beautiful, supportive approach to us all in the industry.”

From the UK, Rawiri Paratene tweeted, “Feeling it, so far away right now, but know that our whole industry are feeling sad & proud of Caterina x.”

SPP tweeted the sade news, calling de Nave an “inspirational and fearsome woman”. Producers Gemma Gracewood and Simon Bennett, NZ On Screen were also among those quick to pay tribute, as were Madeleine Sami and Jaquie Brown.

One of the team that developed Shortland Street, de Nave moved to Australia in 2009 to join Australian public broadcaster SBS as an EP, later becoming the company’s Commissioning Editor: Drama, Comedy and Entertainment.

Caterina De Nave died from leukaemia on Sunday. There’s now an In Memoriam page here on Facebook.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Caterina’s life at
Christ the King Parish Church
260 Richardson Road
Mt Roskill
at 2pm on Saturday 30 August.

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