Southern Star exec joins Nine

Courtney Gibson, Director of Programmes at Southern Star Entertainment, has joined Nine’s Programming and Production Team as a Programming Production Executive.

Gibson is well-regarded amongst the industry, especially for the programmes she developed whilst the the ABC, especially Spicks and Specks.

Director of Programming Andrew Backwell said, “We are excited to have someone with the outstanding track record of Courtney join our production team here at Nine. Courtney will be an asset to our team overseeing our successful slate of local production.”

Gibson has been with Southern Star Entertainment for the past three years working across the non-scripted slate. Prior to this she was the Executive Head of Content Creation at the ABC where she developed Summer Heights High, The Chasers War on Everything, We Can Be Heroes and Strictly Dancing.

At Nine she will work alongside Head of Development Adrian Swift and the production team of Simon Baird, Karen Dewey and John Walsh.

“It’s a great time to be joining the team at Nine, with so many fantastic shows on air having such a big impact; I really can’t wait to get started,” said Gibson.

She begins on July 2nd, 2012.


  1. That is an astonishing appointment. I hope it means Nine is serious about broadening it’s appeal to the other half of the population. Good luck Courtney – I hope you can effect a change in that blokesy culture – and if you do Nine will really be back in business.

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