de Nave joined SBS in 2008 where she commissioned dozens of titles including Better Man, Danger 5, Housos, Legally Brown, A Pang for Brazil, and several Eurovision specials.
Prior to SBS she was New Zealand’s TV3 Head of Drama and Comedy, credited with helping to break the glass ceiling for women’s advancement within the NZ industry. She commissioned Outrageous Fortune, bro’Town, children’s drama Being Eve and New Zealand’s first prime time Asian show – A Thousand Apologies.
She was also the originating producer on Shortland Street while other credits included Topp Twins III, Children of the Dog Star, The Road to Jerusalem, In the Shadow of King Lear, Erebus: The Aftermath.
In a statement, SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said:
“We are immensely saddened by the death of a much loved and well respected colleague, SBS Commissioning Editor Caterina de Nave.
“Caterina held the position of Commissioning Editor for Drama, Comedy & Entertainment since joining SBS in 2009. She contributed greatly to the development of SBS’s content slate, drawing generously on her extensive industry background and strong relationships with the production sector.
“Caterina was known for her great passion and determination, and her input was valued enormously.
“Caterina will be sorely missed by the SBS family.”
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark, also paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “Very sad to hear of death of Caterina De Nave, major force in New Zealand screen industry for decades”.
A Facebook memorial can be found here.