Anita Jacoby is one of Australia’s leading TV executive producers, having built her career in commercial television producing for 60 Minutes, Sunday, Laws and Witness. She is the former head of production and executive producer at Zapruder’s Other Films, the company that she oversaw with Andrew Denton.
Growing up, what kind of career did you want to pursue?
To make a career out of something I love doing, especially if it involved ideas and creativity.
Who is most surprised by your achievements?
Some of my former teachers at the girl’s school where I was expelled from at the start of 4th form (year 10) for being a pretty adventurous and difficult 15 year old determined to push the boundaries.
Who inspires you?
People who dedicate their lives to the welfare of others and those who are creative, artistic
and not afraid to be an individual.
What qualities do you most admire in a female colleague?
Courage, intelligence, passion and humour.
You are a role model for women, how do you think you can assist in their success?
By helping instill the belief that anything is possible and gender is irrelevant if you can do the job well.
What is the best path to success in your field of endeavour?
Never compromise who you are and the ideals you believe in.
And remember in creative industries, computers will never replace people who are enthusiastic and brimming with ideas.
If you had an afternoon to yourself, how would you spend it?
Taking time out to dream and swimming in the ocean.
What makes you happy?
Love, close friendship and anything to do with the beauty of nature.
What brings you sadness?
Loss, injustice and greed. The thought of dying with regrets.
What’s your motto?
Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken.