Karen Bryson is an Executive Producer at FINCH.
Karen's passion for film craft and strong narrative informs her work across cinema, television and digital platforms. In 2003, Karen won Tropfest with the black comedy "Buried."
Karen began her career producing for major Australian advertising agencies including
The Campaign Palace, Clemenger BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, GPY&R, BWM & Lowe.
In 2007 Karen joined the upstart trans-media company @radical.media as Head of Production, moving up to Managing Director in 2009, when a significant stake of the company was sold to entertainment juggernaut Fremantle Media Enterprises. In 2011 she joined FINCH as Executive Producer, and in 2015 accepted a role on the management board.
Karen has been recognised with top honours at major creative festivals including AWARD, D&AD, Cannes, One Show & the New York Festivals.
Karen's work on the New Zealand Traffic Authority commercial Mistakes became an internet sensation, and created one of the most awarded television commercials of the decade, and her most recent project; Stop it at the Start, an anti-domestic violence campaign for Australia, attracted 14,000,000 hits in its first month and topped the YouTube Ad Leaderboard, making it the most popular Australian commercial of the quarter.
Karen's film The Eleven O'Clock, directed by Derin Seale and starring Josh Lawson and Damon Herriman, recently won the LA Shorts Fest: Best Comedy & Best Screenplay at Flickerfest.
Earlier this year, Karen partnered the Australian Director's Guild, the CPC and FINCH to create a paid internship program to mentor women for film director roles within commercial production companies. Karen is Co-Chair of the Australian Commercial Producer’s Council, an active member of AFI/AACTA, Women in Film and Television NSW, SPAA and D&AD.