Karena Slaninka

Mercury CX - CEO

Karena Slaninka works as a creative producer, script developer and senior executive and is known as a creative and transformative force, with distinctive vision and strong leadership skills. As a creative, she has produced or worked on hundreds of hours of television. As an industry executive she has facilitated approx. $300 million worth of production on feature films and TV series.

She has extensive experience in revitalising key industry organisations including as Chair of the Board and Acting CEO of the Australian International Documentary Conference where she rebuilt the flagging organisation and re imagined it as the commercially robust and internationally renowned organisation it is today. With a passion for creative development she advanced the careers of numerous creatives including Jennifer Kent, Cate Shortland and Leah Purcell in her role as Senior Development and Production Executive at Screen NSW (formerly NSWFTO).

In her position as the head of Screen Tasmania for nine years, she effectively kick-started the sector, driving industry development and facilitating finance for the production of local shows such as the ABC’s Rosehaven and the multi-award winning The Kettering Incident, whilst attracting Hollywood productions including Dreamworks’ Light Between Oceans, and The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe.

As CEO of The Mercury CX, Karena leading the transformation of the former MRC into The Mercury, a centre of excellence for talent escalation and story development for the screen industry. Intrinsically creative, Karena is also actively developing two high end TV drama series for the international market with funding support from the SAFC.

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