With a background in TV production and commissioning, Courtney has worked as CEO of Screen NSW, Managing Director of Jungle Entertainment, Programming Production Executive at the Nine Network, Director of Programmes at Southern Star, Executive Head of Content Creation at ABC TV, Head of Arts, Entertainment and Comedy at ABC TV and a Commissioning Editor of Documentaries at SBS Independent. As CEO of Screen NSW Courtney introduced a raft of policies which delivered gender parity in key creative roles for women in TV in 2016 and was awarded the 2017 Cecil Holmes Award by the Australian Directors Guild in recognition of this.
While at the ABC Courtney commissioned a range of highly successful programmes including Spicks & Specks, At The Movies with Margaret & David, We Can be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Q&A, The Chaser’s War on Everything and The Book Club with Jennifer Byrne. At the Nine Network Courtney managed the productions Married at First Sight, Australia’s Got Talent and The Great Australian Bake Off. In her time as CEO of Screen NSW Courtney was instrumental in attracting major international productions including Peter Rabbit, Jackie Chan’s Bleeding Steel and Ridley Scott’s Alien Covenant to the state.
Courtney serves on the board of Australians in Film, a foundation that promotes Australian screen talent and culture in the United States and operates the Heath Ledger Scholarship.