Jo grew up in the rural town of Gilgandra, Australia. She fell in love with filmmaking when she was 13 and started planning the remake of Lord of the Rings. Jo would ride her horse to her friend’s house, pull out some lembas bread (grilled toasted condensed milk sandwich) and start planning. She always knew she wanted to be a director… except that's a lie. She studied Nuclear Medicine straight out of school. Okay, so 18-year-old Jo didn’t have it all figured out. But after completing that degree she FINALLY knew what she wanted to do!
Since then she's completed another degree, worked at Network Ten, learnt the ropes of the television industry as a Promotional Producer, worked at ITV Studios as a Digital Editor, done note-taking in a writer’s room for Easy Tiger and now she’s a Creative Producer at NBCUniversal. The short film she produced, ‘Magnetic’ is screening at Sydney Film Festival. The pilot script ‘Realbots’ that she co-wrote with Nicole Delprado has been shortlisted for numerous competitions including the BlueCat Screenwriting Competition and she recently won the Screenworks Go-Viral competition to shoot her comedy short ‘Fempocalypse’, which she co-wrote with Nicole Delprado.
At the end of the day Jo is a firm believer in learning by doing. She’s a huge advocate for diversity on set and always strives for a fun, friendly, no-ego, safe production. Above all she wants people to feel comfortable on set so they can try things and reach their full potential.