Meet the 2020 Assisters
Karen 'Zippy' Hayward

Karen 'Zippy' Hayward

Karen 'Zippy' Hayward

Senior Producer at Prodigious Productions

Karen is one of the most highly respected producers working in Australia today. Her experience and creativity have taken her around Queensland, Australia and the world on TVC’s that number in the hundreds. Exhausting for most but Karen aka Zippy’s boundless energy and focused commitment to every job is what keeps people coming back for more… that and her scrumptious cupcakes. She has had the pleasure of working with many clients throughout her career including … Suncorp, Castlemaine Perkins – XXXX, University of Queensland, Reckitt Benkiser, Seaworld, Kelloggs USA, Griffith University, Parmalat, TAFE Queensland, Queensland Transport & Main Roads, Dreamworld, EMI Music Australia, Murdoch University, Australian Government, Movieworld, Queensland Department of Health, QSuper, Big W, BCF, Energex, Tourism and Events Queensland … and all have left beaming. Zippy is the swiss army knife of producers and has the right tools for every job.

Career & Background

What inspired you to do what you are doing now?

I’m one of the lucky ones – I fell into producing and the industry and it was the best thing that could have happened to me. What an amazing career it has turned out to be.


What drives and inspires you

What are your core values?

  • Integrity
  • Travel
  • Understanding

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I think it’s just the type of people that the industry (film & advertising) draws to it. Creative, innovative, clever, funny, slightly crazy and resilient – being around that type of energy has been inspiring and continues to be.

You as a Mentor

Why have you decided to become a mentor?

Hopefully I have something to give / share with the group / my mentee. I have been blessed with incredible role models throughout my journey so I’d like to see if I can pass some of those learnings on.

What are the top skills or qualities you bring to mentoring?

  • Intuitive
  • Nurturing
  • Respectful
  • Supportive

Ready to be a part of Assisterhood as a Mentee?

We are the fastest growing mentorship program in Brisbane – and we’re only just getting started! Let’s shoot for the stars – together!