Founder Sharron Ward is a multi award-winning self-shooting Producer/Director and documentary filmmaker. She is an Emmy & RTS award-winner and her work has been nominated for a Grierson, a One World Media Award, 2 Amnesty Media Awards, a Sandford St Martin Award, an Asian Media Award & has won a One World Media Award. She works on a mix of investigative current affairs and observational documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV as well as other broadcasters.
Her films are known for their distinctive cinematic flair and she is noted for her ability to build trust and rapport with challenging and sensitive contributors. She is adept at embedding myself within a community and within institutions, which often allows her to negotiate exclusive access.
This site showcases the work of Katalyst and also the freelance work of Sharron Ward, made for other independent production companies.
Sharron is also a former Television Commercials/Promo Director and a Director/Producer of music, arts, entertainment programmes in the UK and New Zealand for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, MTV Europe and VH1 UK amongst others. She was born in Gisborne, New Zealand home of the many Maori tribes (iwi) of the Turanganui A Kiwa, and grew up around “Middle Earth,” amongst the famous film locations of Central Otago, in the South Island. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Philosophy from the University of Otago.
She freelanced in the vibrant New Zealand film industry as an Art Director, Stylist, Props Buyer and Standby Props working on numerous feature films, short films, TV drama, serials and documentaries, as well as Directing TV commercials and pop promos. She moved permanently to London in 1998.
Sharron has filmed abroad in New Zealand, Japan, Russia, Thailand, the UK, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Palestine, Greece, Lebanon, France and most of Europe. She has also worked as a freelance promo producer in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Katalyst also hires interns, production staff, fixers & producers on a freelance basis.