ABOUT DUSTSTAR PRODUCTIONS

Film & Television Documentary – Podcast Production – Live Events

Our team is the heart of Duststar Productions. We bring years of experience across platforms & genres – but most importantly, we are story junkies. We see stories everywhere, in everyone and everything.

We’re gonna need a bigger white board…

Our team is the heart of Duststar Productions. We bring years of experience across platforms & genres – but most importantly, we are story junkies. We see stories everywhere, in everyone and everything.

We’re gonna need a bigger white board…

Executive Producer

Naima Brown

Naima has spent the last twelve years working in News & Current Affairs as a producer and filmmaker.

Originally from Monterey, California, Naima holds a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago.

She began her career in the Middle East. First, in Yemen where she studied Arabic and wrote for the Yemen Times whilst managing the American Institute of Yemeni Studies (AIYS). Then, in Afghanistan where she worked on flagship media projects with Moby Media / TOLO TV. From the Middle East, she went back home for a while to spend a year on the NBC breaking news desk in New York City. She moved to Australia in 2012 and now calls the Northern Rivers in New South Wales home.

In Australia, she has worked across numerous networks and projects, most notably Channel Seven’s flagship news & current affairs program, Sunday Night (where she & Melissa met and began their friendship) and SBS’s award winning documentary program, Dateline. These programs saw her producing international stories – from illegal gold-mining in Peru, to the Zika virus in Brazil, to aged care in Denmark and Rural Depopulation in Spain.

In 2019 she went out on her own and founded Duststar Productions, and has produced three audio documentaries for Audible Originals: A Carnivore’s Crisis with Rachel Khoo, Age Against the Machine with Melissa Doyle and Every Body with Robyn Lawley; Surviving and Thriving in a Body Shaming World.

Naima co-hosts Age Against the Machine with Melissa Doyle – which is a global exploration of women & ageing.

She has many exciting projects in the pipeline across the film, television, print and audio spectrum.

When she’s not working, you can find her obsessing over her little garden and other people’s dogs.

Our Creative Director

Katy Russell

Katy was born in South Africa and moved to England with her family when she was a teenager. After studying Marketing and Sociology at Uni in England, she went on to work in many different areas of marketing in the UK, including events, copy writing, journalism, advertising and digital marketing. She moved to Australia in 2008, fell in love with an Australian man, then some time later had two babies and has settled in Ballina, where she now lives with the loves of her life! Katy has her own graphic and web design company, Bluebury Creative. She met Naima during one of Katy’s holidays to Kiama and they have since become as close as family.

Executive Producer

Naima Brown

Naima has spent the last twelve years working in News & Current Affairs as a producer and filmmaker. She began her career in the Middle East, where she was a writer and journalist before spending a year on the NBC breaking news desk in New York City. She moved to Australia in 2012 and now calls Kiama home. Here, she has worked across numerous networks and projects, most notably Channel Seven’s flagship news & current affairs program, Sunday Night and SBS’s award winning documentary program, Dateline. These days, she’s focused on producing audio documentaries for Audible Originals and interviewing fascinating people on the stage of the Institute of Interesting Ideas.

Our Creative Director

Katy Russell

Katy was born in South Africa and moved to England with her family when she was a teenager. After studying Marketing and Sociology at Uni in England, she went on to work in many different areas of marketing in the UK, including events, copy writing, journalism, advertising and digital marketing. She moved to Australia in 2008, fell in love with an Australian man, then some time later had two babies and has settled in Ballina, where she now lives with the loves of her life! Katy has her own graphic and web design company, Bluebury Creative. She met Naima during one of Katy’s holidays to Kiama and they have since become as close as family.