KARLA HENWOODCelebrated as ‘Creative Producer of the Year’ at B&T Magazine’s 2018 Women In Media Awards, Karla
Henwood has enjoyed a 20-plus year career in advertising and media in her role as both a producer and
leading industry mentor. Behind a raft of award winning work as executive producer of highly-acclaimed sound house, NylonStudios, Karla is responsible for nurturing the growth of some of the country’s most awarded sound and music talent and, throughout her ten year tenure, has played an integral role in bolstering Nylon’s international service offering across its Sydney, Melbourne and New York studios.
In the past year alone, Karla has helped lead Nylon to produce five Gold and five Silver Cannes Lions
winning campaigns, including Tide Super Bowl TVC ‘Terry Bradshaw’, a year that also saw the studio
nominated for two Emmy Awards for its work on Ad Council campaign ‘Love Has No Labels’ and
Amazon program ‘The Man in the High Castle: Resistance Radio’. Instrumental to Nylon’s key
achievements, her creative direction and management of talent and deadlines across multiple time
zones has delivered world-class work.
A prominent advocate for women in advertising, Karla is the founder of Chicks In Advertising (CIA),
which she launched in 2014 as an antidote to the challenges and lack of support she encountered as a
female producer. An industry-networking group for women that has grown from 15 to now over 700
approved industry members (hosting five events across Sydney and Melbourne this year); CIA has
initiated countless opportunities for female agency creatives, directors and industry producers.
On the heels of industry initiatives Free the Bid and the 3% Conference, and with the aim to actively
change the ratio and perception of females employed in music composition and audio technology,
Karla has matched the fight for gender equality in her own niche by offering at least one female
composer’s work to pitch as part of Nylon’s music offering to brands and agencies. Last year, Karla
unearthed female composers to add to the studio’s global freelance roster, and has since hired fulltime
female music composer, Lydia Davies.
Working in conjunction with like-minded group Free The Bid in the US, Karla has collaborated with
and championed the work on many local female composers, and actively supports the group’s set up
of a global female composer database, an initiative set to launch in New York this year.
An industry judge at prestigious shows including APRA Music Awards, AWARD Awards and AICE
Awards Los Angeles, Karla is one of the few creative women to enjoy a long-standing career in
advertising. Taking a brief six months maternity leave in 2016, she returned to work fulltime with
renewed enthusiasm to advocate for female creatives in a male-dominated industry. Karla
encourages women to champion leadership roles: to network, collaborate and to add value and
balance to the creative landscape, from award judging through to industry mentoring.