about us

About Crybaby Productions

we’re a leading creative content and production agency with offices in Sydney & Byron Bay.

we create aspirational but relatable brand creative for a diverse range of clients. Thanks to our past lives in entertainment and media, we know how to balance an editorial aesthetic with commercial purpose.

Over the past six years, we’ve had the next-level joy of directing campaigns and content for market leaders in technology, fashion, finance, beauty and wellness, automotive, travel, and home. We’ve also helped cheeky challenger brands and start-ups connect and engage with their target markets as they build their brands.
We’re probably best known for what we call our crybaby quirks:

we’re relentless researchers

The minute we’re briefed, we live and breathe your brand, category, and customer. We offer a bespoke approach with a thoughtful return to brief based on original thinking, intensive planning, and quality execution.

we keep it fresh

Great casting is one of the keys to creative that connects with your audience and converts to sales. Our talent radar is always on; whether we’re unearthing great new creatives to collaborate with, faces to front your brand campaign, or an usual shoot location, we can spot that something-something that helps your content cut through and stand apart from your competitors.

we’re skilled talent tamers

We’ve worked with all sorts of personalities from tricky-but-genius creatives to celebrities and first-time talent. We know how to get the best out of our crew and talent from the pre-production stage, to our inclusive, on-set vibe, through to post-production.

we’re A-type organisers

You haven’t seen a call sheet til you’ve seen a crybaby call sheet. We take the schedule crunching, casting, talent negotiation, location sourcing, permit approvals, catering, all the moving pieces of a working set off your hands. And while we have Plans B and C ready to go, we also happen to be excellent at improv.

we’re expert jugglers

If you want something done, give a job to a busy person… said someone wise. With a diverse, active client list, personal passions, and a tribe of children between us, we multi-task better than most. And we can (and do) work across multiple time zones and locations simultaneously.

meet team crybaby

Clare Alstin

Creative Director & Co-Founder

Eternal optimist. Sleep challenged. Always up for a tricky fashion trend. Thinks BIG. Believes everything can be fixed with a good serum.

Clare has over 16 years experience in digital content creation. Having launched innovative online shopping platform stylefinder.com for Conde Nast way back when, Clare then moved into publishing as part of the relaunch team for Russh magazine and Russh.com. After several years in publishing, she consulted to brands including Westfield, IMG Fashion, Marcs, and RM Williams on digital content and creative campaigns. Clare co-founded crybaby productions with Catherine Stone in 2015 while simultaneously producing more children than she ever imagined.

Catherine Stone

Creative Director & Co-Founder

Fearless. A caller of spades. Inspired by the impossible. Always on. Happiest when underwater.

Starting her career as a creative for ad agency Publicis Mojo, Catherine went on to work in media as a journalist at SBS and a senior director at MTV working on short-form content and brand campaigns, fashion shows including the sponsor-driven 'Style with Ruby Rose' and a number of documentaries. Then came a 15-year freelance career as a busy director and producer across TVCs, live events such as the epic Sydney NYE live broadcast, and masses of digital content before co-founding crybaby productions with Clare Alstin in 2015. Catherine heads up crybaby’s Byron Bay office and is pretty much living the Northern-NSW dream with her family.

Sophie Belluomo

Senior Production Manager

The super glue. Dreams in Excel. Master juggler. Glides over stress like a swan. Depends on TV as her chosen form of meditation.

Sophie’s baby face belies her extensive production experience and a 14-year career working across digital, TV, retail, music, and adrenalin-spiking live events such as the Country Music Awards and Foxtel’s AACTA Awards broadcast live in Los Angeles. Sophie has been the super glue of team crybaby since 2019 and is known for running multiple productions simultaneously without breaking a sweat. She keeps us all organised, on budget, and on track and has been known to play the role of in-house referee during our occasional creative spats.

Elle Presbury

Creative Producer

Guiltless seeker of pleasure. Closet karaoke rapper. Permanently plugged into a podcast. Deeply committed to the wellness philosophy that is good pasta, better wine & living however you damn well please.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Global Studies and International Law, Elle fulfilled her long-time dream of working in publishing for the respected niche title that is RUSSH magazine where she spent six years as Market & Beauty Editor across their print and digital platforms. Well-schooled in the art of connecting meaningful creative inspiration with commercial outcomes, her time in publishing also honed her writing, styling, and production skills and she’s since worked as a freelance creative director and stylist for SIDE-NOTE and JANE Magazine and local fashion brands Camilla & Marc and Nobody Denim. Elle over-indexes on work ethic and stamina, wears multiple hats beautifully and clients just seem to bloody love her. As do we.

Christina Kouvaras

Production Manager

Born in Brisbane, fully formed in NYC. Lover of art. Action-film tragic. Excels at origami. Happiest when feeding people, Greek-Mum style.

Having moved to New York after graduating, Christina lived and worked the art scene, curating and producing gallery shows and exhibitions before joining a respected creative agency where she worked on New York Fashion Week runway shows, events and campaign shoots. Translation: she’s a gun at wrestling (other) creative types, budgeting and timeline wizardry and is deeply comfortable with pressure and a frequently changing To-Do list. After a time as a freelance producer for brands including LVMH, Cartier, Burberry, Dior, and Zara, Christina felt the pang of home and boomeranged back to Australia where she did a respectable stint working in film and TV…until she realised something was missing. That something was the buzz and creative collaboration of agency life. Their loss, our gain.

Jessica Sutherland

Production & Marketing Coordinator

Miss Congeniality. Former ballerina. Weekend iron woman. Model multi-tasker. Sunnyside up, always.

Jessica is a skilled event marketing specialist with over five years’ experience in marketing strategy and campaign execution, live and virtual event production, and social media and project management across a range of clients from fintech to the automotive industry. She’s managed live corporate events of over 20,000 attendees and global virtual events and there is basically nothing this triathlete can’t handle. Jessica joined crybaby in 2021 and we praise-be for her every single day.

there’s really nothing we don’t do

We are a multi-skilled, uber-experienced outfit that lives to create compelling creative in myriad forms. Over the past year or two, we’ve grown team crybaby to include our own breed of producers, directors, and editors with a strong digital and social focus.

When a job calls for truly specialist skills, we can quickly flex up and out to our extended family of expert collaborators from street-casting talent spotters and 3D animators, to deep-sea camera operators willing to swim with sharks. We know good people, everywhere.

Creative

From concept ideation and campaign creation, to storyboarding, crew curation, and talent casting, we will in-source all your creative thinking and absorb the inevitable headaches so you can worry not and go back to focusing on your day job. We will also happily collaborate closely with you and your marketing, content, and social teams to ideate fresh, on-brand creative in line with your budget, timelines, and commercial imperatives.

Production

As a full-service production agency, we are wildly capable at directing and executing every single production detail across every form of content and platform imaginable; from print media and social content campaigns to a complete suite of multi-platform marketing assets. We direct and produce TVCs and documentaries, event activations, experiential installations, and indoor/outdoor digital billboards.

The global pandemic helped to amplify the importance of virtual connectivity and we spent much of the last 18 months perfecting the art of online education; from livestreams and webinar series, to IGTV events and community meets, supported by a pre-and post-event calendar of engaging social content.

post production

Creative planning and production are the foundation but our post-production skills wrap that all-important black velvet bow around your content to help bring it to life. We onboard our own in-house editors from the very moment we accept your brief right the way through ideation, execution, and post production to ensure we’re delivering what we promise and what you’re expecting. We’re used to tight turnarounds and lightning-fast content delivery to help you ride the moment.

Let’s talk about you & your content dreams

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