Veronica McCarthy has a background as both a programme maker for TVNZ, and as an independent producer. Her two decades plus of screen experience includes production management, public relations, and marketing.
In 1995 McCarthy was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore children's television internationally. This experience fed into her later work with Raconteur Productions. McCarthy and director Bill de Friez founded the Christchurch-based company in 1996. Raconteur produces documentaries, children's series, health and education programming and drama.
One of Raconteur's first productions was The Big Chair, aimed at children aged from four to nine years. The roll call of New Zealand authors featured on the programme included Margaret Mahy, Kate de Goldi, Oscar Kightley, Michelanne Forster, Jack Lasenby, Joe Bennett, Elsie Locke and Tessa Duder. The stories are read by personalities sitting in a large green chair. The illustrations accompanying each story are drawn by 10-year-old children.
In 2005 McCarthy produced the arts documentary Between the Lines - Denis Glover, directed by Bill de Friez. Made for the Artsville series on TVNZ, the documentary takes an intimate look at the life of the New Zealand poet through interviews with family, friends and other art notables. It was a finalist in the Best National Medium Documentary category.
McCarthy also produced Madame Morison, a documentary about 2006 Arts Laureate Julia Morison, directed by Sonja de Friez. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Senior Curator (NZ and Pacific Art) Ron Brownson called it "one of the very best profiles of an artist that I have seen on local broadcast this year".
In 2013 she produced Prime television series Aftermath, which examines reconstruction in and around Christchurch, post earthquake.
Animation Stations, made for Sticky TV on TV3, showcased the creative talent of young animators. The show sourced animations made by children and brought work from bedrooms, kitchens and classrooms into the lounges of the country.
Raconteur's four-part television documentary series on male and female genitalia — The Naked Breast, The Naked Bum, The Naked Vagina, and The Naked Penis — presented health information in accessible ways for mainstream audiences.
Veronica McCarthy was a founding member of Screen Canterbury, and is a board member of Screen Production & Development Association (SPADA).
Raconteur Film and Television Productions website. Accessed 18 August 2013