CEO – Executive Producer

Four-time Emmy® Award nominee Leighton has close to 30 years’ experience in the television industry, as producer, director, writer and cinematographer. Specialising in producing epic natural history and wildlife documentaries that capture unique animal behaviour. Leighton has won more than 15 industry awards and worked on a host of films broadcast on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, CBS America, Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Channel, ABC TV, Arte France, TVNZ, NHK, Channel 5 and the BBC.

Leighton has international clients including Survivor (CBS America), Silverback Films and the BBC Natural History Unit to his name. As founder and joint CEO of Sea Dog TV International, Leighton is responsible for managing all of the creative aspects of the company, from development to production.


CEO – Executive Producer

Jodie De Barros began her career in documentary filmmaking in 2007 when she established Sea Dog TV International with partner Leighton De Barros. As joint CEO, Jodie executive produces, produces and manages the production accounting on all of the Sea Dog TV’s projects.

Jodie has produced many films broadcast by ABC, Nine Network Australia, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, NHK, Smithsonian Channel, Channel 5, TVNZ, Arte France and SWR/Arte Germany. Producing ‘Super Predator’, the highest rating program for Discovery US’s Shark Week in 2015.

Jodie has also worked as an Independent Production Consultant for the Producer Offset Unit of Screen Australia.


Head of Post Production

Jonathan is a BAFTA award-winning editor with over 30 years experience. He began his career at the BBC in London where he worked on programs such as Michael Palin’s “Around the World in 80 Days” documentary series, and the original “House of Cards”, a BBC drama series.

He has edited programs for broadcasters across the world including the BBC, ABC, SBS, National Geographic Channel, Channel 7 Australia, Channel 9 Australia, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and The History Channel.

More recently, as well as editing, Jonathan co-wrote and co-directed Birthplace of the Giants and Dolphin Dynasty for National Geographic and in his spare time teaches editing at the West Australian Screen Academy at Edith Cowan University.


Camera Operator / Editor

Having a passion for visual story telling from a young age, Johnny has been working as a professional DP & Editor for the past 9 years. With credits including the BBC, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, ABC and Channel 7. Working across a wide spectrum of broadcast, cinema and digital content, including documentary, factual TV, drama and natural history.

Having a multi skilled background in post- production and camerawork, Johnny is able to direct himself in a variety of situations. Working well independently as an editor and self-shooter as well as a part of a larger crew or second unit.

Johnny is well travelled and thrives in challenging environments. Being versatile in many roles, his experience has taught him to always solve problems methodically whilst remaining calm. Ensuring the production brief is completed every step of the way and to the highest quality.

When not making films, you can find Johnny being handy in the kitchen cooking whatever is in the pantry. Going for hikes up mountains or exploring the next great surf spot. He also loves to take his camera and roam around the streets to capture images of life’s everyday moments.