B&T Awards nominate Eight

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SYDNEY, Today: Eight owners Katie Millington and Lib Kelly have received a joint nomination for the B&T Diversity Champion Award.

Being fully owned and operated by women, with all executive roles being held by women, Eight commits to supporting a 50/50 pledge working towards equal representation of men and women on set.

Sydney-based executive producer Lib Kelly said: “This nomination really means something to us as business owners and as women. We’ve still got a way to go, but we won’t stop striving for inclusion and equality so this nomination is pretty big for us.”

NZ-based managing director and executive producer Katie Millington said: “This nomination means more to us than any other.

“This nomination really means something to us as business owners and as women.”

“We’re really humbled to be up for this award alongside the other powerhouse nominees who are doing incredible things for diversity in our industry and we know there are many others like us who are doing their best to leave the industry in better shape than we found it.

“Eight also has a strong commitment to nurturing diverse up-and-coming talent. Our internship programme supports production and directing talent from a wide range of backgrounds.

“In addition, Eight’s new long-form platform, The Story Department, was launched in 2020 with a commitment to telling female stories and to fostering female filmmakers.

“The Story Department is now in full gear with recent funding from the NZ Film Commission for its feature-length film about Dame Valerie Adams, directed by Briar March, and funding from NZ on Air for its TV documentary about the move to ban conversion therapy, directed by Loren Prendiville.

“Both films are produced by the highly awarded documentary filmmaker Leanne Pooley.

“Eight pledges to continue to build an inclusive and diverse workplace, unearthing and nurturing talent from all backgrounds and giving them a foot in the door.

Winners announced in November
B&T will unveil its winners in Sydney on 12 November.

About Eight
Eight is an Australasian film production company founded in 1998 with offices in Sydney and Auckland.

About The Story Department
The Story Department develops long-form fiction and non-fiction stories for screens, bringing short form TVC content production and long form production together under the same roof.

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