Check out this Radio NZ interview from June 17 with Jane Wrightson, CEO NZ On Air and the winner of the Great Southern Film & Television Award for Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Screen Industry at this year's WIFT awards.
Jane talks about what she isdoing to address inequality in television and digital media where white males hold the plum jobs. Ethnicity is also out of balance with most television producers, directors and writers identifying as European despite the country's increasingly diverse population. NZ On Air is also changing the way it funds local music production.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/programmes/upbeat/20160617 - pop this in your browser!
Finola DwyerONZM and Victoria Spackman ONZM were honoured in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to the film industry and services to theatre, film and television, respectively.
Based in the UK since 1990 Dwyer, a New Zealand film producer and editor, is best known for her films An Education and Brooklyn, produced with frequent collaborator Amanda Posey.
Pop this in your browser for the full story! http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/80724171/Black-Graces-Neil-Ieremia-and-Brooklyn-producer-Finola-Dwyer-lead-arts-honours
Victoria Spackman is Chief Executive, Director and co-owner of the screen and visitor experience company, the Gibson Group. In this role, Ms Spackman is responsible for the leadership of the company, including its culture, strategy and growth. Currently, the Gibson Group works in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Denmark.