We're thrilled to hear that Geena Davis' efforts to promote a more balanced representation of women onscreen have won her an honorary Oscar, at the 2019 Governors Awards. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry. Since 2004 Geena has tackled the hard work of changing the way the media portrays women through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Geena said, "Here's my theory of change: nearly every sector of society has a huge gender disparity problem. But there's one category of gross inequality where the under-representation of women can be fixed absolutely overnight: onscreen."
Long-serving New Zealand On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson will be leaving the funding agency in January to take up a new role as the Retirement Commissioner. Jane has led NZOA for 12 years and transformed it from broadcast-focused local content to a strategic public media agency supporting a huge range of local content and music on many different platforms. Jane has overseen the funding of over 12,000 hours of screen content in her current stint, plus thousands of music videos and other media, and particularly championed three platforms: children's ad-free site HEIHEI, as well as NZ On Screen and sister site AudioCulture - lively ongoing showcases of NZ screen and music, and the Coconet.tv -connecting Pacific peoples with their roots. All the best with the new role Jane!