Eight Makes New Hires Across TVC Production and The Story Department

Claire Kelly, Katie Millington, & Courtney Brookes

Eight has announced multiple hires across their TVC production department and The Story Department. The new hires include Claire Kelly, one of New Zealand’s most well respected and awarded film producers, who has been appointed Executive Producer/Head of Production in New Zealand.

Other hires include Rebecca Lawrence, who joins the Eight team in New Zealand as a Producer, and Chamolie Thompson who has been appointed Production Co-Ordinator across TVC, and The Story Department, which currently has two films in production. Additionally, Jess Belgiovane joined the Australian office as a Producer back in March of this year.

“I feel very lucky to be here at Eight, a great bunch of people and directors who are all on different trajectories, but all still managing to exceed their own goals and then some,” said Kelly. “Great to be part of a female-led company too, I feel very at home here.”


Eight, Managing Director and Executive Producer, Katie Millington, added: “As producers, we thrive in chaos and we are proud of what we’ve achieved during these unprecedented times. 2021 has been a huge year of growth and learning and we finish up the year with a dream production team ready to take on 2022. We plan on continuing to commit to building an inclusive, varied workplace welcoming people of all backgrounds and to fostering new talent along the way.”

Fostering young talent is a strong part of its DNA says Eight. In 2020 when young director Courtney Brookes found herself stranded while home from New York visiting Sydney, she found the perfect new home at Eight.

“As a young female director, it can be an arduous journey as you find your footing in the industry and gain experience on jobs where you aren’t hired as a token. The main drawcard for signing with Katie and Lib at Eight was their strong female leadership and the mentorship they provide not only for their directors but also other women and underrepresented people in all production roles.”

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