CREATIVES GO TO SESAME STREET AND BEYOND
11 March 2016, Written by Laura Daquino
BRISBANE creatives Nadine Bates and Kristen Souvlis are two of few. They know how to get to Sesame Street.
Bates and Souvlis say together they are a 'creative hurricane'.
Bates is the creative director and writer who previously had a children's publishing company, and Souvlis is the managing director and producer who started at Totally Wild when she was 19.
"The statistics are kind of terrifying. Overall in Australia, 17 per cent of all directors and writers are female. We are absolutely a minority. The industry is undergoing massive changes at the moment in terms of addressing that, particularly Screen Australia. It's long overdue."
Like A Photon are the first female writer and producer team that Sesame Street has ever commissioned. It's also the first Queensland business that Disney has commissioned for animation - a 26-episode Balloon Barnyard series will air in 2017.