29th March 2018

Lime Pictures Gender Pay Report

Lime Pictures (“Lime”) believes passionately in creating a working environment that is as culturally diverse as possible, ensuring that we harness the talent and maximise the potential of all of our people.

At the time this data snapshot was taken (5 April 2017), Lime’s workforce of both employees and freelance staff was made up of 486 people, 55% women, 45% men. We are proud that more than half our staff and three quarters of our senior managers are women. Nevertheless, like the vast majority of organisations in the UK, there is a gap between the average earnings of men and women at Lime Pictures, although at 9% mean and 11% median, it is significantly lower than the national averages of 17% and 18% respectively.

It is also important to note that the Gender Pay Gap is different from ‘Equal Pay’. The Gender Pay Gap is the difference between the hourly rate of pay of men and women, expressed as a percentage of the hourly pay rate of the men. Equal pay is the difference in pay between men and women who carry out the same or comparable jobs. At Lime Pictures women and men in comparable roles are paid equally.

Please download the report here

27th March 2018

Free Rein Nominated for 6 Daytime Emmy Awards

Free ReinWe are thrilled to confirm that our original live action series for Netflix Free Rein has been nominated for a huge 6 awards at the 45th annual Daytime Emmy awards.  The Netflix original series is nominated in the following 6 categories; Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series, Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Preschool Children’s and Family Viewing, Outstanding Directing in a Children’s, Preschool Children’s or Family Viewing Program, Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Single Camera Editing and finally Outstanding Stunt Coordination.

Series one launched on Netflix in June 2017 and follows a young American girl named Zoe on her journey in the UK where she falls in love with a special horse named Raven.  Zoe is played by the successful and upcoming star, Jaylen Barron, who has featured in Good Luck Charlie and Shameless as well as her onscreen sister, Rosie, played by Navia Robinson from Raven’s Home and Being Mary Jane.  The tween drama, which bagged the Kidscreen Award for Best New Series for Tweens/Teens in Miami this year, recently announced a green light for Series 2 which looks to launch on Netflix this year.

9th March 2018

Hollyoaks Wins Best Soap/Continuing Drama at Broadcast Awards 2018

Hollyoaks castHollyoaks bagged the top spot for continuing drama at this year’s Broadcast Awards for their “impressive storytelling”, including the “What is Consent” storyline.  Free Rein also received a nomination for an award in the category of Best Children’s Programme. 

The judges praised the soap saying:

“I don’t think any other show could have told this story as well as Hollyoaks did.”

“Impressive storytelling for the timeslot without being crass or obvious”.

“Hollyoaks tackles important subjects across different platforms, encouraging discussion.”

The powerful story came in a strong year for the soap, with the judges also praising a self-harm storyline.  Hollyoaks teens Lily Drinkwell, Peri Lomax and Yasmine Maalik appeared in a special episode that focused around self-harming.  The episode offered an insight into the points of views of teenagers and their mothers when rumours of self-harming circulate their lives.  Hollyoaks worked closely with Samaritans, MIND and NSPCC on Lily's storyline, which formed part of the #DontFilterFeelings campaign.

Speaking about the win, Executive Producer Bryan Kirkwood said, “It’s been a great year for all the soaps which makes it especially thrilling for Hollyoaks to have won best soap at the Broadcast Awards.Hollyoaks logo

“Our writers, cast and crew work so hard to deliver stories that matter to our C4 audience. It’s fantastic to take this award back to Lime Pictures in Liverpool”

Chloe Tucker, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Hollyoaks said, “Hollyoaks is truly agenda-setting, and the consent storyline and the supporting documentary sparked an important and timely debate with our young audience. We are incredibly proud of Hollyoaks, and delighted they won this award in a very competitive category.’

Free Rein for Netflix, A coming-of-age story about an American teenager, Zoe, and her summer of intrigue in the British countryside was also nominated for an award in the category for Best Children’s Programme.  Although pipped to the post the judges praised the series and were:

“impressed by its high production values and “outstanding” performances from a female led, multicultural and international cast” and added, “Its positive tone, coupled with a bit of sass, brought something new to the market”

On the Hollyoaks “What is Consent?” storyline judges recognised that it was the first time the issue had been explored in mainstream drama. Beginning in 2016, the story initially focused on student, Ellie Nightingale (Sophie Porley) and what happened when she attended a Fresher’s Night party and went home with Nick Savage (Ben Ryan Davies), a man she had just met. Viewers then saw Ellie wakeup confused the next morning, with no recollection of having sex with him.

The events of the storyline divided opinion and sparked important discussions about sexual consent.

The judges also noted that the writers were careful to paint Savage in shades of grey – neither a monster, nor a jock. He was a likeable, funny character.  That this sort of carefully considered issue-based storyline can exist alongside Hollyoaks’ particular brand of heightened soap drama was taken as a sign of a show in good hands.

The storyline was also supported by a Facebook Live Chat featuring cast members and an All 4 documentary that explored the lines of consent through a fictional case study.

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