Film


14
Apr 14

Ireland is the New Hub for TV Formats

TV3 boss David McRedmond believes Ireland needs to capitalise overseas on the sale of recent home-produced TV shows

‘IRELAND could be the new Israel’ was the stand-out comment from MIPTV, the international TV festival in Cannes this week. In the world of TV, this is some accolade.

Israel has become the benchmark for exporting TV formats and scripts, from Homeland to Rising Star and everything in between. Furthermore, the comparison with Ireland was made by an industry guru, Virginie Mouseler, CEO of the renowned The WIT agency. “Keep a close eye on Ireland this year. In terms of formats, it could be the new Israel,” she said to cheers from the international audience.

If the comments were good, the business at Cannes was even better. TV3, RTE and several Irish Indies sold shows across the globe. Following a dinner hosted by Keith Barry for industry professionals his Brain Hacker series for TV3 will reach 76 countries (and be dubbed into six languages), according to the distributor DRG. By time of writing, deals were concluded for New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, China, France and several South American countries.

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11
Jun 13

Ray Winstone filming new Sky series in Ireland this summer

Ray WinstoneThe English actor is leading the cast of a new Sky drama, filming in Dublin and Wicklow. 

A brand new television drama starring actor Ray Winstone will film for two months in Ireland this summer.

Forthcoming Sky series ‘Moonfleet’ will begin shooting in Dublin and Wicklow next week and continue production into July, providing dozens of jobs in the area.

Element Pictures have come on board for the stint here and a Sky spokesperson told the Irish Independent that they will use an entirely Irish crew for their part of the family programme.

Written by Ashley Pharoah, the two-part adaptation of the author John Meade Falkner’s novel is set in the small Dorset village of Moonfleet.

It tells the story of a thrill-seeking man desperate to join the local band of smugglers.

‘Great Expectations’ star Winstone will lead the cast in the 18th century adventure and will feature alongside Dublin-born Lorcan Cranitch, ‘The Bill’ actor Anthony Ofoegbu, Martin Trenaman from ‘The Inbetweeners’ and Ben Chaplin, of ‘Mad Dogs’ fame.

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30
Apr 13

40 jobs for Irish animation company used by Disney and Nickelodeon

TelegaelA Connemara based animation studio has seen an increase in demand for shows from broadcasters all over the world. 

The only stop motion studio in Ireland, Telegael Teo has announced the creation of 40 new jobs.  Those taking up the roles will work on the second series of ‘Igam Ogam’ an animation program for preschool children about a cave girl, her pet dinosaur and a blue monkey.

The prehistory program is broadcast on TG4 and on stations in Germany, Wales and England. Production will run on it until the beginning of 2014.

Siobhán Ní Ghadhra, chief operating officer for Telegael Teo the animation and television production house behind the development, says the company is “also speaking to a number of other international companies with more projects in mind… Over time there are more possibilities”.

Based in Casla, Connemara the company are looking for people to work in all aspects of production, writing, animation, art, lighting, camera, among other roles.  Although Ní Ghadhra says “a lot of the crew have already been hired”, they are “always open to hearing from new people”.

Ní Ghadhra added that the hope is to hire mainly from the Irish workforce as there is a wealth of talent in the country, especially those coming out of third level courses but the problem is, “sometimes they don’t have the experience required,” she said. A lot of very good people are coming up through the ranks, especially coming out of college. We’ve no doubt that the talent is there but it is a matter of experience.

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5
Apr 13

MIPTV 2013 to host Irish Production Companies this 8-11 April

The ‘Ireland on Screen’ delegates attending MIPTV 2013 are preparing for this year’s event at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes this 8-11 April, marking one of the most important events in the TV industry calendar.

Sixteen Irish production companies will make up the ‘Ireland on Screen’ delegation – a joint collaboration initiative between Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Film Board and the Irish media industry.

The ‘Ireland on Screen’ delegation will be located at stand 02.30 in Palais des Festival, with companies including:
Telegael, Screentime ShinAwiL, Tile Films, Like It Love It, Screen Scene, Sideline Productions, Windmill Lane Pictures, Video Elephant, , Grand Pictures, Fastnet Films, Blinder Films, Ripple World, Dublin Film Distributors, JAM Media, Magnet Networks, Vision Independent Productions, M3tv.ie, Independent Pictures, and Octagon Films.
Monster Distributes (Andrew Fitzpatrick) will also be in the Palais, at Stand 18.14.
The RTE International stand is located beside the Ireland on Screen stand (02.28).

Naoise Barry, Film Commissioner with the Irish Film Board, told IFTN that they would be placing a ‘strategic focus’ on European TV drama at this year’s event.

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27
Mar 12

Spotify coming to Ireland soon?

Online music service Spotify is reportedly on its way to Ireland and Australia. It’s expected that the service’s arrival to these regions will be announced this week.

paidContent reports that Spotify has held talks with Irish ISPs about going to market with a bundled deal. The service already offers bundled deals with network Telia in Sweden.

However, Eircom’s consumer managing director Stephen Beynon has reportedly said the network is not making a deal with Spotify.

Spotify may announce its intentions to enter Ireland and Australia this week, which comes as good news to Irish music fans. It is also reportedly planning to raise another major round of funding, asking investors to value it at US$3.5bn.

The online music service was founded in 2006, launched in a few European locations and arrived in the US in 2011. It has proven to be quite popular, with 10m registered users, of which 3m are paying subscribers.

Spotify allows users to stream music from its database on demand. It currently has 15m songs hosted on the service. Users can either choose a free service which has advertising or they can pay for a subscription which also includes mobile access.

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13
Mar 12

Saoirse acts to win new jobs from abroad

21/10/11 Saoirse Ronan with parents Paul and Monica at the Opening of The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art, Trinity College, Dublin Pictures:Arthur Carron/Collin

ACTRESS Saoirse Ronan is backing a new job-creation strategy to attract investment from abroad.

Ms Ronan and Michael Flatley are among the stars backing the Succeed in Ireland initiative, launched yesterday.

The idea centres on Irish people using their family connections abroad to promote the country as a place to do business.

Taxback.com entrepreneur Terry Clune will run the scheme through his new firm, ConnectIreland, which is endorsed by the Government and the IDA.

Mr Clune wants people across the country to use their contacts abroad to help create jobs.

For every job created, there is a financial reward of €1,500 for the person who makes the introduction.

Ms Ronan appears on a video advertising the jobs strategy, saying: “Let them (your contacts) know we’re looking for companies thinking of expanding into Europe.”

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the idea presented a “fantastic opportunity”.

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12
Mar 12

World Actors Forum to be held in Ireland next year

Gabriel Byrne has already lent his support to the World Actors Forum

THE TÁNAISTE HAS revealed that significant progress has been made to the Government’s plan to bring Hollywood’s biggest stars to Ireland for a World Actors Forum in 2013.

In his progress report on last October’s Global Irish Economic Forum, Eamon Gilmore said the ‘Davos for the Arts’ event will be held next year and not in 2014 as previously reported.

He said other initiatives, including the year-long ‘Gathering’ in 2013 to boost tourism figures and ‘Succeed in Ireland’ which aims to provide direct financial incentives to people around the world to create employment in Ireland, have also progressed significantly.

Gilmore said that since the forum was held on the 7-8 October, the Government has “moved quickly to ensure that the energy and determination shown by participants…has been translated into actions”.

He also thanked members of the Global Irish Network and the wider diaspora for their “direct assistance with our efforts to deliver economic recovery”.

After receiving the report from the 2011 forum, the Government focused on a number of priorities, including job creation, inward investment, support for SME and export sectors and improving international reputation.

Gilmore said President Bill Clinton’s roundtable in New York in February helped him and the Taoiseach present Ireland’s case for foreign direct investment to major US corporations who have yet to come here.

Since the forum, a formal advocacy system has been established and advocates have been working with a number of missions in preparing the overseas St Patrick’s Day programme.

In terms of jobs, the Tánaiste said members of the Global Irish Network contribute to the mentoring, coaching and sponsorship of Irish companies. A new scheme has also provided placements for Irish graduates in firms linked to Global Irish Network members.

Communications between the Government and members is continuing through a regular e-letter from the Taoiseach and Tánaiste.

Other achievements listed by Gilmore included:

  • the provision of support for indigenous small businesses to access capital, in particular micro-financing.
  • the introduction of amendments by the Minister for Justice and Equality to our visa arrangements to improve access to Ireland for those seeking to study and invest here.
  • the development by members of the Global Irish Network of a new loan guarantee scheme, known as Síol.
  • the decision by the Export Trade Council on 16 February to formalise Global Irish Network involvement in Trade Missions.
  • the establishment of an Advisory Group for the Global Irish Network to be co-chaired by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste and include Global Irish Network members from each of the main geographic areas represented at Dublin Castle. This group will be charged with coordinating the overall work programme for the Global Irish Network.

The Global Irish Network is made up of about 350 influential individuals from almost 40 countries.

In his progress report, Gilmore said they play an “increasingly important role in facilitating investment into Ireland”, as well as in advising exporters and promoting reputation.

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12
Mar 12

Diss: Software company Omnisoft to create 15 jobs at new development hub

Peadar Loughrey and Shirlee Beggs of Omnisoft Service celebrate the launch of the its new Diss development hub

Omnisoft, which is based in Northern Ireland, is to set up the new operation on the Diss Business Park to work on the development of a new range of online games, web services and design, social media management, education training tools and software development services.

The hub is being led by Nathan Flatman, who recently returned to his home county after spending 18 years working in Ireland and London within a number of high-profile IT training and regeneration organisations.

“Bringing Omnisoft Services to South Norfolk has been a key strategic decision for the organisation and I believe shows a strong commitment to developing East Anglia as a hotbed of talent for leading IT companies,” he said.

Omnisoft currently employs just over 60 full-time staff at its County Down head office, servicing a range of clients in social media marketing, app development, web design and game development.

“We envisage in time to recruit a team of around 15 local QT programmers, lead and junior programmers, copywriters, games developer, graphic designers, illustrators, multi-media videographers, which will work on a number of projects including our Game to Change products and Keystagetwo.com education website,” added Nathan.

Formed in 2010, Omnisoft provides support for more than 30 companies worldwide and has become an exporter of IT services internationally with sales across Europe, America and Australasia.

Founder and chief executive Andrew Cuthbert said the firm has grown rapidly with new business wins both locally and across the UK and Ireland.

“It’s a really exciting time to open the Diss office and we are committed to developing this hub into a major player within the South East,” he added.

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9
Mar 12

Lokofoto.com receives €50k in funding from Enterprise Ireland