Introduction to the US Television Landscape for Irish Producers and Writers



Filmbase and Screen Training Ireland have launched Introduction to the US Television Landscape for Irish Producers and Writers with Des Doyle, writer/director of the feature documentary Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show and co-author of the film’s companion book.  This one day seminar will have a limited number of places in order to encourage an interactive environment.

The training initiative is being launched with Des Doyle, the writer/director behind ‘Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show’, who is also co-writer of the companion book.

It is designed for producers and writers who want to deepen their understanding of the US Television landscape, and takes place Tuesday August 29th at Filmbase, Dublin.

The deadline for applications is 10:00, Tuesday August 15th.


Detailed breakdown of all the major US Networks – how they tier out (broadcast, cable, premium cable etc) what they are currently programming and what their brands/audiences are.
Detailed study of Pilot Season 2017 – what was ordered, what sold and why that was?
What talent/s were involved and where does this take the Nets programming in the future.
Discussion on Peak TV and Streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon) and their impact on U.S. programming and opportunities they present.
Network – Studio – Writer relationship, Pod deals and Shingles, Studio restrictions/obligations.
Breakdown of the Writers Year – Pilot, Staffing, Development, Buying and where are the windows for Irish writers.
Representation via either Management or Agency and the difference between the two.


Galway City of Film Seminar ‘The Business of Documentary: An Irish and Nordic Perspective’

Galway City of Film has announced details of its upcoming seminar ‘The Business of Documentary Making: An Irish & Nordic Perspective’ in association with Galway Film Centre, Screen Training Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

This one day seminar on Wednesday 12th October in the Harbour Hotel in Galway City will look at different aspects of the business-side of documentary making. It will examine both Irish and Nordic experiences; though many miles apart, both areas face similar challenges. The day will be an insight into how both regions do the business of documentary and what we can learn from each-other.

The first session of the day from 10am to 11.30am will be Producing People, Swedish Style. This panel will discuss Producing People, a new initiative from Film i Skåne, where four emerging producers from the Skåne region (South Sweden) will be mentored and supported for one year to springboard to the next level. The four producers will talk about how they navigate the career pathway of a producer in their country and in Europe in general. There will also be a presentation of the Nordic Film Fund and the work of Film i Skåne. as a regional film fund and some insight into funding structures for creative documentaries in the Nordic countries. Lisa Nyed from Film i Skåne will talk with Ann Lundberg, Caroline Drab and Sofie Palage, three young Swedish Producers from the Producing People Scheme. The session will be chaired by Irish filmmaker Niamh Heery.

The second session The Irish Funding Model will run from 11.45am to 1pm. This panel will briefly look at the Irish funding opportunities for documentary makers with representatives from the Irish Film Board, TG4, RTÉ and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The panel will feature James Hickey from the IFB, Ciarán Kissane from the BAI and Proinsias Ní Ghráinne from TG4 and the session will be chaired by Paddy Hayes of Magamedia.

A Networking Lunch will take place from 1pm to 2pm and the cost is included in the ticket price of the event.

The final session of the day from 2pm to 3.30pm will feature Atlantic: A Case Study of an Irish/Norwegian/Canadian Co-Production. This panel will examine how the award winning documentary, Atlantic, was co-produced and Risteard Ó Domhnaill Producer/Director of both Atlantic and The Pipe will be in conversation with Karl Emil Rikardsen, Co-producer, Atlantic. The panel will be chaired by Irish filmmaker Ross Whitaker.

For more information on the speakers and details of the day please see:

Tickets for the full-day event are priced at €30 (waged) and €25 (unwaged/members of Galway Film Centre).

TO BOOK: please email or call 091 770748.


Inaugural VFX and Animation Traineeship Launch


Screen Training Ireland, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board and Animation Skillnet have announced the launch of the inaugural VFX and Animation Traineeship Programme for the Irish Animation and VFX sectors. The launch will take place in Dublin on the 11th of May and will include a key note address from Dreamworks Animation Director and Writer Dean DeBlois.

The launch will also include presentations from top Irish Animation and VFX Studios including Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films, JAM Media, Boulder Media and Screen Scene VFX.

The Traineeship Programme will run over a 12-month period targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish VFX and animation sector. The programme will involve a mix of on-the-job training/mentoring as well as additional specialist training/mentoring delivered through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland. The participating trainees will receive tailored training along different priority pathways to include 2D Animation, 3D Animation, VFX CG, VFX Compositing, Pipeline/Technology, and Production Management.

The participating studios and trainees are:

Boulder Media
Trainee: Alan Tighe
Brown Bag Films
Trainee: Ken Chambers
Cartoon Saloon
Trainee: Sonia Naqvi
Trainee: Sean Quill
JAM Media
Trainee: Marianna Farris
Trainee: Katie O’Meara
Kite Entertainment
Trainee: Cathryn Gamble
Pink Kong
Trainee: Niall Byrne
Piranha Bar
Trainee: Mark Shaw
Screen Scene VFX
Trainee: Sammy Khalid
Telegael/Studio Beochán
Trainee: Leigh O’Brien
Windmill Lane VFX
Trainee: Daryl McMahon



Leading Edge – The Producers Programme


Brian Kirk, Director, Ciaran Kavanagh, Cinematographer and ED Bruce, VFX Supervisor with participants on VFX: Script to Screen module 2.

Screen Training Ireland have announced details of Leading Edge – The Producers Programme designed for producers with a proven track record in film, documentary or TV Drama.

Click here to apply

Date: 15/01/2014
Duration: 8 days (3 modules)
Venue: Dublin & London
Cost: €750.00

Application Procedure:
For further details please see . Please email with any further queries. Please apply online at by Friday 6th January 2014. Fee: €750 inclusive of flights to London for Module 3 and subsistence per diem for London Module 3 Payment of fee can be paid in three instalments. To unsubscribe please email with your name and UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject header. This course is subject to industry demand and tutor availability.

Participant Profile:
Participants should be producers with a proven track record in film, documentary or TV Drama. Each participant must be actively developing a feature film project.

Producers are required to have a completed script around which to build a full package and financing model. More advanced projects will also be eligible. The project is then discussed and tested in both the local and international marketplace to establish the right scale of the film. Participants will also be required to work on a time line to advance their projects. The final deliverables for each Producer will include a detailed project plan, a personal plan and a business plan outlining their objectives and how they intend achieving them


Course Profile:
The course director is Angus Finney, manager of the Film London Production Finance Market and currently an expert witness for the UK government. His experience includes training, (practitioner and academic), managerial, financing, creative management, executive producing, and international sales. The programme will include specialist guest speakers at each workshop who are highly respected professionals in their respective expertise. There will be speakers covering development, sales, finance and distribution to help support specific producers and projects where appropriate.
Seminar Outline

• Module 1 – 15th & 16th of Jan 2014
A 2 day Module focusing on areas such as the Film Value Chain, Changing Film Market, Financial Packaging, Business Models and Business Plans.
• Module 2 – 19th-21st March 2014
A 3 day Module focusing on the Creative and Development process, explore the producer’s role in creative development, story selection and execution, working and managing creative talent, creative packaging, project selection and slate management, resolving conflicts, identifying audience at the early stage and pitching.
• Module 3 4th – 6th of June 2014
A 3 day module focusing on international sales, the film calendar, marketing and audience research, this module will take place in London. The producers will work on the building of informed, coherent Project Plans and Finance Plans with a view to their projects being pitched to real buyers and investors, thus providing an opportunity for exposure to the commercial marketplace, negotiation and capturing best value.