Creative Ireland to boost filming reputation
Creative Ireland has been launched in Dublin as a new organisation that will “unify” the country’s “global reputation” as an international filming location as part of its stated remit.
The body has been set up as a five-year government initiative that will also boost Ireland’s creative infrastructure.
“Ireland has become a global hub for film, animation and TV drama and we look forward to working with our partner agencies to further develop opportunities in this area, creating more jobs and strengthening Ireland's reputation as a centre of excellence,” said James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board.
The country’s international production profile has been boosted over the past couple of years hosting scenes for two of the new Star Wars films (pictured) and Pinewood Productions Ireland has been set up to help service clients shooting in the country.
Ireland is also making a conscious effort to expand its production industry west of Dublin, with the development of Troy Studios in Limerick.
Producers are likely to seek more details in the coming months about how Creative Ireland will set out to help facilitate film and TV production.