Archive for February 27th, 2008

Strike Over

27th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Presidents of the WGA East and West have written to their members to declare the Screenwriters’ Strike officially over.

Today, it is our pleasure to inform you that members of the Writers Guilds of America, East and West, have voted to ratify the MBA contract with 93.6% approval. With a total of 4,060 votes cast, the tally was 3,802 to 258. These numbers reaffirm the tremendous level of support and commitment our membership has continuously demonstrated over these last few crucial months.

NIS Supports Features

27th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

IFTN reports that Northern Ireland Screen is providing a cash injection to a slew of Irish film projects.

Supported by Invest NI and following the success and investment brought into Northern Ireland from last year’s big budget Hollywood production ‘City of Ember’, NIS will support several low-budget films from newly launched production company Generator Entertainment. Set up by producers Simon Bosanquet (Ripley’s Game, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) and Mark Huffam (Mickybo & Me, Mamma Mia), Generator plans to undertake five film projects, four of which would shoot in Northern Ireland in the first half of this year.

‘Red Mist’, directed by Paddy Breathnach (Shrooms, Man About Dog) and written by Northern Irish writer Spencer Wright, is the first film on the slate and will receive £247,737 in funding. Set in an American teaching hospital, filming began on location in Northern Ireland on February 4th the film, with Belfast-based Michael Kelly co-producing.

Next in line for a cash boost is ‘Chatakwa Falls’, written by Richard Crawford, which will begin filming at the end of April. The project will receive £192,623

Northern Ireland Screen will also give £250,000 to Green Park Films’ ‘Cherry Bomb’. Directed by Lisa Barros d’Sa and Glen Leyburn and written by Armagh man Daragh Caville (Middletown), the film follows a group of teenagers who embark on a wild weekend of drink, drugs, shop-lifting and stealing cars. ‘Cherry Bomb’ will shoot on location in Northern Ireland and is produced by Belfast’s Michael Casey (Freeze Frame; Middletown; My Boy Jack).