Archive for September 1st, 2008

IFI Report Record Year

1st September 2008

In another article from The Sunday Business Post the Irish Film Institute (IFI) reported a 7.5% increase in turnover, and took in €4.3 million last year.

The institute, which shows arthouse and less mainstream films, had a surplus of more than €121,000 for the year, up from just under €104,000 in 2006. Annemarie Gray, acting director of the IFI, said that more than 300,000 people visited the centre for screenings and other activities each year.

“We are reinvesting the end-of-year surplus in current and future cultural activities, including our education and archive programmes, alongside a significant cultural development project,” Gray said.

The IFI had €1.1 million in cash on its balance sheet last year, including more than €500,000 that it is obliged to spend on future projects.

David Simon in Dublin

1st September 2008

On September 19 at 6.30pm the IFI in Temple Bar, Dublin will screen an episode from the final series of the American hit crime television series, The Wire.

It will be followed by an on-stage interview with its creator, David Simon.

Widely hailed as one of the greatest television series ever, The Wire has gained a reputation as challenging, urgent and uncompromising drama. Set in Baltimore, it is a rich, sprawling portrait of the city and documents the war on drugs being waged by local police. After spending a year with the city’s Homicide Unit, David Simon went on to write Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, a true crime classic that led to the creation of The Wire. This event provides a unique chance to see an episode from the last series of The Wire on the big screen and meet the man behind the phenomenon.

TV3 Ups Investment

1st September 2008

The Sunday Business Post reports that TV3 has invested €10 million in Irish-made programmes this autumn, which is the company’s largest development in local production.

The output includes TV3’s first foray into home-made drama, a two-part series set in Dublin 4 called The School Run, a crime series headed by Maura Derrane that hopes to follow the success of Dirty Money, the series fronted by crime reporter Paul Williams which ran last year.

There is also a new midday news show – billed as “a mix of loose women and Joe Duffy” – that will placeTV3 news anchors Alan Cantwell, Martin King and Colette Fitzpatrick into less tightly scripted roles, talking about the news of the day.

McRedmond conceded that sport would not be TV3’s strongest suit this autumn, but said this was the second year of a three-year plan to create a strong schedule atTV3. From next May,TV3 will have exclusive terrestrial TV rights to the Champions League.

“We’re building a stock of regular programmes. You can see that in the shows that are returning, like Xposé and Nightly News With Vincent Browne,” McRedmond said.