Archive for July 23rd, 2009

Perry Puzzled by Proposed Cuts

23rd July 2009 by Maura McHugh

The CEO of the Irish Film Board, Simon Perry, has spoken to The Hollywood Reporter about the recent proposal to scrap the board and merge it with Enterprise Ireland.

“Does the Irish government really want Ireland to be the only country in the developed world making no films at all?” he asked. “It’s hard to imagine.”

Perry said there has been exponential growth in the Irish media sector during the past 20 years, with employment rising from a few hundred to more than 6,000.

“Closure of the Irish Film Board would mean that the production of Irish films will stop completely, with the loss not just of the 17 public-sector jobs within the agency but of potentially thousands of private-sector jobs associated with Irish filmmaking,” Perry said.

The board chief noted a recent survey that found nearly 50% of tourists decide to visit the country after seeing Ireland depicted in films. …

“At a time when the Irish government is deeply concerned by the daily toll of job losses in the private sector, we are very puzzled by the recommendation,” he said. “We suspect that the authors of the report may not be aware of the recent growth in Ireland’s audiovisual sector.”