Archive for June, 2021

Breaking Up is Hard To Do

30th June 2021

Things are looking up for Irish creative talent looking to break into the lucrative Streaming market. Last week the Guardian reported that the EU is preparing to act against the ‘disproportionate‘ amount of British television and film content shown in Europe in the wake of Brexit.

The Audio Visual Media Services Directive (2019) set out that streamers must carry a minimum of 30% content of ‘European origin’. Under the existing wording the UK post Brexit would still qualify. The EU decided otherwise and it has become part of the proxy war in the wake of the UK’s departure.

You can read the full story here

Essentially British content accounts for half of all TV sales in Europe and while that was fine while it was an EU member, now it is a so-called ‘third country’, the European Commission has decided it is a distortion of the market. If they succeed, it makes Ireland as the only English-speaking country in the EU a much more attractive proposition for production and co-production.

The AVMS also provides for a levy on foreign broadcasters and streamers which can be ploughed back into local production. You may recall that WGI is part of a powerful industry lobby group to persuade the government to enact the provision into national law. It could double the amount of funding for development (scripts) and production currently available under Screen Ireland’s budget. It is envisaged the funds will be to develop projects of an international scale, the Intellectual property rights for which would be created and retained in Ireland.

Hugh Farley
Director

WGI Welcomes Tracy Martin

30th June 2021

We’re delighted that Tracy Martin is joining our team as ZeBBies Co-ordinator.

A previous ZeBBie nominee for Best Short Film Script herself, Tracy has worked in various production roles in theatre for the past twenty years from production manager to producer and writer. She was producer with Tall Tales theatre company from 2008 – 2012 in the Solstice Arts Centre and then formed her own production company Red Bear Company.

Tracy will be working closely with the ZeBBies Committee to organise this year’s event – whatever that turns out to be be with all the Covid uncertainty that still lingers.

Welcome on board!

IFTA Writing Nominees Announced

17th June 2021

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced the 2021 IFTA Nominations for the Irish Academy Awards across 25 categories in Film and Drama. This year’s writing nominations are…

SCRIPT FILM

  • Cathy Brady – Wildfire
  • Clare Dunne & Malcolm Campbell – Herself
  • David Freyne – Dating Amber
  • Paddy Slattery – Broken Law
  • Will Collins – Wolfwalkers

SCRIPT DRAMA

  • Declan Lawn & Adam Patterson – The Salisbury Poisonings
  • John Morton – Dead Still
  • Kate O’Riordan – Smother
  • Lisa McGee – The Deceived
  • Sally Rooney – Normal People

The full list of nominees are here

The 2021 virtual IFTA Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday July 4th.

Credit Where It’s Due (at last)

16th June 2021

WGI member Lousie Geraghty drew our attention to the failure of Irish screen festivals to credit the writers of Irish films in their catalogues. We contacted the four leading festivals (Dublin, Foyle, Cork and Galway) in the country and have received assurances that henceforth the situation will be rectified – On-line at any rate. For reasons that are opaque to us, several of the programmers drew back from commitments to credit writers in their print catalogues.

Festival Director and CEO Fiona Clark said: “Cork International Film Festival prides itself on valuing the role that all creative contributors make in the films we present, and share the view of the Writers Guild of Ireland that writers play a vital role in the filmmaking process. We are delighted to support the Guild in its efforts to ensure appropriate credit is given to writers and will continue our part as a leading film Festival in acknowledging and celebrating their work.”

A win for the Guild and its members.

Hugh Farley
Director