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WGI at Galway Film Fleadh

21st July 2021

This week, we are delighted to be joining forces with our good friends at Women in Film and Television Ireland and Galway Film Fleadh to host a panel examining the intersection of gender and class in the Irish screen industries.

Gender and Class in the Irish Screen Industries: Double Trouble? takes place on Thursday, 22nd July at 12 noon.
Recent UK research suggests that the majority of the screen workforce come from ‘privileged’ backgrounds. But that doesn’t happen here – right? Let’s talk about that.

Please join the conversation with writer/director Carmel Winters, UK researcher Dave O’Brien, writer/director Roisin Kearney, actor Jordanne Jones, and Chair Women in Film and Television & Chair WGI Equality Action Committee Dr Susan Liddy.

Register here

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

FSE Online Meeting on Audio

19th April 2021

The Federation of Screenwriters in Europe are proposing a discussion on writing for audio (radio writers, audio drama, fiction podcasts…) by Zoom on Thursday, 27th May at 10:30 Brussels time and have invited WGI members to participate.

Any interested members can drop us a line at info@script.ie with the subject line ‘FSE Writing for Audio discussion’

Creativity Wanted

18th April 2021

WGI has joined an international campaign to improve and standardize the writer contracting practices of multi-national streaming platforms globally organised by the International Association of Writers Guilds (IAWG). We need a snappy, clever name for the initiative, and we hope that you – our members – can help. Let us tell you a little more and see if inspiration strikes. The objectives of the campaign are to

  • Provide member guilds with a set of minimum remuneration standards to communicate to companies for inclusion in contracts/agreements: payment stages, residuals, royalties
  • End secretive practices such as Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) on contracts and obligate the SVODs to provide universally-accepted metrics for determining the value of intellectual property on SVOD platforms. It’s impossible to establish ‘fair remuneration’ if you don’t know how successful your work has been
  • Obtain viewer data for both determining value and creator feedback
  • Stop buyouts
  • Share the profit

So, over to you! Drop us a line at info@script.ie with the subject line ‘SVOD Campaign Name’ – see, it just doesn’t trip off the tongue, does it?

The US Scripted Content Market in 2021 

25th November 2020

What is the state of the market for drama likely to be in the United States next year? In an upcoming webinar, Des Doyle will be giving his take on the state of play. He will explore the impact of the Corona virus on production and development and present his analysis of the opportunities and pitfalls for Irish writers seeking to make a US sale.

The webinar will take place on 10th December at 11am.

This event is an initiative of the Writers Guild of Ireland and is supported by Screen Skills Ireland. Spaces are limited to WGI members only so book a place here.

Biography:

Des Doyle is the writer/director of the critically acclaimed documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show, featuring JJ Abrams (Alias, Lost, Fringe), Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife), Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) and Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly) among others. The documentary also led to the accompanying book Showrunners, written by Tara Bennett and published by Titan.

He has given talks on Show-running, US TV Production, the Global TV Marketplace and the Future Of Content for USC Los Angeles, Rowan University Philadelphia, Scriptmakers Berlin, APIT TV Producers Conference Lisbon, Northern Ireland Screen , IADT Dublin and Galway Film Centre.

He is currently working on a new media-based documentary series as well as providing creative consultancy services to Irish Producers & Writers with projects targeting the US and streaming markets.