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The US Scripted Content Market in 2021 

25th November 2020 by admin

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.

A Letter From The New Chair of WGI

30th September 2020 by admin

Dear members

It is my honour to introduce myself formally to you all as the new Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland. I feel very grateful to be taking over as Chair of the Guild from my colleague Thomas McLaughlin who has led the Guild so well for the past number of years. A huge thank you to Thomas for steering the Guild through good times and bad, with his own unique sense of style and leadership.

For those of you who don’t already know me, I look forward to getting to know you all in the coming while. I have served as a board member since 2015, and more recently have been the Guild’s Deputy Chair. Outside of my work with the Guild, I am a screenwriter, working most regularly on RTE’s Fair City for the past 8 years.

I first joined the Guild back in 2008, when I got my first TV drama commission as a writer on TG4’s Seomra a Se. It was when I became a regular writer on Fair City in 2012, that I realised how important the Guild is to its’ membership. As soap writers, we are (relatively speaking) better protected from the fickleness of the industry, but even still, it became quickly apparent how important it is for all of us as writers to stand together.

It’s a strange time to be taking over in the middle of this COVID pandemic. In some ways it feels like as a writing community we are more isolated than we have been before. But I also believe that more than ever, the Guild is important as a voice for writers. As Chair I will lead the board of the Guild, but ultimately, my role (and that of the Guild) is to serve the membership. I want WGI to be a Guild that is member focused, that has a proactive voice in the industry, and above all, that provides a sense of community and collaboration for all writers, across Film, Television, Theatre and Radio, and centres writers as the key creative voice at the heart of every production.

I look forward to working closely with you all,

Jennifer

Budget 2014

15th October 2014 by Maura McHugh

On Tuesday, 14 October the details of 2014 Budget were announced. Here are the highlights in relation to the Arts:

  • €4 million package to roll out an integrated plan to commemorate 1916
  • Funding for current expenditure has increased for the first time in six years
  • Financial support for our National Cultural Institutions has been protected, following several difficult years of cutbacks
  • Minister for Finance commits to explore measures to boost the film and TV sector
  • The artist tax exemption is increasing by €10,000 from €40,000 to €50,000

During her statement about this year’s budget the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD said:

“I am particularly pleased that the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, has today signalled his intention to look at ways to further boost the film and TV sector. More than 5,000 people are employed in the Irish audio visual sector, which has gained a very strong reputation internationally in recent years. Increasing the €50 million cap for film tax relief would help to attract more international projects to Ireland and create hundreds of new jobs, and I look forward to pursuing this in more detail with Minister Noonan over the coming year.”

“The increase in the threshold for the artists’ tax exemption from €40,000 to €50,000 is a clear recognition of the need to support artists. Artists are the bedrock of our culture and they continue to represent us at home and abroad with great distinction.”

The Irish Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD said on this matter:

“The new Irish film tax credit scheme is due to commence in 2015 and I am very pleased that it has been broadly welcomed by the film industry. The film industry is very important to modern Irish culture and to the economy, not just in terms of jobs but also indirectly through tourism promotion. As the new scheme beds down next year, I will be monitoring how it works and how it can be improved. One of the issues that I will consider in the context of Budget 2016 is a possible increase to the €50 million cap on eligible expenditure, subject of course to resource constraints.”

Earlier in 2013, the Irish government extended the Section 481 scheme to 2020 and increased its value to 32% as of 2016. This improvement and the change announced in the 2014 budget has now been brought forward to 2015.

Galway Pitching Award 2010

13th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award is now open for submissions.

The pitch should be a 500-word story idea for the screen, and each entry is reviewed by a panel selected from the film industry. The best five are short-listed.

The five writers are contacted and invited to present their pitch to a panel of judges. This takes place in front of an audience during the Galway Film Fleadh.

The winner of the competition receives €3,000, and the attention of the industry.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18th June 2010 and further details are available on the website. Each entry must be accompanied by a €30 fee.

Coming Up in Belfast

10th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

Northern Ireland Screen has teamed up with Channel 4 and Touchpaper TV to host a special Coming Up event in Belfast on Wednesday 19th May.

Coming Up is the only talent scheme currently in the UK where emerging film-makers have the opportunity to make an authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.

Ben Stoll, Channel 4’s Coming Up commissioning editor, Elinor Day and Emma Burge, Touchpaper producers, will be in Belfast along with local writer Ronan Blaney, who wrote Boy one of the successful 2010 Coming Up films. Three of this year’s diverse 30 minute films will be screened, including Boy.

Applications are now open for Coming Up 2011, after the screening Ben will explain what Channel 4 is looking for. Emma and Elinor will discuss how the production works and Ronan will speak about his experience of the scheme. There will also be time to network following the event.

This is an excellent opportunity for writers and directors who are trying to break into the film and television industry.

The event is free of charge and Northern Ireland Screen strongly encourage all local writers, directors and emerging short and feature film makers to attend. Places are limited so please contact ursula@northernirelandscreen.co.uk as soon as possible to secure a place.

Date: Wednesday 19th May
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Moviehouse Cinema, Dublin Road
Contact: ursula@northernirelandscreen.co.uk

Further information on Coming Up can be found here.