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DAY 1

Wed 20th April

DAY 2

Thu 21st April

DAY 3

Fri 22nd April

Public
Strand

Time

13:00PM — 15:00PM

Venue

Nemeton TV Studio, An Rinn, Dungarvan

Sponsors

The Future of production in the Gaeltacht - Problems and Solutions

A discussion focussing on filming outside of traditional hubs, what are the benefits and what are the problems? How can a solution be reached that benefits both sides?

Gearóid Mac Donncha
Leascheannaire, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
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Chair

Originally from Béal an Daingin, County Galway, Gearóid Mac Donncha has worked in television and radio for nearly twenty years.  He currently holds the position of Leascheannaire (Deputy Head) of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.  Having completed his third level education in NUIG in 1998, Gearóid worked for Nemeton TV where he began as a researcher.  During his eight years with the company he became one of the recognised sports commentators on TG4 and produced various live sports broadcasts and documentaries.   As Head of the Sports Department in Nemeton, he decided to return to his native Conamara in 2006 and moved to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta to work in the newsroom. He presented the two main news & current affairs programmes on the station for a number of years and was awarded the Oireachtas na Gaeilge Media Award and the Bord Gáis Irish Language Journalist of the Year Award.  In 2012 he became the Head of News and was appointed Leascheannaire of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in 2015.  He is married to Gráinne and has three children.
 

 

Colm O'Callaghan
Ceannasaí Cláracha Gaeilge, Science And Education, RTÉ
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Colm O’Callaghan was born in Cork city and attended Gaelcholáiste Mhuire An Mhainistir
Thuaidh and University College Cork.

He joined RTÉ Television in 1993 to set up the No Disco series and, since then, has produced
and directed hundreds of hours of television for RTÉ One and RTÉ 2, primarily in the areas of
Factual, Entertainment, Music and Sport.

As Ceannasaí Cláracha Gaeilge, Science And Education, he is responsible for over 30 hours
of television in the RTÉ One schedule every year. He has won many awards for his own work
and, more recently, for the independently commissioned documentaries Bullyproof, When Ali
Came To Ireland, Somebody To Love and Close To Evil.

Recent highlights of his slate include Crumlin, Ar Son Na Poblachta, Comhrialtas, A Different
Class, Fab – The Night The Beatles Played in Dublin, These Walls Can Talk and The Sound
Barrier.

 

Laura Ní Cheallaigh
Commissioning Editor, TG4
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Laura is Commissioning Editor with TG4, the Irish language public service broadcaster.   She is an experienced and award-winning television producer and director having worked in the industry for over 15 years prior to taking on this role.  In addition to her broadcast work, Laura has lectured and mentored media students in DCU and worked as a communications and media consultant for organisations in the arts, media & Irish language spheres.

Miriam Ní Néill
Enterprise & Employment Executive, Údarás na Gaeltachta
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Miriam Ní Néill is an Enterprise & Employment Executive with Údarás na Gaeltachta (www.udaras.ie) since 2002 and is based in Na Forbacha, Gaillimh.  Údarás na Gaeltachta is the regional authority responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht. The overall objective of Údarás na Gaeltachta is to ensure that Irish remains the main language of the Gaeltacht and is passed on to future generations.  

Údarás na Gaeltachta endeavours to achieve that objective by funding and fostering a wide range of enterprise development and job creation initiatives and by supporting strategic language, cultural and community based activities.  

Miriam has particular responsibility for the Media/Audiovisual sector in the Gaeltacht and works with the Gaeltacht based client base, with a view to supporting and growing the sector.  Miriam has a background in Education and Human Resources.  Miriam acted as project manager on the OFL (Oifigeach Forbartha Léiriúcháin) scheme jointly funded by Údarás na Gaeltachta and TG4 in 2007/8 & 2008/9, whereby 10 companies were supported yearly to employ a development executive, with a focus on development/content creation.

Miriam sits on the board of the Creative Europe Desk MEDIA Office Galway and is involved with the AV West Forum (Training Committee) and the UNESCO City of Film (Events Committee), both managed by the Galway Film Centre.

 

Time

13:00PM — 16:00PM

Venue

Pearse

Sponsors

Celtic Media Festival International Pitching Forum
Áine Walsh
Head of Irish Language Broadcast Fund - Northern Ireland Screen
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Chair

Following a commitment under the Good Friday Agreement, the ILBF was established to ensure quality Irish language content was available to the local audience, through the funding of content and the provision of training.  Over the past 8 years Áine has worked closely with the local Irish language production sector and broadcasters to deliver content across a range of genres and to develop the local production sector.  She is also responsible for a number of training programmes for Irish speakers working or seeking to work in production. 

Prior to this she worked as an assistant producer and producer in UTV, working across entertainment and documentary programmes, including The Kelly Show and A Day in the Life.  She also worked as a radio presenter and producer for BBC Northern Ireland’s Irish Language Unit and as a radio producer with Radio Kerry.

Alan Esslemont
Head of Content - BBC ALBA
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Alan Esslemont is the Head of Content for BBC ALBA. Previously Alan worked at TG4, the Irish language channel, and he joined MG ALBA in January 2008 bringing with him experience of creating a new channel and expertise in developing innovative schedule strategies. Alan leads the content team, Sgioba ALBA, and works closely with the BBC ALBA Head of Service, Margaret Mary Murray, with BBC staff and with the independent companies that produce much of the programme content for BBC ALBA.

Alan was born in Braemar and grew up near Brechin and has lived in Ireland since 1984.  In 1989 he was one of the first employees at Telegael, the west of Ireland’s pioneering independent audio-visual production company. He then joined the senior management team of Teilifís na Gaeilge, led by Cathal Goan, which in 1996 launched TnaG, the Irish language channel in Ireland. He was the key content executive involved in the re-positioning and re-branding of the channel as TG4 in 1999 and was Director of Television with TG4 from 2000 to 2007.

Andrew Shaw
General Manager Acquisitions, Production and Commissioning - TVNZ
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Andrew Shaw began his television career in the late 70s, as a children's television host.  Shaw began working his way up the ladder to become a director and producer at Television New Zealand, working on entertainment programming, drama, factual shows  and large scale live event coverage.  In 1994 Shaw became General Manager of Production then in 1995 Head of Programming for both TV2 and shortly thereafter both TV one and TV2 .  In 2001 he left TVNZ to become Chief Operating Officer at drama production company South Pacific Pictures. Keen to broaden SPP's range of programming, Shaw helped ink a deal with multi-national Fremantle, enabling SPP to produce a local version of the hit show American Idol. Shaw was executive producer of the show. Shaw went on to work as a programming and commissioning executive at Australian owned NZ  network Prime, in the process making changes to the channel's schedule and upping the percentage of local content. After several years spent working to build NZ’s Documentary Channel  with Richard Driver for Sky and working as a show runner on independent programmes he came  back on board with Television New Zealand in 2006 in the role of General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions.

Ewan Angus
Commissioning Editor Television - BBC Scotland
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Ewan Angus, Commissioning Editor Television at BBC Scotland has worked in broadcasting for more than 25 years, across a wide range of programmes for BBC Scotland and the BBC’s UK network services.
He is responsible for all television output produced for Scottish audiences.  This amounts to just under 900 hours a year and an increasing proportion is either co-commissioned with BBC network for a UK wide transmission or receives a UK network repeat showing.
He has also been involved in numerous co-productions with international broadcasters.

Fiona Gilroy
Content Sales and Acquisitions Director - Flame Distribution
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Chair

With nearly 30 years experience in television content sales and marketing, Fiona Gilroy has licensed content across all platforms worldwide.  As Sales & Marketing Operations Manager at Film Australia from 1989 she built the content sales catalogue across all genres for distribution into markets worldwide.  From 1996 Fiona was the Content Sales Manager at SBS, working with Australian indies at all stages of development, preparing marketing plans and helping obtain production funding through presales and other market interest.  Fiona established her own consultancy business Fi’sAbility in 2009, working with producers to maximise commercial opportunities for their content in the international marketplace.  Since 2011 Fiona has headed up Flame Distribution, a specialist factual distributor with offices in Sydney, London, Singapore and Greece and part of the Flame Media group.  Flame represents over 2,500 hours of factual and documentary content produced by over 100 independent producers from around the world.  She is currently Co-Chair of the board of the Australian & International Documentary Conference.

Jade Christian
Commissioning Editor - NITV
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Jade has worked in the broadcast sector for over a decade on a broad range of content from Lifestyle and Factual to Sport – projects include, The Message Stick (ABC TV), The New Inventors Show (ABC TV) , 480 Series (ABC TV), Colour Theory 3 (NITV), Cook’n  at Jacko’s (NITV), The Barefoot Rugby League Show (NITV), The Marngrook Footy Show (NITV) and live sporting events.

Most recently, Jade has developed a number of projects for NITV as the channel’s Commissioning Editor. Broadcasting free-to-air as part of the SBS Network, NITV provided an essential platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, delivering unique and often untold stories for all Australians.

At NITV Jade has commissioned the Songlines on Screen initiative; a special collaboration between Screen Australia and NITV, which represent Aboriginal people’s ongoing connection to land and culture as told throughout time by the way of creation songs, and  Servant or Slave; a documentary on the injustice of Aboriginal women forced into servitude as the result of the White Australia Policy. Jade has also been in development for new observational documentary series Shadow Trackers, which investigates Indigenous mythology and urban societal legends.

Jade is passionate about facilitating Indigenous practitioners to aide them in sharing and celebrating  Indigenous stories to all Australians.

Jane Wrightson
Chief Executive - NZ on Air
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Jane is the chief executive of New Zealand’s public media funding agency NZ On Air. NZ On Air invests in content that reflects and develops New Zealand identity and culture for different audiences using many different platforms. Investments range from television documentary and drama to webseries, apps, children’s content, captioning and audio description services, and public radio. She is also a trustee of the Digital Media Trust which runs funded cultural history websites NZ On Screen and AudioCulture. Jane has worked in media for over 30 years and previously held chief executive positions with the Broadcasting Standards Authority and SPADA, the Screen Production and Development Association. Jane became New Zealand’s first woman Chief Film Censor after working in commissioning, acquisitions and programming-related roles at TVNZ for a decade. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and holds an MBA with Distinction from Massey University and a BA in Literature from Victoria University.

Lisa Duff
Content Sales and Aquisitions Director - Screen Australia
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Lisa Duff’s career as a producer of film and television spans over 15 years.  Producer of the critically acclaimed documentary Sexing the Label for SBS, which received awards at both the Film De Femme in France and the Columbus Film Festival in Chicago, Lisa has also produced documentaries for the ABC and Discovery Channel. She produced the Indigenous drama Road for SBS and drama Aunty Maggie & The Womba Wakgun for the ABC’s series The New Black.
 
Lisa’s feature film credits include producer of Last Train to Freo with Greg Duffy and Sue Taylor and the feature film Last Cab to Darwin starring Michael Caton and the Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver which was nominated for 8 AACTA awards and has taken AU$8M at box office in Australia/New Zealand. She was also the producer of Unindian, the first feature film financed by the Australia India Film Fund, starring Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee.

Lisa currently works as an Investment/Development Manager at Screen Australia.

Llion Iwan
Factual and Religion Commissioner - S4C
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Llion Iwan was appointed as commissioner for factual content at S4C in 2012. He began his career as a print journalist and worked at the BBC 1994 and 2004. His network credits for BBC1, 2 and 4 include Life on Land, The Search for Speed, Extreme Lives, Berzerk in Antarctica and Everest, getting to the bottom of a mountain, and he has been a producer for live OB football and rugby matches.
Llion has won awards from the RTS and international festivals including Vancouver, Grenoble and Dijon. From 2004 to 2012 he was a freelance producer/director with credits on S4C, ITV and BBC Wales including Drowning of a Village, Stradey Stories and Dic Jones.
At S4C his commissions since 2012 include Gerallt, American Interior and Gary Speed, and his programmes have won awards at various European Mountain Film Festivals, BAFTA Cymru and the Celtic Media festival, 5 awards at the New York TV and Film festival including a gold, an RTS shortlist and Grierson long/short list. He was shortlisted for his commissions by the CDN (Creative Diversity Network) in 2014. Llion has two young sons and lives in north Wales.

Margaret Mary Murray
Head of Service - BBC ALBA
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Margaret Mary Murray was born and brought up on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles.  On graduating from Glasgow University with an honours degree in Celtic Studies she joined the BBC’s Gaelic department as a television researcher.  During her 25 years in the broadcasting industry she has worked across a wide variety of programme genres ranging from children's programmes to documentaries, drama and current affairs. She has led award winning production teams and had a key role in the delivery and launch of the partnership Gaelic TV channel BBC ALBA.  Margaret Mary is the head of the BBC’s Gaelic services, BBC ALBA and Radio nan Gaidheal.

Niamh O'Connor
Head of Documentary & Arts - RTÉ
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Niamh O’ Connor is the current commissioning editor of factual documentaries for Ireland’s National Broadcaster, RTE. After finishing her degree in Film and Television production at Manchester university, she began her career working for independent production companies both in Ireland and the UK. She  joined RTE as a producer in 1999, spent 10 years in current affairs producing and directing documentaries for the award winning Primetime Investigative strand. In 2006 she joined the Lifestyle department as an assistant commissioning editor and three years later took over the role of Factual commissioning editor. She is married with two boys.

Proinsias Ní Ghráinne
Commissioning Editor - TG4
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Proinsias develops and manages a wide raft of fictional and factual projects for the Irish language broadcaster.
She joined TG4 before the station went on air in 1996 and worked as Youth Executive and Assistant Commissioning Editor before her appointment as Commissioning Editor in 2000.
As well as overseeing the production of numerous indigenous and internationally co-produced titles, Proinsias is executive producer of Gradam Ceoil TG4, The National Traditional Music Awards.
She represents TG4 on EBU and other international broadcast and co-production fora.
Her current priorities include breakthrough drama and landmark factual projects that can be realised entirely in Irish or bilingually.  

Proinsias lives in Galway, in the west of Ireland.

Richard Williams
Chief Executive - Northern Ireland Screen
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Richard is Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen which has, in the last 10 years, taken the lead role in developing the film and television industry in Northern Ireland.  

Under Richard’s leadership, Northern Ireland Screen developed the Paint Hall at Titanic Quarter as a film studio and used it to attract Walden Media and Universal Pictures to produce films based there.  The facility has subsequently been let out to HBO’s GAME OF THRONES which has returned to Northern Ireland for its sixth season.  

During his time, Northern Ireland Screen has supported the development and production of many independent films, all genres of television and a growing number of digital content projects, including HUNGER for which Steve McQueen won the Camera D’Or, Terry and Oorlagh George’s Oscar winner THE SHORE and Michael Lennox’s BAFTA winner BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM.

Richard previously worked for Waddell Media, during that time representing Northern Ireland on PACT, the Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television.  He also previously worked in newspaper management and was a commercial solicitor.

Susan Lovell
Head of Television Commissioning - BBC Northern Ireland
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Susan has editorial responsibility for delivering content to Northern Ireland audiences across a wide range of television genre, including factual, history, comedy, drama, entertainment, the arts, events and live topical programming. She is the creative leader responsible for developing and commissioning programmes from both BBC NI in-house programme makers and independent television production companies. Together they produce more than 400 hours of non-news output per year, including single documentaries, factual and entertainment series, comedy and drama, live shows and events, Irish Language output and Ulster-Scots related content. This content is broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland and BBC Two Northern Ireland. Susan is also responsible for co-productions with the BBC Television networks BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four and also with RTÉ, PBS and other international broadcasters.

Recent commissions include ground-breaking and award-winning documentaries such as the The Disappeared, ROAD,  Paisley: from Genesis to Revelation, 14 Days, Five Fables – with Seamus Heaney and Billy Connolly, The Truth about Depression and Love & Death at City Hall.  She has developed and commissioned a range of international feature docs from Irish companies, growing the slate by 120% over 4 years.

As Head of Television Commissioning for BBC Northern Ireland, Susan has briefed for and developed a diverse range of content, bringing audiences everything from series on travel, cycling and dancing to unflinching one-off documentaries on health and social issues.  She has initiated and grown cross-genre collaboration and sponsored digital, short-form and feature-length content as well as traditional linear TV. She introduced The Arts Show to BBCNI and is an advocate of new talent on and off screen. She deals with a wide range of experts, academics, presenters and performers  – ensuring audiences are offered high quality, distinctive programmes.

In 2013, Susan created the new True North documentary strand on BBC One NI, offering viewers a fresh and contemporary perspective on life in Northern Ireland through engaging one-off programmes, including The Miraculous Tales Of Mickey McGuigan, More Than a Flag, Boy Racers and Keepin’ Er Country . She has also launched a number of comedy and talent development initiatives, has embedded arts, history and archive programming into the BBC NI television schedule and commissions the award-winning The Nolan Show.

Prior to her current role, Susan was Head of Radio for BBC Northern Ireland and during her career she has worked across the UK as a journalist, producer and editor in television, radio, newspapers and magazines.  She was Editor of the World at One and PM on Radio 4 and launched the weekend news strand, Broadcasting House.  She is a member of the Senior Management Board of BBC Northern Ireland and also works as a BBC Executive and Leadership coach. She is a board member of The Grand Opera House in Belfast, and the ICO (Independent Cinema Office) in London.   Susan was educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge where she studied History and Politics. 

Time

16:00PM — 17:00PM

Venue

Shandon
Celtic Media Festival Welcome and Awards

Celtic Media Festival's opening awards ceremony will follow a local welcome from Chief Executive of Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Michael O'Keeffe. The following Awards will be presented today:

Current Affairs/Children's Programme/Best App/Entertainment/Sport/Animation

 
Michael O'Keeffe
Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
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Following the enactment of the Broadcasting Act 2009, Dungarvan native, Michael O’ Keeffe was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”). The BAI is the regulator of all broadcasting services in Ireland, both public and private. In his role as Chief Executive, Michael is responsible for the management of the administration of the Authority and two statutory committees covering Compliance and Contract Awards.
The primary functions of the BAI are to implement strategies for the licensing of broadcasters; to prepare broadcasting codes and rules; to undertake reviews of public service broadcaster’s performance of their commitments and make recommendations as to the adequacy of their funding; to operate a number of funding schemes around programming and archiving and to ensure compliance by broadcasters and respond to complaints from members of the public.
Prior to taking up this position, Mr O’Keeffe held a similar role in the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (“BCI”), the predecessor of the current BAI.
Mr O’Keeffe represents the BAI on a number of European bodies including the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (“EPRA”), which he chaired from 2003-2005, and the recently established European Regulators group for audio visual media services (“ERGA”).

 

Time

19:00PM — 23:59PM

Sponsors

Opening Night

Come to the Arts Centre, where Dungarvan Brewing Company will be hosting drinks. Following this, delegates are invited on a "Music Trail", where different bars in Dungarvan Square will have live music on 'til late!

Music Trail:

Merry's Pub

The Local

The Enterprise Bar

The Moorings

Time

19:00PM — 21:00PM

Venue

SGC Cinema, Dungarvan

Sponsors

Local Films for Local People : Down Waterford Way

A programme of films preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive:


As part of the Irish Film Institute’s Local Films for Local People project we are pleased to present Down Waterford Way, a programme of films about Waterford selected from the collections of the IFI Irish Film Archive collection at Celtic Media Festival 2016.

The programme dates from the 1950s to the 1970s and will include: a montage of Amharc Éireann newsreels with stories about herring fishing at Dunmore, winter beagling at Tallow and the 1957 Flea Ceoil at Dungarvan;  Water Wisdom – a charming public information film made in Ring in 1962; Louis Marcus’ luminous, Academy Award-nominated Conquest of Light about the craftsmen of Waterford Glass; that All Ireland Senior Hurling victory in 1959; and The One Nighters, Peter Collinson’s affectionate documentary following the road-trip adventures of Waterford’s The Royal Showband fronted by ‘Ireland’s Elvis’ Brendan Bowyer.

The programme will be introduced by Sunniva O’Flynn of the Irish Film Institute

**This event is free, but ticketed. If you would like to come along, please email Naomi@celticmediafestival.co.uk

Time

10:00AM — 11:15AM

Venue

Shandon
Local Problems- International Solutions

With funding becoming smaller, and budgets becoming tighter, how do independent production companies make - and make the most of - their international relationships and how do they  become successful outside their own territory.  

Iseabail Mactaggart
Director of Development and Partnerships, MG ALBA  
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Iseabail is Director of Development and Partnerships with MG ALBA, which delivers the Gaelic language channel, BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC. She has senior executive experience in commerce and broadcasting at a regional, national and international level.  Iseabail’s broadcast career began at BBC News; she has been Member for Scotland on Ofcom’s Content Board and is a board member on Highlands and Islands Enterprise

 
Fiona Gilroy
Content Sales and Acquisitions Director - Flame Distribution
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Chair

With nearly 30 years experience in television content sales and marketing, Fiona Gilroy has licensed content across all platforms worldwide.  As Sales & Marketing Operations Manager at Film Australia from 1989 she built the content sales catalogue across all genres for distribution into markets worldwide.  From 1996 Fiona was the Content Sales Manager at SBS, working with Australian indies at all stages of development, preparing marketing plans and helping obtain production funding through presales and other market interest.  Fiona established her own consultancy business Fi’sAbility in 2009, working with producers to maximise commercial opportunities for their content in the international marketplace.  Since 2011 Fiona has headed up Flame Distribution, a specialist factual distributor with offices in Sydney, London, Singapore and Greece and part of the Flame Media group.  Flame represents over 2,500 hours of factual and documentary content produced by over 100 independent producers from around the world.  She is currently Co-Chair of the board of the Australian & International Documentary Conference.

John Geraint
Creative Director, Green Bay Media
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Chair

Recipient of a Royal Television Society award for his outstanding contribution to television, John has worked in broadcasting since 1978.

After a distinguished BBC career, John established Green Bay Media with Phil George in 2001. 

Green Bay produces documentaries, drama and arts programmes for BBC, ITV, S4C, France Télévisions, National Geographic and other international broadcasters. 

Amongst John’s credits for Green Bay are the Celtic Media Festival winners ‘Gêm y Ganrif’ (Game of the Century) which won the Spirit of the Festival in 2006, the drama ‘Burton’ which won the Jury Prize in Derry in 2012 and ‘Barry John – The King’ which won the Factual Single award in St Ives last year.

He was director and series producer of the landmark BBC history of the nation, ‘The Story of Wales’ (2011).

John is a former chair of the Skillset Cymru National Board and of media development charity for young people, Zoom Cymru.  He is a Trustee of the Arts Council of Wales.

Stephen Rooke
Managing Director  – Tile Films Ltd
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Chair

Over the last 26 years, Stephen has gained a reputation as one of Ireland's leading documentary/factual filmmakers.  He has directed/produced/executive produced over 200 film and television series, documentaries, docu-drama, dramas and feature films. Stephen's film and television work has been seen at many film festivals and on over 40 channels throughout the world, including RTE, TG4, UTV, S4C, BBC, ZDF, SVT, YLE, Channel 4, Smithsonian Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, PBS, History, France 5 ABC Australia and SBS Australia.  Recent film work includes: “Sacred Sites of the World”, Wrecking the Rising”, ‘Seven Women”,  Waterloo’s Celtic Warriors, Death or Liberty, Paramedics, After Braveheart, Saving the Titanic, Fighting Irish of the Civil War and Cromwell – God’s Executioner.  Stephen won the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) Award for best documentary series with Waterways – The Royal Canal.  Other recent awards are for “Saving the Titanic” which include Best Feature-length Drama at the Celtic Media Festival, April 2013; best drama-doc at the New York Festivals, April 2013 and Best Feature Film at the British Independent Film Festival, May 2013.

Today in his role as Managing Director of Tile Films, Stephen leads a vibrant production team that brings a mix of creative and production skills to the film-making process.

Time

10:00AM — 11:15AM

Venue

Shandon 2
GreenLight
Do coconuts sound like horses?

Learn about the acoustics of film, with renowned foley artist Olivier Chatron.

Olivier Chatron
Sound Designer
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Chair

Sound is an energy ! And Olivier has made it his own. He has studied it, experimented with it, worked on it in many ways, and this Sound Master soon became a teacher of all things audio. For the past three decades, he has worked as a sound engineer and designer in radio, cinema, tv and many live shows. Olivier is also very passionate about sharing his knowledge. He is a creative wizard and relishes the opportunity to leap over to the other side of the mic as a foley artist. Putting all of his skills into practice, Olivier’s masterclasses are interactive and informative. Olivier is currently working on academic writing for early-career professionals whilst still shaking muddy stockings under his mic, teaching his trade and researching this primal energy.

Time

11:15AM — 11:30AM
Coffee Break

Time

11:30AM — 12:30PM

Venue

Shandon 2

Sponsors

GreenLight
The Iris Prize reveals: “The Top 5 things you need to know about the gays on screen!”

During this light hearted session Berwyn Rowlands from the Iris Prize in Cardiff, Noel Sutton from Gaze in Dublin and award winning writer Katie White from Scotland will guide the audience through what every TV and film executive needs to know, whether you are a researcher, writer, director, producer or commissioning editor.

 

 

Berwyn Rowlands
Festival Director, The Iris Prize
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Chair

Berwyn is a Welsh Internationalist who has 30 years' experience in film and events with a significant track record of turning artistic and strategic vision into reality.
In 2006 he established the Iris Prize - presented annually during the Iris Film Festival in Cardiff, Wales (UK). 7 short films have been produced to date with the Iris Prize. Burger and Followers were selected out of 8200 entries for the 2014 and 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
In 1997 Berwyn was appointed the Chief Executive of Sgrîn Cymru Wales in which capacity he established Ffresh, the Student Moving Image Festival of Wales, the Wales Screen Commission, and the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales (in partnership with the National Library of Wales).
Berwyn has produced content which has been broadcast on BBC, ITV and S4C including Llety Piod (UK) starring Bill Nighy.  Among projects for radio, he produced Wales: Land of Film for BBC Radio 2.

 

Katie White
Writer, Producer
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Chair

Katie wrote / co-produced the Iris Prize winning Best British Short film Middle Man. She is a Scottish BAFTA  NTA nominee, had a mental health play shortlisted from 250 - 25 last  year in the British Theatre Challenge, is a pro-active member of the Scottish Independent filmmaking scene and is on the committee for the Scottish Screenwriters group.  She is at present promoting her next short, WAMLAW, and is trying to secure financing for another short drama, Leighcamo. The ultimate goal is to realise her dream of making her feature length film Locked In.

 

Noel Sutton
Festival Director with GAZE International LGBT Film festival
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Chair

Noel took the lead with GAZE in 2011 and has produced and developed the biggest festivals to date, with a very well established, behind the scenes career in film and TV.  
Noel is a campaigner and activist on LGBT rights in Ireland, he worked on the recent Marriage Equality Referendum campaign that successfully saw Ireland become the first country in the world to legalise marriage equality through popular vote.

 

Time

11:30AM — 12:30PM

Venue

Pearse

Sponsors

Speed Networking - Producer to Commissioner

One of the most important parts of Celtic Media Festival is sharing ideas and fostering relationships between broadcasters, filmmakers, commissioners and producers. Come along to Speed Networking - Producer to Commissioner to meet Commissioning Executives from the Celtic Nations and Regions, and beyond!

Time

11:30AM — 12:30PM

Venue

Shandon
1916 - As seen on TV

The centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising has prompted a number of high-profile commemorative projects by the Irish  public service TV channels.  These have varied in genre from high-budget period drama to straight documentary, to personal history  and  a smattering of the irreverent and sometimes puzzling.
While the live coverage of the various commemorative Easter 2016 events has been universally hailed,  feedback on some of the other output has been mixed, particularly in drama.   Audience and media reviewers have sometimes been left wondering what the creators and broadcasters are trying to achieve – Historical accuracy? Homage?  Revisionism? Political correctness?    International sales?
How can a broadcaster in such a situation discharge the varied and sometimes conflicting responsibilities it faces?
Panellists present clips of recent 1916 centenary output in TV Drama and Factual  and discuss  the content with two leading historians.  Did audience and critical reaction compare with  expectations?

 

Pádhraic Ó Ciardha
Chair - Celtic Media Festival
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Chair

Pádhraic Ó Ciardha is a native speaker of Irish, current Chair of the Celtic Media Festival and Leascheannasaí (Deputy CEO) of TG4.   He was a central figure in the establishment of the channel. He has extensive experience in broadcasting policy and journalism.  His previous  background had been in academics.    

Adrian Lynch
Channel Controller, RTÉ ONE
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Chair

Adrian Lynch is the Channel Controller of RTÉ ONE.   Before that, Adrian Lynch was the Managing Director and owner of one of Ireland’s most successful independent television production companies, Animo Television.   During his time there he was responsible for some of RTÉ ONE’s most loved and high-profile shows, such as Celebrity Bainisteoir, Secret Millionaire, Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy and Ireland’s Fittest Family. Animo Television also produced numerous blue chip documentary series such as the IFTA award-winning series on the banking crisis, Freefall – The Night the Banks Failed.

Dr Maura Cronin
Senior Lecturer , History, Mary Immaculate College Limerick
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Chair
Dr Ruan O’Donnell
History, University of Limerick
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Chair

Ruan O'Donnell is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick. A former Visiting Chair of Irish Studies at the Keugh-Naughton Institute, Notre Dame (2010-11), he is the author of numerous publications on the history of Irish republicanism including 'Special Category, The IRA in English Prisons, 1968-1978'. O'Donnell is the founding co-general editor of the acclaimed '16 Lives' series in which new biographies of all those executed for engagement in the 1916 Rising are being published by O'Brien Press. He is a member of the all-Ireland Universities Ireland Decade of Centenaries Committee, National Union of Journalists and the Irish Manuscripts Commission. Volume Two of 'Special Category' covering the period 1978-1985 was published in 2015 followed by O'Donnell's biography of Patrick Pearse

Micheál Ó Meallaigh
Commissioning Director, TG4
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Mícheál Ó Meallaigh has been commissioning programmes at TG4 since its establishment in 1996. Since its inception, TG4 has made the transition from a three-hour-a-day broadcaster to producing 1,700 hours of original content per year. TG4 is now a leader in digital broadcasting and provides more jobs in the TV industry for younger presenters than any other station. Mícheál’s súíl eile has been a key factor in this success, particularly when it comes to commissioning uniquely Irish television that resonates beyond our shores.

Storytelling, be it on film or in theatre, has always been close to Mícheál’s heart. Following stints teaching, trying to make it on Broadway (and actually making it as a barman off-Broadway) and running a distinctly Fawlty-Towers-esque hotel in Donegal, Micheál worked in the independent production sector. In 1994 he was appointed as one of two Commissioning Editors for TnaG, with responsibility across all genres, even sport, although, by his own admission, he would hardly know a golf ball from a rugby ball.

He subsequently commissioned the first Irish language comedy drama series C.U. Burn as well as series such as The Running Mate, Gleann Ceo, Luí na Gréine, Rásaí na Gaillimh, An Crisis and Corp & Anam. He also commissioned the series of short dramas adapted from works of Irish literature — Údar and Scéal, and feature films Kings, Cré na Cille and An Klondike which is closing the Fleadh this year. He is particularly proud to have facilitated several important feature documentaries, including Lón sa Spéir and Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey.

Time

12:45PM — 13:45PM
Lunch

Time

13:00PM — 15:00PM

Venue

SGC Cinema, Dungarvan
Premiere Reception: Ard Dip i Léiriú Teilifíse agus na Meáin Seoladh

Reception for Premiere of films from the Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media  2016 hosted by course providers; Ray Cullen, Head of Tourism and Languages,Waterford Institute of Technology,  Irial Mac Murchú Nemeton TV, An Rinn,  Fionnán Ó hÓgáin, Údarás na Gaeltachta  and course tutors  Moira Sweeney, Bláithín NChatháin.                                                                              The Higher Diploma is a  highly regarded skills based Post Graduate course taught in Irish in the beautiful surroundings of Gaeltacht na Rinne. Films made  on the course have won Best Irish language documentary at the National Media Awards for 2014 and 2015. The course benefits from a close association with commissioning editor Michéal O Meallaigh of TG4 and many of the students films have been screened on TG4.
The films to be showcased today include documentaries on the musical traditions of Gaeltacht na Rinne, Sean Nós and Traveller Song; short sports documentaries including one on  point to point horse racing and new Irish language dramas one of which is set in a Gaeltacht Village during the Marriage Referendum last year.

 

Time

13:15PM — 13:45PM

Venue

Shandon 2
Celtic Media Festival AGM

Come and join us for Celtic Media Festival's AGM

Time

13:45PM — 15:00PM

Venue

Shandon

Sponsors

Format Farm @ Celtic Media Festival

Formats are still the golden ticket to International success. What we do at home can take us around the world, what are broadcasters looking for in formats? Will a format in one country translate to another?
The session will end with the Format Farm Development Pitch, a 3 minute format pitch from 5 production companies, the winner will receive €10,000!

 

Adrian Lynch
Channel Controller, RTÉ ONE
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Adrian Lynch is the Channel Controller of RTÉ ONE.   Before that, Adrian Lynch was the Managing Director and owner of one of Ireland’s most successful independent television production companies, Animo Television.   During his time there he was responsible for some of RTÉ ONE’s most loved and high-profile shows, such as Celebrity Bainisteoir, Secret Millionaire, Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy and Ireland’s Fittest Family. Animo Television also produced numerous blue chip documentary series such as the IFTA award-winning series on the banking crisis, Freefall – The Night the Banks Failed.

Janet Frawley
Head of Formats, RTÉ Television Ireland
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As Head of Formats, Janet manages Format Farm the creative initiative run by RTÉ Global with the support of international distributors to facilitate the production and broadcast of original TV formats for both Irish audiences and international markets. Janet has previously worked at ITV studios in the UK where her roles included Series Editor of Daytime & Lifestyle and Head of Development. At RTÉ television in Ireland, Janet has worked as an Assistant Commissioning Editor and Executive Producer across a number of genres. Janet was an early advocate of the UK's Children’s Media Foundation and currently serves on the EBU Entertainment Committee.

Michelle Spillane
Director, RTÉ Global
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Director of RTÉ Global & TV Marketing.  In her role as Director of RTÉ Global, Michelle heads up Format Farm, and International Format partnerships for RTÉ Television. Michelle has worked in Media and Entertainment for over 20 years and during her time in the UK, she worked in some of the largest entertainment brands including Disney, Warner Bros and ITV. Since returning to Ireland, Michelle has held the position of Chief Marketing Officer for Microsoft Ireland, and Head of Marketing, Brand & Sponsorship at Bank of Ireland. 

Petter Wallace
Head of Commissioning NRK
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Petter Wallace (b. 1957) joined NRK in 2006 as executive producer for TV drama. In 2009 he moved to NRK broadcasting as Head of commissioning for independents. He is now responsible for all independent content published by NRK.
Petter Wallace has been a film and television producer, director and broadcaster for more than 30 years, both in Norway and abroad. He was Scandinavian broadcaster TV3’s first commissioning controller, and was the first managing director for Norway’s largest production house, Rubicon TV. He was in charge of setting up the TV-drama fund at the Norwegian Film Fund, and has twice been final round juror for the International Emmy competition. In 2012 his self-help book “Opp igjen!” (“Back up!”) was published in Norway. He is an avid blogger, debater and writer.

 

Unni Ødegård
Commissioning Editor Independents - NRK
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Unni Odegard is a part of NRK´s Commissioning team working with independents.
Her main genre is Factual Entertainment, in addition to an overall focus on transmedia storytelling and digital strategy.
Unni began her career in television in 1999, when she joined NRKs Factual department.
In 2001 she moved on to work as a journalist in the north of Norway, mainly covering stories related to Northwest Russia and climate issues, resulting in news coverage, documentaries and TV-series.  
In 2006 she entered the position as head of NRK´s factual department in the Northern branch.
Unni Joined NRK´s commissioning team in 2011 and has commissioned significant content and shows, some which are traveling the world as successful formats and ready mades.

Time

13:45PM — 15:00PM

Venue

Shandon 2
GreenLight
A Scotsman and a Welshman.......

We speak to actors, producers, stand-ups and all-round funny guys Gordon Kennedy and Bennett Arron  about their Radio Comedy success.

Kieran Doherty
MD - Stellify Media
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Kieran Doherty began his career writing sketch comedy for radio. His started on The Ulster Way (Radio Ulster 2 x series) before moving into television where his writing credits include The Sparticle Mystery for CBBC, Pajanimals for US network Sprout, the IFTA award winning Big City Park and the American CINE Gold Eagle and HUGO Certificate of Excellence winning Sesame Tree series 1 & 2.

 

 

Bennett Arron
Writer, Stand Up Comedian
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Bennett is an award-winning writer and stand up comedian. He has performed all around the UK as well as entertaining audiences in Italy, Germany, Australia, Poland, South Africa and Hong Kong.

His recent BBC Radio Series BENNETT ARRON IS JEWELSH was critically acclaimed and has led to the commissioning of a new series; BENNETT ARRON WORRIES ABOUT…..

His other television and radio credits include; Loose Ends, Glee Time (in which he hosted a series of six stand-up comedy shows), Never Write Off The Germans (a panel game show for Radio 2) three series of What’s The Story (a panel game show for Radio Wales) and he was a Presenter on Big Brother's Little Brother for Channel 4.

He has written for many comedy programmes, including Hit The Road Jack with Jack Whitehall and the BAFTA winning Graham Norton Show. He wrote over 20 episodes and a feature film of Genie in The House - the highest-rated children's sitcom on Nickelodeon and was one of the writers on the BAFTA winning Slammer for the BBC.

Bennett directed and presented the programme How To Steal an Identity in which he stole the identity of the Home Secretary. The programme was Pick of the Day in The Guardian and The Telegraph, described as “Fascinating and Disturbing” by the TV Times, and went on to be short-listed for a BAFTA.

Bennett recently presented the documentary The Kosher Comedian for the BBC which was a personal journey tracing his ancestors roots from Lithuania to South Wales and discovering the reason for the decline of Jews in Wales.

Bennett is a past winner of both the TAPS Comedy Writer of the Year Award and the BBC New Writer's Award, and is a past finalist of the BBC New Comedy Awards. However his proudest moment was coming third in an International Disco Dancing Championship in Tenerife.

Quotes:
"Genuinely original and funny" - The Times.
"Hilarious... clever wit... razor sharp" - The Standard.
"One of the best on the circuit…"a Welsh Seinfeld"  - The Guardian.

Website: www.bennettarron.com    Twitter: @bennettarron

 

Gordon Kennedy
Actor, Writer, Producer
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Gordon has been acting, producing and writing scripted comedy and drama since the mid 80’s. Twice nominated for the Perrier award with the sketch group The Bodgers on the Edinburgh Fringe Gordon moved to London where he wrote and acted in Channel 4 sketch show’ Absolutely’. In the Theatre Gordon starred in the Original cast of the West End revival of The Rocky Horror Show and in Tariq Ali and Howard Brenton’s New Labour satire ‘Ugly Rumours’. He has since starred in many notable TV series from ‘Glasgow Kiss’ and ‘Red Cap’ to playing Little John in the BBC’s worldwide smash hit ‘Robin Hood’. Since 2012, in the US Gordon starred in ‘Red Faction’ a pilot for NBC Universal/Syfy and guest starred in ABC television’s ‘Combat Hospital’, whilst in the UK he guest starred in ‘Taggart’, ‘Sherlock’, ‘MI High’, Casualty’, ‘Endeavour’, ‘Skins’ and ‘Being Human’. 2014 saw the release of the critically acclaimed Brit horror flick ‘The Borderlands’, now released in the US entitled ‘Final Prayer’, starring Gordon and his short film ‘Holding On’ had its European premiere in Cannes. In 2014 Gordon returned to the Theatre in ‘The James Trilogy’ the smash hit of the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival and winner of both The Evening Standard and Writer’s Guild Awards for best play.
As a producer Gordon has produced a number of successful radio dramas and comedies including ‘Baggage’ , ‘Very Old Pretenders’ and ‘The Gobetweenies’ for Radio 4 and ‘Your Only Man’ and ‘Glass Chair Chair Glass’ for Radio 3. In 2014 he wrote, performed and co-produced  the BBC Audio Drama award winning ‘Sketchorama Absolutely Special’. This year Gordon produced the 2016 BBC Audio Drama award winning comedy ‘Reluctant Persuaders’ starring Nigel Havers and Mathew Baynton. He has three nominations for best radio show in the 2016 Celtic Media Awards Writing Performing and Co-Producing ‘The Absolutely Radio Show’, Executive Producing ‘Siadwel’ and producing ‘Jewelsh’.
However his greatest achievement is undoubtedly being head coach of Wasps U14 Rugby team who won The Herts and Middlesex Division 1 title in 2006.

 

Time

14:00PM — 15:00PM

Sponsors

Speed Networking - Producer to Producer

One of the most important parts of Celtic Media Festival is sharing ideas and fostering relationships between broadcasters, filmmakers, commissioners and producers throughout the Celtic nations and regions. Meet producers who work in similar genres.

Time

15:00PM — 15:15PM
Coffee Break

Time

15:15PM — 16:15PM

Venue

Shandon
Celtic Media Festival Awards

Time

16:30PM — 17:30PM

Venue

Shandon 2
Producer's Drinks

Join the ILBF, MG Alba, TG4, France 3 Bretagne, TVG & S4C for a chat and a drink with other Celtic producers.  Fáilte roimh chách/Todos sodes benvidos/Croeso i bawb/Failt er ooilley/Digor eo d'an holl/Dynnargh dhe bubonan/Tha fàilte roimhaibh uile

Time

19:00PM — 21:00PM

Venue

Pearse

Sponsors

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Presents: Ceiliúradh Ceoil RnaG

Join  Raidió na Gaeltachta's Pádraig Ó Sé for a live concert featuring some of Ireland's finest traditional musicans from Seomra an Phiarsaigh, Lawlors Hotel.

Danú Hailing from Counties Waterford, Kerry, Dublin and Donegal, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts all over the globe are true events of high-energy performance and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire.They will just have returned from a tour in the USA when they take part in this concert at the Celtic Media Festival

Nuadán Group of young musicians from Rinn Ó gCuanach in the Waterford Gaeltacht. Winners of the competition for young musicians organised by Gael Linn, Siansa in 2013. Kevin Kenneally-Bodhrán, Guitar, Macdara Ó Faoláin-Bouzouki/Vocals, Cárthach Ó Faoláin-Accordion /Vocals, Pax Ó Faoláin- Fiddle / Vocals.

Emma Corbett 16years of age from Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford.  Accordion and Melodeon ; All Ireland Melodeon Champion at Fleadh na hÉireann 2015. Lively style having learned from the master Bobby Gardiner.
 
Mannion Family Clara (19) Concertina, Laura (16) Fiddle and Joseph (10) Accordion, Melodeon, Bodhrán, Dancer from Dungarvan.

O'Gorman Family Sarah O’Gorman (19)  Current holder of the prestigious Fiddler of Dooney Award – From Dungarvan, Sara will be joined by her brother Seamus and sister Ellen on fiddles too.
 
Seán & Caoimhin Ó Fearghail Two brothers from Rinn Ua gCuanach. Play many instruments  – Seán – Fiddle, Concertina & Bouzouki, Caoimhín, Pipes, Flute, Guitar, and Bouzouki as well as vocals.  Caoimhín won the TG4 Young Musician of the Year Award in 2012.  Issued a CD with Tomás Ó Gealbháin called “Lá ag Ól Uisce” Caoimhín joins Danú from time to time.
 
Edel Fox, Neill Byrne & John Dwyer Edel Fox one of Ireland's finest Concertina exponents is from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. Neill Byrne, fiddle from Waterford City – He and Edel released CD called “The Sunny Banks” with musician and composer John Dwyer from Cork An annual weekend festival is held in Waterford in his honour...."The John Dwyer Weekend”
 
Cór Fhear na nDéise Men's Choir from na Déise in Waterford. Singers include - Aodán & Irial Ó Ceallaigh, Ciarán Ó Gealbháin, Seán Mac Craith, Cárthach Mac Craith – Directed by Darren Ó Droma. .

**Event is free but ticketed, for availability please email naomi@celticmediafestval.co.uk

 

 

Time

09:30AM — 13:00PM

Venue

Pearse

Sponsors

Celtic Media Festival International Pitching Forum
Áine Walsh
Head of Irish Language Broadcast Fund - Northern Ireland Screen
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Following a commitment under the Good Friday Agreement, the ILBF was established to ensure quality Irish language content was available to the local audience, through the funding of content and the provision of training.  Over the past 8 years Áine has worked closely with the local Irish language production sector and broadcasters to deliver content across a range of genres and to develop the local production sector.  She is also responsible for a number of training programmes for Irish speakers working or seeking to work in production. 

Prior to this she worked as an assistant producer and producer in UTV, working across entertainment and documentary programmes, including The Kelly Show and A Day in the Life.  She also worked as a radio presenter and producer for BBC Northern Ireland’s Irish Language Unit and as a radio producer with Radio Kerry.

Alan Esslemont
Head of Content - BBC ALBA
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Alan Esslemont is the Head of Content for BBC ALBA. Previously Alan worked at TG4, the Irish language channel, and he joined MG ALBA in January 2008 bringing with him experience of creating a new channel and expertise in developing innovative schedule strategies. Alan leads the content team, Sgioba ALBA, and works closely with the BBC ALBA Head of Service, Margaret Mary Murray, with BBC staff and with the independent companies that produce much of the programme content for BBC ALBA.

Alan was born in Braemar and grew up near Brechin and has lived in Ireland since 1984.  In 1989 he was one of the first employees at Telegael, the west of Ireland’s pioneering independent audio-visual production company. He then joined the senior management team of Teilifís na Gaeilge, led by Cathal Goan, which in 1996 launched TnaG, the Irish language channel in Ireland. He was the key content executive involved in the re-positioning and re-branding of the channel as TG4 in 1999 and was Director of Television with TG4 from 2000 to 2007.

Andrew Shaw
General Manager Acquisitions, Production and Commissioning - TVNZ
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Andrew Shaw began his television career in the late 70s, as a children's television host.  Shaw began working his way up the ladder to become a director and producer at Television New Zealand, working on entertainment programming, drama, factual shows  and large scale live event coverage.  In 1994 Shaw became General Manager of Production then in 1995 Head of Programming for both TV2 and shortly thereafter both TV one and TV2 .  In 2001 he left TVNZ to become Chief Operating Officer at drama production company South Pacific Pictures. Keen to broaden SPP's range of programming, Shaw helped ink a deal with multi-national Fremantle, enabling SPP to produce a local version of the hit show American Idol. Shaw was executive producer of the show. Shaw went on to work as a programming and commissioning executive at Australian owned NZ  network Prime, in the process making changes to the channel's schedule and upping the percentage of local content. After several years spent working to build NZ’s Documentary Channel  with Richard Driver for Sky and working as a show runner on independent programmes he came  back on board with Television New Zealand in 2006 in the role of General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions.

Christina Macaulay
Executive Producer, Commissioning - BBC Wales
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Christina Macaulay is Executive Producer in the Commissioning team for English language programmes at BBC Wales.  The team commission across a wide range of output, including landscape, biography, observational documentary, entertainment, music and arts.  Recent commissions Christina has been responsible for include: Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, Valleys Rebellion with Michael Sheen; Young Welsh and Pretty Skint;  Jamie Baulch: Looking for my Birth Mother; The Real Nigel Owens; Being Katherine Jenkins; The John Hartson Story; Iolo’s Brecon Beacons; Tim Rhys-Evans: All in the Mind; Battling with Benefits.

Christina was previously Deputy Commissioning Editor, Nations and Regions at Channel 4.  She has lived in Cardiff since 1993 but she started her career in Scotland with Scottish Television and then BBC Scotland.

Although primarily commissioning for Wales, Christina is always on the lookout for ideas that have the potential to work for a broader audience and could help increase the portrayal of Wales across the UK and beyond.

Christina represents BBC Wales on the Celtic Media Festival Board and is also on the advisory panel of the It’s My Shout short film scheme.  She recently completed 8 years as a trustee of Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales, and was previously a trustee of National Museum Scotland.  She continues to attempt to improve her Welsh and has two children who are fluent Welsh speakers.

Ewan Angus
Commissioning Editor Television - BBC Scotland
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Ewan Angus, Commissioning Editor Television at BBC Scotland has worked in broadcasting for more than 25 years, across a wide range of programmes for BBC Scotland and the BBC’s UK network services.
He is responsible for all television output produced for Scottish audiences.  This amounts to just under 900 hours a year and an increasing proportion is either co-commissioned with BBC network for a UK wide transmission or receives a UK network repeat showing.
He has also been involved in numerous co-productions with international broadcasters.

Fiona Gilroy
Content Sales and Acquisitions Director - Flame Distribution
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With nearly 30 years experience in television content sales and marketing, Fiona Gilroy has licensed content across all platforms worldwide.  As Sales & Marketing Operations Manager at Film Australia from 1989 she built the content sales catalogue across all genres for distribution into markets worldwide.  From 1996 Fiona was the Content Sales Manager at SBS, working with Australian indies at all stages of development, preparing marketing plans and helping obtain production funding through presales and other market interest.  Fiona established her own consultancy business Fi’sAbility in 2009, working with producers to maximise commercial opportunities for their content in the international marketplace.  Since 2011 Fiona has headed up Flame Distribution, a specialist factual distributor with offices in Sydney, London, Singapore and Greece and part of the Flame Media group.  Flame represents over 2,500 hours of factual and documentary content produced by over 100 independent producers from around the world.  She is currently Co-Chair of the board of the Australian & International Documentary Conference.

Jade Christian
Commissioning Editor - NITV
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Jade has worked in the broadcast sector for over a decade on a broad range of content from Lifestyle and Factual to Sport – projects include, The Message Stick (ABC TV), The New Inventors Show (ABC TV) , 480 Series (ABC TV), Colour Theory 3 (NITV), Cook’n  at Jacko’s (NITV), The Barefoot Rugby League Show (NITV), The Marngrook Footy Show (NITV) and live sporting events.

Most recently, Jade has developed a number of projects for NITV as the channel’s Commissioning Editor. Broadcasting free-to-air as part of the SBS Network, NITV provided an essential platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, delivering unique and often untold stories for all Australians.

At NITV Jade has commissioned the Songlines on Screen initiative; a special collaboration between Screen Australia and NITV, which represent Aboriginal people’s ongoing connection to land and culture as told throughout time by the way of creation songs, and  Servant or Slave; a documentary on the injustice of Aboriginal women forced into servitude as the result of the White Australia Policy. Jade has also been in development for new observational documentary series Shadow Trackers, which investigates Indigenous mythology and urban societal legends.

Jade is passionate about facilitating Indigenous practitioners to aide them in sharing and celebrating  Indigenous stories to all Australians.

Jane Wrightson
Chief Executive - NZ on Air
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Jane is the chief executive of New Zealand’s public media funding agency NZ On Air. NZ On Air invests in content that reflects and develops New Zealand identity and culture for different audiences using many different platforms. Investments range from television documentary and drama to webseries, apps, children’s content, captioning and audio description services, and public radio. She is also a trustee of the Digital Media Trust which runs funded cultural history websites NZ On Screen and AudioCulture. Jane has worked in media for over 30 years and previously held chief executive positions with the Broadcasting Standards Authority and SPADA, the Screen Production and Development Association. Jane became New Zealand’s first woman Chief Film Censor after working in commissioning, acquisitions and programming-related roles at TVNZ for a decade. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and holds an MBA with Distinction from Massey University and a BA in Literature from Victoria University.

Lisa Duff
Content Sales and Aquisitions Director - Screen Australia
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Lisa Duff’s career as a producer of film and television spans over 15 years.  Producer of the critically acclaimed documentary Sexing the Label for SBS, which received awards at both the Film De Femme in France and the Columbus Film Festival in Chicago, Lisa has also produced documentaries for the ABC and Discovery Channel. She produced the Indigenous drama Road for SBS and drama Aunty Maggie & The Womba Wakgun for the ABC’s series The New Black.
 
Lisa’s feature film credits include producer of Last Train to Freo with Greg Duffy and Sue Taylor and the feature film Last Cab to Darwin starring Michael Caton and the Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver which was nominated for 8 AACTA awards and has taken AU$8M at box office in Australia/New Zealand. She was also the producer of Unindian, the first feature film financed by the Australia India Film Fund, starring Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee.

Lisa currently works as an Investment/Development Manager at Screen Australia.

Llion Iwan
Factual and Religion Commissioner - S4C
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Llion Iwan was appointed as commissioner for factual content at S4C in 2012. He began his career as a print journalist and worked at the BBC 1994 and 2004. His network credits for BBC1, 2 and 4 include Life on Land, The Search for Speed, Extreme Lives, Berzerk in Antarctica and Everest, getting to the bottom of a mountain, and he has been a producer for live OB football and rugby matches.
Llion has won awards from the RTS and international festivals including Vancouver, Grenoble and Dijon. From 2004 to 2012 he was a freelance producer/director with credits on S4C, ITV and BBC Wales including Drowning of a Village, Stradey Stories and Dic Jones.
At S4C his commissions since 2012 include Gerallt, American Interior and Gary Speed, and his programmes have won awards at various European Mountain Film Festivals, BAFTA Cymru and the Celtic Media festival, 5 awards at the New York TV and Film festival including a gold, an RTS shortlist and Grierson long/short list. He was shortlisted for his commissions by the CDN (Creative Diversity Network) in 2014. Llion has two young sons and lives in north Wales.

Margaret Mary Murray
Head of Service - BBC ALBA
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Margaret Mary Murray was born and brought up on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles.  On graduating from Glasgow University with an honours degree in Celtic Studies she joined the BBC’s Gaelic department as a television researcher.  During her 25 years in the broadcasting industry she has worked across a wide variety of programme genres ranging from children's programmes to documentaries, drama and current affairs. She has led award winning production teams and had a key role in the delivery and launch of the partnership Gaelic TV channel BBC ALBA.  Margaret Mary is the head of the BBC’s Gaelic services, BBC ALBA and Radio nan Gaidheal.

Niamh O'Connor
Head of Documentary & Arts - RTÉ
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Niamh O’ Connor is the current commissioning editor of factual documentaries for Ireland’s National Broadcaster, RTE. After finishing her degree in Film and Television production at Manchester university, she began her career working for independent production companies both in Ireland and the UK. She  joined RTE as a producer in 1999, spent 10 years in current affairs producing and directing documentaries for the award winning Primetime Investigative strand. In 2006 she joined the Lifestyle department as an assistant commissioning editor and three years later took over the role of Factual commissioning editor. She is married with two boys.

Proinsias Ní Ghráinne
Commissioning Editor - TG4
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Proinsias develops and manages a wide raft of fictional and factual projects for the Irish language broadcaster.
She joined TG4 before the station went on air in 1996 and worked as Youth Executive and Assistant Commissioning Editor before her appointment as Commissioning Editor in 2000.
As well as overseeing the production of numerous indigenous and internationally co-produced titles, Proinsias is executive producer of Gradam Ceoil TG4, The National Traditional Music Awards.
She represents TG4 on EBU and other international broadcast and co-production fora.
Her current priorities include breakthrough drama and landmark factual projects that can be realised entirely in Irish or bilingually.  

Proinsias lives in Galway, in the west of Ireland.

Richard Williams
Chief Executive - Northern Ireland Screen
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Richard is Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen which has, in the last 10 years, taken the lead role in developing the film and television industry in Northern Ireland.  

Under Richard’s leadership, Northern Ireland Screen developed the Paint Hall at Titanic Quarter as a film studio and used it to attract Walden Media and Universal Pictures to produce films based there.  The facility has subsequently been let out to HBO’s GAME OF THRONES which has returned to Northern Ireland for its sixth season.  

During his time, Northern Ireland Screen has supported the development and production of many independent films, all genres of television and a growing number of digital content projects, including HUNGER for which Steve McQueen won the Camera D’Or, Terry and Oorlagh George’s Oscar winner THE SHORE and Michael Lennox’s BAFTA winner BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM.

Richard previously worked for Waddell Media, during that time representing Northern Ireland on PACT, the Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television.  He also previously worked in newspaper management and was a commercial solicitor.

Susan Lovell
Head of Television Commissioning - BBC Northern Ireland
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Susan has editorial responsibility for delivering content to Northern Ireland audiences across a wide range of television genre, including factual, history, comedy, drama, entertainment, the arts, events and live topical programming. She is the creative leader responsible for developing and commissioning programmes from both BBC NI in-house programme makers and independent television production companies. Together they produce more than 400 hours of non-news output per year, including single documentaries, factual and entertainment series, comedy and drama, live shows and events, Irish Language output and Ulster-Scots related content. This content is broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland and BBC Two Northern Ireland. Susan is also responsible for co-productions with the BBC Television networks BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four and also with RTÉ, PBS and other international broadcasters.

Recent commissions include ground-breaking and award-winning documentaries such as the The Disappeared, ROAD,  Paisley: from Genesis to Revelation, 14 Days, Five Fables – with Seamus Heaney and Billy Connolly, The Truth about Depression and Love & Death at City Hall.  She has developed and commissioned a range of international feature docs from Irish companies, growing the slate by 120% over 4 years.

As Head of Television Commissioning for BBC Northern Ireland, Susan has briefed for and developed a diverse range of content, bringing audiences everything from series on travel, cycling and dancing to unflinching one-off documentaries on health and social issues.  She has initiated and grown cross-genre collaboration and sponsored digital, short-form and feature-length content as well as traditional linear TV. She introduced The Arts Show to BBCNI and is an advocate of new talent on and off screen. She deals with a wide range of experts, academics, presenters and performers  – ensuring audiences are offered high quality, distinctive programmes.

In 2013, Susan created the new True North documentary strand on BBC One NI, offering viewers a fresh and contemporary perspective on life in Northern Ireland through engaging one-off programmes, including The Miraculous Tales Of Mickey McGuigan, More Than a Flag, Boy Racers and Keepin’ Er Country . She has also launched a number of comedy and talent development initiatives, has embedded arts, history and archive programming into the BBC NI television schedule and commissions the award-winning The Nolan Show.

Prior to her current role, Susan was Head of Radio for BBC Northern Ireland and during her career she has worked across the UK as a journalist, producer and editor in television, radio, newspapers and magazines.  She was Editor of the World at One and PM on Radio 4 and launched the weekend news strand, Broadcasting House.  She is a member of the Senior Management Board of BBC Northern Ireland and also works as a BBC Executive and Leadership coach. She is a board member of The Grand Opera House in Belfast, and the ICO (Independent Cinema Office) in London.   Susan was educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge where she studied History and Politics. 

Time

10:00AM — 11:15AM

Venue

Shandon
Online is the new Broadcast - #OITNB

The face of broadcast has changed. Traditional and digital content and platforms now share centre stage. What can content makers do to remain relevant and profitable in the changing world of broadcast? What are the opportunities out there for Indies that are not being tapped into?

 

Irial Mac Murchú
Ceo&Owner, Nemeton TV
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Chair

Irial Mac Murchú, is Nemeton’s CEO and owner. Coming from a background in journalism, Irial started in production in 1994 and went on to produce and direct several award-winning documentaries and sports programmes. He now runs the company he founded over 20 years ago and has built it into one of Ireland’s biggest TV and web production companies. The company is a key driver of the creative and TV technology industries in the South East. Irial is also a board member of Screen Producers Ireland.

Garret Keogh
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Telegraph Hill
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Garret Keogh is a leading industry figure with a track record of delivering major digital projects for brands and broadcasters. He is a founding partner at Telegraph Hill and Managing Director of the agency. Telegraph Hill is a modern creative agency that takes an audience-first approach to all its productions and campaigns.

Garret previously worked as Cross-Platform Director at Zodiak Media Group where he managed digital projects across the global group including Being Human, True Talent and Shipwrecked. He also sat on the company’s international development team creating global TV and online formats. He also worked at MTV as Head of Digital Content. Previously he worked at AOL as Content Director.

 

Louise Brown
Digital Content Director, Rocket Digital
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Chair

Louise Brown is Digital Content Director for Rocket Digital, part of the Rocket Entertainment group, where she is working on new business and content ideas for music fans and family audiences. Alongside this she works as a digital content consultant working with production companies, educational institutions and digital agencies including leading sports digital consultancy, Seven League. Prior to this, Louise held roles at various companies including Microsoft and Websters Publishers, most notably including seven years at Channel 4, where as Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning her team commissioned award-winning digital content across all genres including Embarrassing Bodies, Misfits, Million Pound Drop and Channel 4 News.

Rab Christie
Managing Director - The Comedy Unit
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Rab first got involved in comedy at Glasgow University when his comedy troupe the Trio Brothers won the So You Think You're Funny Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. He joined the Comedy Unit script-editing and writing sketches for Chewin the Fat (BBC Scotland) and going on to produce the show's Hogmanay's specials. He also worked as a Script Editor on ten series of the RTS Award winning Offside (BBC Scotland) and produced four series of the Rose D'Or nominated Karen Dunbar Show (BBC Scotland). He has worked as writer, producer or Executive Producer on Scottish BAFTA winners; Dear Green Place (BBC Scotland), Blowout (Channel 4), Gary's War (More 4), Rab C Nesbitt (BBC2) and Limmy's Show! (BBC Scotland) plus the RTS Scotland winner Scotland in A Day (C4). Other credits as writer, script editor, producer or executive producer include Only an Excuse? (BBC Scotland), Scot Squad (BBC Scotland), Burnistoun (BBC Scotland), Gary:  Tank Commander (BBC Scotland), Badults (BBC3), Planet Hogmanay (BBC1 Scotland), Empty (BBC2),  Och Around the Clock (BBC Scotland), the Story of Still Game (BBC Scotland), Rory Goes to Holyrood (BBC Scotland), 2014 - The Rory Review (BBC Scotland), The Incredible Will & Greg (C4), Soundproof (C4), The Sunny (BBC Scotland), How Do I Get Up There? (BBC Scotland), Taxi For Cowan (BBC Scotland), Limmy's Christmas (Sky Arts), Sketchorama (Radio 4), The Absolutely Radio Show (Radio 4) Wired News (Radio Scotland) and Off the Ball (Radio Scotland).

Sheila de Courcy
Controller, RTÉjr and Cross-Divisional Head of Children’s Content
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Sheila has spent the past 30 years making and commissioning all types of programmes and content,  from drama and current affairs to arts and entertainment, for TV and Radio. Programme credits include Series Producer ‘Cúrsaí Ealaíne’, Executive producer, Teen Soap’ and the year long celebration of ’40 Years of RTÉ Television’ .
Sheila took on the role of Commissioning Editor, Young Peoples Programmes in 2004, just as digital platforms were emerging. With youngsters the earliest adopters of new media and children’s TV becoming a global proposition, she took responsibility for  the ongoing redesign and development of content in formats and on platforms where the young audience would find them. Appointed Controller, RTÉjr and Cross-Divisional Head of Childrens Content in 2012, Sheila led the team which launched RTÉjr across TV, Radio, Online and Mobile in 2013. Sheila continues to work with production teams in developing innovative  strategies for  cross-platform content and productions which will engage the young audience, most recently launching the SwipeTV cross-platform app and TV series.

 

Time

10:00AM — 11:30AM

Venue

Shandon 2
GreenLight
Can VR be a Broadcasting Reality?

VR (Virtual Reality) is emerging as one the most talked about media trends. With brands like Facebook, Sony and The New York Times taking it seriously, what is the potential of this exciting new technology? In this session you'll discover what VR is, where it's going and the production tools needed so that you can think virtually about your media output. You'll also get the chance to try VR for yourself. 

Nigel McAlpine
Owner, StoryFX
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Chair

'Nigel set up StoryFX - a creative consultancy -  which brings stories to life with technology, after 25 years at the BBC, producing unique digital projects across Web, TV and Radio.

This included: distilling 30 years of the BBC Northern Ireland Troubles Archive, into 3 minute motion graphics to help explain the conflict, strapping heart monitors to bikers travelling at 200mph at the NW200 to measure their emotional response and bringing Titanic’s last moments to life in 3D.

Nigel  developed a wide range of innovative content and applications to launch on bbc.co.uk and at live outside broadcasts, to give the audience a brand new digital experience. Nigel is also a trained cameraman and has filmed all over Europe for the BBC.
More recently he produced a powerful WW1 VR experience designed for the Oculus Rift which puts the user in a trench on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme, in 1916.

Focusing on Virtual & Augmented Reality and immersive storytelling,  Nigel’s aim is to partner with key creative industry expertise to exploit the latest technology to produce stunning visuals. 

 

David Cosgrove
Post Production, 3D, 360 Video
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David Cosgrove works for Retinize on post-production and video stitching 3D 360 video for virtual reality. He recently completed a Post Grad Diploma, focussing  on what it is that allows us to suspend our disbelief and become involved with CG characters and the stories they inhabit. With VR very much on the horizon and interesting content being developed by small studios and large ones, how we interact with characters and environments makes us ask new questions.

David has a background in computer animation, VFX, graphic design and illustration.

James Corbett
Owner, Simvirtua
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James Corbett (B.Eng. Computer Engineering, University of Limerick) has 20 years experience in the IT industry having worked with Apple, Motorola and Analog Devices, in roles from Software Test to Network System Administration. He set up his first business in 2002, an online sports forum which traded internationally. James is a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardee and acted as technical adviser to Gaelscoil O’Doghair in Co. Limerick where he worked alongside Principal Daithi O’Murchu and introduced a virtual world platform for schools. The project launched as a not-for-profit - MissionV - in 2011 and was funded by the Department of Education to run in 20 primary schools nationwide. His new start-up - Simvirtua - has been supported by Enterprise Ireland, under the New Frontiers programme, and is building tools for Virtual and Augmented Reality across Enterprise and Industry, as well as offering consulting services.

Time

10:00AM — 12:00PM

Venue

SGC Cinema, Dungarvan
Screening: The Legend of Longwood

MICKEY MILLER, a single-minded young girl is dragged from the bustle of New York City to a remote corner of Ireland where she finds the locals swamped by the curse of a Black Knight seeking redemption. It is Mickey's destiny to free the people from this curse, and in doing so she embarks on a thrilling adventure of mysterious happenings and challenging feats where she must overcome the most ruthless of enemies as well as her own denial about her past.

The screening will be followed by a talk by The Legend of Longwood director, Lisa Mulcahy.

Time

11:15AM — 11:45AM
Coffee Break

Time

11:45AM — 12:45PM

Venue

Shandon
Small Nations - Big Drama

Over the last few years the Celtic nations have led the way in attracting big budget scripted TV productions, Ireland leading the way with shows like Vikings, Penny Dreadful etc. NI has been the location for Game Of Thrones, Scotland Outlander and Wales De Vinci's Demons not to mention Dr Who.
What are the benefits to small nations in attracting these mainly US projects as compared to film and more indigenous forms of production. What is the economic benefit to screen industries and the wider economy? What are the advantages and particular challenges of making some of the world's biggest TV shows in Ireland, NI, Scotland or Wales.

Mike Ellen
Head of Development, On the Corner
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Mike Ellen is Head Of Development for new indie On The Corner. The company was formed last year by producer Jolyon Symonds (The Driver, Complicit), award winning actor David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, The Driver, State Of Play) and the team behind Senna and now a film about Amy Winehouse Amy, James Gay Rees and Asif Kapadia. They are backed by BBC Worldwide.

Before joining OTC Mike worked as a Development Exec at BBC Scotland as part of the team who developed Murder, Peaky Blinders, Prisoner’s Wives, Zen, Case Histories, The Field Of Blood, Lip Service and Holy Flying Circus. He also produced 50hrs of long runner River City for BBC1 Scotland. 

Prior to the beeb, Mike worked for STV Drama as a Development Exec and Script Editor on shows like Fast Freddie The Widow & Me, Rebus, High Times & Taggart. He started working in scripted content at World Productions and contributed to the development of Party Animals for BBC2 and Murder Prevention for C5. 

Mike’s former lives included managing facilities companies, and helping run the Transmission Gallery in Glasgow. 

 
James Flynn
Managing Director/Producer, Metropolitan Films
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Chair

Metropolitan Films is a multi-disciplined production company that is based in Ireland. The company has long-established relationships with local production crews and funders; whether acting as producer, co-producer or production services provider, the Metropolitan Films’ team is focused to ensure that overseas’ producers and/or incoming productions to Ireland have a positive experience.

The principal of Metropolitan Films is James Flynn.

James has worked in the film industry for over 25 years. During this time, he has produced, co-produced and executive produced over 80 feature film and TV series/projects.

James previous television credits include The Borgias Series 1-3, Vikings Series 1-4, Tudors Series 1-4, and Love/Hate Series 1-5. A US version of Love/Hate is currently in development written by Dennis Lehane.

James’ previous film credits include Nora (2000), H3 (2001), Inside I’m Dancing (2004) (this film was released in the US as Rory O’Shea was Here), Ondine (2009), As If I Am Not There (2010) and Calvary (2014).

He produced The Door in 2010 which received a 2010 Academy Award® nomination for best short film and executive produced the 2010 Academy Award® nominated animation feature The Secret of Kells.

Metropolitan Films has just completed the shoot of Daniel Woodrell’s (author of Winter’s Bone), Tomato Red, which was adapted for the screen and directed by Juanita Wilson. Tomato Red is currently in post-production and will be released later this year.

Metropolitan Films’ development slate include Stuart Carolan’s Skippy Dies based on the novel by Paul Murray and Juanita Wilson’s Right of the Boom based upon the memoir Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson.

Mark Byrne
Head of Business Affairs, Element Pictures
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Prior to joining Element Picture in June 2012, Mark spent 6 years with Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board, initially as Business & Legal Executive and later as Head of Legal Affairs.
Before that Mark ran his own law practice specialising in media and entertainment and was production lawyer on a number of projects including “Adam and Paul” and the Oscar winning film “Once”. In 2006 Mark was co-producer of the IFTA award winning film “Middletown” starring Matthew MacFadyen.
Mark is a current board member of Screen Producers Ireland and a former board member of the Irish Film Institute and Filmbase and is a member of the European Film Academy.
Mark is also an alumnus of the “Inside Pictures” film business training and leadership scheme created by Qwerty Films and presented by the National Film & Television School in the UK.

 

Matthew Bouch
Producer/Writer
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Matthew Bouch is a television producer/writer. After working in a variety of development roles for the BBC and in the independent sector, in 2006/7 he produced Dr Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures in Cardiff, before co-devising and producing the pilot and the first two series of Being Human from 2007 to 2010. He spent the following 18 months on writing projects, collaborating with Shaftesbury Films in Canada and De Laurentiis Productions in the US. In 2012, he produced the first series of My Mad Fat Diary for E4. Between 2013-5 he was producer, then executive producer on the Swansea-based Starz show Da Vinci's Demons. He is currently working on a screen version of The Dark Is Rising for Sky One.

Time

11:45AM — 12:45PM

Venue

Shandon 2
GreenLight
360 with Glen Mulcahy

Since 2011 Glen Mulcahy, Head of Innovation in RTÉ Technology has been teaching journalists around the world to shoot and edit broadcast content with their smartphones. In the last 12months he has turned his attention to 360video, which he says will quickly reach ubiquity by mobile as the most accessible delivery and experiential platform. In this workshop Glen will explore some of the consumer grade 360 cameras now available and discuss the practical challenges that producers will encounter when starting their journey into 360 content creation. The workshop will be a mix of presentations, demonstrations and practical exercises.

Glen Mulcahy
Innovation Lead, RTÉ
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Glen Mulcahy is Innovation Lead with RTÉ, Ireland's national public broadcaster, and over the last three years he has inspired and driven the growth of mobile journalism within RTÉ's newsroom and across other European broadcasters. Glen leads RTÉ's mobile journalism project ("mojo") and RTÉ is successfully using mobile devices and apps to create finished news stories for broadcast and online which reach the highest possible quality standards. He is also founder of Mojocon- the 1st international mobile journalism conference http://mojocon.rte.ie

Glen has trained in excess of 1000 journalists in Europe and the Middle East, across television, radio, print and online and his specialities are Mobile Journalism, Video Journalism, DSLR FilmMaking and Photography. He is at the forefront of engaging with new technologies and working up solutions for how such technologies can transform the way traditional media organisations work. Glen's currently working on wearables and immersive storytelling.

A former broadcast engineer, Glen has worked in the broadcast industry for over sixteen years - but says the current disruptive trends in technology are some of the most exciting and challenging he has seen. Glen presents at journalism and technology conferences on a regular basis, writes "irregularly" on his blog and he is an active twitter user: @glenbmulcahy

 

Time

12:45PM — 14:00PM
Lunch

Time

14:00PM — 15:15PM

Venue

Shandon

Sponsors

Get your Facts Straight

The most prolific and successful genre in the Celtic nations is factual, both in English and in the indigenous languages.  What are the creative and practical challenges facing factual producers in these nations to get their work picked up by network channels and internationally?  What are the ingredients which make a documentary or factual series both a ratings and international sales hit?  And what is the ideal business model for factual indies operating in the Celtic countries?
 

 

David Harron
Executive Producer, Commissioning, BBC Scotland
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Chair

David Harron is Executive Producer, Commissioning at BBC Scotland.  He previously worked for many indies, BBC Scotland and stv as a producer and director on arts, documentary and sports programmes for various broadcasters.  He took over BBC Scotland’s TV Sport output around 10 years ago whilst also execing a wide range of factual titles including Grand Tours of Scotland, Scotland’s Clans and The Harbour. Recent projects on which he has been Exec have included Danny MacAskill: Riding The Ridge, The Mountain, The Bridge: 50 Years Across The Forth, Lady Lairds and Teenage Millionaire: The Year I Won The Lottery.

Angela Graham
Producer
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Angela Graham is from Belfast. She has been a TV producer in Wales for 35 years, working for all the main terrestrial channels. She was Producer on the history/science series ‘DNA Cymru’ (S4C), shortlisted for the festival’s Best Factual Series Award this year. She was Development Producer on BBC’s landmark history of the nation ‘The Story of Wales’. As a Drama Producer, her feature film ‘Branwen’ won Best Drama at the festival and she has represented Wales on the International Jury. A fluent Welsh-speaker, she is a university teacher and industry trainer. She chairs the Media Policy Group of the independent think-tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs and is a member of the Centre for the Study of Media in Small Nations at the University of South Wales.

Jacqui Hayden
Head of Development, Matchlight
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Jacqui is one of the founding directors of Glasgow-based production company Matchlight which specialises in Documentary, History, Arts and Popular Factual programming.

Acting as its Head of Development Jacqui has devised and secured commissions for factual programming for BBC Alba, all four BBC network Channels, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Series titles developed by Jacqui for Matchlight include:  Suffragettes Forever: The Story of Women and Power (BBC2); The Story of Women and Art (BBC2); She Wolves (BBC4); The Great Game (BBC2); At Home with the Georgians (BBC2); Medieval Lives (BBC4); Transplant Tales (BBC One & BBC Scotland); Viva Variety (BBC Scotland); Dangerous Drivers’ School (Channel 5); The Trouble with Tolstoy (BBC One).

Single documentaries have included: Stronger than Death: Ted Hughes (1x90 for BBC2); The Switch On/ Cluinneam (BBC Alba); The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (BBC One); My Baby, Psychosis and Me (BBC One) Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery (BBC 3 & One); Russelll Brand: Stop the Drugs War (BBC 3); Lenny on Shakespeare (ITV); Darcey Bussell on Audrey Hepburn (BBC One); Taking the Keys Away (BBC One); My Boyfriend the War Hero (BBC3); The Many Lovers of Jane Austen (BBC2); The Battle to Beat Polio (BBC2); Josie and the Cancer Curse (BBC3).

 

Seán Ó Cualáin
Director, Documentaries
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Seán Ó Cualáin is an award winning Irish director. His work covers a diverse range of topics ranging from sporting icons, the de-mystifying of literary giants, to the delicate tale of a bishop’s secret lovechild.
His first theatrical release was the 2012 film Men at Lunch which was on the official selection at TIFF, IDFA, DOCNYC and was released across the USA, Canada, Japan and Ireland and has had TV sales in over 50 countries.  

 

Time

14:00PM — 15:00PM

Venue

Shandon 2
GreenLight
Drama vs Comedy: Crossing the Line

Michael Hines, director of Still Game interviews Oscar nominated and BAFTA award winning director of The Killing, Murder, and most recently, a comedy that he calls "a crossover between The Hangover and The Inbetweeners", Birger Larsen about his directing career and his experiences of directing vastly different genres, in vastly different languages!

Michael Hines
Director, Producer
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Chair

Michael Hines is an award winning director with over 20 years experience.

He alternates between single camera comedies, commercials and multi camera live OB's including the two hour live Gaelic New Year show every year! He produced two series of Still Game and has 

directed every episode as well directing The Still Game Live at The Hydro, in its massive 21 night run with an audience of 10,000 people per night. He also has his own production company 'The Woven Thread' which makes comedies for BBC Alba, winning Best Entertainment at the Celtic Media Festival for his first commission, a comedy documentary about the Royal National Mod. He is a member of DRS (Directors Right's Society), on the BAFTA Scotland Committee and is in Equity too!

 

Birger Larsen
Director, Screenwriter
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Chair

Birger Larsen is an acclaimed Danish film director and screenwriter. He won the Bodil Award for Best Danish Film for his 1990 film Dance of the Polar Bears (Danish: Lad isbjørnene danse). He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for his film Sweethearts (1996). In 2013, he directed the first episode of Crimes of Passion. Birger  is well known for Directing the acclaimed series; The Killing and won a BAFTA in 2013 for BBC Drama, Murder. He has just finished directing a comedy that he describes as a cross between The Inbetweeners and The Hangover.

Time

15:15PM — 15:30PM
Coffee Break

Time

15:30PM — 16:15PM

Venue

Shandon
Celtic Media Festival Awards

The following awards will be presented today:                                  

Factual Series/Radio Documentary/Arts/Radio Magazine Show/Comedy/Radio Music Programme

Time

16:15PM — 17:00PM

Venue

Shandon 2
Social Media and Media: Best Frenemies

Aidan is Head of Innovation Partnerships and Funding for RTÉ and a board member for the Ireland Internet Association. Before joining RTÉ, he built the digital presence for Communicorp Group, whose brands such as Spin 1038, Today FM and 98FM featured highly as leaders in Social Media and Digital leadership during Aidan's tenure as Digital and Innovation Director.


This short presentation will explore how social media is eating more and more into the world of traditional media. It will also suggest how traditional media can leverage the strength of social to extend their brand.

 

 

Aidan McCullen
Head of Innovation Partnerships and Funding, RTÉ
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Chair

After ten years as a professional rugby player for Leinster, Toulouse and London Irish, Aidan McCullen has channelled his energy, professionalism, and innovation into founding and running Communicorp Digital for Communicorp, one of the biggest players in the Irish and European media market.

Having spent some time researching the Irish advertising market and seen the potential for digital advertising, Aidan started an unpaid internship with Communicorp. Eighteen months later, he founded Communicorp Digital, which powers the digital side of such media giants as Newstalk, Today FM, Spin1038, Spin Southwest, 98FM, TXFM, and FRQ.FM.

Since the start of 2016 he has been the Head of Innovation Partnerships and Funding at RTÉ.

The award-winning and hugely successful Communicorp Digital has recently merged with the sales teams of Newstalk, Today FM, and TXFM to create sales-team extraordinaire Communicorp One.

With his passion for innovation and digital media, Aidan has been the driving force behind the huge digital growth of the stations, and he has a talent for combining traditional and new media and creating brand engagement through award-winning campaigns.

Time

19:00PM — 00:00AM

Venue

Shandon
Final Awards Evening

Join us for Dinner, Drinks and the Final Awards Ceremony of Celtic Media Festival 2016!

The Following Awards will be presented:

Factual Single/Drama Series/Kieran Hegarty Award for Innovation/Radio Station of the Year/Radio Presenter of the Year/Spirit of the Festival

Time

Wed 20th Apr
19:00PM — 21:00PM

Venue

SGC Cinema, Dungarvan

Sponsors

Local Films for Local People : Down Waterford Way

A programme of films preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive:


As part of the Irish Film Institute’s Local Films for Local People project we are pleased to present Down Waterford Way, a programme of films about Waterford selected from the collections of the IFI Irish Film Archive collection at Celtic Media Festival 2016.

The programme dates from the 1950s to the 1970s and will include: a montage of Amharc Éireann newsreels with stories about herring fishing at Dunmore, winter beagling at Tallow and the 1957 Flea Ceoil at Dungarvan;  Water Wisdom – a charming public information film made in Ring in 1962; Louis Marcus’ luminous, Academy Award-nominated Conquest of Light about the craftsmen of Waterford Glass; that All Ireland Senior Hurling victory in 1959; and The One Nighters, Peter Collinson’s affectionate documentary following the road-trip adventures of Waterford’s The Royal Showband fronted by ‘Ireland’s Elvis’ Brendan Bowyer.

The programme will be introduced by Sunniva O’Flynn of the Irish Film Institute

**This event is free, but ticketed. If you would like to come along, please email Naomi@celticmediafestival.co.uk

Time

Thu 21st Apr
13:00PM — 15:00PM

Venue

SGC Cinema, Dungarvan
Premiere Reception: Ard Dip i Léiriú Teilifíse agus na Meáin Seoladh

Reception for Premiere of films from the Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media  2016 hosted by course providers; Ray Cullen, Head of Tourism and Languages,Waterford Institute of Technology,  Irial Mac Murchú Nemeton TV, An Rinn,  Fionnán Ó hÓgáin, Údarás na Gaeltachta  and course tutors  Moira Sweeney, Bláithín NChatháin.                                                                              The Higher Diploma is a  highly regarded skills based Post Graduate course taught in Irish in the beautiful surroundings of Gaeltacht na Rinne. Films made  on the course have won Best Irish language documentary at the National Media Awards for 2014 and 2015. The course benefits from a close association with commissioning editor Michéal O Meallaigh of TG4 and many of the students films have been screened on TG4.
The films to be showcased today include documentaries on the musical traditions of Gaeltacht na Rinne, Sean Nós and Traveller Song; short sports documentaries including one on  point to point horse racing and new Irish language dramas one of which is set in a Gaeltacht Village during the Marriage Referendum last year.

 

Time

Thu 21st Apr
19:00PM — 21:00PM

Venue

Pearse

Sponsors

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Presents: Ceiliúradh Ceoil RnaG

Join  Raidió na Gaeltachta's Pádraig Ó Sé for a live concert featuring some of Ireland's finest traditional musicans from Seomra an Phiarsaigh, Lawlors Hotel.

Danú Hailing from Counties Waterford, Kerry, Dublin and Donegal, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts all over the globe are true events of high-energy performance and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire.They will just have returned from a tour in the USA when they take part in this concert at the Celtic Media Festival

Nuadán Group of young musicians from Rinn Ó gCuanach in the Waterford Gaeltacht. Winners of the competition for young musicians organised by Gael Linn, Siansa in 2013. Kevin Kenneally-Bodhrán, Guitar, Macdara Ó Faoláin-Bouzouki/Vocals, Cárthach Ó Faoláin-Accordion /Vocals, Pax Ó Faoláin- Fiddle / Vocals.

Emma Corbett 16years of age from Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford.  Accordion and Melodeon ; All Ireland Melodeon Champion at Fleadh na hÉireann 2015. Lively style having learned from the master Bobby Gardiner.
 
Mannion Family Clara (19) Concertina, Laura (16) Fiddle and Joseph (10) Accordion, Melodeon, Bodhrán, Dancer from Dungarvan.

O'Gorman Family Sarah O’Gorman (19)  Current holder of the prestigious Fiddler of Dooney Award – From Dungarvan, Sara will be joined by her brother Seamus and sister Ellen on fiddles too.
 
Seán & Caoimhin Ó Fearghail Two brothers from Rinn Ua gCuanach. Play many instruments  – Seán – Fiddle, Concertina & Bouzouki, Caoimhín, Pipes, Flute, Guitar, and Bouzouki as well as vocals.  Caoimhín won the TG4 Young Musician of the Year Award in 2012.  Issued a CD with Tomás Ó Gealbháin called “Lá ag Ól Uisce” Caoimhín joins Danú from time to time.
 
Edel Fox, Neill Byrne & John Dwyer Edel Fox one of Ireland's finest Concertina exponents is from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. Neill Byrne, fiddle from Waterford City – He and Edel released CD called “The Sunny Banks” with musician and composer John Dwyer from Cork An annual weekend festival is held in Waterford in his honour...."The John Dwyer Weekend”
 
Cór Fhear na nDéise Men's Choir from na Déise in Waterford. Singers include - Aodán & Irial Ó Ceallaigh, Ciarán Ó Gealbháin, Seán Mac Craith, Cárthach Mac Craith – Directed by Darren Ó Droma. .

**Event is free but ticketed, for availability please email naomi@celticmediafestval.co.uk

 

 

Time

Fri 22nd Apr
10:00AM — 12:00PM

Venue

SGC Cinema, Dungarvan
Screening: The Legend of Longwood

MICKEY MILLER, a single-minded young girl is dragged from the bustle of New York City to a remote corner of Ireland where she finds the locals swamped by the curse of a Black Knight seeking redemption. It is Mickey's destiny to free the people from this curse, and in doing so she embarks on a thrilling adventure of mysterious happenings and challenging feats where she must overcome the most ruthless of enemies as well as her own denial about her past.

The screening will be followed by a talk by The Legend of Longwood director, Lisa Mulcahy.