Record TV, film production year

THE Audiovisual Federation, which represents the film and animation sectors, said 2010 will be a record year for TV and film production in this country.

The federation’s 2010 review shows 257 productions were completed in Ireland in 2009, with a production value of €243.3 million. That represented a slight increase on 2008, but 2010 is set to be a record year, the review said

The federation reckons total production values are up 50% on 2009, with total output for this year worth €367m.

Feature film and the independent TV sector, which includes major TV dramas, have performed particularly well. Their production values have risen from €58.6m and €127.1m respectively in 2009 to an estimated €101m and €206m for 2010.

Speaking at the launch, Tommy McCabe, director of the federation, part of IBEC, said: “The sector attracts significant international funding creating employment and adding value to the Irish economy.”

Overseas support funding for the sector in 2009 was €127.7m, which was ahead of home funding and showed Ireland is performing well in attracting outside investment, he said.

“The estimated Irish expenditure of €225m for 2010 is a record amount for the sector. Given the current economic climate, the sector continues to perform well. RTÉ Television exceeded its statutory minimum spend in the sector in 2009 by 44%, committing €57.1m.”

Kevin Moriarty, MD of Ardmore Studios and chairman of the Audiovisual Federation Database Committee, which produced the report, said: “The Government continues to provide significant support and endorsement for both the Irish Film Board and the Irish audiovisual sector by ensuring that the capital budget for the Irish Film Board in 2011 will be €16m, only a small decrease of €0.5m from 2010.”

Films produced in 2009 include Leap Year and The Guard and indigenous TV productions in 2009 such as Raw, The All Ireland Talent Show, and The Afternoon Show for RTÉ.

Also included in that list are Na Cloigne and Rásaí na Gaillimhe for TG4.

The Audiovisual Federation noted that animation performed well, producing output worth €57m, up from €38.9m in 2008.

Animated projects included Chloe’s Closet, Gumball and The Octonauts.

Other highlights of the sector include: Academy Award Winner, Best Visual Effects: Avatar-Richard Baneham and Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series: The Tudors, Tom Conroy, Colman Corish and Crispian Sallis.

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