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Thursday, 19 October. Leading Irish screen production companies across animation and TV drama are attending MIPCOM (Marché International des Programmes de Communication) in Cannes, France this week (16-19 October), the premier television industry trade exhibition in the world.
Leading Enterprise Ireland-supported companies such as ShinAwiL, Studio Meala, Great Island Films, Tile Films and Jam Media are in attendance, pitching slates across drama, animation and factual, while the Ireland on Screen stand will promote and drive investment and partnership in Ireland.
Speaking about MIPCOM and Enterprise Ireland’s support of the wider creative industry, Eileen Bell, Senior Development Advisor – Digital Technologies at Enterprise Ireland said:
“We are honoured to support the excellent Irish companies attending MIPCOM CANNES this week and highlight the immense talent at the heart of the Irish creative arts industry on a global stage. Twenty leading Irish screen production companies are attending MIPCOM this week and participating in the Ireland on Screen stand, which provides a unique and valuable platform to meet with some of the biggest players in the industry, delivering significant exposure and sales potential.”
Andrew Byrne, Head of Television at Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland is attending MIPCOM this year. He commented:
“We are delighted to once again support a wealth of Irish stories on screen as they travel across the globe. From high profile drama series, to must-see factual entertainment, and of course, wonderful animation series for children and young audiences, Ireland continues to showcase its strong voice and incredible range of offerings for TV audiences in Europe and beyond.”
Emma Gorman, Tourism Ireland’s Publicity and Brand Partnerships Manager, said:
“Tourism Ireland is delighted to attend MIPCOM CANNES this week. Co-producing TV content about the island of Ireland that will inspire and engage audiences overseas is an increasingly important element of our programme of activity. So MIPCOM is an excellent opportunity to connect with producers, distributors and broadcast commissioners, to discuss storytelling from the island of Ireland and explore how we can work together to bring it to international audiences and ultimately promote the island of Ireland as a holiday destination.”
Ronan McCabe, CEO of Animation Ireland,the trade association for Irish animation studios, is also attending MIPCOM this week. He commented:
"Animation Ireland is happy to participate at the Ireland on Screen stand at MIPCOM. The financing of animation often involves co-production arrangements and the participation of international partners and funders. It is great to have the opportunity to meet existing and potential partners and customers and to be part of the wider Irish content offering. Irish animation is a globally recognised brand, and we acknowledge the support of our stakeholders, Enterprise Ireland, Screen Ireland and broadcasters in the consolidation and growth of our sector."
The major event in the screen calendar comes on the back of a hugely successful period for the Irish entertainment sector. In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the strength of Irish stories and original IP making waves at home and around the world. The success of the sector is a testament to Ireland's committed investment in world-class storytelling, artistry and technology and a growth in the number of studios established nationwide.
Irish TV drama production has been incredibly active, with Screen Ireland’s broad slate of existing series available for European audiences, including Hidden Assets, Smother, Blackshore, Kin, Clean Sweep, Northern Lights and The Gone, joining a further bank of new drama in production and ready for market, including The Hard Acres (Paramount), Obituary (Hulu), Jo Spain’s adaptation of The Boy that Never Was, Emma’s Baby, Dead and Buried, and new Irish-language drama Saor Sin O Olc, all being sold at the market this week.
For Ireland’s long-standing global animation reputation, Irish IP continues to shine across Europe, with shows like Ladybird Lu, Critters TV, Goat Girl, Fia’s Fairies, The Clumps, Hey Fuzzy Yellow and Maddie and Triggs driving interest from potential buyers across Cannes.
With long-standing success across Irish animation, as well as a rapidly expanding TV drama slate, Screen Ireland has recently announced a new fund for high-end documentary TV series. This new investment will aim to continue supporting Irish producers and creatives as they expand their offering, and reach even wider audiences with unique and well-crafted factual storytelling.
MIPCOM CANNES hosts the world’s largest exhibition of international studios and distributors waiting to meet with thousands of buyers and producers over four days to screen, license and acquire new television series for local and global distribution. Attending Irish companies get the opportunity to pitch ideas and make deals at a range of networking events.
Enterprise Ireland supports 90+ Digital Entertainment focused companies across various growth stages - early-stage exporters, High Potential Start-Ups (HPSUs), established and scaling, and the growing Irish Media and Entertainment industry is set to be worth €6.14 billion by 2026. Subsectors include AR/VR, animation and live action production, VFX, games development, content aggregation and distribution, interactive applications, immersive, audio and music technology.
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ShinAwiL, one of the largest and most successful independent production companies in Ireland, recently released its new feature film, THE MIRACLE CLUB and is presenting a new TV drama series to be distributed by Lionsgate at MIPCOM. This follows the launch of CLEAN SWEEP, now being sold by ZDF Studios. It is also undertaking a fundraising exercise to grow the company in the UK and USA and in the process of shooting its first TV drama series in VR for US company Crypt for Meta, an innovation which has been supported by Enterprise Ireland.
Leading TV production company Tile Films also announced that the company’s international distribution partner, Off the Fence, will be launching sales of its new two-part documentary series “Invasion: The Normans” at MIPCOM. The series explores the 12th Century Norman invasion of Ireland, a real-life Game of Thrones that changed Europe forever. This docu-series, which benefitted from Section 481, Ireland’s Film Corporation Tax Credit, was produced with the support of RTÉ, Tourism Ireland and Off the Fence.
Meanwhile, Studio Meala, an award-winning creative animation studio based in the West of Ireland, recently partnered up with Greek studio Funny Tales and Japanese studio Cosmonaut to develop and co-produce ‘What The Fluffoverse’, a brand new animated series based on the artwork of Philipp Kaeser. Its recent work includes two episodes of the popular Disney Plus anthology, 'Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire" as well as beginning production on their first IP show, "Doodle Girl", a 2D animated series commissioned by RTÉ.
Companies and organisations attending MIPCOM CANNES include:
Animation Ireland is the representative organisation for Irish animation studios. Operating on an island of Ireland basis with forty plus members there are hubs in Dublin, Belfast, Galway and Kilkenny with other studios based in Derry, Cork, Louth, Roscommon and Offaly.
De Warrenne Pictures
De Warrenne Pictures is a motion picture film and television production company established since 2000 by award-winning filmmaker Tom Waller, who works internationally between Ireland and South East Asia. The company's credits include films that premiered at Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Busan and Shanghai film festivals. Recent projects include THE CAVE (2019), the first narrative feature about the Thai Cave Rescue which captivated the world in the summer of 2018, as well as true-crime thriller KISS OF THE CON QUEEN (2024), written by and starring newcomer Eoin O'Brien, with Patrick Bergin (SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY) and Ravi Patel (WONDER WOMAN 1984), currently in post-production.
Distillery Films is an animation production company specialising in developing original ideas for global audiences. Behind everything they do, they endeavor to have a positive impact on the people they work with, and the audience they serve. Their motto is: make it well; and make it matter. With a background in international co-production, they offer a wide spectrum of services to clients seeking to produce animation in Ireland, including financing and funding strategies for short and long-form content.
Giant Animation is an independent CG animation studio dedicated to creating and producing world class content for TV and film.
Based in the heart of Dublin City, Giant Animation is a team of award winning artists, production managers and technical wizards who are passionate about creating high quality and engaging content the whole world can enjoy.
Gorilla Post Production
Gorilla Post Production is an Emmy-nominated audio and picture finishing facility in Dublin City, Ireland.
Since the founding of the studio 15 years ago, Gorilla Post Production has built a reputation with our clients based on trust, creativity and the ability to deliver big projects on time and on budget to all the major streamers and broadcasters around the world on a daily basis.
Great Island Productions
Great Island is an innovative TV production company focused on bringing original content from Cork and Munster to the global market. Supported by Enterprise Ireland, Great Island is currently developing and creating content across animation, drama and unscripted formats. They are focused on innovation, creative excellence and entertaining all audiences with brilliant programming, from long-running returning series through to the launch of new formats, new talent and new business models.
JAM Media, with operations in both Ireland and the United Kingdom, is one of the leading creators and producers of multi-award winning animated and live action content for the children’s and pre-school audience. JAM takes pride in delivering high quality, innovative, story-driven brands across multiple platforms based around engaging characters with humour at its heart.
The company was founded in 2002 by animator friends John Rice, Alan Shannon and Mark Cumberton.
Like It Love It (International)
Like It Love It are producers of The Lyrics Board, the most successful music game show in the world.
Little Moon Animation
Little Moon Animation is a CG studio based in Dublin, Ireland. They are dedicated to creating compelling projects, full of character and imaginative story, brought to life through beautiful animation. Their first original series, Fia’s Fairies, won KIDS’ CHOICE AWARD the 2023 Irish Animation Awards. The Little Moon team is currently in production on their second original series, The Scavengers, due to broadcast on RTEjr in Autumn 2024.
Network Ireland Television
Network Ireland Television is the foremost Irish-based international distributor, established in October 1995 with the objective of providing a sales and marketing service internationally for television programme makers and film producers and directors. In the 28 years since its start-up, Network Ireland Television has now accumulated a catalogue of over 1,500 hours of quality English language programming across all the genres, including numerous tv series, independent features and short films from a range of Irish and international producers, firmly establishing itself as a major distributor of niche market material.
Their distribution catalogue includes many high profile award-winning short films, including this year’s triple winning (Oscar, BAFTA and IFTA), An Irish Goodbye. This is their sixth Oscar winner from 16 Oscar nominees which we have represented over the past 15 years alone. Network Ireland Television also specialise in factual programming with strong international appeal, including historical and social documentaries and lifestyle series.
Revolution Media is an Intellectual Property rights holding company that develops and produces long form content for theatrical and broadcast release.
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ShinAwiL is one of the largest and most successful independent production companies in Ireland. Thanks to their professional approach, they've been successful in collaborating with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Set up in 1999 specialising in non-scripted entertainment, factual entertainment, live event programming and more recently also scripted film and TV drama, ShinAwiL is the production powerhouse behind some of Ireland’s biggest entertainment series’ including The Apprentice, Dragons’ Den, MasterChef, The Voice of Ireland, and most recently Dancing with the Stars.
Furthermore, some of their scripted credits to date include Miss Scarlet & The Duke, feature film The Miracle Club with Zephyr Films and starring Dame Maggie Smith, Laura Linney and Kathy Bates, and the original drama series Clean Sweep.
As shareholder of a production studio through their investment in Font Hill Studios, ShinAwiL has an unparalleled ability to accommodate projects requiring a studio space.
Sow You Entertainment
Sow You Entertainment is a creatively led production company that acts as an original ideas incubator, specialising in Children’s and Family content.
Sow You dreams big, pushes boundaries and takes risks as they develop and deliver groundbreaking content full of memorable characters and heartwarming stories that inspire audiences of all ages. The current slate includes pre-school, kids’ and tween projects, as well as an original movie concept - all at various stages of development. Sow You is a place where both ideas and talent come to grow.
There is a real emphasis on the ‘You’ in their name as they look to celebrate creativity and authenticity.
Studio Meala is an award-winning, creatively led studio specialising in high-end 2D Animation.
This studio stands for creativity through collaboration above all else, and they are committed to building a fair and sustainable environment where people can thrive.
The Studio Meala team includes expertise across Creative, Production and Financial fields to produce high-quality 2D animated Hand-Drawn content, including Original IP, Branded Content, Music Videos, Shorts, Features and Series.
Based in Ireland and established in 2019, Studio Meala has completed several productions, including animated series, TV specials, animated pilots, and high-end anthology shorts, not to mention a selection of high-end branded projects that can be seen on Disney Plus, RTE, Hulu, Netflix & YouTube.
Studio Meala is open to high-quality service projects and seeking potential co-producers for its slate.
Multi-Emmy Award-winning Telegael is one of Ireland’s leading film and animation studios producing live action and animated content for the international television market and for worldwide cinema release. With headquaters in An Spidéal, Galway Telegael has coproduced animated and live action series and feature films with partners in the US, France, UK, Germany and more. Telegael has won 5 IFTA Awards and was voted European Animation Investor of the Year by the delegates at the 2019 Cartoon Forum in Toulouse. Telegael has co-produced in excess of 1,100 hours of television programming, its projects have been distributed to over 160 countries and translated into more than 50 languages. Telegael's studios in Baile na hAbhann, carries out work in model design and construction, set design and construction, lighting, photography, CGI graphics, compositing and post production. In 2019, Telegael became part of the globally based Toonz Media Group.
Tile Films is a leading television production company, specializing in innovative, UHD Irish and international documentaries and docudramas about people, history, religion, art, culture, travel, nature and science. The Tile Films production team are an eclectic mix of creative, technical and business people, whose expertise guarantees the delivery of compelling factual documentaries. The company was established in 1989 by Stephen Rooke, one of Ireland’s most talented documentary makers. At MIPCOM 2023, Tile Films along with their distribution partners, Off the Fence is launching their latest international 2 x 1-hour UHD documentary series “Invasion: The Normans”.
Treehouse Republic is an award-winning 2D animation studio, who, having been raised on Saturday morning cartoons while searching for the toys in the cereal box, have a strong comedy action core. With over 20 hours of content created to date, Treehouse Republic can create any part of a production from concept to final output and have the ability to claim up to 32% Tax back on Irish spend.
Tyrone Productions has a reputation for vision, skill, professionalism and is synonymous with quality programming. They work across a number of genres including drama, documentary, entertainment, factual entertainment, with a significant presence both in the comestic and international marketplace. Current productions include Born Too Soon, a 4 x 1 observational documentary series filmed in the Neonatal Unit of Cork University Hospital in Ireland. TVF International are their distribution partners on this series. Other productions include Steps of Freedom, a feature length documentary which tells the compelling story of the history of Irish Dance, and Off Track with Manchán Magan, a 4 x 1 hour inspiration slow travel series.
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West Cork Film Studio
Based in West Cork in Ireland, O'Donnell Design, a furniture manufacturer supplying the 4* & 5* Hotel sector, has diversified a part of its premises in 2023 to create a film studio. West Cork Film Studios Ltd (WCFS) was founded by a small group of highly experienced film makers living in West Cork who recognised the express needs of the rapidly expanding film and TV production. Teaming up with an established world class furniture factory, it wasn't a broad leap to diversify the building into a production studio. In this collaboration they share the same ultimate vision as an industry, to embrace new ecologically friendly technologies and choose best practice when it comes to environmental sustainability. WCFS is a state of the art facility, with arguably the best equipped construction workshop in Ireland.