Irish actors, film producers and animators haven't been hit too badly by job losses since the economic squeeze kicked in, according to a new report that is due to be published shortly.
More than 17,000 people are working in the Irish audiovisual industry – about 16 per cent more than did so in 2007, according to IBEC's Audiovisual Federation Review 2012, which examines the impact of film, TV and animation productions on the Irish economy.
The report found that more people have managed to secure full-time jobs in the industry since 2007. The latest figures show that 1,860 people had secured full-time jobs in 2011 – up from 1,553 in 2007.
The report also found that the number of animations produced in Ireland has jumped in recent years. In 2011, the value of animations produced here came to €100m – almost four times that of 2010. In addition, the amount of money spent in the local economy by animation productions more than doubled over those years.
There has been a big demand for Irish animation since the early 2000s when animations such as Brown Bag Films' Give Up Your Aul Sins and Cartoon Saloon's Secret of Kells were nominated for major international awards.
Despite the increase in the value of animations made here, independent productions and television dramas were the biggest employers in the Irish audiovisual industry in 2011. More than 8,900 people worked for independent production and TV dramas that year.
The report also found that Irish audiovisual productions secured €326.8m in funding in 2011 – and €123.4m of this came from Irish sources.