Ashford Studios enjoys 'Vikings' dividend
The company behind the Co Wicklow studios where the hit series 'Vikings' was shot recorded pre-tax profits of €2.14m last year.
New accounts filed by Ashford Studios show that the company recorded the pre-tax profits for the final year of filming of 'Vikings' at the location.
The studios - led by Joe O'Connell and Shelley O'Connell - last week received a major boost with confirmation that a new Netflix production, a spin-off called 'Vikings Valhalla', is to be shot there.
Underlining the importance of the spin-off to the economy of Co Wicklow from Ashford's association with 'Vikings', the amount paid to staff and crew for the sixth and final series of 'Vikings' totalled €16.58m in the 12 months to the end of April last year.
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The confirmation of the Netflix production followed the studios receiving planning permission for a €90m extension to the studios earlier this year.
"We're delighted that 'Vikings Valhalla' is going to be made here," a spokesman for Ashford Studios said.
He said no filming has taken place at the studios since 'Vikings' wrapped up late last year. "It takes a long time in this business for productions to be green lit."
He said the studio is currently carrying out site investigations and other preparatory work for the €90m plan.