Friday 6 December 2019

Ashford Studios enjoys 'Vikings' dividend

New accounts filed by Ashford Studios show that the company recorded the pre-tax profits for the final year of filming of 'Vikings' (pictured) at the location
New accounts filed by Ashford Studios show that the company recorded the pre-tax profits for the final year of filming of 'Vikings' (pictured) at the location

Gordon Deegan

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.

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