Thursday 18 October 2018

Hit show 'Vikings' plays big part as movie studio Ashford sees profits triple to €1.6m

Bishop Heahmund played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the TV hit Vikings, which is filmed at Ashford Studios
Bishop Heahmund played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the TV hit Vikings, which is filmed at Ashford Studios

Gordon Deegan

Profits at the Irish movie studio where the hit series 'Vikings' is filmed last year almost tripled to €1.59m.

That is according to the second set of accounts with the Companies Office filed by Joe and Shelley O'Connell's Ashford Studios Ltd.

The accounts show that the company recorded profits of €1.59m last year after profits of €507,503 in 2015. During 2016, the company's cash pile increased from €1.56m to €2.374m.

Filming on the latest series of 'Vikings' commenced in September after a call was put out in August by the production company seeking hundreds of extras.

The accounts show that remuneration for directors last year totalled €319,223. Staff costs, including directors' salaries, totalled €528,288.

Earlier this year, Ashford Studios lodged plans for a €90m extension.

The proposal has the potential to create 1,500 movie-related jobs and includes plans to construct four new film studios of 40,000 sq ft each, a TV studio, offices and a visitor centre.

The application for Kellystown, Ashford remains on hold after Wicklow Co Council requested further information on the proposed extension.

Irish Independent

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