Monday 28 May 2018

Pinewood Studios recruits Irish Film Board Commissioner for Irish operation

Daniel Craig in Skyfall (2012)
Daniel Craig in Skyfall (2012)

Paul O'Donoghue

Naoise Barry, the current Film Commissioner for the Irish Film Board, has been appointed head of production at Pinewood Productions Ireland, the Irish arm of one of the biggest studios in the film industry.

Pinewood Studios, the revered British filming studio behind the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises, launched an Irish operation in May.

Pinewood Productions Ireland Ltd is focused on providing for the company's international clients who are looking to shoot in Ireland.

It will act as a facilitator for Pinewood's clients who wish to access the Irish market and will offer services such as pre-production budgeting and location scouting.

Mr Barry is now to join the company, leaving his current position at the Irish Film Board where he has worked for the past 14 years.

IFB chief executive James Hickey said: "Naoise has played an enormous role in attracting international production to Ireland. During his tenure at the IFB he succeeded in establishing two very important and influential networks; the FILM DUBLIN Partnership and the Network of Regional Film Offices. These industry support networks include a wide range of public bodies who provide vital support to filmmakers.  

He added: “He also forged strong links with Tourism Ireland to exploit the synergy between film and tourism. We would like to thank him for his dedicated service and wish him the very best of luck in the next phase of his career.”

Mr Barry will take up his new position in mid August.

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