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Wednesday 24 January 2018

'The Big Picture' for the audio visual industry

The Big Picture Conference held in The Druid's Glen Hotel and Golf Resort was the final event in a year long programme called the South Eastern Creative Corridor.

The conference took place last Friday at the Druids Glen Hotel and was attended by over 100 audio visual industry professionals, many of them based in County Wicklow.

Oscar winning directors, actors, industry professionals and participants attend the conference finale.

78 businesses participated and delegates enjoyed high profile speakers, presentations and an industry expert panel discussion led by Noel Davidson, The Entrepreneurs Academy. John P Gleeson, Partner, Global Head of Media, Grant Thornton, who has been credited with financing and producing over 100 projects on IMDB, spoke about the commercial and investment aspects of the industry and the international media marketplace.

Cathal Gaffney, CEO, Brown Bag Films and Oscar nominee, touched-on his own success story and discussed the importance of creating value in content.

Russell Boland, OPG Global Lead for Emerging Markets and EMEA Lead of New Business Acquisitions, Google, described how technology is impacting content creation, how it is consumed, distributed and monetized and the opportunities and challenges for content creators as a result. Peter Baxter, MD of Createschool spoke candidly about his experience as a participant of the South Eastern Creative Corridor initiative and the impact it has had on his business to date.

Speaking at the event, Sheelagh Daly, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office Wicklow said: 'We are absolutely delighted with the success of South Eastern Creative Corridor and it has been a privilege to work with the participants over the past twelve months.

'We have had tremendous support from key industry figures, including the eminent panel at today's conference, all of whom believe in the potential of the Content Creation sector for Ireland's economy. As an initial, substantive outcome of the project, there are now almost 80 AV businesses in the region that have been, and continue to access the supports offered by their Local Enterprise Offices.

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