The Irish Film Board is to restructure how it manages applications for development or production loans by replacing its current roles of two production executives and a development executive with three project managers by the beginning of next year.
The new structure will mean that applicants will have the option of three points of contact to assist them with their applications for production or development funding both before and after the board’s decisions on what projects they will fund.
The new project managers will also manage projects across all genres from the initial concept stage right through to the project launch onto the market.
One of the Project Managers will be based in Galway and two will be based in Dublin.
Yesterday, IFTN reported that production executive Alan Maher will step down from his position when his contract expires this July. Both the contracts of Maher’s fellow production executive Emma Scott and development executive Andrew Meehan are also due to expire this year.
James Hickey, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board said of the restructuring decision: “I believe that the new structure will provide applicants with access to a broadly experienced creative team. A member of the team will assist applicants in taking their project from the first stage of development to full scale production and distribution of the film with a focus on delivering high quality projects with strong Irish creative talent behind them and a focus on audiences both local and international.”
The changes will come into effect on a phased basis but will be fully operational by the beginning of 2013.