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IRISH DIGITAL INTERVIEWS, Q&As AND FEATURES
In this series of IFTN Q&As and feature interviews, leading professionals working in Irish digital film, television and audiovisual fieldsanswer a series of questions about their career background, their current work and thier their views on the digital industry in Ireland today.
“Intellectual property has a massive value in the market, but currently the people who create that do not get rewarded”; WGI director Hugh Farley discusses the potential of the proposed Content Levy 
As the discussion around the introduction of a proposed content levy on PayTV and VOD services begins to intensify, IFTN explores the potential benefits that industry stakeholders believe will come with the implementation of this levy. 

More Digital Feature Interviews
Interview: Stephen Grant Clicks with TV3 Online
14 Oct 2010 | July of this year saw Stephen Grant rejoin the TV3 team in the role of Director of Online. The position was created in response to a growing online trend in Irish audiences and has seen the number of unique users on the TV3 site grow 40% year-on-year and a 50% growth in page views. IFTN spoke with Stephen to discuss the running of the site, the further features he is hoping to introduce and the recent ‘X Factor’ boost the site has enjoyed. 
Interview: Philip Flynn on Dublin's Digital Hub
30 Sep 2010 | The second phase of Dublin’s Digital Hub comes to an end in 2011. The government initiative has been in operation since 2004 and will see its third and final phase of development come into effect in 2012. IFTN spoke with Digital Hub Development Agency’s CEO, Philip Flynn to discuss the ongoing project, the steps he thinks the Irish government now needs to take and the consequences of the current property impasse. 
Interview: Dave Birss Feeds the Digital Sharks
15 Sep 2010 | The 2010 Kinsale Shark Awards will take place this year on the 17th and 18th of September. This year the award categories will include four new Digital categories, namely: Digital Channel, Digital Craft, Digital Fresh Thinking and Digital Worldwinner. Dave Birss has come up with the new categories and will judge the respective submissions, IFTN spoke about the challenges that this task posed. 
Interview: Brown Bag Films Move into Features
12 Aug 2010 | 16 years ago Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell founded Brown Bag Films. In a pre-digital era the pair set up the studios as a means of making their own films. The group was founded at a time when Ireland has the biggest animation industry in Europe with the ironic fact that none of the studios here were Irish-owned. The company has since moved from its hand-drawn and painted beginnings to boast a staff of 57 in its Dublin studios which are equipped with a state of the art High Definition picture and Audio post production facilities. Furthermore the group has, as of July this year, a new Hollywood-based office. IFTN caught up with co-founder and managing director Cathal Gaffney to talk about the future of the company and Irish animation as a whole. 
Working Title Fill Gary Shore's 'Cup of Tears'
17 Jun 2010 | Gary Shore (The Draught) put his blood, sweat and tears into a trailer for ‘Cup of Tears’, a live action version of Japanese animation. The short trailer did a rapid tour through hundreds of LA inboxes and now UK company Working Title have come on board to transform Shore’s trailer into a large scale feature film. The director spoke to IFTN about his project’s extraordinary journey thus far... 
Interview: Richard Baneham Gets Oscar Animated
04 Mar 2010 | This coming Sunday many eyes will be on our many Irish Oscar nominees. One such individual is Tallaght man Richard Baneham, nominated for his work on the international box office smash ‘Avatar’. The Ballyfermot College graduate and the man who was also behind the technological breakthrough that was Gollum, recently caught up with IFTN from his LA base. 
Brendan Gleeson On 'Beowulf'
15 Nov 2007 | Using the very latest performance capture technology, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson teamed with innovative director Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express, Cars, Forrest Gump) to help bring the mythical world of ‘Beowulf’ to life on the big screen. IFTN talks to the actor ahead of the film’s release this weekend. 
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