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Blinder Films rebrand as Keeper Pictures
06 Apr 2023 : News Desk
Katie Holly, Managing Director of Keeper Pictures
The Dublin-based production company has announced new hires and promotions, alongside a new slate of development projects.

Independent production company Blinder Films (Extra Ordinary, Mr. Malcolm’s List, Love & Friendship, The Queen of Ireland) has announced its company rebrand and relaunch as Keeper Pictures.  The company, which has to date produced twenty two feature films and four television series since it was founded in 2006, will continue to be led by Managing Director and award-winning Producer Katie Holly. 

Supported by both Creative Europe and Screen Ireland Slate Funding, Keeper Pictures will work with both established and emerging talent across feature film and TV drama.

As part of the re-launch, Keeper Pictures’ producer Yvonne Donohoe is promoted to the new role of Head of Creative and Evan Horan (EAVE 2023, Berlinale Talents) has been promoted to producer whilst continuing his role in co-production. The company is announcing two new hires. Amy Carroll joins as Development Executive (formerly South of the River and Kudos) and Niamh Dennis takes on the role of Development Coordinator (formerly Tailored Films). 

Keeper Pictures is also announcing a new slate of development projects. This includes Orange World, Ailbhe Keogan (Bad Sisters) will adapt Karen Russell’s short story for the screen. Claire Dix is confirmed as director and Roisin Geraghty will produce for Little Rose Films. A Great Hunger is based on Liam O’Flaherty’s Famine, written by Kelly Campbell and Michael McDonough, produced by Paul Welsh (Winners, Lore) and Peter Mackie Burns is confirmed as director. Breed will be written and directed by Kate Dolan (You Are Not My Mother). 

Television drama projects include Ursula Rani Sarma’s Right to Life which they are developing with Nisha Parti of Parti Productions, Extra Ordinary from Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman which they are developing with Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne’s Animal Pictures, Happy Holly from writer/performer Ali Hardiman, as well as a second series of The Gone

“We are thrilled to announce our new identity, Keeper Pictures. We will be a home and creative partner for entertaining, meaningful stories from brilliant original voices across both television and film.” said Katie Holly, Managing Director of Keeper Pictures. “At Keeper Pictures we are fans first and bring a passionate, fully engaged and (we’re told!) fun team to nurture and provoke talent and ideas; to get the best out of our productions as they come to life, and to make them stories that last. The past seventeen years have been an amazing journey. We have been working to refocus and articulate our goals - and now feels like the right time to communicate our fresh ambitions and who we are as a company. Now that we're almost 18 and finally 'adults’, it's time to move out of the awkward teenage years and delve into the next chapter.” 

Keeper Pictures’ recent feature, Claire Dix’s Sunlight, will be released in Irish cinemas in June 2023. The Gone will broadcast on RTÉ later this year. 

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