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Midas Productions Increase Their Factual Output
14 Jun 2004 :

Dublin based independent Midas Productions - currently in production for a second commission of their international entertainment series ‘Close Encounters with Keith Barry’ for RTE1 - are increasing their factual output at an impressive rate.

‘Celtic Monsters’ is an international (3 x One Hour) documentary series investigating and bringing to life the demons and supernatural spirits that inhabit the Celtic consciousness. The three quarters of a million euro series is a co-production with Cwmni Da (Wales) plus TG4 (Ireland) and Welsh broadcast partners S4C & ITV1. The project has also been backed by the European MEDIA fund with pre-sales already to YLE (Finland), LRT (Lithuania) and & ITV1 (Wales). The series is produced by Stephen Smith and directed by Mark Warren. S4C International will exclusively launch ‘Celtic Monsters’ at MIPTV 2005.

Ceart agus Cóir (Right and Wrong) is a 6 part series for TG4 looking at the history of the death penalty in Ireland, in this, the 50th anniversary year of the State’s last execution. Midas are presently shooting the first part featuring the story of Annie Walsh - the only woman hanged during the reign of the death penalty. The series is being produced by Peter Moore and directed by Rosie Nic Cionnaith, whose last film The Forgotten Ten (also for TG4) was nominated for Best Feature Documentary in the 2002 Celtic Film and Television Festival and the 2002 Boston Irish Film Festival.

Great Irish Battles is the third new factual commission and proceeding to pilot with development funds from TG4. This planned 8 parter is an educational and entertaining history series that brings the viewer back in time to re-live great moments in Irish history. Currently in development, the series is produced by ex Commissioning Editor RTE Entertainment and Midas exec Billy McGrath - himself a qualified history teacher and graduate from University College Dublin. New presenting talent is being sought for a late summer pilot and during search Midas are also keen to source an original and unique voice for a new landmark history series to be pitched to RTE in autumn 2004.

Previous Midas Production factual credits include all three Irish broadcasters - It’s All Good – with musician Damien Dempsey (True Lives RTE 2003) Croke Park To Cuba (True Lives RTE 2002) The Forgotten Ten (TG4 2002), Rwanda - after the war (TG4 2001), Flugtag, (TV3 2001), Na Mná Boilge (TG4 2000) plus13 part technology series Tech TV (RTE 1999).


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