Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced two new appointments – Patrick O’Neill has moved to the role of Industry Affairs Executive, while Laura Notley takes on the position of Business Affairs Co-ordinator.
As Industry Affairs Executive, O’Neill will work closely with the Head of Business Affairs/Deputy CEO, Teresa McGrane, on overall IFB policy and will drive one-off projects undertaken by the IFB to further strategic development. The role will involve co-production certification, the development of new co-production treaties and the collation and analysis of statistical data from the Irish film industry.
O’Neill comes to the role with two years experience as the Business Affairs Co-ordinator at the IFB and over eight years experience in the international film industry. He has previously worked in film production on features including Aisling Walsh’s ‘Song for a Raggy Boy’ and for sales company MR Films. In 2004, Patrick completed a Masters in Audiovisual Management from the Media Business School and since then has worked for international sales agent Capitol Films and undertaken projects for broadcaster BSkyB and LA based film acquisition reps Trans Pacific Media Consultants.
Notley joins the IFB as Business Affairs Co-ordinator where she will be responsible for contracting documentary, completion and print provision funding. Notley brings over two years of legal experience with her to the IFB having previously worked with Philip Lee Solicitors. She qualified as an attorney in New York and completed an internship in Chicago working with the legal aid organization ‘Lawyers for the Creative Arts’ and joins the IFB on a temporary basis from Philip Lee Solicitors.