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MIPCOM - Your Guide to the Top Irish Companies
01 Oct 2012 : Dylan Newe
MIPCOM gets underway on October 8
MIPCOM is the world's leading content market for creating, co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment across all platforms.

As the leading players in the Irish television industry head to Cannes for the annual event, we look at the top companies to find out what their key aims are at this year’s market place.

Sideline Productions Good Company Productions
Screentime ShinAwil Telegael
Irish Film Board Network Ireland Television
Tile Films RTE
beActive Media Tyrone Productions
Kite Entertainment Ardmore Studios


Sideline Productions

Sideline are one of Ireland’s foremost production companies, specialising in format, entertainment & factual programming. Upcoming shows include ‘The Great Irish Bake Off’ and ‘Mastermind’.

Who’s going?
Billy McGrath, creative director.
David Malone, executive producer

Key aims:
Sideline will be selling a number of entertainment and format shows. The company is also looking to build up its factual slate as well as meet like-minded comedy broadcasters & producers to work with as part of its recently launched Comedy Division.

Why should international attendees take the time to meet Sideline?
Billy McGrath: “Increasingly we’re on the radar of UK broadcasters and we are the first ever Irish company to have a comedy commissioned from the UK, which is with The Rubberbandits. The pilot will be on Channel 4 later in the year. We’re also forming very a positive relationship with International Creative Management in London. We have produced about 60 hours of TV in 2012, mainly with iconic international brands, like ‘Mastermind’ and ‘Family Fortune’. International format distributors know that we can both execute & deliver major international formats to the Irish audience.

Where you’ll find them?
Ireland on Screen stand (02.30)

Contact Details at MIPCOM?
Web: www.sideline.ie
Tweet David Malone: @malonedavid
Tweet Sideline:@sidelineprods


Good Company Productions

Good Company was founded in 2004 by Evan Chamberlain. They have won five IFTAs in the last decade with their biggest format, ‘Feirm Factor’, now a global hit.

Who’s going?
Evan Chamberlain, Good Company founder and producer

What they’re selling at MIPCOM:
‘Feirm Factor’ is with another distributor Chamberlain will also be bringing out ‘Pitch Perfect’ and ‘Mi Na Meala’. He’ll also have a new format which has not yet gone to broadcast called ‘Lads as Dads’.

Why should international attendees take the time to meet Good Company?
Evan Chamberlain: “As an Irish-based production company with a track record for creating saleable formats such as ‘Feirm Factor’ we are creating formats which will work in this country but will also work abroad as well.”

Contact details at MIPCOM?
Ph: 086- 8338628


Screentime ShinAwil

One of the largest and most successful independent production companies in Ireland, Screentime produce Irish versions of hit formats such as ‘The Voive of Ireland’ and ‘Masterchef’. They are now a partner of global production hub The Banijay Group.

Who’s going?
Larry Bass, CEO
Alan Gillespie, head of development
Stephen Courtney, creative director.

Key aims:
Screentime ShinAwil have a number of projects that are in early stage development and they are seeking co-production proposals for these. The projects range from scripted ideas to entertainment formats. The company is also looking to grow its business in the UK and so will be looking at acquiring the rights for shows for the UK as well as Ireland.

Why should international attendees take the time to meet you?
Larry Bass: “We would see ourselves as a key company in terms of Ireland and the UK if you’re looking to exploit your rights and your programme ideas and we’re certainly a company who have a track record in taking international shows and localising them. That’s what we intend to do and obviously we’re looking to develop and sell our own shows.

Where you’ll find them?
Ireland on Screen stand (02.30) and at Banijay stand.

Contact details at MIPCOM:
Tweet Larry Bass: @Larbas
Tweet ShinAwil: @ShinAwil1



Set up in 1988, Telegael is one of Europe’s leading animation and television production houses having won a number of Emmy and IFTA awards.

What are they bringing to MIPCOM  
Telegael is selling ‘Alexander and Pete’, a tween live-action co-production with The Jim Henson Company. The Galway-based company is also pitching a new pre-school series called ‘Bimomibo’ and plan to meet some potential animation studios and co-producers with regard their animation project, ‘Impossimals’.

Who from Telegael is going?
Paul Cummins, CEO
Siobhán Ní Ghadhra, COO
Gráinne McNamara, head of international development.

Why should international attendees take the time to meet you?   
Siobhán Ní Ghadhra: “Telegael is one of Europe’s leading animation and television production houses having won a number of Emmy and IFTA awards. The company has seen our productions distributed to over 140 territories with our client list including Disney, Discovery Kids, France Television, BBC and Nickelodeon.  We are always interested in meeting new co-production partners in the areas of animation and live-action.”

Where you’ll find Telegael at MIPCOM?  
Ireland on Screen stand (02.30)

Contact details at MIPCOM:
E-mail: paul@telegael.com; siobhan@telegael.com; grainne@telegael.com
Tweet Siobhán Ní Ghadhra: @siobhannig
Tweet Telegael: @telegaelireland

IFB logo

Irish Film Board

Ireland’s national film agency, the IFB supports and promotes the Irish film industry and the use of Ireland as a location for international production.

Key aims at MIPCOM:
This year the IFB is placing a strategic emphasis on promoting Ireland as a co-production partner to European producers and broadcasters of high-end TV drama series, capitalising on the country’s reputation for developing quality co-productions such as ‘Ripper Street’.
Who’s going?
IFB film commissioner Naoise Barry. 

Why should international attendees take the time to meet the IFB?  
Naoise Barry: "High-end TV drama series are increasingly financed as international co-productions. Ireland and our independent production companies are leading players in this regard, with companies like World 2000 Entertainment and Octagon developing big event TV shows for the global market, including ‘Vikings’, ‘The Borgias’ and ‘Love/Hate’. These leading Irish drama producers are all at MIPCOM with their development slates and the offer of a range of Irish finance sources including S481, IFB, RTE, BAI, TV3 and TG4."  

Where we’ll find the Irish Film Board at MIPCOM?
Ireland on Screen stand (02.30)

Contact details at MIPCOM?


Network Ireland Television

Set up in 1995, Network Ireland Television is one of the most established independent distribution houses in Ireland.

Who’s going?
Derry O’Brien, managing director
Sylvia Lynch, sales & acquisitions executive

Key titles at MIPCOM:
Network Ireland Television will be selling three new independent feature films – ‘A Kiss for Jed’; ‘The Pier’ and ‘Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town’. Other titles include ‘The Titanic Inquiry’; ‘Titanic: A Legend Born in Belfast’ and ‘Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film’; ‘Eliot and Me’; ‘The Shore’; ‘What in the World’; ‘The Science Squad’ and ‘Simply Painting in China’.

Why should international attendees take the time to meet Network Television Ireland?
Derry O’Brien: NITV has established a reputation over the years, I believe, of being a reliable supplier of quality English language programming across the genres. Therefore, it is more than likely that any international buyer who meets with us, will find something in our current catalogue that would work for their audiences.

Where we’ll find Network Ireland Television?
Ireland on Screen stand (02.30). 

Contact Details at MIPCOM?
E-mail: derry@network-irl-tv.com; sylvia@network-irl-tv.com
Ph: +353 86 2239545
Tweet Network Ireland Television: @NetworkIrlTv


Tile Films

Founded in 1989 by Stephen Rooke, Tile Films are one of Ireland’s leading factual production companies, specialising in Irish and international documentaries.

Who’s going?
Stephen Rooke, managing director

What are Tile bringing to MIPCOM?
‘Waterways: The Royal Canal’ which won the IFTA for Best Documentary. Tile are also bringing a documentary about the Battle of Mount Street Bridge in 1916 and a two-part series called ‘In the Name of the Republic’. They also hope to raise funds for new co-production projects.

Why should international attendees take the time to meet Tile Films?
Stephen Rooke: “From our point of view if people are interested in high-end drama documentaries & a lot of the buyers are interested in that product then they would be interested in coming to speak to us about a number of the products that we’ve made or projects that we’re about to make and we as a company have a good reputation in the international scene in terms of doing documentaries about topics that can be Irish-orientated but also of international interest.

Where you’ll find Tile Films?
Ireland on Screen stand

Contact Details:
Email: Stephen@tilefilms.ie
Ph: +353 1 6114646



Ireland’s state broadcaster, RTÉ will bring with them a slate of factual, entertainment & drama programmes including the highly-anticipated ‘Love/Hate’ Season 3.

Who’s going?
Edel Edwards and Laura McCahill from RTE Programme Sales
Bill Malone, commissioning editor, entertainment
Toniya Dowling, assistant commissioning editor

Key aims:
RTÉ have a number of partnerships with other distributors with ITV Global launching ‘Love/Hate’ Season 3 on their behalf. The broadcaster is also doing a big push on formats on the back of ‘Format Farm’ and has partnered with major distributors such as Fremantle, Warner Bros, Banjiay.

Why should international attendees come to meet RTÉ?
Edel Edwards: “It’s not the Irish angle that we’re selling; we have a wide catalogue of programming across drama, factual, entertainment & lifestyle. We are down there working as much for independent producers as much too. We want to get the best possible deal for our producers and for RTE.

Where you’ll find RTÉ?
Ireland on Screen stand (02.30). 


beActive Media

beActive is an award-winning film, TV and transmedia production company, experienced in developing, producing and distributing entertainment content across multiple platforms.

Who’s going?
Isabel Lopes, international sales & business development

Key aims at MIPCOM?
beActive will have a focus on its latest Transmedia projects, including ‘Collider’, a sci-fi story told across a range of different platforms. Live action music drama ‘Beat Girl’ will also be available and features on several platforms, including online and social media, TV, books, magazines and iPhone/iPad apps. Finally, beActive will be selling Transmedia documentary show ‘Road To Revolution’.

Why should international attendees come to meet beActive?
Isabel Lopes: “If you are looking for groundbreaking and innovative content, that meets the current audience trends and market needs, beActive is a reference production house. Our approach to storytelling, from the very beginning, is to create a universe and divide it into different, self-contained pieces, which then can be distributed in different media. The story can follow the audience and be there with the audience, whatever they are doing, whether browsing on the Internet, using a mobile phone or just reading a book. As audiences are more and more multi-platform and want different and more immersive experiences, producers, broadcasters and advertisers, have to find a way to engage with these audiences and beActive has the expertise and content to do so.
Where we’ll find beActive?
beActive can be found on the 5th floor of the Palais, at the MEDIA Umbrella Stand H4.35.

Contact details at MIPCOM?
E-mail: iml@beactive.pt
Ph: +351964163808


Tyrone Productions

Overview: Independent production house founded in 1987, Tyrone make a range of high-quality television shows such as ‘The All Ireland Talent Show’.

Key aims at MIPCOM?
Tyrone will be meeting with their distributors and updating them on new shows they have in development and production.  

Who’s going?
Patricia Carroll, Managing Director

Contact Details?
Ph:+353 (0)1 8894900


Kite Entertainment

Set up in 2004 Kite is a Dublin-based TV production and talent management company specialising in entertainment & reality-based format ideas.

What they are selling at MIPCOM?
‘Science Fiction’, a kids animation show for BBC, recently bought by Aardman Animation; ‘A Story With Me In It’, an adult literacy format show; and RTÉ Format Farm pilot ‘Baptism of Hire’.

Who’s going?
Darren Smith, managing director

Why should international attendees meet Kite?
Darren Smith: “You just need to be there, they ain’t gonna come to you. With the budgets going the way they are and the slots reducing at home if you want to make TV and make a profit from making TV you can’t rely on Ireland and you can’t expect the international market to come to you, so you have to get out there and make yourself visible. That’s my logic anyway, not exactly groundbreaking!

Contact details at MIPCOM:
E-mail: Darren.smith@kiteentertainment.com
Ph: +353 1 6468234


Ardmore Studios

Well-regarded studio facility and production centre. Recent productions include ‘Moone Boy’

Key aims at MIPCOM ?
Promoting the studios and the infrastructure that we have to offer here in Ireland for co-productions

Who’s going?
Siún Ni Raghalliagh, CEO

Why should international attendees take the time to meet Ardmore?
Siún Ni Raghallaigh: “Ireland is particularly proactive in the international co-production marketplace and we have a lot to bring to the table. We have great facilities here, great crews, great creative talent & a long experience with co-producing.”

Where we’ll find Irish Film Board?
Ireland on Screen stand

Contact details at MIPCOM?
Tweet Siún: @SiunNi
Tweet Ardmore: @ArdmoreStudios
Ph: +353 1 2862971

Other Irish companies attending MIPCOM are:
A Man & Ink
Big Mountain Productions
Brown Bag Films
Cartoon Saloon
Crowe Horwath
Dublin Film Distributors
Element Pictures Limited
Enterprise Ireland
Epos Films
Gorilla Post Production
JAM Media
Kavaleer Productions Ltd
Lime Street Sound
Magnet Networks Limited T/a Aertv
Monster Entertainment
Newgrange Pictures
Northern Ireland Screen
Powwow Studios
Rockabil Media
T4 Productions Ltd
Vision Independent Productions
Video Elephant Ltd
Windmill Lane Pictures
World 2000

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