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Barclays to Host Media Company Funding Options Event in Belfast
02 May 2019 : News Desk
Northern Ireland Screen
The panel event will take place on Wednesday 29th May, aiming to outline funding options for TV & Film production companies.

Lorraine Ruckstuhl (Head of Media, Barclays) hosts the event alongside a panel of industry experts including Northern Ireland Screen’s Head of Production, Andrew Reid, John Gleeson (Head of Dublin Office, Saffery Champness) and Sinead McHugh (Director – Film & TV, Saffrey Champness)


Lorraine Ruckstuhl, Head of Media, Barclays 

Lorraine is the Head of the Media team at Barclays. Lorraine has over 25 years’ experience of corporate and investment banking. Before joining the media team in 2010, she spent five years in Debt Finance at Barclays, arranging and providing acquisition finance and term debt facilities to a variety of corporates.

Before that she spent seven years as a Relationship Director working with large UK and European based media clients

Andrew Reid, Head of Production, Northern Ireland Screen

As Head of Production, Andrew is responsible for the investment of Northern Ireland Screen’s $13m annual development, production and skills funds. He oversees the delivery of: physical production; project development; new and emerging talent and skills development schemes.

Andrew joined the industry in 1990 as a production runner, after a few years he was sent to London by the BBC to train as a television drama Locations Manager.  He joined Northern Ireland Screen in 1997.

John Gleeson, Head of Dublin Office, Saffery Champness

John joined Saffery Champness in 2019 when the firm acquired Grant Thornton Ireland’s Media and Entertainment Practice. He is Head of the Dublin Office.

He has particular experience in financing film and television projects, having raised finance and advised on a broad range of transactions involving numerous large international TV series, animation series for the US market and countless feature films, including Nightflyers, Game of Thrones, Room, The Breadwinner and Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.

Sinead McHugh, Director – Film & TV, Saffrey Champness

Sinead is a Director specialising in the UK Film & Television sector with responsibility for the submission of the UK Tax Credit claims to HMRC.

The panel discussion will take place from 12.00pm - 2.30pm at at Barclays Eagle Labs, Ormeau Baths, Belfast.

To RSVP or find out more about this event, visit the Northern Ireland Screen website here

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