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Clermont Screen Hub at Wicklow County Council opens for business
2023-11-01 : News Desk
WCC CEO Emer O'Gorman, Cathaoirleach Aoife Flynn Kennedy, Simon Coveney TD, Simon Harris TD, and Deputy Stephen Matthews at the official opening
Clermont Screen Hub, a new facility for film, TV, and content creation has been opened at Wicklow County Campus in Rathnew, Co Wicklow. Chris O’Dowd’s new Sky TV series Small Town, Big Stories is currently using the facility’s office space.

Clermont Screen Hub is part of a strategy by Wicklow County Council to boost job creation in the film, TV and content creation industry in County Wicklow and the surrounding Mid East region. It is already being used by well-known Irish actor, Chris O’Dowd, for a new production.

The Screen Hub offers a mix of private and co-working spaces set around a suite of social spaces, a conference centre, podcast studio, and screening facilities, along with access to a range of meeting spaces and training facilities on the larger Wicklow County Campus. 

“Clermont Screen Hub is a testament to the Government’s ongoing commitment to nurturing and growing the Irish film industry and all the fantastic companies and talented individuals that are part of it,” said Simon Coveney, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment, speaking at the opening of the Screen Hub. “We are delighted to support this key piece of infrastructure for this global sector and welcome the invaluable partnership between government, Wicklow County Council and the industry which have made this initiative possible.”

The Content Creation Hub was built with support from the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment‘s Regional Enterprise Development Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland, along with match funding provided by Wicklow County Council.

Carol Gibbons, Manager for Regions and Local Enterprise at Enterprise Ireland added: “The Clermont Screen Hub is a state-of-the-art facility that will nurture talent and innovation in the film and content production sector. The success of Irish companies and individuals in the creative arena is a testament to the immense, strong emerging talent of the Irish digital entertainment sector here and this facility will provide more fledgling businesses with the support, guidance and collaboration they require to bring their ideas to the next level.”

“Our artistic and VFX skills are recognised globally and over the last number of years a coordinated effort to increase investment and collaborate with industry both at home and abroad has led to huge strides for the sector. We are delighted to support the Clermont screen Hub, which will support the great talent emerging here while providing a platform to promote Irish production to a global audience.”

The Hub aims to become the home for content creators throughout the Mid East region and realises an important part of the objectives in the Mid East Regional Plan to develop the region as a hub for content creation. It is also the latest step in the ongoing development of Wicklow County Campus as a centre for Third Level education, innovation and job creation.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy, stated: “I’m truly delighted to open the doors of this important development for our ever-expanding film and television sector. As I’m surrounded by film makers and industry professionals, I don’t need to remind you here how County Wicklow has long been punching above it’s weight in terms of producing high quality feature films and television productions."

“We now see the development of unscripted projects being made locally with the production of the Gordon Ramsay show ‘Next Level Chef’ in Ashford Studios creating further job opportunities. The Hub is a very exciting development for Wicklow which demonstrates that the Council continues to be proactive in promoting the local screen industry and supporting businesses in the sector.  This building represents the continued growth of a long and productive association between the film industry and County Wicklow.”

Stakeholders in the screen industry as well as development agencies and training providers were consulted in the development of this project.

The Hub has seen early interest from the screen industries since its soft opening in July, and is currently at full capacity with Chris O’Dowd’s Sky production Small Town, Big Stories taking up most of the office space.

The new Hub is adjacent to the offices of Screen Wicklow, a division of Wicklow County Council and a single point of contact for all filming inquiries. Amongst the tenants in the hub is the Film and TV Crew Academy East, one of the five National Talent Academies, funded by Screen Ireland and tasked with upskilling new and existing crew.

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