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Screen Wexford welcomes Green Light for Tara Film Studios
2021-02-02 : Nathan Griffin
Tara Film Studios
In a recent announcement, Wexford County Council has green-lit the planning permission for the construction of Tara Studios – a proposed 250,000 square feet, state-of-the-art film studio at Borleagh Manor, just north of Gorey.

The new facility will include seven sound stages along with supporting buildings on the 160-acre site - a significant new contribution to the Irish film industry.

Screen Wexford, the county’s film and television agency, has welcomed the announcement, describing the new studios as a major step forward for the county and also nationally.

Linda Curtin, Screen Wexford's Film & Television Co-ordinator, sees this as “a key vote of confidence for Wexford and its up-and-coming film industry, both for jobs directly in the sector and also for ancillary employment and tourism.”

“Screen Wexford is delighted to welcome Tara Studios and looks forward to working closely with their management team to help attract film and television production to the county, and to develop and support local talent and enterprise with local jobs in the support and construction industries,” Curtin added.

Despite the Covid 19 pandemic, the global film and television industry has experienced substantial growth in the last number of years. Screen Wexford sees that the region can continue to benefit from this trend through the expansion of infrastructure and facilities.

It is anticipated that Wexford's new film studios could help generate in the region of 350 jobs on incoming productions and a further 30 jobs at Tara Studios itself, plus additional local employment for technical and craft workers.

The team behind Tara Studios is headed up by John Gleeson and Ivan Dunleavy. Gleeson hails from North Wexford and is recognised as one of Ireland's most established advisors on film finance and an expert on the Irish Film and Television Tax Credit, Section 481; with a past list of media clients that include Amazon, Apple, Disney, Netflix, Sony, and Universal Pictures. Ivan Dunleavy, whose parents were originally from Wexford, is the former chief executive of Pinewood Studios, the UK's iconic "dream factory" and home to the James Bond franchise among many others. Dunleavy has also been an executive producer on film productions and involved in post-production in the area of groundbreaking visual effects. 

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