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Windmill Lane heads to Los Angeles for Oscar Wildes
09 Mar 2023 : News Desk
Deborah Doherty and John Kennedy of Windmill Lane.
Ahead of the 94th Academy Awards this Sunday, where the Irish industry is nominated for 14 Oscar, Windmill Lane will be on the ground in LA as a sponsor of the 2023 Oscar Wilde Awards.

Head of Production, Deborah Doherty and Head of VFX, John Kennedy are travelling to the USA this week to meet industry partners. While there, they will represent Ireland's longest established VFX and post production studio at the Oscar Wilde Awards 2023.

The annual awards ceremony is held by the US-Ireland Alliance to celebrate the contribution Ireland makes to film, television, and music. It takes place during the build-up to the Oscars. The 2023 awards are scheduled for Thursday, 9 March at Bad Robot, the Santa Monica production company of JJ Abrams. This year, Eve Hewson will be honoured with the Wilde Card award, while the Irish industry celebrates the Oscar success of An Cailín Ciúin, the cast and crew of The Banshees of Inisherin, and Paul Mescal (Aftersun), being Academy award nominations.

“We're really excited to get back to LA again and meet our clients in person as well as representing Windmill Lane at this year's Oscar Wildes and attending the Woman in Film pre-Oscar party and events at the Irish Consul,” says Deborah. “I am so proud to be part of an industry where so many Irish are being honoured and considering what we do here in Windmill, I am especially proud to see recognition for Irish work in this year's Oscar craft categories.”

The Academy Awards have recognised Irish nominees in both Editing (Jonathan Redmond for Elvis) and VFX (Richard Banehan for Avatar: Way of the Water) this year.

Major VFX Appointment

This visit comes at a time when Windmill Lane recently announced the major appointment of Stephen Pepper, a vastly experienced VFX artist who will know the streets of Hollywood well having worked on projects including; Ironman, District 9 & Battleship

Commenting on this hire recently, Kennedy said: “It’s fantastic to have someone of Stephen's calibre, reputation and experience join our team. His work across film and advertising speaks for itself. He brings with him the reassurance  of  great creative leadership that’s going to be of immense value to our crew and growing client base.”

US Partnerships

With a heavy contingent of Irish talent due to travel state-side in March, there will be a wealth of activities and events that will provide an opportunity to toast a rich vein of form for Irish media on the global stage. However, for Deborah and John, its business as usual having established a solid footing in the US market since 2010 and VFX playing a pivotal role in the company’s vision. 

Dave Quinn, CEO of Windmill, discusses: “We are now 45 years in business and our ambition has not abated even slightly. In fact I believe recent hires and continued demand for content globally represent massive opportunities for us. We need to stay on the forefront of technological advancements – this is key to our corporate objectives - of which VFX is significant. We are honoured to sponsor the Oscar Wilde Awards in 2023 and look forward to catching up with our industry partners - from all over the world - in LA.”

Click here to find out more about Windmill Lane.

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