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Wednesday 5th June, 6pm-9pm

Join us for an evening of conversation and networking.

Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange St Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, D08 EH67


6.00pm – Welcome and Introductions

6.30pm – Panel Discussion 1

The Burgeoning VFX Sector in Ireland – A Case Study of the VFX on ‘Bodkin'


This panel will explore the challenges and opportunities that face the burgeoning VFX sector in Ireland. The panel will focus on a case study of the VFX in the new Netflix show ‘Bodkin’, exploring how this VFX work was produced in Ireland by a number of VFX studios working collaboratively together.

Panel Guests:

Lisa Maher (VFX Producer), Laura Livingstone (VFX Executive at Netflix), Deborah Doherty (Head of Production at Windmill Lane) and Nicky Gogan (Executive Producer at Piranha Bar). 


Chaired by: Aoife Barry (Writer, Journalist & Broadcaster).

7.15pm – Panel Discussion 2

The New Track? – Future Opportunities for Film, TV & Media


The Film, TV and Media sectors are undergoing significant changes. While original ideas, good stories and excellent production lie close to the hearts of creatives everywhere, is this enough to keep the industry alive? The streaming model that has prevailed for many years seems to be shifting. A slowdown in Film and TV production has led to an exodus of talent from the sector. AI is raising all kinds of alarm bells across the creative industries. The future of public sector media is unclear, especially in Ireland, where the state broadcaster RTE is in a challenging position.

With all of this uncertainty, what can we look forward to? What future opportunities might arise in these sectors? Where will we find the audiences of the future and what will they be watching? Can data analytics help us navigate a way forward? Will storytelling still resonate as it has always resonated? Do we need to find new ways of telling stories? How will we get things back on track? Or should we all be looking for the new track?

Panel Guests:

David Puttnam (Film Producer & Educator), Mark Little (Media Entrepreneur & Journalist), Emily Horgan (Media Consultant) and Kim Bartley (Writer & Director).


Chaired by: Sheila de Courcy (Media Producer & Writer).

8.15pm – Networking & Refreshments

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