#Industry: IFB Chief Executive James Hickey Welcomes Announcement for New Film Studios in Dublin

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board welcomes plans to establish film studios in Dublin which were published today in the Irish Times.

Windmill Lane Studios founder James Morris and film producer Alan Moloney have confirmed they are developing proposals to build studios on the former Irish Glass Bottle site at Ringsend.

Commenting on the announcement James Hickey Chief Executive Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said “This is very good news for the Irish film and television industry. There is an urgent need for increased studio infrastructure in Ireland to increase production activity which will create further employment opportunities in the audio-visual industry, building on the success of the industry to date.  We have been working for some time with this project and look forward to further plans for the studio being announced.”

180,000sq ft of studio space with additional space for production services and several individual sound stages will be constructed on the site. The studio will aim to attract local and international film and television production activity.

Current Irish film studios include Ashford Studios where the TV series Vikings is currently filming and Ardmore Studios in Co. Wicklow where the TV series Penny Dreadfulhas been filming for the last number of years