Lenny Abrahamson

Lenny is the director of the critically-acclaimed ROOM, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. ROOM was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film. Some of Lenny’s other work includes: GARAGE, ADAM AND PAUL, WHAT RICHARD DID and FRANK.

His latest TV series, NORMAL PEOPLE, a 12-episodes series for BBC, Hulu and RTE, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s Man Booker long-listed novel of the same name was released in 2020. His latest feature, THE LITTLE STRANGER, was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.

He is also in development on a number of projects: NEVERHOME, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4, A MAN’S WORLD based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4 and OURSELVES, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran.

Graeme Bird

27 years experience as a modelmaker in film, TV and advertising. Highly experienced model and prop maker on many large productions including Vikings, Braveheart, King Arthur, Reign of Fire, Monte Christo and Ella Enchanted.

Areas of expertise

  • Practical model making skills
  • Training and safety in the workplace
  • Scheduling
  • POs and dealing with suppliers
  • Script breakdowns for prop making.

Donald Taylor Black

My work has been commissioned or transmitted by RTÉ, Channel 4, BBC, the ITV Network, Ulster Television, TG4, La Sept/ARTE, YLE, SBS, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, PBS stations in the United States and many other international broadcasters. The films have won a number of awards and have been screened at the Chicago, Melbourne, Sydney, London, Taormina, Pordenone, Hong Kong, Augsburg, Geneva, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Foyle, Belfast, Guth Gafa, and Celtic Film Festivals; at INPUT, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cinémathèque Française; and as part of retrospectives throughout the world.

Areas of expertise

  • Producing and directing creative documentaries.

Ailish Bracken

Ailish has been working as a producer and line producer in the Irish Film and TV industry for 12 years. She worked with leading Irish production company Blinder Films for six years and co-produced THE QUEEN OF IRELAND, A MOTHER BRINGS HER SON TO BE SHOT and EXTRA ORDINARY with them. She also produced the last series of THE SAVAGE EYE comedy series and line produced all three series of IRISH PICTORIAL WEEKLY for RTE. In 2015 Ailish started her own production company AGAINST THE GRAIN FILMS. She has line produced many film and TV projects including THE YOUNG OFFENDERS, DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL, COLD COURAGE and A GIRL FROM MOGADISHU. She is currently developing several TV and film projects with MDV Media, Shinawil and Vico Films and will soon start production on feature film WOLF with Feline Films.

Areas of expertise

• Developing documentary and scripts for production
• Bringing a script to screen
• Budgeting & Scheduling
• Hiring & managing crew
• Managing a budget
• Liaising with producers, financiers and the Revenue
• Managing and budgeting post production
• Managing a long running TV Shoot, Block Shooting
• SIPTU Agreement and advances the Irish Film and TV Industry

Elizabeth Brennan

Since graduating from art school I’ve worked mostly in TV drama and film and really love what I do. Thinking I wanted to be an art director at first, working as an assistant buyer on ‘Breakfast on Pluto’ made me realise decoration was my passion and period productions (George Gently, Foyle’s War, Quirke) are where I’m most at home. I’ve also worked on 5 productions in Morocco, (Homeland, Killing Jesus), and enjoy the challenge of working in a new environment. Most recently on Ridley Scott’s ‘The Last Duel’, many of the films I’ve worked on (Love and Friendship, Stella Days) have not had the budget to match their ambition, but that’s a challenge I’m happy to take on. Having set decorated a number of films, the logistics matched with keen eye that it takes to be a good production buyer is where I feel at my best.

Areas of expertise

  • Logistics and planning, organising you day, prioritising needs
  • Budgeting, filing, PCVs and POs, spreadsheets
  • Reading scripts and breakdowns, establishing requirements
  • Dealing with suppliers, getting the best deal, communication
  • Quantifying needs, managing expectations, working in a team and with other teams
  • Period work, understanding context, availability versus requirements

Ciara Bresnihan

I have been working in Television Production for nearly 20 years, having started my career in the Film Industry in New York in the year 2000. Since moving back to Ireland in 2005 however, I have moved into TV production and have now been working as a Producer and Line Producer for over 10 years. As such, I have extensive experience in all aspects of the production cycle, both from a management perspective, as well as the editorial side. I have managed both films and large scale event-style, live TV productions from start to finish, and have more recently editorially produced some of Ireland’s most well-known TV shows.

I am very used to managing all types of budgets, from low budget documentaries to multi-million Euro live entertainment programmes. I have managed teams of up to 50 people and am extremely knowledgeable of the many ebbs and flows of a production.

Areas of expertise

• Budgeting & scheduling for TV
• Managing teams and communications.
• Negotiating budgets with broadcasters.
• Supervising the delivery of productions on time and on budget.
• Managing post production schedules and budgets.
• Putting a team together.

Brock Norman Brock

Brock Norman Brock is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright. His original screenplay Bronson, starring Tom Hardy and directed by Nicholas Winding-Refn, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2009 and was in competition at the Sundance and Sydney Film Festivals, where it won Best Film in 2009. Brock’s four part-adaptation of Jake Chapman’s The Marriage of Reason and Squalor aired on Sky Arts in June 2015 and his adaptation of cult novel Yardie for Warp and StudioCanal, Idris Elba’s feature-film directorial debut, is shooting summer 2017. His script ofMustang for director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre will shoot later this year for Legende and Focus Features, and his adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted for Koen Mortier and Czar Films will shoot early next year.
Also for Focus Features and Raw Film & TV, Brock is adapting Misha Glenny’s Nemesis for Matt Heinemann to direct, and he is developing a feature script for director Elliot Lester with producers Marc Goldberg and Alison Owen. His original script Bear Grylls and the Lost Patrol is in development with Shine.
Brock is currently developing several television projects including The London Coup with Dreamscape Entertainment. For Seven Stories, he is adapting Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Derek Raymond’s iconic Factory novels, as well as developing his original idea, Ancient Athens Confidential.
He previously worked for the UK Film Council and was production executive for a number of films including Gosford ParkThe Constant Gardener, Ladies in LavenderThe PropositionValiantVera Drake and Young Adam.

Areas of expertise

• Screenwriting

Niamh Buckley

Costume Supervisor of several television series including Dead Still (2019), Taken Down (2018), Red Rock (2015-2017) and feature films Animals (2018), Dublin Old School (2017), The Other Side of Sleep (2010).

Costume Designer of the feature film Without Name (2015), the television series Red Rock (6 episodes 2017) and short films Hedy (2018) and Lowland Fell (2008).

Costume Stylist for commercials including Fruice (2018) and Jacobs (2010).
On-set costumer on several television series including Love/Hate (2011, 2012, 2014) and Moone Boy (2012, 2013).

Areas of expertise

• All areas of costume including design, supervising, budgeting, script breakdown for costume, on-set continuity, costume ageing and distressing, historical research, best practice for fittings, dealing with costume hire facilities and styling for commercials.

Morgan Bushe

Previously produced for a diverse roster of directors, including a two-time Academy Award winner, an Independent Spirit Award nominee, a Best Comedy BAFTA nominee, an Outstanding Investigative Emmy Award nominee and a Turner Prize winner – previous films and docs have premiered at Cannes, TIFF, TriBeCa, Sitges, Sundance, BFI London, Telluride and the Berlinale. Notable recognition includes three EFA nominations; seven Slovenian Vesna Awards; three Swedish Guldbagge Award nominations; the First Appearance Award at IDFA and four Dutch Calf Awards and a further six nominations. On home soil, the Best Sports Doc twice, two Best Feature Doc nominations, Best Short; and craft nominations including Best Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Actress and Editing at the IFTAs. He has produced twenty hours of prime time factual television for RTE, TG4, Eir Sport and Virgin Media Television; and sold internationally to Netflix, ZDF Arte, PBS, SVT, VPRN, Sony, StudioCanal and the Discovery Channel.

Areas of expertise

  • Role of producer – from shorts to micro budget features to large scale multi million euro productions
  • Design and execution of co-production finance, specifically sourcing through European partners, but including North America and Australasia
  • Creative and financial advice and support to teams working at getting their debut feature films or feature (or television) docs into production

Jason Butler

I have directed, co-written, and produced, 4 series of the RTÉ sitcom Bridget & Eamon. I won two IFTA awards for the show – Best Director (Soap/Comedy) and Best Comedy.

I also wrote and directed full time on 80 episodes of RTÉ 2’s flagship comedy show Republic of Telly. When I took over the show as series producer and head writer I increased ratings 50% year on year. A large part of my job was working with the show’s writers and directors to develop and improve their work.

Most recently I devised and developed a new prime time chat show for RTE One – Angela Scanlon’s Ask Me Anything; directed, produced and co-wrote Owen Colgan Around The Fire a comedy chat show for RTÉ Player and wrote, directed & produced a 20 minute dark drama for RTÉ Storyland 2019 – Skip To The End.

Areas of expertise

  • Writing / directing (& producing) scripted TV comedy
  • Writing feature screenplays
  • Funding