The universal popularity and proliferation of streaming services have brought many changes to the movie and film industry. As services and networks work to procure, create and offer a very high level of content, the production landscape has undergone significant change. Especially now, the digital and creative industries are looking to partner with organizations from all over the world for fresh ideas and unique, creative content.
One of the global creative regions that has experienced a wave of popularity is Ireland. Ireland has one of the world’s richest storytelling traditions and is now recognized as an important creative innovation hub. For generations, the oral traditions of Ireland passed on information through song, poetry and captivating narratives. Ireland is indeed a nation of storytellers, and today’s digital storytellers are advancing that tradition on a global basis.
With its booming creative industry and record of success in partnerships with studios in the U.S., the Irish digital and creative sector has grown significantly in the last decade earning well-earned, global recognition. Content production and creative technologies have become a cornerstone of Ireland’s vibrant film industry and an integral part of the overall digital economy.
As digital technology has leaped forward in recent years, Irish producers have become adept at creating content not only for TV and film, but also games, mobile and VR/AR applications. A highly professional and coordinated industry cooperates at home and abroad to produce marketable works while losing none of its distinctive magic.
Ireland’s rich heritage in TV and film production has developed a global reputation for combining storytelling, visual artistry and digital innovation to produce award-winning entertainment for some of the world’s biggest networks. With a strong focus on R&D, innovation, upskilling and new talent development — much of which is supported by Enterprise Ireland — Irish visual entertainment is set to continue enchanting international audiences for decades to come.
“With a deep heritage for combining magical storytelling, artistry and innovation in entertainment, Ireland has become a respected force across the animation, TV and film industries,” said Hannah Dobson, Vice President of Entertainment & Media, Enterprise Ireland. “Irish creative firms create unique content for TV, film, games, mobile and VR/AR applications. Supported by a government with a strong focus on R&D, innovation and new talent development, Irish visual entertainment today is enchanting audiences all around the world.”
Many Irish firms are working with Hollywood filmmakers and studios such as Amazon Studios, Netflix, Disney, YouTube and others to bring the strong tradition of Irish storytelling to their Los Angeles partners. Some of the inspiring Irish companies who are excelling through their work with the U.S. industry to embrace storytelling include:
Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon is a five-time Academy Award-nominated animation studio which has achieved critical acclaim for its stories, “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” which explore rich, traditional Irish Folklore and storytelling. The critical acclaim continues with “Wolfwalkers,” produced by Cartoon Saloon for AppleTV+. “WolfWalkers” received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Movie. This follows on from their winning sweep at the ANNIES, with five wins, including Independent Feature.
ShinAwil is one of Ireland’s leading independent production companies specializing in entertainment, factual entertainment, live event programming and scripted drama. They recently produced “Miss Scarlet & the Duke” for A&E Networks, an English period detective drama airing on Sundays under PBS’s “Masterpiece Theater.”
Element Pictures, whose multi-award-winning titles such as Lenny Abrahamson’s “ROOM” and Sally Rooney’s “Normal People” — which also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television — are results of excellent partnerships with BBC, Hulu and others. The wild success of these productions is fostering the development of additional high-profile projects.
Giant Animation is an independent CG animation studio dedicated to creating and producing world-class content for TV and film. Launched in 2012, their work has been selected for the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival, nominated for an IFTA and has won two consecutive Digital Media Awards for Best TV & Animation. Today, the company is steadily gaining a foothold in the U.S. market having worked with several leading multinational studios and streamers.
Jam Media is one of the leading creators and producers of multi-award-winning animated and live-action content for the children’s and preschool audience. Their content has been sold to over 80 territories, translated into 23 languages and viewed by over 130 million people. Jam’s award-winning titles include “Little Roy,” “Becca’s Bunch” and “Jessy & Nessy.” The company also founded and runs the Animation Dingle Festival each year, further strengthening Ireland’s position as a worldwide center of excellence in animation.