James Hickey has been named as the new chief executive officer of the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann. Mr Hickey takes over the role from Simon Perry, who ended his five-year term at the beginning of the year.
Mr Hickey has a long association with the film Industry and arts sector. Mr Hickey in the past has served as theatre director of the Project Arts Centre and acted as box office manager for the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1979. He forged a career representing professionals in the music and film industries, before joining Matheson Ormsby Prentice Ireland’s largest law firm. He became chairman in 2004 and served two terms in that position
Mr Hickey involvement with the Film Board dates back to the early 90’s when he served on the Taoiseach’s committee that recommended reconstitution of the organisation in 1993, following its controversial abolition six years earlier.
The next few years will prove to be an interesting and challenging time in Irish Film. The outgoing Finna Fail/ Green Government have extended the section 481 tax reliefs to 2015. Hopefully the new Government will maintain Arts as a full cabinet ministry in the next Government. We need to see the new studio space under construction in Ashford finally come into operation. Ardmore Studios has served the Irish Film industry well, and will continue to paly an important role in the industry. However we need additional larger and modern studios to meet the demands of digital/green screen age.
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