Galway Film Centre's Talking TV Drama
Galway Film Centre hosted the second annual meeting on TV Drama with a host of national and international TV Drama Executives and Writers. The event was supported by GMIT, The Arts Council, The BAI, TG4, FAS Screen Training Ireland, RTÉ and the IFB/BSÉ. The two day event saw discussions with many of the writers of the top national and international dramas including Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge), Tom Farrelly (RAW) and Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones).
On Friday (5/10/12) writers met at the Radison Blu Hotel in Galway to discuss the Irish TV Drama landscape. The panel consisted of Jane Gogan, Commissioning Editor of Drama at RTÉ, James Hickey, CEO, The Irish Film Board, Ciarán Kissane, Head of Contract Awards at the BAI and Mícheál Ó Meallaigh, Commissioning Editor at TG4. A strong argument for the BAI sound and vision fund to pass into the hands of the Irish Film Board was given by James Hickey, while from the audience there was a clear signal given to the BAI to provide money towards development.
Nordic Noir was a lively debate with chair Declan Croghan, screenwriter on The Walking Dead and The Body Farm. Hans Rosenfeldt explained his work ethic to write from 9 to 5 without distraction.
On Saturday morning Script Editors and Development Executives from Britain discussed their work and how they approach series development. The panel included Adrian Banyard from STV, Amira-El Nemr, Script Editor on Hunted, Rebecca Hobbs, Director of Development at Disney UK and Ben Stoll, Head of Development at Channel 4.
Irish writers took to the stage after lunch with Tom Farrelly (RAW), James Moran (Spooks), Eugene O'Brien (Pure Mule) and Christian O'Reilly (On Home Ground). A lively debate took place into how they came into writing and their work.
The main interview was presented by Felim Mac Dermott with Bryan Cogman, Executive Story Editor and Writer on Game Of Thrones.
See our video from the event below with interviews with Rebecca Hobbs, Director of Development at Disney UK, Tom Farrelly (RAW), James Moran (Spooks), Eugene O'Brien (Pure Mule) and Christian O'Reilly (On Home Ground).