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Aideen Burke

Associate , Media & Entertainment, LK Shields

Aideen joined LK Shields in 2017, where she specialises in Media and Entertainment law.  Prior to joining LK Shields, Aideen worked as an Associate in the Media and Entertainment team of a well-known London…

Amy Huberman

Creator of Finding Joy

  AMY HUBERMAN, Joy & Creator of Finding Joy Amy Huberman is an IFTA winning actress working internationally as an actor and writer.  She has had two best-selling novels published with Penguin and has…

Andrew Kavanagh

CEO & Founder, Kavaleer Productions

Andrew Kavanagh: CEO / Founder, Kavaleer Productions Award-winning writer/ director / producer Andrew Kavanagh founded Kavaleer in 2001 and as CEO is passionate about shaping the company’s creative output and distinctive brand. He has enjoyed critical and…

Andrew Lowe

Joint MD, Element Pictures

Andrew Lowe jointly runs Element Pictures together with Ed Guiney with whom he founded the company in 2001. Andrew’s focus is on managing the financing and business affairs of Element’s own slate of projects…

Anna Winger

Creator, Deutschland83/86

Anne Loi

Chief Commercial Officer, DHX Media

Anne Loi, Chief Commercial Officer, works closely with senior management and the Company’s talented content teams to help drive DHX Media’s leading slate of kids’ and family shows. She oversees content production and financing,…

Anne Mensah

Head of Drama, SKY

Anne Mensah was appointed Head of Drama at Sky for its entertainment channels in August 2011. Over the past five years, Anne has led the growth of original drama on Sky including the critically…

Aoife Byrne

Head of Online, RTÉ

Aoife Byrne is Head of Online in RTÉ, and is responsible for the strategy, development and run of all of RTÉ’s Online products and services, including RTÉ’s market leading Website, News app, Radio apps…

Cathal Gaffney

Managing Director Brown Bag Films/COO 9Story Group

Cathal has always had a deep love of animation, photography and art. Seeing his first short film on screen at the Galway Film Festival inspired him to co-found Brown Bag Films in 1994. Eight…

Catriona Logan

Director, Celtic Media Festival

Director, Celtic Media Festival   Catriona Logan is the Director of Celtic Media Festival, which in 2019 will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Since taking up her position at the festival in 2011, she has introduced…

Charlie Ardagh

Head of Business Development, Europe, Middle East and Asia, Facebook

Charlie Ardagh leads Business Development for Facebook across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. Prior to joining Facebook Charlie spent 15 years as an entrepreneur building startup companies in Ireland, the UK and Silicon…

Ciara Riordan

Dep. Editor Social News, BBC

Ciara Riordan is the Deputy Editor of Social News for BBC News.  Ciara is based in the BBC News headquarters in London and oversees some of the largest social media accounts in the world.…

Ciaran Kissane

Senior Manager, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Ciaran Kissane is a Senior Manager with the BAI. One of his areas of responsibility is the operation of the Broadcast Fund which comprises 7% of the TV licence fee (approx. €14m per annum). The…

Clelia Mountford

Co-Founder, Merman

Clelia is developing scripts with a host of international talent including Aisling Bea, Sarah Kendall and David Cross. She is currently Executive Producing MOTHERLAND for BBC 2 by Graham and Helen Linehan, Sharon Horgan and Holly…

Curtis White

Corporate Development, Atomic Cartoons/Thunderbird

Curtis White has spent more than 15 years working in media, tech and mining. Mr. White helped finance and launch Thunderbird in 2003 and has seen the company grow rapidly from a small distribution…

Damon Berger


Dan Biddle

Strategic Partnerships Manager, Entertainment, Facebook

Dan Biddle – Strategic Partnerships Manager, Entertainment. Dan has been leading strategic partnerships with TV, film and digital publishers at Facebook for over six months. Prior to this, Dan was Director of Strategic Innovation…

David McMunn

Broadcasting and Media Consultant

David McMunn is a communications/media professional and  has worked for commercial broadcasters and private equity companies which have all been complex, multi-jurisdictional organisations with multiple shareholder/stakeholder engagement. He has been a senior executive director of…

Dee Forbes

Director General. RTE

Dermot Horan

Director of Acquisitions & Co-Productions, RTÉ

Dermot Horan is Director of Acquisitions & Co-Productions at RTÉ, Ireland’s Public Service Broadcaster. In his acquisitions role he has secured for RTÉ the likes of The Handmaid’s Tail, Killing Eve, The People Vs…

Ed Guiney

Joint MD, Element Pictures

Ed Guiney runs Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Current productions include Lenny Abrahamson’s Room starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay winner of People’s Choice Award at Toronto 2015, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster starring Rachel…

Ed Hall

Managing Partner , Expert Media Partners

Ed is one of the UK's most experienced television entrepreneurs and advisers, and he has been working in broadcasting since 1991 when he produced award-winning news programmes and documentaries for the BBC, ITV and…

Eddie Doyle

Head of Content Production, BBC NI

Reporting to Director of BBC Northern Ireland, Peter Johnston as Head of Content Production, Eddie provides editorial leadership for all BBC NI’s non-news and current affairs production teams across television, radio and digital. He…

Eilish Kent

Drama Consultant

Eilish Kent worked in TV drama and development for public service broadcasters RTÉ and BBC for over 15 years. During her time in RTÉ Eilish developed many dramas including several international co-productions. She pre-bought…

Elaine Geraghty

CEO, Screen Producers Irelanf

Fiona Campbell

Director, Digital, BBC News

Fiona Campbell is the Director, Digital, BBC News.  She is responsible for BBC News strategy to engage and build relationships with the youth audience on and off BBC platforms.  Fiona created the BBC Stories…

Frank Spotnitz

Writer, The X-Files, Man in the High Castle

James Hickey

CEO, Screen Ireland

James Hickey is the Chief Executive of Bord Scannan na hÉireann/ FIS and former Partner and Head of the Media and Entertainment law group of Ireland's largest law firm, Matheson Ormsby Prentice. He was…

John Gleeson

Partner - Head of Media and Entertainment, Grant Thornton

  John joined Grant Thornton in 2014 as a Partner and heads up the firm’s Media and Entertainment Practice. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, John was with a large mid-tier Dublin accountancy and business…

John Rice

CEO, Jam Media

John is a Bafta award winning producer and director who began his career as an animator in feature film working at 20th Century Fox in the US. This was followed by a stint at…

Julie Ryan

CEO, MK1 Productions

Julie Ryan is an IFTA nominated producer and principal in MK1 Productions. She began her career producing comedy and sport entertainment shows in Ireland before producing documentaries in Los Angeles, Canada and Australia. More…

Justin Gupta

Head of Broadcast & Entertainment for the UK & Ireland, Google

Justin is Head of Broadcast & Entertainment for the UK & Ireland in Google's Strategic Partnerships team. His current focus is enabling advanced video advertising in OTT and Connected TV, having worked on dynamic ad insertion…

Justin Healy

Executive Producer, Comedy Commissioning, RTÉ

Justin is the Executive Producer, Comedy Commissioning at RTÉ for both scripted and non scripted content. Recent projects include Cant Cope Wont Cope, Bridget & Eamon, Women On The Verge, The Young Offenders, Finding…

Kieran Smith

Creative Director, Love Productions

Kieran joined Love Productions in 2007 and has executive produced many of Love’s most innovative and controversial critically acclaimed factual series and formats. He oversaw the Bafta nominated Make Bradford British as well as the groundbreaking documentary…

Laura Slattery

Media Journalist, Irish Times

Laura Slattery has reported on media for The Irish Times since 2011 and her Media & Marketing column appears on Tuesdays. She has worked for the newspaper’s business desk since 2001 and has written…

Marc Smerling

Producer, The Jinx

Michael Hirst

Writer, Vikings

Michael Hirst was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, in 1952.  He was educated at Bradford Grammar school, the London School of Economics, Nottingham University and Trinity College, Oxford.  He wrote his first screenplay in 1979,…

Michael O’Keefe

CEO, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland   Following the enactment of the Broadcasting Act 2009, Michael O’ Keeffe was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”). The BAI is…

Morgan O’Sullivan

CEO, World 2000

MORGAN O’SULLIVAN Morgan is the Executive Producer of ‘Vikings,’ currently in its sixth season for MGM/ History. He also Executive Produced all four seasons of “The Tudors”, the critically acclaimed Showtime series that won…

Nathalie Clermont

Nathalie Clermont, Canada Media Fund

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, CMF Nathalie Clermont has been working in the film, television and digital media industry for more than twenty-five years, with extensive experience in policy development and financing. Since joining the…

Nicky Gogan

Head of Development, Piranha Bar 

Head of Development, Piranha Bar Nicky Gogan has had a highly prolific career across many roles in the creative industries and cultural innovation. After training at Art House in the mid 90’s she established Sink Digital…

Nikki Lannen

CEO, WarDucks

NIKKI LANNEN – CEO, WARDUCKS Nikki Lannen is the CEO of WarDucks, which she founded in 2014. She spent almost 5 years working at Facebook and was a founding member of the Facebook games…

Rebecca O’Flanagan

Producer, Treasure Entertainment

A graduate of UCD and King's Inns, Rebecca worked in a freelance capacity for a number of years in the Irish film industry before taking up the position of manager of Film Makers Ireland…

Sarah Dillon

Development Manager, Wrap Fund

The  Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund (WRAP Fund) is an initiative of the Western Development Commission and Galway Film Centre in association with the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and…

Sean Doyle

Commissioning Editor, Channel 5

Seans  is currently a commissioning editor working various genres. While at C5, he revamped Blind Date and its move into Saturday night entertainment programming. Doyle also commissioned Gino’s Win Your Wish List, Jo Brand’s Cats & Kittens and the…

Sean MacGiolla Phadraig

Group Head of Factual, RTÉ

Seán Mac Giolla Phádraig is RTÉ's Group Head of Factual, with responsibility for all of RTÉ's factual content. In the course of his career, he has worked with documentary makers across the independent sector…

Simon Kelehan

Media and Entertainment Acquisitions

Simon's most recent role was Head of Content at eir TV where he was responsible for content acquisition and partnerships for eir’s IPTV service. Most recently Simon led eir’s acquisition of Setanta Sports and…

Siobhan Burke

Joint MD, Saffron Pictures

Siobhan Bourke holds an MA in Geography. She is a graduate of EAVE; Europe's leading training programme for producers of film, television and documentary. Siobhan Bourke has been film advisor to the Irish Arts…

Tim Gamble

Producer BLADE RUNNER 2019, Vice Chair, Thunderbird Entertainment

Tim Gamble is the Vice Chair of Thunderbird Entertainment. Mr. Gamble is a founding partner of Thunderbird and oversees all business operations, with a particular focus on corporate finance and strategic alliances, as well…