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IFTA Board & Committees

IFTA BOARD

  • 	Alan Moloney	Alan Moloney
    Producer, Parallel Films

    Alan Moloney is one of Ireland’s leading film Producers and is a director of Parallel Films production company (which he co-founded in 1992) with offices in Dublin and London. Alan has produced internationally successful films including Albert Nobbs, Brooklyn, Byzantium, The Siege of Jadotville and Maudie many of which have received multiple Oscar, IFTA and BAFTA Nominations along the way. In 2014, Parallel acquired one of Ireland’s leading TV production companies ‘Animo TV’ that produces popular Irish TV programmes and formats, including the recent award-winning documentary My Astonishing Self: Gabriel Byrne on George Bernard Shaw which Moloney Executive Producer. Other recent projects Alan produced include Mark O'Rowe's film The Delinquent Season and Haifaa Al-Mansour's Mary Shelley.

  • 	Áine Moriarty	Áine Moriarty
    IFTA CEO

    Áine Moriarty is the founder and Chief Executive of the Irish Film & Television Academy (www.ifta.ie) est. in 2003 which has 1,140 Members of Irish industry professionals and runs an Educational Programme of c50 events annually including the John Ford Ireland - Film Symposium. She has Executive Produced 17 x IFTA Awards Ceremonies; is a founding member of the Film Academies Network of Europe; and lectured annually at the Digital MEDIA Business School in Spain for five years. She founded the IFTN Network (www.iftn.ie) in 1995 and previously was manager of Film Ireland Magazine for 3 years. She is a member of the Audiovisual Federation of Ireland: Member of the Film Steering Group Kerry; Board Member of the Kerry Film Festival.

  • 	Liam Cunningham	Liam Cunningham
    Actor

    Irish actor Liam Cunningham has appeared in both the highest, and second highest, grossing Irish independent film The Guard (2011) and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006). In 2012, Cunningham joined the main cast for the second season of HBO's Game of Thrones and was nominated for an IFTA for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and he won the award in 2018.

  • 	Neasa Hardiman	Neasa Hardiman
    Director / Writer

    Neasa is a BAFTA-winning director and screenwriter. Currently writing a thriller screenplay with Dreamworks, Neasa recently directed Jessica Jones for Marvel / Netflix, after teaming with New York's Killer Films to direct the story of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Z: The Beginning of Everything, and making acclaimed gritty murder drama Happy Valley for BBC/Netflix. She directs her award-winning sci-fi screenplay Sea Fever this summer. Born in Dublin, Neasa holds two Master's degrees. Her early formation includes producing and directing with RTÉ, where she designed the corporate logo, made award-winning creative and investigative documentaries, before becoming the youngest director of in-house drama Fair City.

  • 	Deirdre Hopkins	Deirdre Hopkins
    IFTA Director

    Deirdre Hopkins is the co-founder of the Irish Film & Television Academy (www.ifta.ie) est. in 2003 which has 1,140 Members of Irish industry professionals and runs an Educational Programme of c50 events annually including the John Ford Ireland - Film Symposium. She runs the Academy’s Educational Programme of over 50 events each year, as well as overseeing the Submissions and Voting process for the annual Awards. Deirdre originally worked in financial services in London before taking up a position with the Irish Film Institute (IFI) for four years. From there she went on to become editor of the IFTN Network in 1995, the first dedicated online film resource for Ireland which was shortlisted in the ‘top five film websites in the world’ alongside IMDB.

  • 	Nick Linnane	Nick Linnane
    Nick Linnane & Co

    Nick Linnane is Managing Director of Nick Linnane & Co which provides financial & business advice and accountancy services to businesses in Ireland and have offices in Dublin city and Westmeath. Nick works with a wide range of businesses in Ireland from media and technology to manufacturing and publishing.

IFTA FILM COMMITTEE

  • 	John Gleeson	John Gleeson
    Partner - Head of Media and Entertainment, Grant Thornton

    John leads Grant Thornton's Irish, Northern Irish and International Media and Entertainment Practice. He has over 23 years commercial experience in providing tax advice and advisory services to individuals and corporates across a range of issues and tax heads - with a particular focus on the media and entertainment sector. John has particular experience in film and television projects having raised finance and advised on a broad range of transactions involving large international television series, animation series for the US market and numerous feature films including: Vikings, Ripper Street, Cardboard Gangsters, The Breadwinner, Nightflyers and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

  • 	Neasa Hardiman	Neasa Hardiman
    Director / Writer (Chair of Film Committee)

    Neasa is a BAFTA-winning director and screenwriter. Currently writing a thriller screenplay with Dreamworks, Neasa recently directed Jessica Jones for Marvel / Netflix, after teaming with New York's Killer Films to direct the story of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Z: The Beginning of Everything, and making acclaimed gritty murder drama Happy Valley for BBC/Netflix. She directs her award-winning sci-fi screenplay Sea Fever this summer. Born in Dublin, Neasa holds two Master's degrees. Her early formation includes producing and directing with RTÉ, where she designed the corporate logo, made award-winning creative and investigative documentaries, before becoming the youngest director of in-house drama Fair City.

  • 	Ros Hubbard	Ros Hubbard
    Casting Director

    Ros Hubbard is the legendary Irish casting director, who, together with her husband John, founded and has run Hubbard Casting since 1976. They have cast films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, The Bourne Trilogy and The Da Vinci Code. Their Irish projects include The Commitments, Father Ted, Bloody Sunday, and Angela's Ashes. In 2014, Ros was inducted into the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and in 2018 she joined the Irish Academy's honorary Membership, receiving the Irish Academy's Honorary Industry Award, sponsored by Spotlight.

  • 	Brian Kirk	Brian Kirk
    Director

    Originally from Northern Ireland, Brian has worked extensively in the UK and US including directing three episodes of the first series of HBO's international hit series, Game of Thrones and the TV Movie, My Boy Jack, starring Daniel Radcliffe concerning Rudyard Kipling and his son's experiences during World War One. In the UK he is probably best known for his acclaimed Dickens adaptation of Great Expectations for the BBC, starring Ray Winstone and Gillian Anderson. Shown at Christmas 2011 by the BBC and subsequently by PBS in the US, it was the recipient of four Emmys in 2012. Recently, Brian has shot episodes for season 2 of the British American horror TV series, Penny Dreadful.

  • 	Audrey Shiels	Audrey Sheils
    Head of Distribution, Element Pictures

    Audrey is responsible for acquisitions and developing release strategies for all of Element Pictures' films, both acquired and produced. Prior to her role in EPD, she was Account Director for Empire Design working with Sony and Universal on titles such as Casino Royale and Spiderman. Before that, she was Marketing Director in Metrodome responsible for the success of cult title Donnie Darko, and Oscar Winning Monster. Since setting up the distribution arm of Element Pictures, she has released titles such as Garage, The Guard, Frank, The Lobster, and Room. She also handles the theatrical release of Studio Canal titles in Ireland and will be releasing titles such as The Breadwinner in coming months.

  • 	Andy Weltman	Andy Weltman
    Managing Director, APA International

    Andy Weltman is Managing Director of APA International. Andy joined APA in January 2016 to establish and oversee APA's UK division. Andy is responsible for exploring business development opportunities and packaging film and television projects in the UK, Ireland and Europe. Prior to joining APA, Andy was the EVP of Pinewood International, responsible for bringing US productions such as Star Wars to the company's studio in London. Before Pinewood, Andy worked at the British Film Commission and spearheaded the team that successfully lobbied for the High End TV Incentive. Among the iconic directors Andy has worked with are Peter Weir, Steven Spielberg, and George Miller. His filmography includes Dead Poets Society, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Witches of Eastwick.

  • 	Paul Young	Paul Young
    Co-founder/CEO, Cartoon Saloon

    Paul is a co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an IFTA winner and Oscar and BAFTA nominee. He Produced the animated features, The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. The Breadwinner, directed by Saloon Partner Nora Twomey and Executively produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt is Paul's latest feature film Project as a Producer. He produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series which has been dubbed into 16 languages. Paul is also Chairman of Animation Ireland, the representative body for animation studios in Ireland and an Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist.

IFTA TV COMMITTEE

  • 	Brendan Courtney	Brendan Courtney
    Broadcaster & Fashion Designer

    Brendan Courtney is a TV Presenter, broadcaster & fashion designer. Brendan has hosted countless award ceremonies and live events. Starting his career as a researcher on day-time TV, it was here he wrote his first international best selling TV format Wanderlust, which he hosted from 1999-2003. Soon he caught the attention of ITV and BBC where he worked on Blind Date, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Take Away, and The Clothes Show amongst others. In 2009, he was asked back to RTE to take the reigns on Off The Rails. It was from this platform that he launched his label Lennon Courtney. In 2017 he made the documentary We Need to Talk About Dad, tackling the government's policy on older care. He continues his crusading with his current TV Series The Crowed House which takes on the housing crisis.

  • 	Eddie Doyle	Eddie Doyle
    Head of Content Production, BBC Northern Ireland

    As BBC NI's new Head of Content, Eddie is overseeing the BBC's in-house production in Northern Ireland across TV, radio and digital excluding news and current affairs. While with RTÉ, Eddie was involved in the commissioning of a wide variety of shows including Prime Time Investigates, Mrs Brown's Boys, Damo & Ivor, Bridget & Eamon, Can't Cope Won't Cope, Nowhere Fast and The School.

  • 	Múirne Laffin	Múirne Laffin
    Broadcaster

    After heading up RTÉ Digital, Múirne left RTÉ in late 2017 and is now a non-executive Board Member of the Digital Repository of Ireland. Múirne worked at Universal McCann in New York before joining RTÉ and during her 16 years at Montrose, she also served as executive director of RTÉ publishing and managing director of RTÉ Digital. She was also instrumental in setting up GAAGO which has helped to bring our national games to a global audience.

  • 	Mícheál Ó Meallaigh	Mícheál Ó Meallaigh
    Former Commissioning Director, TG4

    Ar scor le déanaí óna phost mar Stiúrthóir Coimisiúnaithe le TG4, áit a raibh sé ag obair ó thús craolta 1996. Freagrach as ucht cláir a choimisiúnú i mbeagnach gach genre thar na blianta ach a chroí i bhfáisnéis agus drámaíocht. Gairm iomlán éagsúil aige roimh sin mar ostóir, ar dtús i Nua Eabhrach agus níos déanaí i dTír Chonáil.

    Recently retired from the position of Commissioning Director with TG4 where he worked since it came on the air 1996. Has been responsible for commissioning programmes in most genres over the years but specialised in documentary and drama. Had a previous career in the hospitality business first in New York and later in Donegal. Dedicated to the promotion of the Irish language.

  • 	Stephen Rooke	Stephen Rooke
    Managing Director, Tile Films

    Stephen Rooke is Managing Director of Tile Films and the leader of a vibrant production team. Over the last thirty years, Stephen has gained a reputation as one of Ireland's leading documentary/factual filmmakers. He has directed, produced, executive produced over 200 film and television productions. Stephen's film and television work has been seen at many film festivals around the world, and broadcasted to over 40 channels internationally. Recent productions include: Sacred Sites, Aerial Ireland, Waterloo's Warriors, Death or Liberty, and After Braveheart. Stephen's productions have received some 20 accolades, including the 2017 New York Festivals “Silver Medal” for Sacred Sites, 2016 World Media Festival “Gold Award” for Waterloo's Warriors, and the 2012 IFTA award for best documentary series for Waterways: The Royal Canal.

  • 	Jannine Waddell	Jannine Waddell
    Managing Director, Waddell Media

    Waddell Media is based in Holywood, County Down and is run by Jannine Waddell. As well as overseeing business strategy, Jannine also takes executive responsibility for many of the company's hit returning series and singles including Million Dollar Car Hunters, World's Most Expensive Cars, At Your Service, Francis Brennan's Grand Tour, Getaways, The Secret World of LEGO. Before joining Waddell Media in 2003, Jannine worked in London as the BBC's Editor for travel programming, responsible for long running series such as Holiday. Other Series Producing credits include Hollywood Lovers, The Big Breakfast, and The Great Antiques Hunt. Jannine is the Chair of the Women in Film and Television steering group in NI and also sits on the RTS NI committee.