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EXCLUSIVE: Screen Ireland has employed producer Keith Potter as its new head of function movie.

Potter will take workplace in October 2023, based mostly out of Dublin. As a part of the position, he’ll co-lead the manufacturing and improvement division alongside the top of tv to develop function movie coverage and technique. He may also assess particular person venture readiness from a artistic and monetary perspective and help Irish writers, producers, and administrators throughout this course of. 

As head of options, Potter may also be answerable for the oversight and strategic administration of the Screen Ireland function movie slate, from improvement by means of manufacturing and exploitation, working carefully with Screen Ireland’s Head of Distribution and Head of Marketing. The position may also see him purpose to nurture relationships with financiers, broadcasters, co-production companions, gross sales brokers, and streaming platforms who put money into Irish expertise and Irish movie.

Potter joins Screen Ireland with 20 years of expertise, throughout which he labored throughout the event, manufacturing, and financing of European and worldwide impartial movies. His credit embody the Oscar-winning Room, Love & Friendship, Submarine, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and the BAFTA-winning Kelly + Victor.

Potter most not too long ago labored as a advisor for Popcorn Group after which as Talent Development Executive at Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN), the place he was answerable for the primary function slate at SFTN, supported by Screen Scotland and BFI Network. Before that, he was an govt producer at Catalyst Global Media, the place he labored throughout movie and tv investments for its manufacturing division. 

This new position as head of options received’t be Potter’s first stint at Screen Ireland. From 2013 to 2017, Potter held the place of Project Manager at Screen Ireland — then named the Irish Film Board — working throughout manufacturing and improvement for the company’s movie slate. He additionally hung out at Ffilm Cymru Wales as head of manufacturing and improvement and was Head of Development at Dan Films. Potter additionally teaches at NFTS Scotland.

“I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of Screen Ireland, who’ve an unequalled popularity for rising and supporting storytellers on the highest stage,” Potter stated. “The Irish display screen business has skilled a exceptional interval breaking data internationally, and I imagine the problem and alternative for Irish impartial filmmaking has by no means been extra huge or thrilling. I’m wanting ahead to working with new and established Irish storytellers to help them in bringing their movie initiatives to the large display screen.”

Screen Ireland Chief Executive Désirée Finnegan added: “Keith brings a wealth of artistic experience and data throughout impartial function movie improvement and manufacturing, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the company. His in depth artistic improvement work with each rising expertise and established filmmakers, along with his vary of expertise throughout nationwide movie funds, will enormously profit the Irish display screen business at a time of continued progress. We’re wanting ahead to working with him on a variety of latest and unique Irish function movie initiatives.” 

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