Director’s Guild of Ireland and Screen Ireland Agree Progressive Recoupment Deal to Support Talent
Dublin (February 7th, 2020) The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) and Fis Eireann / Screen Ireland (Screen Ireland) have agreed a new deal which will allow Irish directors to benefit from the Screen Ireland corridor payments across Screen Ireland supported productions.
Originally included as part of Screen Ireland’s strategic plan 2016-2020, for the first time directors will now be included in the recoupment corridor on productions that return the Screen Ireland share of funding support,. It expands upon the previous agreement with producers and supports the organisations mutual goal to encourage long term sustainability for Irish directing talent.
Irish directors will now receive 10% of the Screen Ireland recoupment corridor of Screen Ireland productions on returns from the 1st of October 2019 onwards.
To date, Screen Ireland has supported directors through the payment of their work on projects in production. The new agreement contemplates the future production of Screen Ireland projects, allowing directors to continue to lead and deliver exceptional stories watched by audiences all over the world and to share in the future returns from their work.
Director and Chairman of SDGI, Maurice Sweeney said:
“This announcement marks a significant boost for our directors and recognises their value to the industry. In reaching this agreement, directors will now be able to share in the economic success of their work.”
Birch Hamilton Executive Director of Screen Directors Guild of Ireland said:
“This Corridor is a major step forward for directors and I would like to commend Screen Ireland for recognising directors’ vital contribution in the creation of distinctive, successful Screen Ireland productions .”
Teresa McGrane, Deputy Chief Executive, Screen Ireland said
“Supporting and enabling creative screen talent is at the heart of what we do in Screen Ireland. We are delighted that Irish screen directors and screenwriters will benefit from film, television and animation projects they have created and worked on, which generate strong international sales.”
Established in 2000, the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) is the representative body for Directors in the Irish and international audio-visual industry. These include Directors of feature films, fiction, animation documentary, television drama, short films, video art and commercials. www.sdgi.ie