Leading Irish production companies play starring role at MIPCOM CANNES 2023

  • MIPCOM CANNES is the most anticipated trade event for global decision-makers to compete
    for new series, source international production partners, and set the development agenda
    for the coming year and beyond

  • Unique Irish IP and stories across TV drama, animation and factual are connecting with
    European and international partners at MIPCOM

  • ShinAwiL, Tile Films, Studio Meala and Jam Media among Irish production companies

Leading Irish screen production companies across animation and TV drama are attending MIPCOM (Marché International des Programmes de Communication) in Cannes, France this week (16-19 October), the premier television industry trade exhibition in the world. Leading Enterprise Ireland-supported companies such as ShinAwiL, Studio Meala, Great Island Films, Tile Films and Jam Media are in attendance, pitching slates across drama, animation and factual, while the Ireland on Screen stand will promote and drive investment and partnership in Ireland. Speaking about MIPCOM and Enterprise Ireland’s support of the wider creative industry,

“We are delighted to support the excellent Irish companies attending MIPCOM CANNES this week and highlight the immense talent at the heart of the Irish creative arts industry on a global stage. Twenty leading Irish screen production companies are attending MIPCOM this week and participating in the Ireland on Screen stand, which provides a unique and valuable platform to meet with some of the biggest players in the industry, delivering significant exposure and sales potential.”

Eileen Bell, Senior Development Advisor – Digital Technologies at Enterprise Ireland

“We are delighted to once again support a wealth of Irish stories on screen as they travel across the globe. From high profile drama series, to must-see factual entertainment, and of course, wonderful animation series for children and young audiences, Ireland continues to showcase its strong voice and incredible range of offerings for TV audiences in Europe and beyond.”

Andrew Byrne, Head of Television at Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland

“Tourism Ireland is delighted to attend MIPCOM CANNES this week. Co-producing TV content about the island of Ireland that will inspire and engage audiences overseas is an increasingly important element of our programme of activity. So MIPCOM is an excellent opportunity to connect with producers, distributors and broadcast commissioners, to discuss storytelling from the island of Ireland and explore how we can work together to bring it to international audiences and ultimately promote the island of Ireland as a holiday destination.”

Emma Gorman, Tourism Ireland’s Publicity and Brand Partnerships Manager

“Animation Ireland is delighted to participate at the Ireland on Screen stand at MIPCOM. The financing of animation often involves co-production arrangements and the participation of international partners and funders. It is great to have the opportunity to meet existing and potential partners and customers and to be part of the wider Irish content offering. Irish animation is a globally recognised brand, and we acknowledge the support of our stakeholders, Enterprise Ireland, Screen Ireland and broadcasters in the consolidation and growth of our sector.”

Ronan McCabe, CEO of Animation Ireland, the trade association for Irish animation studios

The major event in the screen calendar comes on the back of a hugely successful period for the Irish
entertainment sector. In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the strength of Irish
stories and original IP making waves at home and around the world. The success of the sector is a
testament to Ireland’s committed investment in world-class storytelling, artistry and technology and
a growth in the number of studios established nationwide.

Irish TV drama production has been incredibly active, with Screen Ireland’s broad slate of existing
series available for European audiences, including Hidden Assets, Smother, Blackshore, Kin, Clean
Sweep, Northern Lights and The Gone, joining a further bank of new drama in production and ready
for market, including The Hard Acres (Paramount), Obituary (Hulu), Jo Spain’s adaptation of The Boy
that Never Was, Emma’s Baby, Dead and Buried, and new Irish-language drama Saor Sin O Olc, all
being sold at the market this week.

For Ireland’s long-standing global animation reputation, Irish IP continues to shine across Europe,
with shows like Ladybird Lu, Critters TV, Goat Girl, Fia’s Fairies, The Clumps, Hey Fuzzy Yellow, and
Maddie and Triggs driving interest from potential buyers across Cannes.

With long-standing success across Irish animation, as well as a rapidly expanding TV drama slate, Screen Ireland has recently announced a new fund for high-end documentary TV series. This new investment will aim to continue supporting Irish producers and creatives as they expand their offering, and reach even wider audiences with unique and well-crafted factual storytelling.

MIPCOM CANNES hosts the world’s largest exhibition of international studios and distributors waiting to meet with thousands of buyers and producers over four days to screen, license and acquire new television series for local and global distribution. Attending Irish companies get the opportunity to pitch ideas and make deals at a range of networking events.

Enterprise Ireland supports 90+ Digital Entertainment focused companies across various growth stages – early-stage exporters, High Potential Start-Ups (HPSUs), established and scaling, and the growing Irish Media and Entertainment industry is set to be worth €6.14 billion by 2026. Subsectors include AR/VR, animation and live action production, VFX, games development, content aggregation and distribution, interactive applications, immersive, audio and music technology.