Participating Companies for Renowned Screen Leaders Programme for 2020 Announced

Screen Skills Ireland, the skills development unit within Screen Ireland, is pleased to announce the selected participants for the renowned Screen Leaders programme 2020. Previous Screen Leaders participants include multi-award winning companies such as Element Pictures (Ireland), Cinenord (Norway), Brown Bag Films (Ireland), Filmmore (Netherlands), De Mensen (Belgium), and Cartoon Saloon (Ireland).

Screen Leaders is a strategic company development programme for the screen industries. The programme is aimed at company leaders across the value chain in industry sectors such as film, television, animation, games, post-production, VFX, facilities, sales, distribution and exhibition. It aims to provide participants with the skills to lead their organisation in a complex, innovative and evolving international marketplace.

From its inaugural programme in 2008 to the present, Screen Leaders has welcomed participants from all over Ireland and the rest of Europe from leading animation, TV and film production companies. Several of these participants have progressed to becoming leading production companies in their respective countries, as well as participating in the screen industries on a global scale.

Following a competitive and rigorous selection process, the participants for 2020 are:

Commenting on the 2020 participants Gareth Lee, Manager of Screen Skills Ireland, said, “We are delighted to be able to offer a new round of companies the opportunity to participate in Screen Leaders during these challenging times for the screen industries. This year’s participants are of a very high calibre and encompass a wide array of areas within the screen industries, including animation, TV series, children’s entertainment, VOD, education and training, and production services. We are very excited to work with this diverse and talented cohort, and we look forward to supporting them as they progress through the Screen Leaders programme.”

Speaking about last year’s programme, participants Vanessa Henneman and Jara Lucieer from Henneman Agency (Netherlands) said, “Screen Leaders was one of the best things that has happened to our company recently. Apart from getting the opportunity to analyse, rethink and restructure our organisation with the help of great experts and coaches, it also meant a lot to our personal development as leaders. It felt like therapy for our company and we came out stronger and more focused.”

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the one to one coaching sessions covering strategy, finance, and leadership, will take place online from September. Participants will then come together for residential visits in Limerick, Ireland in October, and Brussels, Belgium, in January. The final schedule for the programme may change subject to any developments related to COVID-19.

Screen Leaders is funded by the Creative Europe Programme and Screen Skills Ireland.