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Corman eyes Galway Bay

Roger Corman, chief of Concorde-New Horizons, is in talks to develop a studio facility on Galway Bay in Ireland. Plans for the 3-acre site just off the coast road include construction of two large sound stages. Mindful of the crew shortage in the country, Corman says he has won a training grant from the Irish government to school students in motion picture production.

Why Ireland? Subsidy and tax shelter arrangements are attractive, says Corman. But he’s mainly interested in basing his overseas production operations in Eire to take advantage of European Union trade agreements that favor films produced in EU countries.

A more sentimental reason for seeking an Irish base is that Corman’s wife and partner, the former Julie Halloran, is from the west coast of Ireland. “She’s always wanted a house in that region,” Corman said. Julie Corman recently produced “Da” with a script by Irish playwright Hugh Leonard.

“We’re old, established Irish producers,” says Corman, having produced several films there, beginning with his 1963 production of “Dementia 13,” the first film by a young director named Francis Coppola.

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