Exec is a partner at Matheson Ormsby Prentice

LONDON — The Irish Film Board has tapped James Hickey as chief exec.

Hickey is head of the media and entertainment law group at Ireland’s largest law firm, Matheson Ormsby Prentice, of which he is also a partner.

Hickey, who is a leading expert in the field of film and television law, has repped many leading Irish production companies, as well as actors, writers, directors and composers.

He is a former chairman of the Projects Arts Center and the Abbey Theater.

Hickey, who will serve a five-year term, will formally assume the position on June 1. He will work with the board in a consultative basis until then.

Irish Film Board chairman James Morris said: “His challenge will be to continue to build on the achievements of a growing group of Irish directors, writers, actors and producers while at the same time ensuring, with the support of the industry and government, that the growth and employment potential of the whole audiovisual sector is achieved.”

The Irish government recently extended the Irish tax incentive for film and television, Section 481, until 2014.

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