Former Windmill CEO will help pics tap tax incentives
LONDON — Michael Murphy, former chief exec of Ireland’s Windmill Lane Entertainment, has launched Rockabill Media, which will help international projects access the country’s Section 481 tax break.The company will offer production services across film and TV drama as a co-producer in post and vfx while also facilitating overseas projects that want to tap the Irish tax incentive, which is worth up to 28% of Irish spending for projects up to a maximum budget of €50 million ($66.5 million). For the last two years, Murphy has been attracting biz to Ireland through a raft of services offered by Dublin-based post and vfx house Windmill Lane, which housed Luc Besson’s “Lockout,” Mary Harron’s “The Moth Diaries” and TV drama “Titanic: Blood and Steel.” Rockabill will provide a broader offering as a co-producer and exec producer with greater flexibility in terms of the projects it can manage. “My ambition is to provide a completely transparent funding structure so that all aspects of the financing process are visible and accessible to my clients,” said Murphy. “And, of course, I am very interested in seeing where I can add value to projects.” Before Windmill, Murphy founded and programmed Channel 6 in Ireland, which he sold to TV3 in 2008. Previously, he worked as director of digital television at telecommunications company Eircom and content director at Yes Television.