LONDON — The Pinewood Studios Group has appointed Naoise Barry as head of production at Pinewood Productions Ireland, which services the group’s international clients shooting on location in Ireland. Pinewood is looking into opportunities to set up its own studio in the country.
Pinewood Productions Ireland is a full-service production company focusing on physical production administration, and application and packaging for Ireland’s production incentive, known as Section 481. Services range from pre-production budgeting and location scouting, through facilities rentals and talent and crew sourcing.
Barry, who will take up his new position in mid-August, is film commissioner for the Irish Film Board, where he has worked for the past 14 years.
IFB chief executive, James Hickey, commented that Barry had “played an enormous role in attracting international production to Ireland.” He added that Barry had set up two “very important and influential networks,” which were the Film Dublin Partnership and the Network of Regional Film Offices. “These industry support networks include a wide range of public bodies who provide vital support to filmmakers. He also forged strong links with Tourism Ireland to exploit the synergy between film and tourism,” Hickey stated.
Exec VP of Pinewood International, Andy Weltman said: “We’ve worked with Naoise in his role at the IFB over the years, and know he has an exceptional record of achievements in his field.”
The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. As well its U.K.-based Pinewood and Shepperton studio facilities, which date back to the early 20th century, it also has Pinewood-branded facilities in Cardiff, Wales; Toronto, Canada; Atlanta, U.S.; Iskandar, Malaysia; and the Dominican Republic.
Recent productions that have used the group’s facilities include “Spectre” (Eon), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Marvel Entertainment), “Gravity” (Warner Bros.), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm), “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Marvel Entertainment), “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (Paramount Pictures), and “Maleficent” (Walt Disney Studios).