Further details of the July stimulus package for the television industry have been announced, with a particular focus on TV drama.
In July, the Department of Arts and Culture promised an additional €3 million in TV drama funding, focused on increasing TV drama production activity and creating additional jobs in the sector.
To date, €900,000 has been awarded across five television drama projects and it is expected that a number of these projects will film on location in Galway, Cork, Clare and Limerick in early 2021.
Meanwhile, €600,000 will be invested in a new National Talent Development Academy for drama and scripted production which will be based outside of the Dublin/Wicklow region and €1m has been secured funding for a number of joint development initiatives across Comedy, Young People's drama programming, Irish language TV drama and a diverse range of short films with Irish broadcasters including RTÉ, VMTV and TG4.
Speaking about today's announcement, Screen Ireland Chair Dr Annie Doona said: "Throughout the pandemic, Screen Ireland's focus has been to support the sector in getting back into production as safely as possible. There are now a number of projects up and running with strict Covid-19 guidelines in place.
"The industry is demonstrating resilience and creativity in making sure that production can go ahead, whilst also keeping strict protocols and procedures in place to control the spread of Covid-19.
"As the pandemic continues to evolve, the stimulus support fund made available from Government has provided us with a clear path of investment for the television sector, ensuring further opportunity for employment and creative development in the months ahead and into 2021.
"The establishment of a new National Talent Academy within the sector and based in the regions will also help to provide an engine of expert growth and skills development as part of a regional, diversity and inclusion roadmap."