Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in Los Angeles for a two-day trade mission focused on growing Ireland's TV and film industries. 

The audio-visual sector is worth over €1bn to the Irish economy, with the film, TV and animation sectors accounting for almost €700m.

Mr Varadkar will meet senior executives from some of the world’s leading streaming companies, studios and networks, including Netflix, Hulu, Skydance and Fox Searchlight.

While in New York yesterday, the Taoiseach visited the set of The Tonight Show and met with its host Jimmy Fallon.

He also met with NBC executives to discuss Ireland's attractiveness as a filming location.

The Government plans to double the size of the sector over the next five years by increasing production activity and doubling the numbers of people employed in the sector to 24,000.

While in Los Angeles, the Taoiseach will also open a new Irish Consulate and attend an event for the local Irish community at Loyola Marymount University.