Production Spend Increases in Ireland to $395 Million

Production spend in Ireland rose by 162% to $395 million in 2019, according to the country’s TV, film and animation agency Screen Ireland.

Projects such as Netflix’s “Nightflyers,” BBC3 and Hulu drama “Normal People,” Apple TV Plus sci-fi series “Foundation,” and feature film “The Green Knight” accounted for $289 million of the overall production spend, around two thirds of the total.

The animation sector in particular has seen its annual production activity rise strongly, increasing fourfold in the last 10 years, to $199 million in 2019. This includes upcoming animated feature “Wolfwalkers,” from the Academy Award winning studio Cartoon Saloon.

Screen Ireland invested a total of $14 million in projects in 2019, and has a slate of more than 40 productions launching on the international market this year.  The agency’s capital budget for 2020 has increased by $1.1 million to $19 million.