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23/07/2007

Emmy Nominations And US Deal For Irish Film Talent

Four members of the Irish film and television industry have received Emmy nominations for their work on the first series of the hit TV series ‘The Tudors’ which filmed on location in Ireland last year.
Production Designer Tom Conroy has been nominated for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-camera Series prize, Nuala and Frank Moiselle have been nominated for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, and Joan Bergin has been nominated in the Best Costume category. Jessica O’Leary and Ger Scully who assisted in the costume department for The Tudors were also mentioned in this nomination.
Bergin’s credits include Irish films ‘In the Name of the Father’, ‘The Boxer’, ‘Agnes Brown’ and recent credits include ‘The Prestige’ starring ‘Christian Bale’ and ‘Hugh Jackman’. Conroy equally has a long list of credits including Irish films 'Intermission', 'Breakfast on Pluto' and 'Inside I’m Dancing'.
The Moiselles have also worked on a wide range of Irish films and projects that filmed on location in Ireland including 'How about You', 'Veronica Guerin', and 'Goldfish Memory'.
In other international news, Irish film maker John Carney continues his international success as it is announced that he is set to direct ‘Town House’ written by Doug Wright in January 2008 for Fox 2000. His modern-day musical ‘Once’, which is currently being distributed by Fox in North America, continues to wow US audiences with total US box office to date soaring to $5,082,298.
With positive press coverage and increasing box office receipts this Irish film is has made a huge impact with US audiences. Written and directed by John Carney and produced by Martina Niland and David Collins with finance from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, ONCE is a modern-day musical set on the streets of Dublin which tells the story of a busker (Glen Hansard) and an immigrant (Marketa Irglova), who fall in love over an eventful week, as they write and record a number of songs.
The comedy 'Town House' is set to shoot in 2008 in the US and tells the tale of the son of a dead rock legend who survives by selling off his father’s memorabilia. When he has nothing left to sell he is forced finally to sell the townhouse his father left. The imminent sale forces him to come to terms with himself and his own role as a father.
The Tudors is produced by TM Productions and PA Tudors, with the support of Morgan O’Sullivan’s production company World 2000 Entertainment, for the Showtime US TV channel. It is an official Irish/Canadian co-production and is co-financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board through the IFB international production fund.
This fund encourages international productions to shoot on location in Ireland with Irish cast and crew.
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