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The National Film School at IADT dominates the RTS Republic of Ireland Student Television Awards

The National Film School at IADT dominated the RTS Republic of Ireland Student Awards in late February on the iconic The Late Late Show stage at RTÉ in Dublin.

With Love from Aidan won four awards for the National Film School: Best Drama, and Craft Awards in Camerawork, Editing and Production Design. The National Film School also took home the Factual – Short-form prize for Simone James Documentary, and the Craft Awards for Sound (The Lesser Part) and Writing (How to Skin a Cheetah).

Dublin drama Northern Lights scores on TG4

At an online Republic of Ireland event in December, Jones revealed his inspiration for the play: “I witnessed the aftermath of a guy jumping into the Liffey… and it stuck with me. I wondered what would happen if… late at night, [it’s] lashing down with rain and you pass a person several times [on the bridge].

“I had [this image] of two people and, like any writer, I guess, you think about who they are, what they are doing, where they are going, who they were in the past and what led them to this place?”

Moya Doherty delivers inaugural Gay Byrne Memorial Lecture on public service broadcasting

"I am convinced that public service broadcasting is essential to public life in contemporary Ireland, [but] I am also aware that what we have traditionally understood to be public service broadcasting may no longer be fit for 21st-century purpose.”

These were the forceful opening remarks of Moya Doherty in delivering the RTS Republic of Ireland’s inaugural Gay Byrne Memorial Lecture at the Light House Cinema, Dublin, this month.

Our Friend in Dublin: Agnes Cogan

Things have been very quiet here in Dublin, lately, what with the screenwriters’ strike and the SAG strike bringing film and TV activity almost to a halt. However, the strikes are now over and a brighter future is on the horizon.

Evidence for this is the great news that Wednesday, Netflix’s most-watched English ­language show ever, is relocating from [Romania] to Dublin for its next season. Filming is due to start at the end of April at locations in Dublin and Wicklow.

National Film School triumphs at the RTS Republic of Ireland Student Awards

It also won all four Craft Skills awards: Camera, Fiachra Gallagher Lawson for Bestial Ones; Editing, Meghan O’Shaughnessy for They Killed Us for Existing; and Sound, Rory Sweeney, and Writing, Conor Bradley, for Sons of Róisín.

The Technological University Dublin won the Entertainment and Comedy Drama category.

“Despite the difficulties of the past few years, and the restrictions of the Covid lockdown, once again the students have astonished us with the originality, resourcefulness, wit and verve of their work,” said RTS Republic of Ireland Chair Agnes Cogan.

TG4 boss warns of the need for scale for Irish-language media

This warning was given by TG4 Ard-Stiúrthóir (Director- General) Alan Esslemont, who was in conversation with RTS Republic of Ireland Chair Agnes Cogan at an event in early November.

TG4, Ireland’s Irish-language channel, celebrated its 25th birthday at the end of October.

Esslemont, who has been Director-General since 2016, said: ‘Despite the significant number of major global media services and intense competition, we believe that TG4 is needed more now than ever.... We are a vital part of modern Ireland.’

Linear TV alive and kicking

The Late Late Toy Show

So said Jill McGrath, CEO of TV Audience Measurement (TAM) Ireland, at the RTS event “What Ireland is watching” in late January.

She noted that “69% of all viewing is to linear-TV... that is viewed either live or within seven days of the original broadcast. 

“In 2020, the average person watched 89 hours of linear-TV every month, which is the equivalent of watching the whole of The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix 12 and a half times.” 

RTS RoI find out what went into the making of RTÉ Does Comic Relief

An RTS Republic of Ireland event in late October looked at how the June fundraiser brought stars, including Normal People‘s Marianne and Connell and Fleabag‘s Hot Priest, to the small screen.

RTÉ entertainment producers Clare and Michael Hughes (they are not related) were given just six weeks to get the show ready for transmission on 26 June.