Two New Creative Project Managers Appointed  at Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board

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Two New Creative Project Managers Appointed at Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board

Posted: 8th March 2017

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dearbhla Regan and Celine Haddad as Project Managers within the IFB's production and development team. Dearbhla and Celine will work alongside Lesley McKimm, who was appointed last September, to manage the slate of IFB supported projects across all genres from initial script development stage, right through production and to the market exploitation of these projects.

Welcoming Dearbhla and Celine to the team, James Hickey said “Celine and Dearbhla will bring a wealth of creative experience to the Irish Film Board’s Production and Development team. I am confident their experience will particularly benefit Irish writers, directors and producers working across film, TV drama and animation. I’m delighted to welcome them both to the team as we work together to invest in creative talent, build on the current success of the industry and achieve our key goals as outlined in the recent IFB Five Year Strategic Plan. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Project Managers Keith Potter and Mary Callery for their hard work and dedication over the last four years, a period which has been a particularly successful for the Irish film industry.”

Celine joins the IFB from Creative England where she was a Senior Film Executive responsible for helping new and emerging filmmakers, develop their scripts, make their signature shorts and eventually their first feature films as part of the BFI Network. Celine has worked on a wide number of projects at Creative England including God’s Own Country (Francis Lee, Shudder Films and Inflammable Films), Jawbone (Thomas Napper, EMU Films), Fly Away (Lucy Cohen, Pulse), and Fanny Lye Delivered (Thomas Clay, 011 Productions). Previously, Celine worked at Pathé, first as a Creative Executive and then as Head of Creative Affairs. There, she worked with a number of major British filmmakers including Danny Boyle and Stephen Frears. 

Dearbhla brings over twenty years’ experience working as a Development Producer and Script Editor in film, TV drama and documentary. With a degree in English Literature from TCD, she entered the industry as a film and arts correspondence and later as a documentary researcher. She was a Development Executive for Samson Films/Accomplice TV and later for Temple Films, and was Development Producer for Tyrone Productions. She co-developed and script-edited the young adult Drama Series Seacht for TG4 and BBC NI and was a story consultant on Ros na Run. Dearbhla’s most recent script editor credits include My Name Is Emily (writer/director, Simon Fitzmaurice), The Lodger s(writer David Turpin, director Brian O’Malley), The Legend Of Longwood (writer/director, Lisa Mulcahy) and The Drummer And The Keeper (writer/director, Nick Kelly).

Commenting on her appointment, Dearbhla said ‘This is a fantastic time to be joining the team at the Irish Film Board and I’m delighted to do so. Coming from a script and development background, I hope I understand the unique challenges involved in getting projects screen ready. I’m looking forward to the process and to working both new and established creative talent.’

Celine added “I am delighted to be joining the Irish Film Board, an organisation whose work I have admired for a long time. I cannot wait to meet the team in Ireland and to get started with supporting the Irish film industry."