Screen Producers Ireland has announced the appointment of Gaby Smyth as its new Chairperson at its AGM which took place on 30th April in Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.
The new chairman Gaby Smyth is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is principal of Gaby Smyth & Company, Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors. The firm has been in practice for almost 15 years, specialising in the music, film and theatre arts. Gaby is financial controller of all group companies of the rock band U2. He is currently on the board of the Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin International Film Festival and Dance Ireland.
Screen Producers Ireland represents the majority of film, television and animation producers in Ireland.
Commenting on the appointment Seán Stokes, Chief Executive said “Gaby’s experience in Media will make his contribution to Screen Producers Ireland in his role as Chairperson a very valuable one.”
The Irish Audio Visual Industry is a significant contributor to the Irish economy with the sector valued at over €557 million per annum with the equivalent of over 5400 full time jobs the sector being responsible for attracting over €735 million in tourism revenue in 2007 showing this industries importance to our knowledge economy.
SPI believes that the Broadcasting Bill, which is currently at report stage, is an opportunity for Ireland to put legislation in place which can maintain a vibrant independent production sector that not only contributes so significantly to the exchequer but also ensures that Irish programmes and stories are made. The rep body has also been across the recent lobbying campaign spearheaded by the Irish Film Board with SPI, IBEC and other industry related bodies to secure enhancements to Ireland’s tax incentive in order to attract further film and television productions in the country.