WICKLOW County Council welcomed Arts Minister Catherine Martin’s announcement that the Clermont campus has been selected as one of three film and television team development centers nationwide.
The other two locations will be Galway and Limerick.
Clermont Enterprise Hub will pilot this initiative in all Eastern regions which cover Wicklow, Dublin, Louth, Meath, Wexford, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Long-Ford, Laois and Offaly.
Funded by Screen Ireland, the project will seek to address skill shortages in the Irish film and television industry amid record production levels and “huge” growth potential.
This is particularly relevant given the expansion of Ashford and Ardmore Studios, the development of the Greystones Media Campus and future infrastructure development planned across the region.
The Wicklow Crew Development Hub project also sits very well alongside the Content Creation Enterprise Hub which the council is developing on the County Wicklow campus and which will be launched in late 2022.
Clermont Enterprise Hub CLG was created in 2018 to oversee the development and management of the Clermont Content Creation Enterprise Hub, which will offer 10,000 square feet of private and co-working space and aims to stimulate job creation in the sector. and to distribute food services. in these industries.
Wicklow County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Shay Cullen, said: “I am delighted that Clermont Enterprise Hub has been selected to lead the Crew Hub initiative launched by Screen Ireland. This hub will support our unique audiovisual industry along the east coast and hinterland, which has been hit hard by the lockdown, to meet global demand for content and the expanding screen sector in Ireland.
“The growth potential of this sector is enormous and the region is well positioned to meet this demand by maximizing the potential of our local talent. This project is also good news for the development of the Content Creation Enterprise Hub on the County Wicklow Campus by County Wicklow Council as a center of excellence in education, innovation and creation. jobs.
The Content Creation Enterprise Hub project will include the courtyard buildings, the second floor of the existing campus building and the chapel, which will be redeveloped and renovated. It will also include a newly constructed two-story extension for the courtyard buildings.
Mr. Frank Curran, Managing Director of Wicklow County Council and Chairman of the Clermont Enter-prize Hub CLG, said: “We look forward to working with Screen Ireland and the other hubs on this new project. This is a really positive initiative for the screen industry which has seen sustained growth and is very important to our local economy and our tourism industry. It is also very positive for the development of the County Wicklow campus and for the future growth of a strong local screen industry. Stakeholders and development agencies in this industry are extremely supportive of this innovative project and we look forward to working with them to roll out a crew training and professional placement program in 2022. “
He added: “Wicklow County Council has a strong relationship with the film industry. It’s a crucial economic driver in the county, and the demand for content is growing rapidly. I would like to thank Screen Ireland for its financial support for the development of the crew hub.