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Vikings premieres March 3, 2013, on History.
Vikings premieres March 3, 2013, on History.
Irish Film Industry: Women Who Call the Shots

Great films, dramas and documentaries continue to be made in Ireland year after year and the world is watching. Titles include Vikings (2013), The Tudors, The Borgias and Albert Nobbs. In collaboration with Irish American Writers & Artists and in celebration of Women’s History Month, we're hosting a panel with women who produce and direct in Ireland and the U.S., and tell stories connected to Ireland. The producers will discuss Ireland as a location destination, and review the wide range of incentives and tax credits available to co-productions.

IAW&A members receive same price as NYWIFT members.

Lelia Doolan
 is a producer and director who has worked in various roles in Irish TV, film and theatre for the past 40 years. Her recent documentary Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey is the story of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, a formidable figure in the Irish civil rights movement. Doolan is a former artistic director of the acclaimed Abbey Theatre, founder of the Galway Film Festival, and was the first woman chairperson of the Irish Film Board. She received a PhD in Anthropology from Queens University, Belfast, and has taught community video and adult education in Belfast.

Sheila Hockin
is an executive producer on Vikings, the first scripted one-hour drama series for History Channel, and MGM, shot In Ireland. She is also executive producer on The Borgias for Showtime, now in its third season. Experienced in international co-productions and formats, Hockin's past drama work also includes four seasons of the international co-production The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, also shot in Ireland. All three drama TV series are Irish /Canadian co-productions. She also EP'ed five seasons of the ground-breaking Showtime series Queer as Folk.

Hilary Kehoe
is a production executive and coordinator who has worked on major films and TV series in Ireland and the U.S. For six years she worked at Samson Films/Accomplice TV in Dublin with David Collins. Since moving to New York in 2006, she has worked on My Super Ex-Girlfriend and I Am Legend, and has looked after the production needs of the cast and crew on Ugly Betty, Blue Bloods and most recently, Michael J. Fox’s new venture for Sony/NBC, The Henrys, airing fall 2013.


Naomi Sheridan
is a film and television screenwriter. One of her first screenplays In America was co-written with her father, Jim, and sister, Kirsten. The screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a WGA award. It won the Critics Choice award and the National Board of Review award. Sheridan's upcoming projects include an adaptation of the acclaimed novel Galway Bay, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel Rose Madder, and Thirty Eight, an original screenplay which she has written with the support of the Irish Film Board.

Maura Kelly
(moderator) is an Emmy-winning media executive. From developing kids transmedia projects to producing TV broadcasts, Kelly has built a diverse media career. She has been a TV executive producer, director of marketing, journalist, adjunct professor, and is now principle of Purple Mountain Media. A former executive producer at (WNET) PBS for over 15 years, she developed and produced award-winning programs for a family audience, including Planet H2O with America Ferrera, Nate the Great and MythQuest. She is a member of WGAE.

Produced by Maura Kelly and Marcia Rock.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.