Screen Ireland has revealed the identity of the person taking over the role of CEO from James Hickey.

Désirée Finnegan brings big studio experience to the from her current position as Senior Vice President Theatrical marketing and Publicity for Europe, the Middle East and Africa with Warner Brothers.

She hails from Dublin but left here 20 years ago to work with Enterprise Ireland in New York and then joined Warner Brothers in a publicity role in 2004.

She will be returning to Ireland to take up her new position in August.

“I am delighted to be returning home and for the opportunity to continue building on the critical and commercial success of the Irish film, television and animation industry,” said Finnegan.

“My passion for supporting great storytellers and those with creative vision has played an important role throughout my career and I am sincerely looking forward to working with the incredible wealth of Irish creative talent, both in front of and behind the camera.”

“It is an honour to be given the opportunity to work with the dedicated team at Screen Ireland supporting Irish artistic culture at home and abroad, further developing the indigenous industry and continuing inward production investment at a time of significant opportunity.”

“I look forward to working with the Board of Screen Ireland, led by Dr Annie Doona and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, to support creativity, job creation and turnover growth in the industry.”

“Désirée brings a wealth and depth of experience to the role of Chief Executive at Screen Ireland,” added Doona.

“She is an experienced leader who brings huge energy to her work and has a strong commitment to the screen industries. Her wide knowledge of the international film industry will benefit the Irish industry and we are delighted to welcome her back to Ireland to lead the agency into the next phase of growth.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Chief Executive James Hickey for his hard work and dedication to Screen Ireland over the last eight years.”

“During this time production activity levels across the film, television and animation industry have doubled and the sector has experienced huge success with award-winning and critically acclaimed films including Room, Brooklyn, The Lobster, Sing Street, The Young Offenders, Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner, Black ’47 and Hole in the Ground, amongst many others.”

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