Screen Leaders


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Screen Leaders is the strategic company development programme for the screen industries that can transform your business. Designed for company leaders working in film, television, animation, games, post-production, VFX, facilities, sales, distribution and exhibition, it’s funded by the Creative Europe Programme and the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.

This intensive programme provides you with a wide range of skills to grow and develop your business. From strategic planning and implementation, to aligning your company culture to that strategy, this programme fosters innovation and builds company value. It enables you to make informed decisions to support your company’s future. The focus is on implementation.

It’s custom designed in consultation with participating companies – it is this bespoke approach which makes the programme entirely unique.

Content is tailored to your needs, making it relevant to your company, targeting the markets in which your business operates, and those in which you hope to expand.

Screen Leaders also provides market intelligence through relevant international case studies and industry sessions. It gives you the skills your organisation needs in a complex and ever-changing international marketplace and the opportunity to focus on and invest in you and your company’s evolution. It supplies you with an international network that supports growth in business.

After consultation with participating companies, the team will work with you in identifying your objectives. This means the resulting tailored programme is responsive to you and your company’s individual needs and development.

It includes one to one mentorship, in company coaching and group work.

Core elements of the programme include the following:

◦           Strategic planning consultation and mentorship

◦           Implementation of strategy

◦           Leadership coaching, workshops and mentorship

◦           Developing a high performance culture

◦           Financial planning consultation

◦           Relevant company case studies

◦           Industry sessions designed to respond to key objectives identified for your company

Course directors, coaches, tutors and guest speakers are all top-tier international professionals and management consultants


Running from June to December, there are three modules and meetings between sessions.

Module 1: 23rd-26th of June

Module 2: 25th and 26th of August or the 8th and 9th of September

(you can choose the most suitable attendance dates)

Module 3: 17th-20th November

Between Modules 2 and 3 our course directors for strategy and leadership will meet with you to develop your strategic plan and assist in its implementation.

It’s designed for companies operating for five years + and/or you will have worked five years + at senior management level in another company. Two individuals at senior management level are required to attend from each company.

The nature of your company’s business includes, but is not limited to: film, television, animation, games, post-production, VFX, facilities, sales, distribution and exhibition. We have also worked with guilds, film festivals and broadcasters.

To ensure an optimal learning environment, eight to ten companies a year will participate.

The programme costs €5,000 per company. This cost covers course fees, accommodation and subsistence for two senior company representatives. Scholarships are available for all twelve new EU member states, as well as Irish bursary support.

For more information on the Screen Leaders programme please contact Programme Director Helen McMahon at Mobile: + 353 87 8362451 Tel: +353 1 6798040

Applications can be made here

“The Screen Leaders course was exactly what our company needed. Running a small production company, it’s difficult to stand back and get perspective on what we’re trying to do, what we’re good at, what’s working, what we need to concentrate on and where we’re wasting our energy.  With our tutors, we clarified and set agendas for projects on our slate. Our business has moved forward already as a result of the coaching we received. It was a privilege to receive expert guidance from Screen Leaders on how to improve our business.” Annie Griffin, director, Pirate Productions


“Screen Leaders proved to be a perfect combination of theory and practical advice with a concrete implementation structure so you get to see real benefits from what you learn on the course. The opportunity to network with industry leaders was also extremely beneficial and has helped us establish new partnerships and open new markets. I can’t recommend Screen Leaders highly enough for providing critical advice, feedback, and ongoing support in the development of our company.” Shimmy Marcus, Creative Director,  Bow Street


“After many years of procrastinating, we finally got round to doing this great course. It was the right time for the company and we have benefitted greatly from the expertise, insight and the very hands-on guidance in drawing up a strategic path forward. The results have been both immediate and, I hope, long lasting.” Rebecca O’Flanagan, Company Director, Treasure Entertainment


“We found the course extremely focused and tailored very specifically to our industry. It was very helpful to be coached by and hear case studies with very experienced people from Ireland and Europe who really understand the complexities and nuances of our business. The course got us from theory into action mode from the very start.” Dave Quinn, CEO, Windmill Lane Pictures Ltd 


“Treehouse Republic has now become a clearly distinguishable, focused animation company, with a complete understanding and respect for who we are and what we do. This has been largely due to the training and support of the Screen Leaders course.” Stephen Fagan, CEO Treehouse Republic


“This year will see Blacknorth invest in core IP products while maintaining a strong service arm. Screen Leaders was instrumental in helping Blacknorth reach this commercial and creative equilibrium.” Evelyn McGrath, Kris Kelly, Directors, Blacknorth


“Participating in Screen Leaders was the first time we as a company brought proper planning into our business. Screen Leaders is a mini MBA for the business of TV and Film.” Larry Bass, CEO of Screentime ShinAwiL


“The importance of a course like Screen Leaders is that it provides you with the valuable opportunity to step back from working in projects to working on the business. It has played an important role in the development of Brown Bag Films and I hugely encourage content companies to participate in this extraordinary learning experience.” Cathal Gaffney, Managing Director BBF, COO 9 Story Group.