Coping with Covid-19 in Film and Television Production

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

This interactive session from Screen Producers Ireland, brought to you in partnership with Screen Skillsnet and Screen Skills Ireland, will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the film and television sector. With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continuing to disrupt everyone working in this sector, this is an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing productions filming during the pandemic.

There will be a brief discussion from the panellists to discuss a range of productions, from low to high budget, followed by an interactive discussion with the attendees.

This event will include the opportunity to ask questions and discuss challenges and solution amongst attendees, so attendees may wish to have their webcam on during a portion of the event.

Date: 10am, Wednesday, 28th October 2020 

Tutor(s):  Dara McClatchie, Covid Production Manager on The Last Duel, Ailish Bracken, Line Producer on Wolf,  Dr Robert Ryan, Specialist in Occupational Medicine & Managing Partner with Medmark, Graeme Douglas, Covid-19 Compliance Officer UK Netflix Production

Duration: 90 minutes

Venue: Online

Cost: Free

Participant Profile:

This event is aimed at SPI member companies who produce Film and Television Drama who are shooting, or planning to shoot, during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is aimed at participants who want to learn more about how the challenges raised during the pandemic are being addressed across the industry and discuss their own learnings and experiences.
A company can nominate so an individual, not the producer to represent them at this event.

Application Procedure:

This is event is closed event for SPI members only.  A member company can nominate an individual to attend we would request that the individual ensures that the company name is listed in the registration form as this will be reviewed before issuing the Zoom link.

To register for this event please complete the Screen Skillnet form below.

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Pannellists Profile:

Ailish Bracken

Ailish Bracken is a line producer and producer working in the industry since 2008. Her credits include The Savage Eye, Irish Pictorial Weekly, The Young Offenders, Cold Courage, Dublin Oldschool, The Lodgers and Extra Ordinary. She moonlights as a documentary producer and has co-produced critically acclaimed Irish docs The Queen of Ireland and A Mother Brings her Son to be Shot. She has just completed filming a feature film Wolf, with Feline Films, which was one of the first Irish features to shoot during the COVID 19 restrictions in Summer 2020.

Graeme Douglas

Graeme is a health and safety manager with a professional background in adventurous activity leadership and coaching. At home with small teams and on big budget movies Graeme holds NCRQ Level 6, NEBOSH Safety Certification, the Mountain Instructors Certificate (UK’s highest qualification), is a Sea Kayak and Canoe Guide, a Swift Water Rescue Technician and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician. He is the currently working as a Covid Compliance Officer in Scotland. 

Dara McClatchie

Dara McClatchie is the owner of Big Fish TV Commercials Ltd, a dedicated TV commercial production service company working with clients globally.  She was the Covid Production Manager on The Last Duel which successfully completed filming in mid October 2020.

Dr Robert Ryan

Robert graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons 1989 and has specialized in Occupational Medicine since the mid 1990’s. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational medicine. He completed a Masters in Management through the IMI & UCC and is Managing Partner of Medmark Occupational healthcare. Robert is a specialist occupational physician in fulltime practice, advising various client organisations on health issues that arise within their workforce. He is the Medmark lead physician to a number of TV and Film productions, advising on Covid related matters and overseeing their Covid testing surveillance programmes.