Dublin Fields studios set to offer EU’s biggest stage

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The proposed ‘Dublin Fields’ film studios located in south Dublin are expected to be of the highest quality and rank among the top movie studios worldwide, alongside London’s Pinewood and the US’s Trilith.

In a planning report submitted for the ambitious Grange Castle Media Park, it is estimated that up to 2,000 jobs will be generated both on and off the site once it becomes operational. This is in collaboration with the South Dublin County Council.

Lens Media Ltd is currently looking for applicants for a 10-year planning permission for a 56-acre site. This is due to the large scope of the planned project, which involves constructing 20 separate buildings with a total gross floor space of over 74,000 sq. m.

Moreover, at Grange Castle Business Park in Co Dublin, there are six sound stage buildings with a total of eleven internal sound stages and accompanying office spaces which are currently in progress.

How big is DUblin Fields gonna be?

According to the planning report from Tom Phillips+ Associates, a team of planning consultants, Dublin Fields is expected to have all the necessary components to attract high-quality productions from all over the globe.

We believe this will be the largest stage in the European Union, and a unifying step in making Ireland a new hub for the movie and TV industry.

Tom Phillips+ Associates

The suggested project presents a unique chance to enhance the film and TV production capabilities in Ireland, aligning with the country’s objectives in this field. Despite the presence of multiple film studios in Ireland, none of them match the intended magnitude.

The Television Studios will also now have three options for studio sizes: 4,000, 6,000, and 10,000 square feet. Each studio will be equipped to accommodate live shows with a maximum audience size of 600 people.

Furthermore, the rise and expansion of platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime have caused a significant increase in the need for top-notch content. Additionally, the report highlights Ireland’s advantageous position to meet and profit from this demand.

A studio of the same size located in Shepperton, London has played a role in the creation of more than 1,000 movies, resulting in 126 BAFTA wins and 81 Academy Award wins.

[Ireland] has arisen in recent years due to various factors including government incentives and the challenges that have been presented to existing studios in the UK arising from Brexit

Tom Phillips+Associates

Bernard Dwyer, a Senior Planner at Tom Phillips+ Associates, said the proposed development will greatly support the government’s goals for the national screen industry and offer substantial employment and training prospects in the arts for both the local and surrounding communities.

Alan Moloney, the Irish producer behind the films Siege of Jadotville and Brooklyn, is a supporter of Lens Media. He is joined by Gary Levinsohn, an Oscar-nominated American producer known for Saving Private Ryan.

Among the team members of the business venture are Dr. David Cooper, a physician residing in New York and also a skilled filmmaker, as well as Matt Cooper, and Christopher Carlin, who was born in Ireland but is now based in Los Angeles.

The development has been in progress for several years, and in June 2021, the South Dublin City Council (SDCC) authorized the sale of 56 acres of the park’s land to move forward with the ambitious project.

In May 2020, Lens Media bought 48 acres of land from SDCC to establish a studio, costing €26.4m. One year later, they also acquired an extra eight acres for an added price of €1.1m. In May 2022, a legal dispute in the High Court caused delays for the project when Lens Media was prohibited from finalizing the land purchase through an injunction.

Furthermore, reports from the Commercial Court said the conflict regarding the acquisition of the land was settled in May of the previous year. Additionally, a new shareholder agreement was also concluded in May of 2023.

The promoters plan to utilize the recent decision by the Government to raise the maximum film budget from €70m to €125m. This falls under Section 481 of Irish tax law, which allows corporations involved in film or TV projects to receive a tax credit of 32% of their budget.

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