Network Ireland Television is the foremost Irish-based TV distribution company, established in October 1995 with the objective of providing a sales and marketing service internationally for television programme makers and film producers and directors.
In the 20 years since its start-up, Network Ireland Television has now accumulated a catalogue of over 1,500 hours of quality English language programming and short films from a range of Irish and international producers and has firmly established itself as the major distributor of niche market material. Network Ireland Television is currently selling to over 100 overseas broadcasters, VOD operators, DVD distributors and Inflight Entertainment companies.
Network Ireland Television’s Managing Director, Derry O'Brien has over 40 years’ experience in international services in the music, TV and film industries and with the Irish Trade Board. Derry was responsible for the inauguration of the Ireland on Screen joint marketing initiative between the relevant Northern and Southern trade promotional agencies at both the MIP and MIPCOM television markets for 5 years, from 1991 - 1995 inclusive, a marketing initiative that survives to this day. Furthermore, as a Board Member of the Brussels-based E.U. Programme, Euro Aim for a similar period, Derry was actively involved in Euro Aim sales and marketing activities at both the Berlin Film Festivals, the Donestia Screenings and their Rendezvous Co-production and more recently at the Cannes Film Festival. Derry also served on the Board of the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission for 5 years (1999 – 2004).
We have attended the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival Market for the past 21 years, as this is a very important market for shorts. NITV staff members also speak regularly on the industry panels at various festival’s seminars. We participate at the MIPTV and MIPCOM markets every year and meet several of our regular short film buyers at each of these markets. Apart from the established Irish Film Festivals, we attend the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, Encounters Festival Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Palm Springs Shortsfest, Sheffield Doc Fest and we’ve also attended festivals such as Santiago de Compostela and Alcine in Spain; Aix-en- Provence and Cannes in France; and Leuven in Belgium, among many others in recent years.
This consistent promotion and follow-up has enabled us to maintain regular sales to the major programme buyers of short films worldwide, who have come to expect us to represent short films of the highest calibre.