UPDATE:Ireland’s film subsidy body is not renewing CEO Simon Perry’s contract when it expires in January 2011. The board of Bord Scannán na hÉireann – to give it its Gaelic name – will start advertising for a new CEO at the end of this month. I understand that Perry was taken by surprise when the board decided not to renew his contract. What’s at stake are divergent visions of the IFB’s future: Perry has always supported local indie filmmakers, while the IFB’s board wants to use preserve its cash to encourage more big Hollywood movies to shoot in Eire. With his deeply-delicious voice, Perry is such a fixture of the European film scene it’s difficult imagining it without him. He ran UK film subsidy body British Screen Finance for many years, before losing his job when the Film Council took over a decade ago.
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