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Richard Williams

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Richard Williams

Northern Ireland Screen

Chief Executive


Speaker Biography

Richard Williams is CEO of Northern Ireland Screen which has, in the last 12 years, taken the lead role in developing the screen industry in Northern Ireland. 
 
Under Richard’s leadership, Northern Ireland Screen developed the Paint Hall at Titanic Quarter as a film studio which was the home of HBO’s GAME OF THRONES for eight seasons. And more recently partnered with Belfast Harbour Commission in the development of Belfast Harbour Studios, a new purpose-built studio complex.
 
During his time, Northern Ireland Screen has expanded its support to cover large-scale production, TV drama, independent film, factual/entertainment, animation and interactive content, including the development and production of many independent films, all genres of television and a growing number of digital content projects, including HUNGER for which Steve McQueen won the Camera D’Or, Terry and Oorlagh George’s Oscar winner THE SHORE, Michael Lennox’s BAFTA winner and Oscar nominated BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM and the multi-award winning DERRY GIRLS.
 
Richard previously worked for Waddell Media, during that time representing Northern Ireland on PACT. He also previously worked in newspaper management and was a commercial solicitor. He was awarded an OBE in 2019.

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