Like something out of a movie, a US media law firm proposes a new firm and a bunch of much-needed legal jobs in Northern Ireland’s Londonderry.
SmithDehn Northern Ireland represents a number of major film companies including Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and HBO and has been involved in projects like Da Ali G Show, Borat and Bafta-winner The Imposter.
SmithDehn is currently recruiting lawyers and support staff for its new venture and proposes starting a new firm Social Construct Media which would focus on international film and television development, financing, production and sales. The new company revealed plans for a film project which it described as a “positive, uplifting, scripted drama about Northern Ireland”.
Since announcing plans to come to Derry, the firm has become involved in the University of Ulster’s law school, teaching media law at the Magee campus.
At the moment, Social Construct Media NI has a slate of three films and three TV series planned for shooting and post-production in Northern Ireland, starting as early as this Autumn.
Social Construct Media’s Creative Director and Founder Zak Kilberg said: “Social Construct Films is thrilled to be in partnership with SmithDehn and to be launching our European company together, in Northern Ireland.
The Londonderry Sentinel reported Mr Smith saying his company’s experience in Derry has already been positive through the university media law course.
“It has proven to us that in and around Derry and the north west of Ireland, there is an amazing supply of under-utilised talent,” he said.
“We want a European front office, not a back office.
“We want to hire creative, intelligent, energetic and dynamic people who will wow our clients, step onto the global stage and eventually represent us at film and television festivals and markets such as Cannes and Berlin.”