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Irelandweek 2018 Returns to Los Angeles after the Success of Last Years Inaugural Launch
12 Oct 2018 : Nathan Griffin
The 9 day event, based in Los Angeles will showcase the best of Irish music, theatre, visual art, sport, animation, film and television.

Once again, the major event of the week is ‘Irelandcon’, celebrating creativity and innovation across Irish trade, culture and entertainment. Irelandcon takes place on November 1st at Loyola Marymount University’s art campus in Playa Vista. The convention is not just open to the Irish diaspora in Los Angeles, but to those keen on doing business in the above fields in Ireland. 

Speakers for this year’s IrelandCon include:

  • John Corser – Vice President of Production, NBC Universal Cable Productions
  • Stephen Cheung - President, World Trade Center
  • Robbin D. Crabtree, Ph.D. - Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at LMU
  • Marianne Grant - Senior Vice President, Motion Picture Association Of America
  • Nina Hachigian  - Deputy Mayor of International Trade, City of Los Angeles
  • Kieran Hannon - CMO, Belkin
  • Skarpi Hedinsson - CTO, LA Stadium & Entertainment District
  • John Houlihan – Senior Vice President of Music, 20th Century Fox
  • Conor Houston - Strategic Business and Government Advisor
  • Mick Kiely - CEO and Founder, Xhail Technologies
  • Mary McKenna - Tech entrepreneur, Learning Pool Co-founder
  • Michelle Loughran - IDA Ireland, VP Biz Dev Emerging Technologies/High Growth Companies
  • Dr. Brian Moore – CEO and Co-founder, Orreco
  • Brian O’Leary – Senior Vice President, Tax Counsel, NBC Universal Cable Productions
  • Dean Peggy Rajsky - LMU School of Film and TV
  • Nora Ryan -Chief of Staff, Epix
  • Kirsten Sheridan - Writer, Director, Producer
  • Jacinta Tobin - CMO, Hustle

Conference Highlights at this year’s IrelandCon include:

  • The New World Order: Doing international business in a rapidly changing environment and exploring GDPR/Privacy, Brexit, and international trade
  • Location Ireland: The growth of TV and film production and the effect on tourism and the Irish economy
  • Doing Business the SoCal Way: Tips from the local experts
  • Think Big: Startups, funding
  • The Innovation Journey from Ireland to LA: Success stories & challenges facing Irish companies and executives navigating the US market
  • Women Paving The Way In Entertainment: Meet some of the women who are shaping the industry

To open the Irelandweek this year, Irish Screen America are collaborating with the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival. Irish Screen America showcases work and fosters partnerships for Irish media-makers in both New York and Los Angeles, holding screenings, industry panels, discussions and masterclasses throughout the year. Hugh O’Connor’s ‘Metal Heart’ opens the Festival and Irelandweek on October 26th

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