JOHN KELLEHER - CHAIRMAN
John is one of Ireland’s leading independent film and television producers. A lawyer, he began his career as a producer and director at RTE, where he made many award winning programmes and was appointed Controller of Programmes, RTE 1 Television. He left RTE in the mid-80's to become Managing Director of a national newspaper, The Sunday Tribune, before establishing Fastnet Films, the independent film and television company now run by his son, Macdara.
He has produced eight cinema films, including the much-loved Irish 'classic', Eat The Peach (1986), which he co-wrote, and six television drama series, including the 7-hour Strumpet City, starring Peter O'Toole, which has been televised in more than sixty countries. He has also produced several international documentary co-productions.
In 2014, he produced 'The Guarantee', a feature length political thriller about the recent Irish banking crisis, which was written by IFTA-nominated Colin Murphy and directed by Ian Power. He is an executive producer of the Irish feature film, 'Mammal', directed by Rebecca Daly and starring Rachel Griffiths, which received its international premiere at Sundance in January.
He has served on the Irish Film Board and has been Chairman of the Programme Advisory Committee of the Dublin Institute of Technology Media Production Unit. He was a founder/director and shareholder of the Windmill Consortium, which was awarded the TV3 (Irish national commercial broadcaster) licence. He is a member of the Royal Television Society and is a Patron of the Fastnet Short Films Festival. He has served regularly on film and television programme juries (including IFTA, the Prix Europa and the Irish Council of Civil Liberties Film Awards). He is regarded as one of the pioneers of Irish international coproduction, having co-produced with, among others, Britain, Canada, the US, Australia, France and Germany.
Appointed by the Government in 2003 to the post of Official Film Censor, he was responsible for significantly modernising what is now known as IFCO, the Irish Film Classification Office. He is a regular weekly film critic for the Drive Programme on Newstalk national radio.
David Power - Head of Development
David Power is Head of Development at John Kelleher Media where he oversees the development of a range of factual and drama programming for television.
David has produced 'A Disconnected Rhythm', an arts documentary for TV3 about composer Ian Wilson and his period as 'composer in residence' at the Parkinson's Unit at Tallaght Hospital. The programme charts Ian's progress as he composes an inspirational piece of music based on his experiences there.
David served as Associate Producer on recent feature production 'The Guarantee' as well as on the forthcoming 'The Bailout'. He is also a Film Classifier at the Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO) where he is responsible for awarding age related classifications for cinema and home entertainment releases as well as public engagement and education.