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Belfast law firm renews partnership with local agency that delivered Game of Thrones

Richard Williams, chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen is pictured with Millar McCall Wylie partner, Damian McParland.

A BELFAST law firm has retained its contract with the media agency, which delivered global TV hit Game of Thrones.

Millar McCall Wylie, which operates two offices in the city has renewed its legal services contract for Northern Ireland Screen following a competitive tender process. The agreement marks 18 years of working with the internationally-renowned agency, which has attracted the likes of BBC's Line of Duty and Game of Thrones to Northern Ireland.

Millar McCall Wylie has served as legal advisors on over 1,200 television, film and new media productions produced by independent filmmakers and major studios, networks and content providers with total budgets in excess of £2 billion. It also acts on behalf of a growing range of local production houses.

In response to growing demand and to drive continued expansion the practice has set up a dedicated media and entertainment, led by partners Damian McParland and Abbie Long.

Mr McParland believes it is a sector with "tremendous potential".

"We have been growing our services in the film, TV and media industry for nearly two decades alongside the growth of the film and television industry in Northern Ireland, which continues to go from strength to strength. Many call it the most successful screen industry in the UK and Ireland outside London," he said.

“As this expansion continues, companies from the very largest studios to local creative partnerships are turning to us for specialist expertise through all stages of the production process. From low-budget to multi-million-pound productions, we can advise at every step, from film and television production financing, development, production to rights acquisition."

Richard Williams, CEO of Northern Ireland Screen added:

“In the face of increasing global competition, Northern Ireland Screen has continued to both attract film and television projects to Northern Ireland and support the growth of local screen production companies. As we build a sustainable and dynamic film and television industry in Northern Ireland, we look forward to continuing our work with Millar McCall Wylie.”

Millar McCall Wylie’s most recent TV and film expertise includes work on the eighth and final Game of Thrones series, the fifth series of BBC’s critically acclaimed Line of Duty, Marcella, Derry Girls, Krypton and Zoo - a film set in 1940s wartime Belfast.

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