Maggie Breathnach

Director

Maggie Breathnach is an award-winning industry recognised Producer and Director, winning one IFTA and nominated for two. She has been producing and creating content for various broadcasters for over twenty years, and continues to work on the development of various series for the international and Irish markets.

Maggie is credited with bringing Gradam Cheoil TG4 to Belfast and Northern Ireland for the first time - generating partnerships with various organisations in Belfast and establishing a solid programme of fringe events as well as the live broadcast of the main show. Her vision and ambition to push the boundaries of the reach of the Arts ensures the programmes she delivers are both unique and appealing to all.

Having gained her initial experience with Forefront Productions, Maggie co-founded Red Shoe Productions and established the flagship Arts series Imeall for TG4. This further engrained Maggie’s passion and confirmed her as a renowned Producer / Director within the Arts.

In 2016, Maggie was elected to the Board of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI), serving until the present day. She has sat on the Judges panel for the Irish Folk Awards and also represents SPI on the Committee for Irish Language Programming.

Maggie has lectured at Griffith College Dublin, as well as writing and delivering an Introduction to Media Course to Transition Year students through Irish – an initiative that she hopes will develop regionally and nationally in the future.

Maggie is keen to contribute to the preservation and archive of the Irish Arts and is a longstanding advocate for the artistic community and as such is currently working with producers and directors in the UK on arts documentaries for international broadcast.


Productions include:

Director/Producer - Ceol ó Kylemore: Ceiliúradh na mBan, TG4, 2020, one-hour all-female ensemble musical performance.
Director/Producer - Gradam Ceoil, TG4, 2015 – 2021. Two-hour live music awards programme and associated fringe productions.
Director/Producer -Fleadh Cheoil, RTÉ, 2018 - 2019, 6-part traditional music series.
Director/Producer – House of Art, Oireachtas TV & BAI, 2016 - 2018, a one-hour documentary about the state art collection in Leinster House.
Director/Producer – Imeall, TG4, 2008 - 2018, TG4’s flagship Arts and Cultural Affairs Series.
Director/Producer – Seamus Heaney Postscript, TG4, 2013, IFTA award winning - Best Factual Programme.
Producer - HUP, TG4, 2015 - 2018, Traditional Music series.
Series Producer - Feirm, TG4 & BAI, 2014.
Producer - Mo Mhoirchóir Féin – A Prayer, RTÉ, 2010, Dance on the Box Short Film.
Series Producer - Ceol Ar An Imeall, TG4, 2009 - 2013, alternative music series.



Awards

Winner of Best Factual Programme Imeall – Seamus Heaney Postscript - IFTA 2014
Winner Best Short Documentary at Sky Road Film Festival Imeall Seamus Heaney Postscript – 2014
Winner Television Series of the Year Imeall – Oireachtas Media Award 2013
Nominated for TV Moment of the Year Imeall – IFTA 2012
Joint Audience Award New York Irish Film Festival - Mo Mhóirchoir Féin – A Prayer - 2010 Produced by Maggie Breathanch / Directed Dearbhla Walsh

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