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Dún Laoghaire Harbour: Council Turns Down Hollywood Studio Plan for Old Terminal

8th May 2019
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File photo of the the ferry terminal in Dun Laoghaire Harbour when in use by Stena Line on their service to Holyhead, Wales which closed in September 2014. In the background the fastcraft HSS Stena Explorer is departing the harbour when bound for the UK port. File photo of the the ferry terminal in Dun Laoghaire Harbour when in use by Stena Line on their service to Holyhead, Wales which closed in September 2014. In the background the fastcraft HSS Stena Explorer is departing the harbour when bound for the UK port. Photo: DLHC-facebook

#dublinbay - The Irish Times writes that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has rejected a proposal from $5 billion US children’s entertainment giant Hasbro to bring “Hollywood production” to the Dublin suburb with a studio in the harbour's former Stena Line terminal.

The US company submitted a joint expression of interest for the vacant building, which has lain unused since 2015, along with Irish animation studio Boulder Media, which it purchased in 2016.

According to the tender document submitted by the pair, the project would see “a truly unique studio and academic facility with stand-out identity and world-wide appeal. Hollywood production would truly be happening in the centre of Dún Laoghaire – with regularity”.

The tender, which has been seen by The Irish Times, states that the studio would house 350-400 crew and management “from day 1, rising to 650”. It continues: “Local spend of our highly skilled, higher earning creative and media professionals would also be very considerable.”

Hasbro is planning to use Boulder Media for a number of theatrical released movies on a long-term repeating cycle, which would support a €5 million investment in bringing the existing building up to standard.

More on the story can be read here through this link

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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