Local entrepreneur up for IFTA awards

ONE of Ireland’s leading independent television production companies, Independent Pictures, which was founded by Inistioge man John Cummins has been nominated for a number of awards at the IFTA’s.

ONE of Ireland’s leading independent television production companies, Independent Pictures, which was founded by Inistioge man John Cummins has been nominated for a number of awards at the IFTA’s.

“We have been nominated for three awards - one for the documentary on Colm Murray and Motor Neuron disease, one for the ICA Bootcamp and the third is in the Irish language category for a programme we did with Bernard Dunne. I am delighted to be nominated for three awards in three very different categories and hopefully we will win at least one,” he said.

John grew up on a farm outside the village of Inistioge. He has two brothers Jimmy and Brendan and his nephew Sean who was on the senior hurling panel with Kilkenny is going back to farming. John studied Ecomonics at UCD before setting up Independent Pictures. He is one of Ireland’s most experienced entrepreneurs and maintains an executive role in the company combined with national industry development roles and other international business interests.

Steering the complex and innovative Agtel Group through 27 years of rapid growth and diversification has been his greatest achievement and he has picked up numerous awards and broadcast credits along the way. John has represented the Irish TV industry on a number of private and state boards including Chair of Audio Visual Federation for seven years, National Council of IBEC for five years, Governing Board of ITC Ireland for five years and Advisory Board of Screen Training Ireland for four years.