Featured Speaker - Jimmy Mulville
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Jimmy Mulville // Co-founder, Hat Trick Productions

Jimmy Mulville co-founded Hat Trick Productions in 1986. It is now one of the country’s leading independent producers of comedy, drama and entertainment, with popular and award winning programmes across many channels, including: EPISODES, DERRY GIRLS, OUTNUMBERED, SPY, FATHER TED, ROOM 101, SOME GIRLS, DR THORNE, BOOMERS, FONEJACKER, DINNER DATE, THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED, FACEJACKER, THE KUMARS AT NO 42, THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER, and, of course, the long running BBC1 series HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU which Jimmy created in 1990.

In the US Hat Trick launched WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? on ABC in 1997. Running for seven years, it was the first British series to be recreated for American network television by a British producer.
In 1999 Jimmy received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to Television. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liverpool. Before moving to television in 1982, he produced for BBC Radio, where he developed and produced the award-winning RADIO ACTIVE.

For more than 25 years Jimmy has been working with some of the best writers, producers, performers and crew who in turn attract the best on-screen talent. Some of the brightest names in British television began their careers and continue to build them under the Hat Trick brand.

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The MAC Belfast

The MAC is one of Europe’s leading art centres, situated in the heart of Belfast. Recently nominated as a finalist for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015, the award-winning venue has welcomed some 800,000 visitors since it opened in 2012.

Situated in the heart of Belfast’s bustling Cathedral Quarter, right behind Saint Anne’s Cathedral, the MAC houses three art galleries, two theatres, a bar/restaurant, family room and multiple rehearsal and office spaces.

Designed by architects Hackett Hall McKnight, the MAC has won numerous building awards including a RIBA National Award and was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award and the Design Museum Designs of the Year.

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