Nick Ryan was a founding director of Image Now Films in 1995, and works as a director and producer of films.
Nick wrote, directed and produced the award winning short film A Lonely Sky. In 2008 he wrote and directed the award winning The German.
Nick also produced Ruairi Robinson’s short films The Silent City Blinky™and Imaginary Forces.
He is represented as a director in the United States by United Talent Agency and by Independent Talent Group in the UK.
A journalism graduate from the University of Oklahoma, Mark began his television career in Atlanta as a CNN news writer for “Headline News” and “Newsnight”. He has since become an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose theatrical credits include: Writer, “The Cove” (‘Best Documentary Feature’ 2010 Academy Awards & winner ‘Best Documentary Script’, W.G.A. 2010); writer, the critically-acclaimed “The Tillman Story”; writer, “Chasing Ice”; writer, “Last Play at Shea”; writer, “Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos”, (W.G.A. nomination “Best Documentary Script”, 2007); writer “Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who”, and writer/director, “Morning Light”, Disney Pictures 2008.
Currently, Mark is working on numerous documentary feature films including: the seminal documentary film about Formula 1 Racing entitled “1” for Spitfire Pictures; “Stolen Seas”, a hardhitting emotional tale about Somali pirates; “The Summit”, which chronicles the deadliest season on K2, the second highest and most dangerous mountain to climb in the world; “Who is Dayani Cristal?”, an investigation into an unidentified body found on the U.S./Mexican border; and “The Singing Planet”, academy award winner, Louis Psihoyos’ follow-up film to “The Cove”.
Launching with Oscar and Emmy award winning ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER in 1999, John Battsek has since produced a slate of over twenty five feature documentaries many of which have been launched at prestigious film festivals and achieved international distribution. These include IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON; Oscar nominated RESTREPO; Academy Shortlisted SERGIO; Grierson Award Winner FIRE IN BABYLON; Academy Award Shortlisted THE TILLMAN STORY; triple Emmy nominated BETTER THIS WORLD, and James Marsh’s PROJECT NIM - which marked the start of Passion’s strategic alliance with Simon Chinn’s Red Box Films.
Two new films executive produced by Battsek premiered at 2012’s Sundance Film Festival; SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN played as the opening night film and was awarded the Jury Special Prize and the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary category and THE IMPOSTER, based on the extraordinary story of serial imposter Frederic Bourdin, also played in competition. Both films were released theatrically in UK and the US this summer.
Battsek and the production company he runs, Passion Pictures, are currently working on several new feature film projects, including two new films with Greg Barker; Nadav Schirman’s THE GREEN PRINCE based on the NY Times Bestselling memoir THE SON OF HAMAS by Mosab Hassan Yousef, and a narrative adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s award-winning dystopian novel HOW I LIVE NOW is currently shooting in the UK with Kevin MacDonald directing for FilmFour.
Darrell Kavanagh has a BA in Visual Communications and co-founded Image Now in 1992 and he has been advising and directing clients on brand and vision strategies for over 17 years. These include Bank of Ireland, Transport fo London, City of London, Vodafone, DAA, TV3, DCC, UN ICT Task Force.
Darrell was awarded the Sunday Times Ian Parry photography award and has undertaken a number of domestic and international photographic assignments for the Sunday Times Magazine
Pat Falvey is one of Ireland’s leading team trainer and motivational speakers as well as being a world-renowned adventurer and explorer. Pat has over 62 high adventurers completed around the world to his credit. He has Climbed Everest and completed the 7 Summits twice.
Pat has also trained and lead the first Irish team to complete the 1140km trek to the South Pole, in honour of Ernest Shackleton and Ireland’s unsung polar hero’s, across the coldest, loniest, most barren, desolate and dangerous landscape on earth to reach the South Pole on the 8th Jan 2008. Pat has just completeted his current book “ A journry to Adventure. the stories I never thought I tell” and is presently working on two new books.
John McDonnell is one of Ireland’s most experienced producers. In 2000 he founded Fantastic Films and since the company’s inception, John has produced and collaborated on a diverse range of film projects receiving over 50 international awards, including an OSCAR™ in 2006 for SIX SHOOTER (2004, Martin McDonagh).
Current projects include LAST DAYS ON MARS, directed by Ruairi Robinson and staring Liev Schrieber and EK THA TIGER, the highly anticipated Bollywood film, which is due for release in August 2012.
John is also working with beActive Media on developing and producing a comic book and game based on Fantastic Films recent production STITCHES, which is due for release in Autumn 2012.
John has recently executive produced SONGS FOR AMY directed by Konrad Begg, and BEAT GIRL a transmedia series, available on several platforms, including TV, the web, smart phone app, a comic book and a novel.
In addition to receiving his Hons MA in Screenwriting from DLIADT in 2008, John has designed producers’ courses for FAS/ Screen Training Ireland and lectured in Film in Trinity, DLIADT and Griffith College, Dublin. He also consults for Film Finances, UK and is a regular juror for the Irish Film & Television Awards.