Ashford out to get lucky after Vikings

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Ashford out to get lucky after Vikings


Wrapped up: the studio is on the lookout for more work after filming for season six of ‘Vikings’ ended
Wrapped up: the studio is on the lookout for more work after filming for season six of ‘Vikings’ ended
Success: Ashford Studios owner Joe O’Connell

The owners of Ashford Studios in Co Wicklow are hoping that they “can strike it lucky again” after the conclusion of filming of the ‘Vikings’ series at the studios.

New accounts show that the filming of the hit TV show helped Ashford Studios increase its profits last year by 32pc to €2.1m. The company recorded profits of €2.1m last year after enjoying profits of €1.59m in 2016.

In 2017, the cash pile at Ashford Studios increased from €2.37m to €4.65m.

The ‘wrap party’ for Season Six of ‘Vikings’ took place a fortnight ago. “All good things come to an end,” a spokesman said.

All of the facilities of the studios have been used for the series since 2012.

“We got very lucky with ‘Vikings,” he said. “It has been such a success. It has been a great experience. I can’t think of a negative. Everything clicked.”

The spokesman said that the studio is in discussions to secure fresh work for Ashford Studios “and we are hoping that we can strike lucky again – we are expecting good news”.

The studios were the equivalent of a ‘one-bedroomed hotel’ while ‘Vikings’ was filming as they didn’t have additional capacity to cater for another production. He said: “We were not unhappy with that. Not at all, but our planned Phase Two expansion will give us critical mass.”

Irish Independent

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