SmithDehn opens in NI after course launch with HBO

Iz you opening an office in Northern Ireland? In the unlikely event that Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical character Ali G should pose that question to his legal adviser SmithDehn, the answer would now be yes. Or “Aiii”.

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Lucy Burton

Months after the US entertainment firm kicked off a media law course there with client HBO, the firm has opened in Northern Ireland and formed a partnership with US film company Social Construct Media.

The move – which will create 75 jobs within five years – will bring good news for client HBO, which has been busy filming TV series Game of Thrones in the area (HBO Europe GC Gordon Finlayson is quite the fan – his favourite character is Tyrion Lannister).

It is not known if any graduates who attended SmithDehn and HBO’s part-time course have now been hired by the firm (or by HBO), but with film and television production work in Northern Ireland on the rise, this relationship looks likely to blossom.

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