US firm eyes Northern Ireland for TV work

What do you get when you put a US firm in Northern Ireland and mix it up with the makers of Game of Thrones?

No, not another reality TV show. In this fantasy, dragons have been replaced with senior HBO lawyers and the fictional world of Westeros swapped for the University of Ulster. The battle will commence on campus from February, with US entertainment firm SmithDehn launching a part-time media law course with client HBO.

But like all good dramas, there’s a twist in the tale. The New York-based firm has another agenda – it wants to launch a Derry/Londonderry base and has been in negotiations with Invest Northern Ireland to do so. If all goes to plan, it will have a 75-strong army of entertainment lawyers within five years.

That’s your teaser.

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