SPI reflects members' concerns and aspirations about a variety of issues affecting the current and future working environment of the independent film, television and animation sectors and communicates these views to the appropriate state, semi-state, and private bodies. It also works with state agencies to promote the industry abroad. Some of the bodies with whom we are in continuous negotiation are RTÉ, TG4, The Irish Film Board, the Department of Arts, Sport & Tourism, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Enterprise Ireland and other relevant Irish and international organisations.
Within the area of Broadcasting SPI ensures that independent producers are dealt with fairly and on sound principles by Irish broadcasters. SPI negotiates the Terms of Trade with RTÉ and TG4. SPI also involves itself in a range of business matters relating to broadcasters dealings with the independent sector.
As the employers organisation, SPI negotiates collective agreements with the unions involved in feature film and TV drama crewing.
In the area of Film, SPI lobbies government departments for a range of supports for the industry including maintaining and expanding tax incentives such as Section 481, and increasing the annual capital grant to the Irish Film Board. We also represent the collective views of production companies to the Board and others. We work with agencies such as Enterprise Ireland and The Irish Film Board to promote the film and TV industry abroad. Occasionally we publish reports and organise discussion forums on the industry and its future development. We also work with Screen Training Ireland to devise training courses for the range of professionals working in both film and TV production.