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Neil Leyden - International DIgital Services Centre. Ireland, , IE

Neil Leyden

Founder/ Project Director | International DIgital Services Centre

Ireland, IRELAND

International Digital Services Centre, Founder





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Neil is a scriptwriter, ideas junkie, entrepreneur and professional optimist. He is Chairman of the Digital Media Forum, a network of digital media companies in Ireland and a board member of the Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland’s Contracts Committee as well as sitting on the board of a number of tech start-ups. He is project advisor for - an initiative to connect the Irish Diaspora online and was also the winner of Your Country, Your Call - a nationwide competition to get ideas that will lift Ireland out of the economic gloom. The big idea: to create an International Digital Services Centre to make Ireland the global gateway for digital content and services between the US and Europe.

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Industry Expertise (3)



Media Production

Areas of Expertise (3)

Digital Strategist

Future of Media

Intellectual Property for Media

Accomplishments (1)

Winner of Your Country, Your Call (professional)


In 2010, through the auspices of the Irish Presidency, a competition was run globally to come up with an idea to help Ireland out of economic turmoil. The prize was 100,000 euro for the individual and 500,000 euro towards the execution of the project. Out of over 9000 entries, I had the winning concept for an International Digital Services Centre. In the last quarter of 2012, we aim to launch the Centre.

Education (6)

Dublin Institute of Technology: Diploma, Film Production 1996

University of Lusofona, Portugal: Cert, Interactive Television 2002

Scriptwriting, Pre-production, production, iDTV multimedia and post-production skills for interactive television.

University College Dublin: BA, English / History of Art 1994

New York University: Cert, Screenwriting 1996

Completed this summer course in scriptwriting theory and practice with mentors from NYU

Blackrock College: 1991

North by Northwest: Cert, Screenwriting for animation 2003

Testimonials (2)

Tim Duggan, CEO | Screen Leaders Europe

“Neil is a thought leader and highly insightful individual in digital media, film, financing and the digital landscape at a higher level. Ive always enjoyed meeting up, working with and working parellel to Neil and his work in the Digital media services centre project is outstanding not only from its scope, but also in the projects regenerative effect on Irelands previously floundering attitude towards digital services. In some way he has been a mentor to me from bak in the Windmill Lane picture days and he continues to be the voice of reason. I hope that Neil continues to break new boundaries and put in place the frameworks for our new smart economy.” J

Marjorie Daleo, Senior Vice President - Digital Media, Entertainment and Telcoms, Enterprise Ireland (business partner) | Digital Asset Management Conference

“Neil is one of those incredibly talented individuals who can combine brilliant creative talent with insightful business savvy. I have worked with Neil for years and have found him to be a truly talented entertainment/media executive with great vision. If you haven't had the privilege of working with Neil, I highly recommend working with him.”

Event Appearances (5)

International Digital Services Centre introduction

Digital Asset Management Conference  Los Angeles, United States

Doing Digital Business In Europe

Digital Asset Management Conference Europe  Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Digital transformation

Screen Leaders Europe  Barcelona, Spain

Telling Digital Stories

Screen Leaders Europe  Frankfurt, Germany

Stereoscopic 3D over new platforms

3D Film Production Europe  Dublin, Ireland

Sample Talks (1)

Gateway Ireland - Connecting the Dots

Presenting the interface of a Diaspora website to an invited audience.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Corporate Training


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