Windmill Lane Chief Exits To Set Up Rockabill Media

Michael Murphy leaves Irish VFX and post-production house to set up as a co-producer to access Irish tax incentives.

LONDON -- Michael Murphy, former chief executive of Ireland’s Windmill Lane Entertainment, has launched Rockabill Media, a start-up offering production services across film and television drama.

Murphy’s Rockabill Media will act as a co-producer across both post and VFX production and in addition can provide access to the Irish tax incentives to package services in Ireland.

During his tenure as head of post and VFX house Windmill Lane in Dublin, Murphy has overseen work on titles including Luc Besson’s Lockout, Mary Harron’s The Moth Diaries and TV drama Titanic Blood and Steel.

But by setting up on his own, Murphy said: “My ambition is to provide a completely transparent funding structure so that all aspects of the financing process are visible and accessible to my clients, and of course I am very interested in seeing where I can add value to projects."

Before his tenure at Windmill, Murphy founded and programmed Channel 6 in Ireland, which he sold to TV3 in September 2008.

He was also formerly director of digital television at Irish telecoms giant EIRCOM.