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The Legal Aspects of Animation #2: Section 481 | A Lunch and Learn Programme | 2024

Wednesday, June 26th, 1pm to 2pmOnlineFree
This is the second workshop in this series and will cover Section 481.


Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet and Animation Ireland with the support of Coimisiún na Meán are delighted to host these monthly lunch and learn across 2024.

This series of lunchtime workshops will be held online, once every month from May to October at 1pm. Dates for each session will be announced the month before and there is no obligation to attend all the sessions.

Please note that each workshop is eligible for 1 Law Society CPD Point, with the potential of 6 points for those who attend all workshops. 

What will this course cover?

The next session will look broadly at Section 481, from a legal perspective.

Section 481 is a tax credit, incentivising film & TV production made in Ireland, administered by the Revenue Commissioners. In order to qualify certain criteria must be met by Irish Production Companies. This session will examine these criteria, corporate structures, eligibility, the certification process and compliance considerations around Section 481.

These workshops will be developed and delivered by legal experts and will be relevant to almost everyone engaged in animation. Focus will be on the following themes:

  • 1. Intellectual Property Law – this workshop has already happened.
  • 2. Section 481 – June 26th
  • 3. International Co-production considerations – date TBC
  • 4. Funding agencies – date TBC
  • 5. Production Legal – date TBC
  • 6. Music and talent – date TBC

It should be noted that these workshops are educational in nature and not to be considered legal advice specific to your circumstances. If you need assistance you should always consult independent legal advice.

Participant profile

This series of lunchtime workshops will support and suit creatives, producers, management and administrative personnel to understand how the law and animation interacts.


Catherine Keane, Head of Legal, Cartoon Saloon

Catherine Keane is the Head of Legal Affairs with Cartoon Saloon, the five-time Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Emmy nominated animation studio. Catherine is employed as the General Legal Counsel to the business advising the company on all legal matters. Working with partners and customers across the globe, Catherine advises on all legal aspects of film and TV development and production including financing, section 481 film relief, delivery, sales and distribution as well as licensing and merchandising. Catherine also advises on IP matters such as trademark registration, copyright protection and exploitation as well as working on music legal and talent contracting.

Robert Grimes, General Counsel, Lighthouse Studios

Rob Grimes is General Counsel with Lighthouse Studios, BAFTA award winning and EMMY nominated 2D animation studio located in Kilkenny. Lighthouse produces a wide array of content for commissioning partners such as Netflix, Apple TV+, Amazon and Warner Brothers Animation. Recently they have delivered The Cuphead Show!, El Deafo, Little Ellen, the Bob’s Burgers Movie and the Rick and Morty. Lighthouse are also developing its own IP and has an expanding slate of indigenous Irish projects. Rob advises on all legal issues ranging from commercial contracting with SVODs, broadcasters and rights owners, s.481, IP and funding.





Dates and times of the course

The second workshop on S481 will be held on Wednesday, June 26th, 1pm to 2pm.

The Zoom link will be emailed the day before the workshop.

This series of 45 minute lunchtime workshops will be held online, once every month from May to October at 1pm with time for questions afterwards. Dates for each session will be announced the month before and there is no obligation to attend all the sessions.

The Legal Aspects of Animation #2: Section 481


For any queries, please contact

Please note that due to our funding requirements, registrations are currently only available to those resident in the Republic Of Ireland. 

CCIS will generally only accept requests for cancellation refunds up to 5 working days before the training course commences. CCIS may allow for refunds outside of this on a case-by-case basis. Any request for a refund must be made via email to & insert the course name in the subject line.

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