we create teams behind the scenes

Founded in 2004, The Production People is a staffing agency focusing on connecting the most talented professionals to fulfilling projects in the Broadcasting, Film & Television, Live Events, Arts & Culture, and other Creative Industries in Ireland. Along with our sister company, Casting Ireland, we are a one-stop shop for the hire of Cast and Crew on the island of Ireland.



Our co-founders, Louise Nolan and Deirdre Ryan, spent decades working in the Media and Broadcasting industry. This firsthand experience provided a comprehensive understanding of the difficulty associated in maintaining regular and fulfilling work opportunities for seasoned professionals and the challenges for new recruits in securing that first step on the ladder to a rewarding career in the industry. 

Their desire to create a trustworthy source of employment where creative professionals could register their core skills, and reputable employers seeking those skills could access them in one central location, led to the birth of The Production People – a specialised employment agency and central database to match creative talent with rewarding opportunity in return for mutual business and career success. 

Since then, our growth has gone from strength to strength. We are the largest staffing and crewing agency for the media and creative industries in Ireland. Our unique talent pool comprises of specialists in Broadcasting, Audiovisual, Media, Arts, Culture and Events, among many others. We pride ourselves on finding the right people for the right jobs. We believe ‘We Are Our People’. and are passionate about the work we do and the people we serve. 

Meet our dream team

Deirdre Ryan

Our Executive Director Deirdre Ryan has over 25 years’ experience in Broadcasting, Media and Executive Management. She provides our team with a strong focus on business objectives, and thanks to her exemplary career we have learnt how to create genuine and long-lasting connections with our Clients and Members.

Moreover, Deirdre is an experienced Broadcast Vision Mixer, playing an active hands-on role in live entertainment, music productions, and events. It is this in-depth knowledge of the media industry, in conjunction with her recruitment and business skills, that makes us go one step further to meet our Client’s needs. This is one of the many things that makes The Production People unique.

Having a team leader that is methodic and strategic, but also empathetic and understanding, is what makes us one of Ireland’s most successful Employment Agencies. Under Deirdre’s visionary leadership, we will continue achieving many more business goals in the years to come!

Donal Duggan

Commercial Director
With over 25 years of leadership experience, Donal’s background is particularly geared for guiding businesses toward growth and customer excellence - that’s why we knew we needed him as part of our team.

Donal’s strategic vision and dynamic approach have been key in transforming our operations and business development. During his time with us, he has shined in developing and leading our operations team, and ensuring a solid customer-focused foundation. This has helped us to boost client satisfaction and business success. Additionally, Donal’s ability to spot market opportunities has enabled us to create business relationships with new clients and broaden our staffing and recruitment offers to long-lasting clients.

With his strategic direction, we are sure that Donal will keep providing valuable insights and strategic solutions to The Production People. His passion for continuous improvement and innovation will help us to achieve even greater success in the years to come.

Rachel Barrett-Swart

Service Delivery Manager
As our dedicated Service Delivery Manager, Rachel brings a wealth of experience and creativity to our team. Rachel completed her bachelor's degree in Film & Television Production at Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2018. Her passion for the industry has been evident since she joined The Production People team immediately after graduation.

Rachel's career began as a Casting Intern, where she quickly demonstrated her talent and enthusiasm. Her exceptional skills led to her promotion to Casting Assistant at Casting Ireland, our sister company. By 2020, Rachel had transitioned into the role of Crew Coordinator for The Production People, where she excelled in connecting with candidates and managing client relationships.

In 2023, Rachel's dedication and hard work earned her the position of Service Delivery Manager. In this role, she continues to leverage her extensive knowledge. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Rachel is a mother who balances her career with her family life. Rachel's innovative approach to problem-solving, and her deep industry knowledge make her a respected and admired member of our team.

Bianca Vertiz

Business Manager
Bianca originally comes from Mexico City, but we feel she has always belonged in Ireland. With vast experience in celebrity management, Bianca has worked with some of the most important Directors and Producers in the Americas. Back then, she was constantly looking for work opportunities for top-tier actors and TV hosts in Mexico and the United States.

This experience - combined with her strong skills in marketing, PR, and corporate branding that she has built up through completing her MBA with a Minor in Marketing in Mexico, and Masters in Public Relations in TU Dublin - make her the ideal person to lead the strengthening of our digital presence, our internal and external communications, as well as our outbound sales.

Bianca is one of those people that takes an idea and turns it into a reality, so with her help we have been able to implement and update many of our internal processes, considerably improving our talent management and customer service standards. She helps us to get things done.

David Hussey

Production Coordinator
Dave is the newest member of our team, and he is totally in his element working as our Production Planning and Talent Coordinator. Dave loves working with people, prides himself on making authentic connections, and understands that no two jobs are alike - much like the experts we are sourcing for them. His goal is always to find the right person for the right job.

Having worked for many years in both the Dublin and Vancouver Visual Arts scenes, Dave will always draw from his wealth of knowledge and experience when tackling new projects or coming up against industry challenges.

With a background in English and Photography, he loves to creatively problem solve, and he will think outside the box for both solutions and strategies. His previous experience as an Artist Liaison and Studio Manager means he understands the importance of efficient and proactive teamwork to deliver an unmatched, seamless result. Dave is delighted to be a part of our passionate, ambitious and dynamic team, and we’re excited for what the future has in store for The Production People – for us, the sky’s the limit!

Roisín Mcardle

Our Casting Associate, Roisín McArdle, is a graduate from Communication Studies at DCU with a postgrad in Global Business, so if someone knows how to create successful and valuable business relationships it is definitely her!

At our sister company, Casting Ireland, Roisín is always looking for exciting job opportunities for all our Actors and Models and is a strong advocate for all the people that comprise our Talent pool. When casting a new project, she makes sure that all our proposals represent all the diversity that can be found in Ireland, as well as offer emerging talents a helping hand to start their careers in exciting projects.

Finding someone like her who is thorough, reliable, and versatile, as well as kind and thoughtful sometimes is a bit tricky, so we feel quite lucky to have Roisín on our team! We can’t wait to see all the amazing things we will achieve by her side.

our awards and accreditations

We are a registered and active member of the Employment and Recruitment Federation, (ERF) and fully compliant with the industry’s national standards and best practices, ensuring we deliver ‘Excellence in Recruitment’.

During the last two decades, we have been privileged to deliver outstanding staffing and recruitment results to hundreds of companies. Our hard work has been recognised and rewarded several times by our peers in The Employment and Recruitment Federation. Some of our awards and nominations include: