Northern Ireland’s creative and digital sector is a fusion of exceptional talent and state-of-the-art technology.

Northern Ireland is home to a dynamic cluster of companies who are working with global clients and international partners to deliver creative solutions within animationaudio technologymobile contente-learning and music.

A flourishing animation sector is supported by specialised graduate and undergraduate courses in computer animation for gamesVFXfeature and TV animation. Local company Sixteen South has earned over 50 major international awards including the prestigious Broadcast Award for its children’s animation series “Lily’s Driftwood Bay” which is shown in over 125 countries.

With world-class facilities and access to a highly-skilled talent pool, Northern Ireland also enjoys global recognition as an important production centre for film and television. HBO’s epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones® has largely been filmed in Northern Ireland since its pilot in 2010. Other companies such as Universal Pictures, BBC and Disney have also chosen Northern Ireland for recent productions.

Sector expertise

Gaming and animation

  • Gaming and mobile apps
  • Kids 2D and CGI animation
  • Original productions and service facilities

Mobile content

  • Software and mobile apps designed to streamline business processes
  • Digital marketing solutions

Digital and interactive

  • Brand development
  • Integrated marketing campaigns
  • Music - Intellectual Property (IP) creation, recording and publishing

Digital media technology

  • E-commerce
  • Emotion AI solutions
  • Sound signal processing technologies
  • Conditional access systems for digital TV


  • Learning management systems
  • Enterprise e-learning services

Film & TV production and post production

  • Large scale production
  • Factual TV
  • Independent film
  • Post production

Northern Ireland for foreign direct investment

Northern Ireland is an attractive place for investment in the creative & digital sector thanks to a combination of factors including skills availability, excellent infrastructure, cost-effectiveness and a supportive business environment.

Who's here

  • Adoreboard

    Adoreboard uses emotion AI to analyse, measure and unify Human Experiences for better business outcomes. Human Experience (HX) represents the collective experiences and emotions that a person feels when dealing with any organisation or brand. Adoreboard works with major international brands such as Unilever, Three Mobile, EasyJet and CDE Global, delivering decision-ready insights for business impact.

  • Go Testify

    Go Testify provide the most relevant, real world players on-demand for game developers. This ensures the highest quality insights, freeing game developers to focus on delivering the ultimate experience for every player. Clients can see, hear and understand player behaviour, deep into the experience, identifying what motivates the target market to become loyal fans and what motivates them to spend time and money.

  • Learning Pool

    Learning Pool creates content and technology solutions that engage and empower modern learners around the world, delivered at the moment of need, on any device, using the most appropriate learning approach. Solutions have been delivered for The Football Association, Eddie Stobart, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Royal Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Canada.

  • Made to Engage

    Made to Engage are dedicated to creating outstanding digital experiences. They deliver advanced, integrated commerce experiences, such as for retailer, Eason, personalising and automating product promotion strategies, driving relevance and overall customer experience. Named Episerver’s EMEA Partner of the Year for Digital Experience in 2019.

  • Sixteen South

    Sixteen South creates innovative, entertaining and meaningful television for children throughout the world. The company has won over 50 international awards including two EMMY® nominations, the BAFTA Independent Children’s Production Company of the Year, the Prix Jeunesse and three IFTAs. The shows are among the highest rating on all the major television networks and SVODs. You can watch their work on Disney, PBS, Hulu, Nickelodeon and Netflix.

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