A graduate of Trinity College Dublin in Drama and French, O'Hagan began her career with independent Irish TV production companies Graph Films and Midas Productions.
She also worked as a freelance TV production manager and producer with projectsincluding the 2007 Irish Film and Television Awards show. In 2003,O'Hagan established PULP Productionswhich produced television commercials.
On her appointment, O'Hagan said, 'The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has reached a great level within its first five years in existence, and I intend to bring my skills in organisation and management to ensure the continued success of what is a fantastic event within the national calendar.'
Festival Chairman David Mc Loughlin said, 'We are delighted to have secured the services of Joanne O'Hagan as the new festival CEO, as she possesses a rare combination of production, financing and logistical talents which will be of particular benefit to the operational and financial management of the festival's expanding activities.'
In five years the JDIFF has grown from just over 12,000 to over 30,000 admissions. This week, in a first off-season event, the festival will host a public Quentin Tarantino Q&A after an out-of-festivalscreening of Death Proof on September 14.
The 6th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival's dates February 15th-24th 2008, and will be the firstfor new programme director Grainne Humphreys.