River Films

The cast of Riverdance, the money-making Irish dance show.

By Irish America Staff
October / November 2003

Successful Riverdance team takes on Hollywood.


Moya Doherty and John McColgan, the couple who own Abhann, the company behind Riverdance: The Show, announced at the Cannes Film Festival that they would be moving into film production.

Together with Joan Egan, a director of Tyrone Productions, which produces Ireland’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, they have set up River Films. Currently they have four film projects in development.

Things just keep getting better and better for this Irish couple who have shown the world that Irish dance is indeed rich. According to the Sunday Business Post, Tyrone Productions, the Dublin company, which is also owned by Doherty and McColgan, has reported a 35 percent increase in retained profits. Meanwhile, documents filed by Abhann Productions, which owns 65.5 percent of Riverdance, revealed that the show earned income totaling 45.6 million during the year 1999 alone!

Keep on dancing! ♦

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