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‘Who’s Holiday Is It Anyway’ wins Best European TV Format
19 Sep 2014 : Seán Brosnan
Pitted against more than 50 submissions from members of the European Broadcasting Union, RTÉ One’s new series ‘Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?’ won the best European TV format at the Eurovision Creative Days Forum in Berlin this week.

    This year’s three winners are:
  • 1. RTÉ, Ireland, ‘Whose Holiday is it Anyway?’ Produced by Coco TV. A Sunday night series targeting general audiences whereby teens take over the responsibility of planning their family’s annual holiday.
  • 2. Channel 4, UK, ‘Secret lives of Students/Teens’ presented by Mike Beale, director of international formats (ITV Studios) Students share their digital lives using texts, picture messages, calls and web searches.
  • 3. VRT één, Belgium for ‘Work it out’ presented by Koen Lievens, editor in chief (Alaska TV) A reality series that sees four young, chronically unemployed men adopt creative approaches to finding employment.

The forum also awarded 25,000 Euro to RTÉ to develop new format ‘Total Recallers, a family variety game show reliant on memory that was developed within RTÉ by Grainne Ahern.

‘Whose Holiday Is It Anyway’, developed by RTÉ and Coco Television, was first broadcast as a pilot last December and is due to be developed into a full TV series airing later this year. It follows teenagers as they are handed a budget and the responsibility of planning the family’s annual holiday.

Speaking about the awards Grainne McAleer, Genre Head Daytime and Lifestyle, RTÉ said,: This is a huge achievement for RTÉ and Coco Television. Whose Holiday Was It Anyway? was up against some of the best formats from across Europe so we’re delighted it has came first. It once again proves that the key to developing successful formats is ensuring that they succeed for your home audience first. If it works for Irish audiences then it should translate well for other audiences.”

While Linda Cullen, Executive Producer of Coco TV, said: "I am absolutely thrilled with this award. It's a tribute to a simple but clever idea, and a super team here at Coco who have developed it into a great series. And thanks too of course to the foresight of RTÉ and DRG who co funded the pilot programme as part of Format Farm which meant we could really interrogate a full episode, and have it tested on air, before going to full series"

The show was developed by RTÉ Global’s Format Farm initiative which was set up in 2012 with the Irish independent production sector to develop and pilot original TV formats. To date it has attracted international production and distribution companies including Warner Bros., Fremantle Media and Sony to partner with RTÉ to co-finance, launch and provide a global platform for home-grown Irish creativity.

Other Format Farm formats that have been developed for Irish Television this season include RTÉ2’s ‘Exiles: Vancouver’, a 6-part series which follows six young Irish people as they emigrate from Ireland to Canada. Another format is ‘The Unemployables’, devised once again by Coco TV, following presenters Jennifer Maguire and Darren Kennedy as the series sets out to try and help struggling young people get off social welfare and into a career.

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