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Coco Television to produce Pat Kenny series for UTV Ireland
10 Dec 2014 : Seán Brosnan
UTV Ireland, Ireland’s newest television channel, has awarded Coco Television the contract to produce Pat Kenny’s new series, which will air in 2015.

The contract was awarded following a competitive process, in which a number of production companies were invited to tender and, subsequently, pitch their ideas for the peak-time series.

Mary Curtis, Head of Channel at UTV Ireland, said: ‘As part of our strong commitment to home production, we announced Pat Kenny’s arrival to UTV Ireland in August and, since then, we have been working together to develop what we want to achieve for Pat’s new series. Coco Television presented us with a very strong proposal and both Pat and I are very excited about working with the company. The format of the series will play to Pat’s enormous strengths as an incisive and intelligent interviewer and broadcaster, and we will announce full details of the programme in the New Year.’

Coco Television is based in Dublin city and has been in operation for over 20 years. Current series include ‘Room to Improve’, ‘CrimeCall’, ‘The Consumer Show’, ‘Don't Tell the Bride’ and this year’s live St Patrick's Festival event.

Documentary credits include ‘Gay Daddy’, ‘Joe O'Reilly’, ‘Scissor Sisters’, the award winning series 'A Gap in the Mountain', Irish Canadian co-production 'Ahakista,' and the highly acclaimed 'Any Given Sunday' and 'Made in America'.

Previous productions include ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Cabin Fever’, ‘Desperate Houses’, ‘House Hunters’ and ‘House Hunters in the Sun’.

Linda Cullen, Coco Television’s Head of Television and Executive Producer of Pat Kenny’s new series, said: ‘Coco is absolutely delighted to have been selected by UTV Ireland to produce this brand new series and Pat Kenny’s much anticipated return to television. He is an incredibly accomplished and experienced journalist and broadcaster and we are all looking forward to working with him.’

Stuart Switzer, Managing Director of Coco Television, added: ‘We have a fantastic team committed to producing great television. It's a great challenge and opportunity to work with UTV Ireland on this exciting new series.

UTV Ireland launches on 1 January 2015 and will reach out to a broad demographic across Ireland, having secured public service status last week.

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