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New series ‘Then Comes Marriage’ commissioned by RTÉ 2
27 Jul 2016 :
RTÉ2 has commissioned a 6 x 60 mins series of Then Comes Marriage?, Independent Pictures’ factual entertainment format that first aired as a pilot under last year’s Format Farm creative-incubator initiative.

Combining playfulness and practicality, Then Comes Marriage? offers a relationship-skills crash course to couples on the brink of tying the knot. Three couples decamp to a luxury country house for three days, during which they are confronted with the big questions they haven’t yet asked — or don’t want to ask — about finances, sex, intimacy, conflict management, family and communication.

Michelle Spillane, director of RTÉ Global, said: “Then Comes Marriage? is a great example of the sort of show that Format Farm was set up to encourage. It’s fun, it’s quirky and, yet, it has real heart and offers real help to its participants. It’s also an example of Format Farm’s effectiveness when it comes to converting Irish creativity into international business. By offering major distributors the chance to part-fund brilliant ideas that have proved themselves in front of RTÉ’s discerning audience, it offers Irish producers an excellent opportunity to take their talent out to world.”

Conor Moloney, managing director of Independent Pictures added: “We are thrilled to see the Format Farm pilot process following through to series commission and look forward to delivering a compelling series that will succeed for RTÉ2 and our distribution partners, Warner Bros.”

On the back of this recent success from last year’s Format Farm, RTÉ has announced a call out to the independent production sector to submit ideas for the next round with a deadline of 9th September. The announcement of the successful formats chosen to pilot will be made on the 31st October.

Last year’s Format Farm received a record 190 submissions, including Sony Pictures Television distributed Scorchio, which is presently in production for RTÉ2. Irish indie Waka TV and the UK’s Sharp Jack Media are co-producing the character-led holiday-come-hidden-camera series, which was commissioned by Eddie Doyle, RTÉ’s head of comedy, talent development and music.

About Format Farm:

Format Farm, now in its fifth year, is run by RTÉ Global to support the production and broadcast of original TV formats for both Irish audiences and for export to international broadcasters. Since its launch, it has delivered a steady stream of original formats, several of which have gone on to achieve international success. These include Vision Independent Pictures The Hit, distributed by WBITP, which has now been licensed in several territories; I’ve Got Your Back by Adare Productions, which recently won a 10-part commission from RTÉ; Toto Productions’ business-rescue format The Takeover, distributed by Sony Pictures Television, which has been commissioned by Channel 4 in the UK; and Coco Television’s family format Who’s Holiday Is It Anyway? distributed by DRG’s dedicated formats division, which recently aired in Belgium and has option agreements in place globally.

To submit a new idea, production companies must go through the e-commissioning process, identifying the idea as a Format Farm submission, and specifying the relevant channel and category. All ideas will be reviewed by RTÉ’s relevant genre head and head of formats, who will make recommendations to the channel controllers.

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