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RTE Factual Commissioning Brief
03 Apr 2018 :
RTE Factual is looking for ideas for a small number of Sunday night and Monday night slots in the Autumn of 2018.

Monday Nights

The Monday night 9:30pm slot is RTÉ's highest profile and most important slot. It's where RTE aims to tell the story of Ireland. Great storytelling and high-end production values are at the heart of everything that has succeeded in this slot. Ideas that work here will have a universal appeal, a creative, popular treatment and also have something to say about Ireland in 2018.

Budget range: €120,000 - €130,000 per hour (Maximum) for RTÉ One

RTE is open to ideas for one-offs and short series (up to two parts) in the following areas:

Films with heart - what has resonated incredibly well with our audience in recent years have been documentaries that have revealed something about human experience - both to the audience and to the documentary's subjects themselves. Docs like Golden: Our Fifty Years of Marriage; Too Old For The Road; Older Than Ireland; We Won the Lotto. We would be interested in more ideas with layered human interest at their core. These are directors' docs that need a filmic treatment - where the storytelling and production values are as sometimes as important as the subject. They need to be well cast and will need a strong, but invisible hand in the production.

National treasures - docs like Micko; Giles; This is Christy; and Fairytale of New York have played very strongly with our audience and have also had an added element of punch through. Featuring the story of someone who is universally loved is one thing, doing that story justice is another. Each of these documentaries succeeded in this. We would be interested in more documentary ideas where the appeal of the subject is apparent, but where we also have a compelling vision for the doc.

Finding the story in current events - docs like My Homeless Family; The Crossing; We Need to Talk About Dad; Ireland's Property Crisis; The Undocumented have all managed to take an 'issue' and find the story in it, turning what could have been current affairs light into high-end documentary. We'd be interested in other doc ideas that can also do this - by adopting either a human-centred approach or an innovative storytelling approach. We're not looking for authored reports at this moment, unless the author has a deep and personal connection with the subject matter.

Popular consumer stories - docs like Sugar Crash; and One Day: How Ireland Eats have shown that there is an enormous appetite for docs that take a consumer feature and give it an intelligent and popular treatment. We would be open any ideas in this area.

Cracking yarns - some stories just need to be told. You know them. We'll know them when we see them.

Preference will be given to ideas that are deliverable on time and on budget and which have a clear appeal for a younger (under 45) audience.

RTE asks, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system: https://e-commissioning.rte.ie/SWIFT.Web/skins/rte/login.aspx under the programme category Factual - Monday Autumn 2018

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