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Submissions now open for Virgin Media Television (Round 49 of BAI Sound & Vision Fund)
30 Mar 2023 : News Desk
Virgin Media Television
Deadline for submissions regarding Round 49 of the BAI Sound & Vision Fund for Virgin Media Television is Friday 28th April 2023.

Building on the success of original factual entertainment formats such as Eating with the Enemy and Lucy Investigates, along with factual series such as Stories from the Street, and drama such as Redemption, Virgin Media Television is looking for gripping, brave and entertaining programming with broad appeal. Proposals of particular interest will have an innovative and cutting-edge twist and capture a diverse, contemporary Ireland through a lens that has not yet been seen.

Originated Irish drama series continue to be a priority for Virgin Media Television and submissions are invited on a rolling basis. Contemporary, urban, youth-skewing, authentic and thriller-based stories are of particular interest. International potential is a requirement. They are looking for multi-part drama series only at this time. VMTV will work closely with producers in attaching international partners but a track record in financing television drama is of advantage.

They are also looking for series that take a contemporary and fresh approach to reflecting Irish culture, heritage and experience, following the success of factual entertainment formats such The Clinic for Well People. Comedy will also be considered. VMTV are open to talent suggestions, whether they are well known or dynamic new faces with something interesting to say.

Also of particular interest are high-impact factual series; gripping must-be-told stories that provoke, challenge and entertain viewers. They are interested in unique access opportunities which highlight places, people and organisations that are fixtures of Irish life and open doors into unseen worlds. They are not looking for one-off/ feature length documentaries at this time.

Target demographic for all genres is 15-45s. All series must have broad appeal and perform well in a post-watershed peak slot on Virgin Media One or Virgin Media Two, some earlier evening weekend slots are also an option. They are particularly interested in projects that take a ‘digital first’ approach and present innovative and creative opportunities to engage a wider audience across platforms.

For those submitting ideas, a track record of great casting and confident storytelling is essential. Virgin Media Television submissions must meet the criteria as set out in the Virgin Media Television Commissioning Guidelines.

Submission Details:

  • All applications should be submitted through the Commissioning Portal. 
  • All submissions must include a one page programme proposal, full production budget and finance plan. Sizzles, episode outlines, scripts are beneficial and will strengthen applications.
  • Virgin Media Television is currently inviting submissions from Production Companies or Producers with a proven track record only at this time. If you are not a producer or submitting through a production company, and have a general query, feel free to contact vmtvinfo@virginmedia.ie

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