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RTE & BBCNI Call For Drama Series Scripts
08 Nov 2004 :

RTE and BBCNI are calling for screenwriters to write an original idea for a contemporary and renewable series to help both broadcasters examine the possibilities and practicalities of such a co-production venture.

The drama series should focus on a primary audience range of 18-35, appealing to audiences across the island of Ireland. The series should be able to sustain a minimum of 6 episodes in a post-watershed slot and is planned for transmission on BBC1 NI and RTE ONE/TWO.

30 and 60 episodes will be considered and the pitch should reflect the proposed episode duration. In the event of production, budgets per episode will fall within the usual parameters for the schedule slot and duration of the series. To maximise the available budget in any future production, it is expected that if commissioned to production that best endeavours will be made on the part of those attached to the project to secure third party finance.

Editorial Brief

The proposal should be fresh, life affirming and offer a chance to look forward. The series should be set in Northern Ireland and/or the border counties. Stories should concentrate on the present, at that junction where the everyday meets the extraordinary and where the unfamiliar can challenge the conventional.

Proposals should be no longer than 4 pages of A4 and while the focus of the proposal will be the narrative and characterisation of the piece it should include the following:
overview of the series including the principal characters, episode structure and setting
if appropriate a description of the production model or style if this is pertinent to the distinctive quality of the proposal
brief details of company and key personnel
brief biography of the writer(s) attached to the project and a brief paragraph on the choice of writer in relation to the material

Ideas are welcome from independent companies and who are based in the island of Ireland. Please note that projects which have previously been submitted in any form to either RTE or BBC NI will not be considered.

The final day for receipt of submissions is Monday 10 January 2005.

Proposals should be sent in hard copy to:

Jo Calam
Drama Development Manager
RTE
Donnybrook
Dublin 4

Stephen Wright
Head of Development, NI Drama
BBC
Blackstaff House
Belfast

www.bbc.co.uk



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