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TV COMMISSIONS

RTE - Independent Productions Unit

RTÉ works hard to maintain their competitive edge within the broadcasting industry, facing up to the world's heavy weight commercial broadcasters as well as other public service broadcasters. RTÉ seek to build on their existing schedule through the further expansion of Irish produced content which can speak to a wider audience.

The organisation is looking for ideas that will transform, entertain and inform the Irish public. It is important to not that when submitting a pitch to be aware of the different genres that are separated within RTÉ. Light-hearted feel good pieces should be submitted to Entertainment, while pieces that are largely driven by its format should be submitted via the Lifestyle e-commissioning page. However if the pitch is directed at more significant issues it should be directed towards the Factual department.

If you have any questions, the commissioning editors will gladly talk you through your idea.You can also find out what the requirements are by reading the commissioning briefs posted online at www.rte.ie/commissioning.

TG4

TG4 is the national Irish language broadcaster which produces a comprehensive program schedule with a keen interest in original and independent productions. TG4 operates two commissioning rounds a year, these commissioning dates can be found here.

Producers are advised to place huge emphasis on this section when preparing submissions to this commissioning round, think in the broadest possible strokes and come up with original or acquired formats (not already available in this territory) that will make a big impact and provide a shared light hearted experience for TG4 audiences.

Accordingly, for submissions TG4 are encouraging companies to:

  • Submit proposals for longer running series
  • Broaden the range of genres within their submissions
  • Consider opportunities for tailoring of existing program material not already available in Ireland to suit TG4 audiences and the Irish language.

For the upcoming round of commissions, TG4 are encouraging providers to extend the volume i.e. longer running series, mini series etc, thereby enabling companies to sustain operations and employment over a longer period with consequent benefits and economies of scale. If you'd like to get in touch with TG4 their contact details can be found here

For more information go to http://www.tg4.ie/

TV3

TV3 operates on "Rolling commissioning" rounds and accepts pitches throughout every genre with the exception of children's programming. In addition to this TV3 accepts proposals from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's "Sound and Vision" award.

The broadcaster is interested in documentaries both crime and factual as a stable focus for commissions but is also interested in ideas from all the genres from drama to factual entertainment. In addition they hope to cover other genres too like quiz shows which would appeal to their broad audience base.
www.tv3.ie


BBC Northern Ireland

BBC Northern Ireland is a creative centre for their whole community, developing talent, ideas and potential for audiences at home and around the UK, providing compelling and authentic content with tangible benefits for society. BBC Northern Ireland are seeking to commission programmes that will guarantee to make its audience laugh, weep and think through the prism of who we are.

Like RTE and TV3, BBC NI operate on 'rolling commissioning' basis.

BBC Northern Ireland offers a myriad of dates for in which to submit a piece for commissioning, these dates can be found here

on their website. The broadcaster's head of local media can be found here. here

For more information visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/commissioning/

UTV

Since the break up of the ITV network in 1990, UTV has been one of the top performing independent stations in its region and has attracted audiences in Republic of Ireland and Britain.

Like RTE and TV3 it operates on a 'rolling commissioning' basis for all genres

Ideas for programming should be addressed to Director of Programmes, at UTV or email michael@u.tv

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)

Formerly the BCI (Broadcast Commission of Ireland), the BAI is an independent statutory organisation responsible for a number of key areas of activity with regard to television and radio services in Ireland – the BAI operate 'Sound & Vision', the Broadcasting Funding Scheme.



The Broadcasting Funding Scheme (Sound & Vision II) was established to provide funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy.

The Broadcasting Act, 2009 extended the scheme to offer funding towards programmes dealing with the themes of media literacy and global affairs. The Act also increased the percentage level of funding for the Scheme via the television licence fee to 7%.

Dates for the Sound & Vision award are located here

Filmbase

Is a not-for-profit resource centre for filmmakers. There building on Curved Street, in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar, is a public space where filmmakers can network, hire filmmaking equipment, take training courses and receive support and information about working within the Irish film industry. 

They offer a number of awards which they run in conjunction with RTE & TG4

They are:

  • RTE Dance on the Box
  • RTE/Film Base Short Film Awards
  • Lasair in conjunction with TG4
  • Reel Art Award

For more information go to http://filmbase.ie/





 
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