Budget totals included on submission forms, must be accurate and reflect real cost of production, as major variations at negotiating stage will not be entertained.
Following approval of a proposal in principle, discussions will commence between the producer and Independent Productions on the final programme specification. Once this is agreed talks will begin on detailed budget and contract. The final budget will be based on the agreed programme specification.
Budgets should reflect the current market rates for facilities and services, and should therefore be realistically priced. However, Independent Productions may require the producer to obtain a number of quotations for facilities or other budget items in order to ensure the best possible value for such services.
Having agreed a production budget, an appropriate production fee will be applied.
A contingency budget may also be included and will vary depending on the complexity of the production. The production fee will not apply to the contingency. Independent Productions prior approval for the expenditure of such a contingency must be agreed in all cases.
Before proceeding to contract, the independent producer must provide Independent Productions with an up to date Tax Clearance Certificate and confirm to their nominated insurance provider that they have an up-to-date Health & Safety Policy Statement.
Note that RTÉ will have no responsibility for any costs or obligations incurred by Independent Producer's in the absence of a signed commissioning contract with RTÉ.