RTÉ Lifestyle

RTÉ Lifestyle

Head of Lifestyle: Grainne McAleer

Executive Producer: Teresa Smith

Updated: 02nd October 2017

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Commissioning Brief

RTE Lifestyle Commissions into a number of slots across both channels.

We commission Factual Entertainment, Features, Formats and Observational Documentary Series for both pre and post-watershed slots on RTÉ ONE and RTÉ2.

RTÉ Lifestyle is home of wide range of RTÉ's most popular , high quality and impactful programmes. Recent and current commissions include: Operation Transformation, At Your Service, What Are you Eating, Room to Improve, Toughest Place To Be, First Date, You Should Really See A Doctor, Don't Tell the Bride.

We operate a rolling commissioning system as well as having specific call-outs for individual slots.

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Rolling Round.

RTE ONE, Rolling Round

Post Watershed, hour long series and singles. Pre-watershed, half hours series.

We need to engage the large and diverse audience looking to RTÉ ONE. We are looking for populist mid week series for our 20:30pm slots, impactful one off documentaries for Mondays 21:30pm and engaging, story driven series for Sundays 21:30pm.

20.30 Mid-week

Budget: €40k - €55k per episode. Series runs are generally 6 - 8 episodes

Programmes dealing with health like Operation Transformation, You Should Really See A Doctor, What Are You Eating, all occupy the 8:30 slots, property is also doing well for us in this slot Find Me A Home, and Home of The Year have been re-commissioned and Desperate Houses is about to be re-launched. With 13 series in the 20.30 slot our doors are always open to new ideas and new talent. Great cast, high production values and strong story telling are key here. Programmes that have a purpose and value for viewers but which are delivered in an engaging and populist way work best. We are open to all traditional Lifestyle subject matter. We also are open to looking at observational series and series that mix observational and magazine elements. If you can see a place for your series amongst our current slate or you feel that you have an idea which could replace one of our long-standing titles, we'd like to hear from you. Most series in this slot should appeal to all adults, series that are more females skewed will be considered for some slots that play against 'big football'.

We ask, 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 "Daytime & Lifestyle" - Mid Week 20.30 Pre watershed half hours

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Sundays, Mondays and Mid-week post watershed - 21:30pm

Budget: €90k to €110k cost per hour for Series and €110k to €120k per hour for Singles

Number and Duration: We're open to singles and series up to 6 parts for post-watershed slots

There are a variety of post-watershed slots available for Lifestyle and Factual Entertainment programmes.

In the Sunday 21:30pm slot Room to Improve with its mix of character, story and guaranteed reveal, does extremely well. We Need To Talk About Dad did very well for us in the Monday 9:30pm slot as did Toughest Place To Be. and What Are You Working For?

Sunday nights have the biggest available audience for the week so our preference is to commission strong, stories that engage on a big emotional level.

On Monday nights, audiences are big again but there's room for a very mixed menu but story-telling must be excellent and the theme has to have wide appeal. Large-scale, formatted factual series could really take root in this slot. Our preference is for original formats but we're also open to talking about pre-existing ones.

Business and Money formats are missing from our slate; we would be interested in strong formats with equally strong expert talent attached. We need another layer of engagement that brings in the general viewer and most of all we need big charismatic leads, in either the presenter or cast. Our main interest is in series' but we're open to Singles programmes that test concepts and presenters and that may ultimately extend further.

We ask, 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 "Daytime & Lifestyle" - Sunday & Midweek Post Watershed

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RTÉ2 - Rolling Round

Tuesdays and Thursday Post-watershed

Duration: 40 and 52 minute

Budget: Up to €85k per hour for straightforward Lifestyle propositions (NB in exceptional cases RTÉ may agree to increasing the above budget per hour and in such instances Producers should clearly outline specific reasons and provide costs for the same, e.g. fixed rig costs).

Factual Entertainment Series' and Formats

We are looking for programmes to play against Prime Time on RTÉ2. Skewing young and female, our prescription for 2 isn't widely different for ONE. Tone and access are very important here and we're looking for clever use of resources that will allow stories to be told in an authentic and fresh way. It's much more difficult to establish strong, loyal audiences on RTÉ2 so big concepts that can make a lot of noise on social media can work as can really solid story-telling.

Hour-long and 40 minute slots allow more depth to stories and offer opportunities to deliver substantial and credible transformations. The Lifestyle slate on 2 currently consists of Don't Tell the Bride, Say Yes to the Dress, This Crowded House and First Dates .

We ask, 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 "Daytime & Lifestyle" - RTÉ2 Tuesday & Thursday Post Watershed

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BAI

Lifestyle has had supported many projects through the BAI. We are most interested in looking for projects of scale and import that demand the kind of attention and therefore resources that aren't always manageable through normal Lifestyle budgets or indeed normal Lifestyle slots. We've looked at parenting, homelessness, problem teenage behaviour, mental health, history and musicality in ambitious and interesting ways. We like to champion BAI ideas that bring difficult subjects to a wider audience so we're happy to engage in this area throughout the year.

Full treatments and budgets should be attached to all BAI proposals.

We ask, 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 "Daytime & Lifestyle" - BAI

**Only proposals submitted through e-commissioning will be considered.**

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Format Farm

We are always looking for ideas that can be developed or commissioned for Format Farm. For more information on Format Farm please click here

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Please note:

The discussion of, or initial interest in, a proposal does not represent a commitment to commission by RTÉ and should not be understood as such. Commissioning decisions will reflect the quality of proposals received and the scheduling priorities operating at the time. RTÉ's financial position will also be a factor.

Any proposals previously submitted to RTÉ in categories listed here, and which were rejected on a first reading in a previous Round, should not be re-submitted and will not be reconsidered.

*Please note budget ranges are indicative only, and proposals that can achieve lower costs per hour will be particularly attractive'.

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