RTÉ Lifestyle

RTÉ Lifestyle

Head of Lifestyle: Grainne McAleer

Executive Producer: Teresa Smith

Updated: Thursday 21st January 2016

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Lifestyle for RTÉ2

Slots

Reality Bites: 1 x 50, post-watershed, mid-week.

Series: 6 x 50 from Autumn 2016, post-watershed, mid-week.

Budget: 55k - 85k

RTÉ2 is looking for compelling programme ideas which resonate strongly with 15-34 year olds and that shed light on contemporary Ireland. Talkability, virality and real cut through with younger viewers are essential, along with great casting and access.

Recent examples of successful programmes of this type include The Notorious and Meet The McDonaghs - both factual entertainment series which provide a unique window into their respective worlds.

Strongly formatted ideas which would work alongside existing series such as First Dates, Don't Tell the Bride and The Unemployables are particularly welcome and authored driven series like Maia Dunphy's Truth About and Baz: The Lost Muslim and Niall Breslin's Ironmind are also of interest. Baz' series in particular, was strong and timely and while it appealed particularly to the target RTE2 demographic, it also performed well with other broader audiences.

While our preference is for original Irish formats, we are also happy to look at formats that have worked well elsewhere and which would appeal to an RTE2 audience. Don't Tell the Bride has been a staple on the channel for a number of years and First Dates will make its debut in Spring this year.

Ideas should be submitted before 12.00pm on Monday February 22nd, 2016 (Strict Deadline)

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 Autumn 2016 - Midweek"

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Reality Bites

RTÉ2's observational documentary strand Reality Bites has proven to be a very potent brand with a number of stand- out titles, such as: Pitbull, Born Addicted, F***k Cancer. The programmes that have worked best here have been provocative and challenging. Do you have an idea for the next one?

Ideas should be submitted before 12.00pm on Monday February 22nd, 2016 (Strict Deadline)

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 Reality Bites"

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BAI

We are also looking for fresh BAI ideas for forthcoming rounds. These should appeal to the RTÉ2 core audience primarily, but are also likely to be of the kind of scale and ambition that isn't easily realisable on RTÉ2 budgets. In the past projects like Nurses, Norah's Traveller Academy and Bressie's Teenage Kicks were strong social statements, reflecting the diverse lives of young Irish adults. They all had ironclad public service principles at their core. Is there an area of Irish life that has a particular effect or relevance for a younger audience which is unlikely to win a mainstream commission and a defined slot but which would be worth exploring as a BAI commission?

International affairs also fall within the BAI remit and are underexplored on RTÉ 2. Are there international stories or stories about our relationships with other cultures or the Irish experience abroad that could broaden the spectrum of factual programmes on RTÉ2?

Ideas should be submitted before 12.00pm on Friday, February 19th, 2016. (Strict Deadline)

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"

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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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