Head of Entertainment - John McHugh

Executive Producer, Entertainment - Brian Páircéir

Updated: 02nd October 2017


RTÉ Entertainment is now commissioning for both RTÉ One and RTÉ
Entertainment on RTÉ One provides shared experiences for the nation on a regular basis from our mainstream in house productions such as The Late Late Show, The Ray D'Arcy Show to contemporary large scale commissions like The Voice and Ireland's Fittest Family. The challenge here is to continue to serve and provide engaging, relevant and entertaining content for our core audience who watch our output in huge numbers, while looking to attract new, younger viewers, particularly in the 25 - 44 year old age groups.

While talent shows, chat shows and one off events are the cornerstones of RTÉ One Entertainment, we are actively looking for fresh programming and to create and develop indigenous formats and ideas.

Entertainment on RTÉ2 needs to be about contemporary, brave, relevant and exciting propositions aimed squarely at the very discerning 15 to 34 year old market. The RTÉ Entertainment Department is in the market for ideas for RTÉ.

Please note RTÉ One and RTÉ2 will still consider single factual and pop docs for contestable slots on a rolling basis.


'Fleadh Cheoil 2018' on RTÉ ONE

Target Slot: Pre -Watershed on RTÉ ONE

Episodes: 6 x 30 EP's

Cost: Up to 55K per hour (Cost effective production models are always attractive).

Target Audience: RTÉ One Audience

Deadline: 12 noon Friday April 6th 2018 (STRICT DEADLINE)

RTÉ Entertainment is seeking proposals from suitably qualified production companies to deliver a series bringing our audience all the highlights from the Fleadh Cheoil 2018.

The Fleadh is a key event in the traditional music calendar. Featuring indoor and outdoor music and singing sessions, organized competitions, concerts and teaching classes The Fleadh is one of the biggest music festivals in the world. The Fleadh happens this year in Drogheda from the 12th til 19th of August. Producers will have to illustrate how they intend to capture and record a multilayered event that has many formal elements as well as impromptu sessions. Proven ability to work collaboratively with event stakeholders will be important and knowledge of the traditional music scene will be advantageous.

Key determinants behind the successful company will be track record, traditional music expertise attached to the proposal, nimble production model, and previous experience working with event organizers. This pre recorded series will play pre watershed. The series will be presented both in Irish and in English.

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 Entertainment "FLEADH CHEOIL 2018 RTÉONE"

Closing date for submissions: 12 noon - Friday April 06th 2018. STRICT DEADLINE


'Sunday Entertainment series' for RTÉ ONE

Target Slot: Sundays Autumn 2018, Pre-Watershed

Episodes: We are looking for 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 episodes depending on the proposition. These episodes can be a minimum of 60min up to 90min or 120min in duration depending on scale.

Cost: Varying tariffs depending on needs of each production.

60 minute programmes: Up to ¤120k maximum per episode (inclusive of format fees, if applicable).

90 or 120 minute programmes: Up to ¤170k maximum per episode (inclusive of format fees, if applicable)

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

Target Audience: Broad RTÉ One Audience

RT Entertainment is seeking proposals for Entertainment series? for RTÉ ONE. We are looking for an exciting show(s) with broad appeal that everyone can enjoy on Sunday evenings. Do you have the next big entertainment show for our audience? We are open to well- established formats that may already have resonance or strong, fresh and exciting new ideas. Does your proposal have the appeal and dynamic structure to warrant 12 episodes or will it be high impact viewing across 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 episodes? Depending on the quality and range of programme submissions, we may commission two distinct series or one single strand.

Key determinants behind the successful idea(s) will be mainstream appeal, casting, talent, format and proven production ability to deliver. This show will play pre-watershed.

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 "Entertainment RTÉ One (Sunday's) Autumn 2018"

Closing date for submissions: 12 noon - Friday, 23rd March 2018. STRICT DEADLINE


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


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.

NB: 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.


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