RTÉ ENTERTAINMENT



COMMISSIONING BRIEF

Head of Entertainment - John McHugh
Executive Producer, Entertainment - Michael Kealy

UPDATED: 03rd February 2014

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING

RTÉ Entertainment is now commissioning for both RTÉ One and RTÉ Two.

RTÉ Entertainment is now commissioning for both RTÉ One and RTÉ Two.
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 Saturday Night Show to contemporary large scale commissions like The Voice and The Hit. 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. We are specifically interested in cost effective block recordable studio programmes, quizzes, game shows and other options in this genre.

Entertainment on RTÉ Two 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 Two and like other genres we are looking to contest several slots in 2014. Innovation in a challenging budgetary environment will be key to success.

Ideas for both channels which have the ability to attract BAI Sound and Vision funding will be particularly attractive.

Please note RTÉ TWO will still consider single factual and pop docs (52 mins, approx budget 55k) for contestable slot on a rolling basis.

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ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ One

No. of Episodes/Duration: 6 x 60 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ ONE - Friday 21:30 June 2014

Budget: Up to 100K per hour*

Here we are interested in proposals which appeal strongly to heartland audiences but they must also bring an additional sparkle to what is a key slot for Entertainment. What has worked well for us here has been big studio productions with recognisable faces and a real contemporary feel but we are also interested in imaginative location based ideas. As with all Entertainment slots Friday night is highly competitive and submissions must demonstrate real ability to cut through other channels offerings.

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 - Friday 21.30"

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

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ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ One

No. of Episodes/Duration: 6 X 60 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ ONE Sunday, 18:30 August 2014

Budget: Up to €100K per hour*

Sunday night is a big night for RTÉ One Entertainment and this slot is very much shared family viewing time which hits our target audience squarely between the eyes. Programmes which have worked very well here include "Celebrity Bainisteoir" and "Celebrity Bainisteoir - The Rivals" and we want to see more of this family friendly but youthful and surprising face of RTÉ One. There is an opportunity here to try something different when large numbers of people are watching and we want to offer them compelling but escapist programming. Proposals ranging from formatted studio programmes, location factual entertainment or an entirely different format such as personality / presenter driven content will be given consideration but the tone and sensibility of each idea should be warm, lively and youthful with broad family appeal. Suggestions for presenter or presenters should be included in submissions.

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 Sunday 18.30"

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

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ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ One - Contestable with other Genres

No. of Episodes/Duration: 6 x 30 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ One Thurs/ Sundays 20:30 May/June 2014

Budget: Up to 100K per hour*

Both Thursday and Sunday nights pre-watershed are high profile slots designed to appeal to a broad family audience. Entertainment is looking for ideas which serve this broad family audience.

We are particularly interested in block recordable studio programmes such as broad based family quizzes, game shows and other options in this genre.

Suggestions for presenter or presenters should be included in submissions.

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 Thursday/Sunday 20.30"

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

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ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ One - Contestable with other Genres

No. of Episodes/Duration: 6 x 30 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ One Tues, 19:00 March 2014

Budget: Up to 95K per hour*

RTÉ Entertainment is particularly keen to expand into weekday pre-watershed slots such as this. Here is an opportunity to showcase both well established and familiar up and coming talent in a very family friendly but competitive area of the schedule.

Again we are particularly interested in personality led block recordable studio programmes such as broad based family quizzes, game shows and other options in this genre.

Suggestions for presenter or presenters should be included in submissions.

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 Sunday 19.00"

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

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ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ One - Contestable with other Genres

No. of Episodes/Duration: 4 x 30 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ One Tues, 21:35 June 2014

Budget: In the region of 65K per hour*

We want to take the opportunity in this slot to bring greater variety to the RTÉ Entertainment slate by trying something different. This slot gives Entertainment scope to make a statement that changes preconceptions about RTÉ One. Proposals can range from studio based panel shows to location based factual entertainment or personality / presenter driven ideas but the tone and sensibility of each idea should be lively and have broad appeal, particularly to the 25 to 45 age group.

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 Tuesday 21.35"

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

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PLEASE NOTE RTÉ ENTERTAINMENT IS NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR RTÉ TWO

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ Two - Contestable with other Genres

No. of Episodes/Duration: 6 x 60 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ Two post-watershed, likely Thursday, T3

Budget: In the region of 65K per hour*

Entertainment ideas for this slot should have a strong female skew, previous series which worked well in similar slots include "Don't Tell the Bride" and "ICA Bootcamp". Entertainment ideas which will be considered should be strong on character and storyline and create noise and connect strongly with the core RTÉ Two 15 to 34 year old audience.

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 Post Watershed Thursday T3"

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

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ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ Two - Contestable with other Genres

No. of Episodes/Duration: 6 x 30 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ Two post-watershed, likely Monday or Wednesday, T3

Budget: In the region of 80K per hour*

This is an opportunity to develop strong personality led Entertainment format with the emphasis firmly on humour.

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 "Entertainment Post Watershed T3 Mon/Wed"

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

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ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ Two - Contestable with other Genres

No. of Episodes/Duration: 4 x 60 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ Two post-watershed, T2 or T3 likely Thursday

Budget: In the region of 50K per hour*

Here we are looking for a Fact Ent popular documentary series which provides a non-judgemental slice of life. This series is an opportunity to introduce interesting characters with strong grabby stories. Either with or without a presenter but most important is the ability to engage 15 - 34 year olds. While one off Reality Bites docs will continue there will be an increased emphasis on mini-series such as Maia Dunphy's "What Women Want". Noisy propositions will get the most attention.

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 "Entertainment Post Watershed T2 or T3"

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

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ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ Two - Contestable with other Genres

No. of Episodes/Duration: 1 x 60 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ Two post-watershed, likely Wednesday or Thursday, T2 or T3

Budget: In the region of 55K*

RTÉ Two is open to one off popular documentary or Fact Ent programme ideas; again key is the ability to create noise and talkability amongst RTÉ Two's key target audience.

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 "Entertainment Post Watershed Wed or Thurs T2 or T3"

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

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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.

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