RTÉ ENTERTAINMENT



COMMISSIONING BRIEF

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

UPDATED: Wednesday 18th February 2015

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING

RTÉ Entertainment is now commissioning for both RTÉ One and RTÉ2

RTÉ Entertainment commissions for both RTÉ One and RTÉ2.
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.

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 RTÉ2 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 One and RTÉ2 will still consider single factual and pop docs (52 mins, approx budget 55k) for contestable slot on a rolling basis.

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* Expressions of Interest in Entertainment Programming - RTÉ ONE *

RTÉ Entertainment invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified companies for the provision of production services to RTÉ in respect of the provision of a flagship Sunday Night studio based family Entertainment Show.

RTÉ Entertainment wishes to proceed over the coming weeks with a tender to engage an independent production company to undertake the production and delivery of this programming to RTÉ for January, 2016.

To be considered for inclusion on a shortlist to tender, interested production companies must outline clearly and in each case how they fulfil the following criteria:-

1. Significant background in high profile, high impact entertainment television programming2. Experience in the production of live and/or pre-recorded studio based programming

3. Experience in outside broadcast programmes


4. Management of large production teams and significant production resource facilities

5. Experience in managing teams of high profile on-screen talent

6. Experience in managing and delivering multi-platform content

Please forward:

1. Company biography with relevant experience of key personnel and any other information that you wish to offer in support of your application.

2. A current tax-clearance certificate.

3. A document clearly outlining how you meet each of the criteria above.

Please do not submit programme ideas.

Closing date for receipt of expressions of interest confirming your wish to be considered by RTÉ Entertainment for inclusion on the shortlist to tender is Friday, 6th March 2015 at 12.00 noon marked for the attention of:

Michelle Kenny
'Entertainment' - Expressions of Interest
Independent Productions
RTÉ
Donnybrook
Dublin 4

Please note that RTÉ has final decision on what production companies to include in this tender.

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ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ One

No. of Episodes/Duration: 8 X 52 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ ONE Sunday, 18:30 September 2015

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. Programmes which have worked very well here include "Celebrity Bainisteoir" and "Ireland's Fittest Family" and we want to see more of this family friendly 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 with personality / presenter driven content will be given consideration but the tone and sensibility of each idea should be warm and lively with broad family appeal. Suggestions for presenter or presenters should be included in submissions.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday 27th February 2015.

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 RTÉ2

We are looking for innovative studio or EFP based ideas for a 2 part series which will have clear cut through and resonance with the core RTÉ2 audience

No. of Episodes/Duration: 2 x 60 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ2 post-watershed

Budget: In the region of 85K per hour*

Closing Date: 6th March 2015

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 "RTÉ2 Post Watershed"

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RTÉ2 Reality Bites - Ideas for single one off documentaries -

Contestable with other Genres

No. of Episodes/Duration: 10 x 60 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ Two post-watershed

Budget: In the region of 55K per hour*

Closing Date: 6th March 2015

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 "RTÉ2 Reality Bites"

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ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING ON RTÉ2 - Contestable with other Genres

We are open to innovative, edgy Entertainment ideas which clearly deliver on the key requirements for RTÉ2; i.e. talkability, virality and real cut through with younger demos.

No. of Episodes/Duration: 6 x 30 minutes, 6 x 60 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ Two post-watershed - TX T1 2016

Budget: In the region of 80K to 85K per hour*

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 "RTÉ2 Contestable Slot"

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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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