Head of Entertainment - John McHugh

Executive Producer, Entertainment - Brian Páircéir

Updated: 14th January 2016


RTÉ Entertainment is now commissioning 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 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 RTÉ2.

In particular we will consider entertaining proposals that will fit well into the successful Reality Bites strand of popular docs with an edge. Innovation in a challenging budgetary environment will be the key to success. (50 mins, approx budget 55k)

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 for contestable slots on a rolling basis.



No of Episodes: Duration 1 x 52 mins

Transmission: RTÉ One Sunday 20:00 - August 21st 2016

Budget: Up to €90,000

Live coverage of the The Rose Of Tralee over two nights from the Festival Dome is one of RTE's most enduring and successful entertainment television programmes. It is a hugely popular staple of the summer on Irish television.

This year RTE intends to broadcast a pre recorded programme showcasing all the Rose Of Tralee festival build up. For the past 11 years most of the Roses attended a preliminary selection round earlier in the summer. However this year this round will be held during the festival week in Tralee.

The proposed pre recorded preview show will follow the Roses on their journey to Tralee. It shall capture events during the week of the festival and reveal the 32 Roses who will be selected to appear on the live televised selections in the Festival Dome on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd August.

The Roses land in Dublin on Friday 12th August and this programme needs to capture all the thrills and spills along the way as the Roses journey to Tralee, cover the many activities they partake in, and ultimately announce which lucky 32 are selected. For clarity whilst the production will contain some edited highlights from the pre selection nights in Tralee this programme is not intended as an extended highlights package from these events.

RTÉ Entertainment is seeking proposals from suitably experienced production companies with a strong track record in turning around pre recorded shows to a very tight deadline. With multiple crews required to capture events happening at the same time in multiple locations, and all the main activities happening over a nine day period, the production company selected will need expert resource management and a clear understanding of the post production requirements of delivering high end material for broadcast in a very short time frame. Companies will need to indicate how they propose to manage the footage they gather to air from the various locations and Tralee ready for TX at 20.00 on August 21st. Please note that the final piece of this intricate jigsaw may not be available until 8.30 on the morning of TX.

Experience of successfully managing a collaboration to produce a television programme with a major stakeholder for example a state institution, a large festival or cultural body whose cooperation was central to the process will be an advantage.

Please indicate who you would have present or report on this production.

The selected production company will liaise with the RTE Executive Producer [Rose Of Tralee] and communications with Rose Of Tralee International Festival shall be managed through this channel.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
under the programme category "Entertainment Rose of Tralee Preview 20.00 - August 2016"

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 12 noon Friday February 19th (Strict Deadline)



No of Episodes: Duration 16 x 52 mins

Transmission: RTÉ One Wednesday , 21.30 May 2016

Budget: Up to €70,000 per hour excluding presenter fee.

RTÉ Entertainment is seeking proposals from suitably experienced production companies for a topical panel show in which Brendan O'Connor and a panel of regular guests take a wry, provocative and thoroughly entertaining look at the week's news and events.

The show should harness Brendan's strengths as a columnist, opinion former and agent provocateur.

A live show, in front of a studio audience, the studio should be a fun, playful space where the rules are different, surprises happen and the audience is guaranteed something different.

Getting away from the "presenter behind a desk" format it might be filmed either in the round, (with audiences surrounding Brendan and the panel), using the green room and back stage areas to create a relaxed, off-the-cuff, cafe/pub vibe.

The key weekly segments might be:
. Studio Panel with 2/3 returning guests, (from a panel of 7/8)
. 1 x Weekly Studio Guest
. VT Inserts
. A number of Studio Based Items
. Weekly Competition
. Audience interaction through Facebook/Twitter/Periscope

Proposals should identify the confirmed key production personnel of Producer, Director and Writers.

We are seeking proposals only from companies with a strong proven track record in making high end studio based programmes.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
under the programme category "Entertainment Wednesday 21.30 - May 2016"

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 12 noon Friday January 29th. (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.


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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