RTÉ YOUNG PEOPLES

RTÉ YOUNG PEOPLES

Last Updated: 14th February 2017

COMMISSIONING BRIEF

Controller, RTÉjr and Cross Divisional Head of Children's Content - Sheila de Courcy

Executive Producer, Animation & Independent Commissioning - Pauline MacNamara

Executive Producer, Commissioned Programmes - Stephen Plunkett

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RTÉ: OUTPUT for CHILDREN

RTÉ offers a comprehensive range of content for children and young people across two channels and four platforms. RTÉjr, for youngsters aged under 7, delivers a broad mix of original and acquired live action and animated programming, games and information across four commercial-free platforms. RTÉjr digital TV and Radio stations run daily from 0700-1845 while the complementary online and mobile services are available 24/7.
RTÉ2, RTÉ's second channel, offers pre-school programming in the mornings. This is followed by a mixed programming block in the afternoons and early evening for older children (aged 7-15), branded TRTÉ. TRTÉ also offers content across four platforms, with TRTÉ digital Radio available from 1900-2100 each day and online and mobile elements available 24/7. Finally, on RTÉ 2 'Two Tube', a third programming strand, for older teens and young adults runs from 1730-1900.

TYPES OF PROJECTS WE'RE LOOKING FOR:

RTÉ looks for content which reflects the world in which young people in Ireland are growing up, and which has the capacity to engage fully with its target audience. Diverse styles and approaches are welcome and it is likely that projects will have applications or potential across more than one platform. Essential for all proposals is a clear understanding of the proposed target audience and their needs, and the potential to bring something original, innovative and exciting to our audience.
Of particular interest to us at this time are co-productions with broadcasters or content producers in other countries. These should deliver material reflective of and relevant to youngsters living in Ireland in a way that is cost-effective to RTÉ.

SO, WHAT EXACTLY ARE WE INTERESTED IN?

Original commissions provide highlights in our mixed schedules for young people. We are interested in innovative production models, original onscreen/online style and diverse approaches to storytelling in concepts which explore or reflect the lives of youngsters growing up in Ireland today. Co-productions on proposals which will contain a strong Irish component and provide our audience with good value-for-money content are particularly welcome. Given the profile of our audience every proposal should have an original complementary cross-platform component or dimension. As we are unlikely to commission a subject area already in the schedule, we highly recommend you familiarise yourself with our output before finalising your idea or proposal.
For RTÉjr:

RTÉjr is looking for original programme ideas to supplement the growing number of strands made especially for the under-7s. In 2014, in a new departure, RTÉjr enjoyed great success with engaging observational documentary series Our Farm which followed the day to day pursuits of the young Doyle family in Co. Mayo and Zara World which featured an inner city Dublin family. Wildlife challenge strands Shutterbugs and Bug Hunters brought outdoor adventure, photography and nature and What's Your Game? saw Munster rugby legend Donncha O'Callaghan learn sports from very young enthusiasts. In studio-based entertainment formats both The Beo Show and The Curious World of Professor Fun and Dr. Dull have seen great success and engagement with the junior audience, largely down to the big characters at the centre of each format. RTÉjr is looking for some of the following programme types:

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So what we are looking for?

CALLOUT FOR RTÉ/EUROVISION CHILDREN'S DRAMA PROPOSAL

No. of Episodes/Duration: 1 x 15 minutes

Budget: Up to a maximum of €90,000

Closing Date : Friday 10 March 2017 at 12 Noon (Strict Deadline)

'MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE' - EUROVISION CHILDREN'S DRAMA

RTÉ's Young People's Programmes is seeking proposals for an original, short children's drama as part of its participation in the Eurovision Children's Drama Series 2017, which is operated by the EBU (European Broadcasting Union). This is an international co-production exchange whereby RTÉ commissions and delivers to the EBU one children's film (or 'episode'), suitable for sharing with other broadcasters, as a result of which it receives Irish broadcast rights for all episodes made/commissioned as part of the exchange by other participating broadcasters.

Films in the series must be original and this commission for the Irish episode is contingent on the production company clearing all rights on an exclusive, transferable and worldwide basis, i.e. covering all writers, performers, composers et al. Please read both the Eurovision Rules which apply to the series and the Eurovision Executive Producer's guidelines - these are available at: https://rtejr.rte.ie/rules-2017-eurovision-childrens-drama-series/

These should help in preparing a proposal. Please note that, due to RTÉ's belated involvement in this series, the deadlines and calendar dates specified for the pre-production milestones will vary from those given in the Rules but that all other provisions of the Rules will apply. This includes the obligation by the production company which makes the film to comply with any reasonable instructions issued by the supervising Eurovision Executive Producer.

Each film in the series should tell a story for children aged from 6 to 9 years, and it should be suitable for showing to children under this age even if it is not specifically made for them - it will be broadcast in the evening co-viewing slot on RTÉjr. The main character(s) or actor(s) should be aged between 8 and 11 years and be active protagonists. Stories should feature children from diverse social backgrounds, have clear plots, take account of the audience's appetite for action, fantasy and adventure and should be partly set outdoors. The story should not rely on plot alone but should be character-driven and should appeal the emotions of the young target viewers. When thinking of story ideas, we would encourage submitters to think of genres as this can help the audience relate to the story: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Period Drama, Horror/Ghost Story, Thriller, Detective, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fable, Musical, Personal Drama etc. These have delivered several of the most successful films to date.

The film may use an out-of-vision or third-person storyteller, it may have a narrative in the first person or there may be no narrator at all. Whatever, the narrative should not exceed one-third of the overall duration and a smaller percentage is recommended. Films in this series to date have been cinematic in style and approach, and similarly we want the Irish film to be visually-driven to a large degree - although a small amount of synchronous dialogue (which will require translation by other broadcasters) will be acceptable. Any synchronous dialogue should also be supported by the action or the narrative. The Eurovision Rules also require that the main actors are in no way related to anyone from the production team.

To see a selection of the films which have been produced to date in the exchange, please visit: www.eurovisionshowcase.com and click Login (grey banner). Use Username: Irishproducers and Password: kar3n17. Your profile will be Karen2 Simha2. Click Screening Rooms and then click Irish Producers - Examples of Films. Once logged in, copy & paste this link into your browser: http://eurovisionshowcase.com/screening-rooms/irish-producers-examples-of-films

As a whole, the Irish film must reflect the values of RTÉjr, which aims to explore and reflect the world in which youngsters in Ireland are growing up. Accordingly, the production must be fundamentally inclusive, prepared to embrace children of all backgrounds, abilities, cultures and ethnicities.

RTÉ Young People's is now seeking submissions from independent companies to produce the Irish film in this series. Please note that this commission also encompasses the production and delivery of approximately eight of the other countries' films in English-language dubbed versions and this cost is included in the quoted budget. The quoted budget does not need to cover the Participation Fee which will be a separate cost to RTÉ.

Submissions should demonstrate the company's ability to deliver in the following areas:

  1. A strong, original story and a treatment that is convincingly age-appropriate - we want a film that promises to engage viewers aged between 6 and 9 years (and is suitable for screening to younger children, i.e. not too scary/dark for RTÉjr.) The series theme/title ('Message in a Bottle') must feature clearly but it can be interpreted laterally/creatively
  2. The company, particularly key personnel proposed for this series, must demonstrate a proven track record in the production of films or television programmes for children. We are looking for an experienced film or television director with a strong leaning towards working with children; and a writer with a clear affinity for, and understanding of, the target audience age group of 6 to 9 years
  3. The submission should outline a convincing casting strategy along with any initial casting suggestions
  4. An understanding of the Eurovision Rules, including a willingness to engage with Eurovision's Executive Producer who will work with the company/producer to ensure the production is of the required standard and who will have the authority to approve or reject a treatment, make editorial decisions and, in specified circumstances, exclude a participant. Please note that the deadline for delivery of the completed programme and the other 8 dubbed films will be 13th October 2017
  5. The proposal must include a costed plan for dubbing into English approximately eight of the series' other films and delivering these dubbed versions ready for broadcast to RTÉ.

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 Young People Programmes " EUROVISION CHILDREN'S DRAMA 2017"

Closing date for submissions: Friday 10 March 2017 at 12 Noon STRICT DEADLINE

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CALLOUT FOR KIDSPEAK SERIES PROPOSAL

No. of Episodes/Duration: 150 x 30 seconds

Budget: Up to a maximum of €150,000

Closing Date: Monday 27 March 2017 at 12 Noon (Strict Deadline)

Kidspeak

For over a decade, RTÉ's Young People's Programmes department has produced Kidspeak, an evolving series of short interstitials featuring children in Ireland. Over 1,200 beautifully-made short films have been aired across RTÉ's children's schedules, and rebroadcast many times, amounting to a record of life for contemporary children of real archival value. These films are transmitted in-between programmes and help identify RTÉ's children's schedule, and particularly the RTÉjr channel, as an engaging, exciting, relevant and informative service for its young audience living in Ireland.

RTÉ Young People's is now seeking submissions from independent companies to produce the next series of this RTÉ-owned format. We are looking for short films of the highest quality to be made specifically for children up to 7 years of age - with resonance also for those co-viewers who often watch alongside the core audience. All films must be suitable for broadcast on the RTÉjr channel, that is, for viewers aged 7 years and under.

We are looking for a proposal which updates and adds to the scope of the many hundreds of shorts already made. The films must feature the diverse lives of children living in Ireland and be engaging and insightful. Across the series, we want to see children alone and in groups, in simple and complex settings, in urban, semi-urban and rural environments, doing ordinary or sometimes extraordinary activities, saying ordinary or extraordinary things - but always, we want to see children as they are.

To date, films in Kidspeak have taken a range of approaches, from performance-to-camera to classically observational, and a few were targeted at slightly older children. This year, we would like to commission these interstitials for RTÉjr exclusively. We are keen to see proposals that allow fresh scope for at least some of the children featured to share their ideas about their world, to allow us discover something of their artistic, social and philosophical leanings beyond the routines and physicality of their lives. Previous series of Kidspeak embodied high visual and aural standards and accordingly this series will need to be shot on HD video.
Samples of the last series of Kidspeak interstitials can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/rteyoungpeoples

As a whole, the series must reflect the values of RTÉjr, which aims to explore and reflect the world in which youngsters in Ireland are growing up. Therefore, the series must be highly inclusive, it must feature children from all walks of life and backgrounds and it has to substantially embrace the different cultural origins/ethnicities, understandings and ability levels of children currently living here.

Submissions should demonstrate the company's ability to deliver in the following areas:

1. An understanding of, and a creative response to, the series brief as outlined above. This must include a research and casting strategy, a clear visual/aural treatment and a breakdown of proposed subject areas which gives a clear idea of the nature and range of content

2. An understanding of RTÉ's Young People's programming (including previous series of Kidspeak) and of RTÉ's youngest (RTÉjr) audience

3. The company including key personnel (producer, director and research roles) proposed for this series must demonstrate a proven track record in the production of programmes for children/young people

4. The proposal must demonstrate the capacity to deliver a large volume of distinctive, high-quality shorts that thoroughly address the requirements for diversity, inclusion and geographical spread, at the proposed level of cost

5. Delivery deadlines for the series are: first 50% of the completed programmes by Friday 18th August 2017 and the remaining 50% by Friday 29th September 2017.

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 Young People Programmes Young Peoples "Kidspeak jr 2017"

Closing Date: Monday 27 March 2017 at 12 Noon (Strict Deadline)

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SCRIPTED SHORT FORM:

Number: 10, 15 or 20 episodes

Duration: 5 - 7 Minutes per episode

Budget: €52,000 per hour

RTÉjr is interested in original character-centred, script-based programmes for its young audience. Stories based in both fantasy worlds and the real world are of interest and themes should be of interest to young children. The programmes may or may not feature children in them. We are interested in long-running series (minimum 10 episodes) and episodes should be short in duration.

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 "Scripted Short Form"

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STUDIO OR LOCATION-BASED SHORT FORM:

Number: 10, 15 or 20 episodes

Duration: 5 - 7 Minutes per episode

Budget: €52,000 per hour

To complement the compelling observational documentary and wildlife programming in the schedule, RTÉjr is looking for ideas for short-form quiz-style shows, for comedy proposals, for cooking ideas catering specifically for under 7s.

We are seeking proposals which explore inter-generational relationships in studio or location based challenge formats which empower young children and encourage engagement between the youngest and the oldest in the community. (e.g., 7 v 77 year-olds),

In addition we are seeking scientific and philosophical programming for the under-7s - How does the world work? How do we relate to the people around us? Life in the Sky: Clouds, stars, planets, birds . Proposals exploring these areas in a treatment designed for young children are of interest.

Other ideas which you are passionate about may also be of interest. High volume, short form formats are key elements for any submission and we are interested in proposals with new writers and a variety of on-screen talent including new and existing talent, live and puppets and all age groups.

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 "Studio or location based Short Form "

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ANIMATION FOR RTÉjr

What are we looking for?

Number: Multiples of 5 or one-off specials

Duration: 2mins, 5mins, 7mins and 11mins episodes

Budget: RTÉ Finance available to a max. of €60,000 per hour*

RTÉ YPP is interested in receiving your proposals for animated series suitable for the RTÉjr audience. The RTÉjr audience is made up of two distinctive groups - under 4's and 4-6 year olds. For the Under 4s the world is a safe and magical place, and their lives are very defined by the range of their daily interactions. Series which continue to be successful with this audience include NELLY AND NORA, PUFFIN ROCK, JOE & JACK, FLUFFY GARDENS. For 4-6 year olds the world is opening up as they deal with everything going to school offers. For this audience PUNKY, WILDERNUTS, PLANET COSMO and GARTH AND BEV work particularly well.

When submitting an animation proposal for consideration it is helpful for us to have as much detail as possible. Ideally this should include Producers CV and Production Company information and similar for proposed co-producers, production bible (Including character description, project synopsis and episode outlines;) any completed scripts or pilot; rough indication of budget and finance plan including additional sources of finance.

Proposals may be considered for general broadcaster support, support for BAI Sound and Vision Funding or other funding support. While it is appreciated that funding models necessitate proposals for animated series looking towards the international market, proposals that have an Irish resonance are of particular interest to us. This may be reflected in a number of ways including visual design; specific character qualities; soundtrack; editorial content amongst others.

We are also interested in proposals that offer versions in both Irish and English languages, as well as potentially other languages which are part of Ireland's cultural diversity. Proposals which bring an original or unique point of view, understanding or dimension to the RTÉjr schedule will be particularly welcomed.

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 "Animation for RTÉjr"

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

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For TRTÉ:

ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

Number: 10

Duration: 25 mins

Budget: €270,000

We are looking for proposals for an entertainment series which primarily targets 7-12 year olds for transmission in an early evening slot with the potential for repeat daily during holiday periods. Our audience loves good stories and strong characters. They enjoy comedy, anarchy and passion. They need to be hooked from the opening moments of a show and entertained right to the very end. Successful programmes for this audience understand the audience and feature and reflect the themes which occupy their worlds and minds. This age group is curious about growing up, about attaining independence from their parents, about developing personal relationships, about identity and how they should appear to their own peer group. Their generation is celebrity obsessed. Social media has created a world in which confident youngsters publish many aspects of their own lives and anybody can be a celebrity.

Other programmes which have been successful for this audience include Una's Dream Ticket, a dream-making entertainment show; Shakedown The Town, a treasure-hunting game show; Sing! - a teen version of the game show The Lyrics Board. An archive of programmes already on the YPP slate for this audience is available on the website: http://trte.rte.ie

Youngsters with strong, engaging characters should feature strongly on-screen in each programme and there should be a good regional spread amongst participants.

It is envisaged this series will be block recorded in a studio but ideas but location based ideas achievable for the available budget may also be considered.

Existing formats or formats new to RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes will be considered.

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 "TRTÉ - Entertainment Series"

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ONE-OFF or SPECIAL EVENT:

Number: 1 x 25mins; 2 x 15mins or a shorts strand will be considered

Budget: To a max of €50,000

We are seeking ideas for a one-off special event project which will combine elements of online and broadcast television. Successful proposals will have a strong concept, feature strong stories and youngsters from the target audience group.

Recent success in this area include 'LIFE'S LIKE THIS' - a user generated documentary project which invited youngsters to capture a moment in their day on video and upload to the production website. The project was broadcast as 12 x 3 minute short films over twelve hours on a special event day in November 2012 and simultaneously broadcast online on the TRTÉ 'LIFE'S LIKE THIS' website. The content was also repurposed to produce a half hour documentary for the Christmas schedule. LIFE'S LIKE THIS - Teen was a successful 13-18s version of same.

Event or stunt ideas around which a campaign or publicity can be built will be favoured.

We are also interested in ideas for documentaries for the 7-15s audience. First person stories or experiences of some of the more challenging aspects of life for children in Ireland today - from social exclusion, to illness of somebody close, from facing down phobia to living with debilitating disorder - these areas are all of interest with the right central character and the right treatment.

While the brief is for a half hour of content, the format need not be a half hour block.

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 "One of Special Event"

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DRAMA Co-PRODUCTION

RTÉ is interested in supporting Irish producers to join with international producers to co-produce drama content for the 7-12s age-group. Projects would need to have an Irish dimension - in casting, story and production. RTÉ funding is limited however Irish broadcaster support may provide access to other funding sources to make Ireland a viable co-production partner.

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 "Drama - Co-Pro"

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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 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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