RTÉ YOUNG PEOPLES

RTÉ YOUNG PEOPLES

Last Updated: 06th June 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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ENTERTAINMENT SERIES for RTÉjr - young children and family audience

No. and Duration: 20 x half hours

Budget: To a maximum of €500,000

Transmission: Weekdays, Spring '18

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 14th July at noon (Strict Deadline)

RTÉjr is a channel dedicated to children under 7. It hosts a full multi-genre offering for young children living in Ireland. Along with acquired programming, RTÉjr features a range of home-produced programmes which reflect their world and their voices. From observational documentary series - both urban and rural - to wildlife programmes made especially for very young viewers; from home-produced animation series to puppet entertainment series, RTÉjr aims to provide children with the spread and variety of programming you could expect to find on main channels.

Mindful of viewing habits in homes throughout the country we have a 'co-viewing' slot in the early evenings on RTÉjr between 5pm and 7pm. Research shows that, with older siblings home from after-school activities and parents available to watch with them, programming which appeals to older children and family viewing - while still both appropriate and appealing to under 7s - works well at this time.

To this end we are seeking proposals for a family entertainment series which will appeal to young children but with broader appeal for older siblings and families for transmission in the early evening co-viewing slot. We'd like to hear from you with ideas which may see children in charge but may feature participants of all ages. Producers can consider the possibility of stand-alone episodes or a series which builds to weekly or end of run 'final'.

Quiz formats have worked well where physical challenge is involved (e.g. Quizone - VIP; Shakedown The Town - Adare Productions). Talent competitions have appeal where the focus is fun and the celebration of performance (eg. Ice Star Search or Sing! - both in-house). Big mainstream entertainment talent competitions like Dancing With The Stars and Britain's Got Talent rate very well with this audience. A series commissioned for RTÉjr may see kids in charge (eg. Who're You Kidding? -VIP), and probably performing - possibly with older kids, teens and adult involvement. Family challenges which can involve all ages have appeal.

Proposals may feature a number of strands within a half hour episode (variety style entertainment shows which can combine challenge, performance, setting up adults, features)

Essentially we are looking for proposals for a strong entertainment format which will engage and entertain young family audiences with children at the centre.

We are open to studio or combined studio and location-based ideas.

This callout is for 20 x half hour programmes for delivery by end February 2018.

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 Peoples "ENT SERIES for RTÉjr-Spring 2018"

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 14th July at noon

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CALLOUT FOR RTÉjr LINKS

No. of Episodes/Duration: 320 x 1'30"
Budget: Up to a maximum of €500,000

Closing Date: Friday 14th July 2017 at 12 Noon (Strict Deadline)

RTÉjr Links

Since it began 4 years ago, RTÉjr channel has been providing a comprehensive range of multi-genre content - a combination of original content and acquired programming - for its audience of children aged 7 and under (and their co-viewers). An integral part of the channel's identity is an ongoing series of links, that is, short interstitial pieces which help identify and localise the channel at multiple points in the schedule, which are repeatable and with which its viewership can easily engage and identify.

Given the increasingly fragmented children's TV market, these links are of particular importance to RTÉjr, enabling it to make explicit its brand identity as an Irish, public service channel for young children and including them in what appears on their screens.


We now wish to commission a new set of links and are seeking a proposal which can deliver interesting, engaging pieces that will withstand multiple broadcasts. These should feature a range of talent, both existing and new - of potentially all ages - and will probably comprise a mix of studio- and location-based content. We are looking for a wide variety of content, approaches and tones. In the past, subject matter has ranged across original storytelling, puppetry, make-and-do, arts, comedy, mini-dramas, pets/wildlife, science, food, heathy living and seasonal items. More recently, links presenters have travelled around the country meeting real children, visiting cultural, historical and sporting venues and highlighting the Irish landscape. We would like to see an original development of this multi-subject approach. With this in mind, we are looking for a breakdown as follows:

80 links for transmission between February- May 2018 (broadly themed as spring-early summer)

100 links for transmission between June-mid September 2018 (broadly themed as summer)

70 links for transmission between mid-September -end November 2018 (broadly themed as autumn)

30 links for transmission in December 2018 (broadly themed as winter)

10 links for transmission in Seachtain na Gaeilge (roughly 3-18 March 2018)

10 links for transmission around Easter 2018 (Easter 2018 falls on April 1st)

20 links for transmission during the Christmas 2018 holiday period

The links may play with a number of television forms and genres, but they must be age-appropriate for the core audience of children aged 7 and under. Though a measure of anarchy and fun can feature - we naturally want engaging, vibrant content - the links need to retain a certain capacity to reassure and comfort the young viewer. They are not required to inform the viewer about specific programmes, series or broadcast events on the channel, nor to introduce/back-reference scheduled programmes.

What they must do is respect RTÉjr's core strengths and values. These include looking at the world through the eyes of a child, real social and cultural diversity, an underlying educational value and the placing of children at the centre of things. We want content that reaches out well beyond the traditional studio environment to embrace the whole island of Ireland, and which shows a feel for Irish life in all its forms.

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

1. A creative response to the series brief as outlined above. This must include talent suggestions and must reflect the seasonal breakdown as outlined above

2. An understanding of the RTÉjr audience and of the channel's programming, including existing links styles

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 links that thoroughly addresses the stated requirement for social and cultural diversity, at the proposed level of cost

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 Peoples "RTÉjr Links"
Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 14th July at noon (Strict Deadline)

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Young People's Programmes - RTÉjr

CALLOUT FOR A CROSS-PLATFORM, PRO-SOCIAL CAMPAIGN FOR RTÉjr

No. of Episodes/Duration: A number of segments for TV, exact configuration yet-to-be-agreed: 1 x 24'00", 7 x 4'00", 14 x 2'00" or as proposed

Budget: Up to a maximum of €75,000

Closing Date: Friday 14th July 2017 at 12 Noon (Strict Deadline)

A Pro-Social Campaign for RTÉjr

RTÉjr channel is a significant player in the media world of children aged 7 and under who live in Ireland. It provides its core audience (and their co-viewers) with a multi-platform offering that includes a wide range of content in all genres including animation, documentary, natural history, lifestyle, sport, comedy, books, arts & culture. Its ethos has been clear from its inception: to explore and reflect the world in which youngsters in Ireland are growing up. Accordingly, RTÉjr is entertaining and challenging, educational (but subtly so) and always highly inclusive, i.e., featuring real children from all walks of life and backgrounds and embracing the different cultural origins/ethnicities, understandings and ability levels of its audience.

We are looking now to increase awareness of RTÉjr and of issues that remain close to its heart. To this end, we wish to commission a standalone, cross-platform campaign for Spring 2018 to comprise a segment or number of segments for RTÉjr television, all built around a unifying theme. The configuration/duration of the pieces is flexible, the suggestions above being a guide only. These TV pieces should be suitable for use also on RTÉjr Radio and/or RTÉjr Online, which may feature in a callout or other public information about the campaign. Our ambition in commissioning this pro-social initiative is to extend our service to our young audience by engaging them in a nationwide campaign that reflects their own, age-appropriate concerns and interests.

Previous campaigns in RTÉ's Young People's programming have included: Donncha O'Callaghan's 'Fit For Life', a series which incorporated a range of fun challenges designed to get kids fit 'by stealth'; ManifestÓg, in which kids produced and presented a Children's Charter for Government to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs; and 'Life's Like This', a snapshot of Ireland in a day, largely filmed by young people and reflecting their lives and concerns.

Those campaigns were substantially configured for older children. For this new campaign, we are looking to pro-social issues of interest and value for those aged 7 and under. Children of this age possess real insight and we believe that a campaign for this age group can generate engaging material that plays to the children's strengths as thinkers, instigators and, where relevant, as contributors. The subject matter may relate specifically to their own lives and activities or it may involve them challenging others/questioning the status quo. Possible themes for the campaign include (but are certainly not limited to):

Accepting and Including Others / Supporting Friendship / Doing Things Together / Encouraging Kindness and Caring / Expressing our Feelings / Being Part of a Community / the Need for Play Time / the Power of Joy / Respecting our Environment / the Value of Books / Dealing with Stress / How to Use our Imagination / the Idea of Altruism / Caring for Younger or Older People

It's envisaged that a successful campaign would have potential to run across RTÉjr TV, Radio and Online (RTÉjr app, RTÉ Player and social media) over a single day/series of days, weekend, week or fortnight. Whichever, we envisage that the campaign's core will be a block of television content with a clear, unified, pro-social message. This series will ideally engage the audience across the various platforms, driving them from one to the other. and onwards and outwards.

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 Peoples "Pro-Social Campaign for RTÉjr "

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 14th July at noon (Strict Deadline)

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RTÉjr LIVE EVENT - For under 7s and their families

BUDGET: To a maximum of €150,000

Duration: 40 to 52 minutes

TX: Autumn 2018

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 21st July at noon (Strict Deadline)

RTÉjr is the television channel for children under 7 and their families. The 7am-7pm, 7-days a week channel is a broad and colourful mix of programmes for pre-school children which reflects the world they live in - live action and animation; documentary, obdoc, entertainment, wildlife, sport, music, make & do, natural history. It is wide ranging, arranged in weekday and weekend schedules and it aims to offer children the gamut of genres you would find on the main channels.

Along with building blocks that the existing schedule of programmes offers we are looking for ideas for a highlight event which would offer a live (or as-live) event-based show; an event around which buzz and profile can be created, an event which would offer an appointment to view for families with young children and an event which would create news and media interest on the day.

Children will be at the centre of an event staged for RTÉjr.

Celebration of achievement, of talent, of excellence, of extraordinary ordinariness all have appeal. Words to describe the tone of what we're looking for include joyful, fun, special, colourful, glitz, inclusive, live (in feel).

An event may showcase talent - but without focus on competition, may feature a variety of talents or just one, possibly a spin-off of an existing talent show, definitely featuring children and possibly featuring both children and adults.

A child-centred red carpet event may have appeal. Where Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards has access to the huge celebrity stars of their shows, RTÉjr doesn't - However, the sense of ownership for kids of a big red carpet event such as this is appealing. Showcasing achievement in different walks of life by extraordinary children may have appeal.
An event for RTÉjr should feature faces and 'stars' of the channel (be that in presenting/reporting/ participating roles).

Scale of event will be dictated by the budget size and it is important to note that RTÉjr is not in a position to partner with commercial sponsors. So, inventive use of existing event infrastructures and production may be necessary - Piggy-backing on adult schedule projects to create a bespoke RTÉjr show may facilitate higher production value than a stand-alone event. Is there a programme whose set-up and OB could be used and costs shared?

A successful proposal will capture the excitement of live event, will have elements to draw press interest, will put children on a pedestal for the day, will bring a sense of pride in their achievement to all watching - young and old.

This callout is for a programme for transmission in Autumn 2018.

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 Peoples "RTÉjr LIVE EVENT 2018"

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 21st July at 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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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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