RTÉ YOUNG PEOPLES

RTÉ YOUNG PEOPLES

Last Updated: 07th November 2017

COMMISSIONING BRIEF

Controller, RTÉjr and Group Head, RTÉ Children's: Sheila de Courcy

Executive Producer, Animation & Independent Commissioning - Pauline MacNamara

Executive Producer, Independent Commissioning - Stephen Plunkett

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RTÉ: OUTPUT for CHILDREN

RTÉ offers a 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. The schedule is shaped to reflect the activities of the target audience and includes a late afternoon co-viewing strand designed for children to enjoy alongside their older siblings and guardians.

RTÉ2, RTÉ's second channel, offers pre-school programming in the mornings. This is followed by a mixed programming block in the afternoons for older children (aged 7-12), branded TRTÉ.

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 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.

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Animated Shorts Scheme 2018

RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes is delighted to announce that the 2018 Animated Shorts Scheme is open for submissions.

Following on the success of the Scheme in 2016 and 2017 from which five shorts were commissioned each year, the 2018 scheme is seeking well developed proposals for animated shorts (duration: 90-120 seconds).

We aim to award contracts to up to five successful submissions. The total Scheme budget is €50,000.

We are interested in proposals for shorts which will be broadcast as part of the RTÉ children's schedule - on either RTÉjr (under 7s) or on TRTÉ on RTÉ2 (7-15s).

The successful shorts proposals will demonstrate strong character(s), strong narrative, an understanding of the target age-group, excellent visual design and quality writing.

All animation styles are eligible and encouraged - 2d, 3d, CG, stop motion, mixed. Projects which demonstrate an ability to deliver a unique short entertainment experience will be favoured. Shorts must be original and character-driven. Comedy is attractive but not necessary.

This scheme is open to all animators and creatives. In the case of new talent, partnering with an experienced animation producer is advised.

The shorts are an endgame in themselves however the scheme can also provide producers with an opportunity to develop and idea, to create a calling card for a bigger project. If you have a character you feel is worth exploring for any of these audiences, perhaps this scheme is for you.

Proposals will be judged primarily on their merits as stand-alone shorts.

Submissions should include a completed script, storyboard, character designs, budget, director's treatment and cvs for the key personnel attached to the project.

Budget available for each short: to a maximum of €10,000.

Closing date for submissions: 12 Noon Wednesday 31st January 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 "Animated Short Scheme 2018" 12 noon Wednesday 31st January 2018 (Strict Deadline)

All of the completed shorts commissioned in the 2016 and 2017 Animated Short Scheme are available to view on the RTÉ Player

2017
? BOGBOY (Boybog Productions)
? TONK & SQUISH (Daily Madness)
? ZOOT & FRIENDS (Turnip & Duck)
? HEDGEHOG HOOTENANNY (Barley Films)
2016
? URBAN TAILS:MADRA RUA (Pink Kong Studios)
? DON'T FORGET THE BREAD (Wiggleywoo)
? THE TOTALLY NORMAL EVERYDAY ADVENTURES OF SLAPS and SANDBAGS (Treehouse Republic)
? DONKEY'S FARM (Studio POWWOW)
? THE LAST WRANGLER (Whackala)

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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, Autumn '18

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.

What are we looking for:

We are seeking proposals for a family entertainment series which will feature and appeal to young children but with broader appeal for older siblings and families for transmission in the early evening co-viewing slot.

We are specifically interested in studio based talent/performance ideas which will see children dancing and singing. We are not looking for competition or a competitive dimension.

A combination of performance and game show would appeal - eg. Regular dance troupe along with which guest children could perform, featured child performers, putting parents/teachers/ older siblings on the spot to learn and perform at the end of the show, vt pranks on dance teachers/parents, sketch - a format which will combine featured excellent performers, big show numbers and entertainment based segments.

At the core of a such a series for RTÉjr is the celebration of great young performers, an opportunity to showcase young talent alongside the irreverence and fun of entertainment strands.

Producers can consider the possibility of stand-alone episodes or a series which sees challenges set and completed over two episodes.

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

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

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 19th January 2018 at noon (Strict Deadline)

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 "Entertainment Series RTÉjr - Autumn 2018"

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WILDLIFE and/or NATURE Series for RTÉjr

No. and Duration: 15 x 15 mins

Budget: To a maximum of €290,000

Transmission: Co-Viewing Slot (between 5-7pm), Autumn 2018

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 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.

RTÉjr is now seeking proposals for a series which will explore the world of wildlife and nature in a fun and age-appropriate way for transmission in the co-viewing slot (early evening slot on RTÉjr featuring programmes for under 7s which will also be enjoyed by older siblings and parents).

This audience is curious and excited by wildlife, by the wily ways in which animals and plants survive and thrive in the world around us. Irish and international wildlife and nature are of interest, as are rural and urban.

The under 7s audience watch and enjoy main channel wildlife documentaries (Living The Wildlife, Planet Earth, Wild Cities etc.). A wildlife and/or nature series commissioned for this age group will look and feel like a programme made for children and will present facts and information in an accessible manner. It may look for ways to engage through challenges to the participants which viewers at home can play along with. Humour is a good way to engage this age-group. Simple graphics can also help to make information digestible and easier to remember.

Series such as Shutterbugs (wildlife photography challenge series, Crossing The Line - currently on the RTÉ Player and RTÉjr App) and Wild Things (pre-school Wildlife documentary series, Crossing The Line) have been successful for the 6-9s and under 7s audiences.

A fifteen minute episode is quite long for the age-group so a strong format which will provide a familiar structure across the series is of interest.

A fifteen minute episode can be broken into a number of connected stories (eg. the story of an animal plus study of the habitat of that animal) or a story with more than one treatment (eg. exploring a particular animal via an age-appropriate version of traditional documentary storytelling, broken with a game/challenge section which sees children set a challenge relating to that animal).

Proposals may be for a presenter led or narrator led series. Presenters who have expertise in the area of wildlife and nature will be favoured. Ideas which involve children will be welcomed. Insofar as proposals include children on screen, plans to be inclusive and to embrace diversity in background and abilities should be included.
The successful project will bring together a strong team, experienced in producing programmes with and for children and outline production model in the context of requirements when working with children. RTÉ's Child Protection Policy is available to view on the RTÉ commissioning website.

The delivery date for completed series is Friday 24th August 2018

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Friday 05th January 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 Wildlife"

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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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