RTÉ YOUNG PEOPLES


Last Updated: Monday 07th July 2014

COMMISSIONING BRIEF

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

Executive Producer, Animation & Independent Commissioning - Pauline Macnamara

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 platforms. RTÉjr digital TV and Radio stations run daily from 0700-1845 while the complementary online and mobile services are available 24/7.

RTÉ Two, 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, 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 Two '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 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. Finally, 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. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Inserts Strand, Continuing Drama Shorts

RTÉ Young Peoples wishes to commission an insert strand for inclusion in the TRTÉ flagship daily entertainment series for 7-11 year olds.

No. of Episodes: 10

Duration: 4'00"

Transmission: Autumn 2014

Budget: €40,000

What are we looking for?

For the last five years elev8 has provided a successful flagship show in the TRTÉ block for 7-11s on RTÉ Two. Elev8 is a live daily 20' entertainment magazine show, studio based with substantial vt input - some of which is produced by the in-house programme team and three to four strands annually which are commissioned from the independent sector.

Successful commissioned strands include The School Run (Gameshow shorts which take place in a suped up hummer en route home from school); elev8 Superstars (Decathlon competition featuring six 10-12 year olds and exciting physical sport challenges); Show Off or Get Off (regional talent competition featuring performers at 12 regional locations); Tim's Tactical Tips (tips and tricks to survive the small and not so small problems life throws in the face of youngsters). Successful commissions have featured the regions, offered humour, provided a stylish anchor item on one of the themed daily shows.

Previous daily entertainment series for this age-group have included low-budget short continuing drama series eg. Who Is Jamie Crowe? (ICE 2009/10) and My Life's A Jungle (ICE 2007/8 and ICE 2008/9).
Elev8 is now looking for proposals for a strand of drama shorts for inclusion in the Autumn 2014 series.

The programme is seeking ideas for a continuing drama series which would tx weekly on elev8 with a digital element which could run concurrently on the elev8 website, potentially giving additional information which would drive viewers back for more on the linear tv series.

Elev8 is particularly seeking proposals which will feature youngsters (10-15 year olds) and storylines which will reflect the world of young teenage boys and girls.

Given the available budget, very economic production models and treatment is expected.

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

1. An understanding of RTÉ's Young Peoples Programmes and its target audience, in particular the TRTÉ and elev8 audience.

2. A demonstrated appreciation and understanding of the brief, as outlined above.

3. The production company illustrates a proven track record in production of programmes for children/young people.

4. Ability to engage strong production talent capable of delivering the proposal as required.

5. Is the proposal realisable with reference to budget, time-scale and other key elements?

These criteria are not in any particular order of importance.

Interested companies should submit a proposal which includes concept, narrative outline, treatment, indication of casting strategy and budget by 5pm Monday 21st July 2014.

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 "Inserts Continuing Drama Shorts"

Strict deadline of 5pm Monday 21st July 2014.

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YOUNG PEOPLES' PROGRAMMING: TRTÉ

ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

No. of Episodes: 8-10

Duration: Half Hour

Transmission: 5pm weekdays, autumn 2014

Target Audience: Core audience: 8-12 year olds

Budget: To a maximum of €340,000

What are we looking for?

Entertainment shows form a strong part of the TRTÉ schedule on RTÉ Two. In the crowded telly-scape of US and UK comedy and drama from competitors, an entertainment series will need to have cut-through to find its audience.

With school over for the day, youngsters of this age like to relax and take time out before they start their homework and the series we are looking for fills their desire to escape the educational routine for a while. Successful proposals will include cross-media elements from inception.
Recent successful series in this style include 'MUSIC INC' - the reality/challenge series set behind the scenes in the music business; 'OMG! JEDWARDS DREAM FACTORY' in which Jedward made all kinds of dreams come true for TRTÉ viewers. 'SING', a quiz entertainment format which saw youngsters get a chance to perform for the audience both in studio and at home.

Smart, fast-moving, clever, with strong narrative structure and lots of participation by young people, these series engaged the young audience with great fun and style.

This series can be location or studio based and will contain elements of high energy adventure, competition and fun. Quizzes, challenge shows, action shows all rate well with this age-group. Young participants will be within the 10-14 age-group. Projects offering strong value for money will be favoured.

Have you got ideas for a series which will engage the 8-12s TRTÉ audience?

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 "TRTÉ Autumn 2014"

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YOUNG PEOPLES' PROGRAMMING: TRTÉ

ONE-OFF EVENT or SPECIAL

No. of Episodes: 1

Duration: Half Hour (with cross platform)

Transmission: Holiday, Bank Holiday 2014

Target Audience: 11-15 year olds

Budget: To a maximum of €60,000

What are we looking for?

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 saw '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.

One-off documentary stories find it difficult to find and hold an audience in the busy young people's schedule. Event or stunt ideas around which a campaign or publicity can be built will be favoured.
While the brief is for a half hour of content, the format need not be a half hour block.

If you have an idea for this we'd like to hear from you.

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 "TRTÉ One Off Event or Special"

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YOUNG PEOPLES' PROGRAMMING: RTÉjr

CHRISTMAS SHORTS

No. of Episodes: 16

Duration: 2 mins

Transmission: Christmas (24/25/25 December 2014)

Target Audience: Under 7s

Budget: To a maximum of €45,000

What are we looking for?

We are looking for proposals for a series of Christmas 'shorts' - films which will be broadcast throughout the RTÉjr schedule on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day 2014.

A strong concept will be central to the successful proposal making the two minute films stand out in the busy, colourful Christmas schedule. The shorts will be used as a localising device between programmes on RTÉjr's output for young children, bringing an Irish sensibility to these three holiday days.

Each two minute episode will be stand-alone and feature one story. The series can feature children from a broad regional spread or select one community to focus on.

Given the positioning of these shorts in the schedule (24/25/26 December) the successful proposal will embrace the 'feel-good' spirit of the season while avoiding a commercial or religious focus. In keeping with Young Peoples Programmes' ethos, children will be in control. Also important to YPP is that the diversity of today's society in Ireland is represented.

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 "Christmas Shorts"

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YOUNG PEOPLES' PROGRAMMING: ANIMATION for RTÉjr

No. of Episodes: Multiples of 5 or one-off specials

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

What are we looking for?

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 I'M A MONSTER, THE ABADAS, FLUFFY GARDENS and HAPPY VALLEY. For 4-6 year olds the world is opening up as they deal with everything going to school offers. For this audience PUNKY, 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 Young Peoples "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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YOUNG PEOPLES' PROGRAMMING: ANIMATION for TRTÉ

No. of Episodes: Multiples of 5

Duration: Up to 24'00"

Budget: Funding available to a max of €75,000 per hour**

What are we looking for?

RTÉ YPP is interested in receiving your proposals for animated series suitable for the TRTÉ audience. The TRTÉ schedule has two distinctive focuses. When TRTÉ starts, following the end of RTÉjr channel block behind, the core audience is aged 7-10 years old. At this age the world is opening up but it's still a time when youngsters want to be safe, and entertained, and to laugh a lot. BALLYBRADDAN and THE MAD COWS have worked very well for this audience.

Later in the afternoon tweens and teens join the TRTÉ audience. At this stage they want to escape (from school, authority, their parents.. you name it) but they want to feel safe; friends and fitting in are very important to them and anything that gets in the way is problematic; they love anarchy and madness and in consuming content they are platform-neutral, and will only stay with something if it engages them from the start - or if their friends are watching too. ROY has worked very well for this audience in 2012.

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, 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 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 "Animation for TRTÉ"

*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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