Head of Entertainment - John McHugh

Executive Producer, Entertainment - Brian Parceair

Updated: 18th November 2015


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 Saturday Night Show to contemporary large scale commissions like The Voice and The Hit. 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 and like other genres we are looking to contest several slots in 2014. Innovation in a challenging budgetary environment will be key to success.

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 (52 mins, approx budget 55k) for contestable slot on a rolling basis.


Entertainment Briefing for Independent Producers

When: Thursday 26th November, 12.30 - 1.30pm

Where: RTE Television - Studio One via TV Reception

In attendance: John McHugh, Brian Pairceir, Adrian Lynch, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Paul Loughrey

6.30pm on Sundays on RTE One is a key slot for the channel and has been an important opportunity for TV Entertainment to build broad family audiences with impactful programmes.

With a call out currently open on e-commissioning for Entertainment ideas for 6.30pm on RTE One in Autumn 2016 we are holding a briefing session to share information about the competition facing this slot, how our audience view television then and the properties that have worked there.

RSVP dympna.clerkin@rte.ie by close of business(5pm) Monday 23rd November



No of Episodes/ Duration: 14 x 50 mins

Transmission: RTÉ One Sunday, 18.30 Autumn 2016

Budget: Up to €105K per hour

Sunday nights in Autumn have always been big nights for RTE One Entertainment. This is an opportunity for the family to sit down together to watch exciting and engaging television that appeals to all ages.

Programmes which have worked well in this slot are Celebrity Bainisteoir and Irelands Fittest Family and we want to see more of this family friendly entertainment on RTÉ One. There is a big audience available for this competitive slot and a chance to try something really different, compelling and engaging. Proposals ranging from formatted studio programmes, location factual entertainment or an entirely different format with personality / presenter driven content will be given consideration.

All proposals should be warm and lively in tone with broad family appeal. Suggestions for presenters should be included in submissions.
We are looking for proposals that run for 14 episodes but we will also consider propositions that run for either 6 or 8 episodes.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
under the programme category "Entertainment Sunday 18.30 - Autumn 2016"

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 12 noon Friday December 18. (Strict Deadline)



Contestable with other Genres

We are open to innovative, edgy Entertainment ideas which clearly deliver on the key requirements for RTÉ2; i.e. talkability, virality and real cut through with younger demos.

No. of Episodes/Duration: 6 x 30 minutes, 6 x 60 minutes

Transmission: RTÉ Two post-watershed - TX T1 2016

Budget: In the region of 80K to 85K per hour*

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 "RTÉ2 Contestable Slot"


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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