RTÉ YOUNG PEOPLES


Last Updated: 30th June 2015

COMMISSIONING BRIEF

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

Executive Producer, Animation & Independent Commissioning - Pauline MacNamara

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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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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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ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

Duration: 25 minutes

No. of Episodes: 10

Target Audience: 7-12 year olds

Transmission: Weekdays Spring 2016

Budget: €270,000

Young Peoples Programmes is 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

We are looking for a proposal for a series that will entertain and engage our 7-12's audience. A series for this audience would need to incorporate the production values of adult/family shows: the jeopardy, the entertainment, the fun. Each programme can be self-contained and capable of standing alone however there should be a format or other defined identity that gives cohesion to the series.

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.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 12 noon Thursday 23rd July 2015 (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 "YPP - Weekdays Spring 2016"

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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