RTÉ YOUNG PEOPLES


Last Updated: 20th February 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 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 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 now looking for some of the following programme types:

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Scripted Short Form:

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.

Number: 10, 15 or 20 episodes

Duration: 5 - 7 Minutes per episode

Budget: Max: €52,000 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 Young Peoples "Scripted Short Form"

Closing date 12 noon Friday 20th March 2015

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Studio or Location-Based Short Form:

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.
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.

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),
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.

Number: 10, 15 or 20 episodes

Duration: 5 - 7 Minutes per episode

Budget: Max: €52,000 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 Young Peoples "Studio/Location Based Short Form"

Closing date 12 noon Friday 20th March 2015

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For TRTÉ:

Entertainment Series

Following on from two very successful seasons of both Una's Dream Ticket and OMG! Jedward's Dream Factory (dream-come-true series) we are looking for a new Entertainment series for 2016. This series should be fun, escapist, magical and smart featuring strong core elements which will engage our young viewing audience. The series should be high energy, feel-good and fast paced in style and age-appropriate substance for the TRTÉ audience. Celebrity involvement is a preference, children's involvement is a must. It is important that the series will be repeatable and suitable for transmission at different times across the year.
This series can be studio or location based or a combination of both. Projects offering strong value for money will be favoured.

Number: 10 x half hours

Budget: To a Maximum of €325,000

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 Entertainement"

Closing date 12 noon Friday 20th March 2015

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Quiz or Game Show Format

Entertainment shows form a strong part of the TRTÉ schedule on RTÉ2. Our audiences love good stories and strong characters. They enjoy humour, anarchy and passion. They need to be hooked from the opening moments of a show and entertained right to the very end. We are looking for proposals for a series that will entertain and engage this tween audience. A game show format with jeopardy, skill and fun at its core will have appeal.

Programmes which have been successful for TRTÉ include Shakedown The Town - a treasure-hunting game show series which put kids in charge and parents under pressure, Frenemies, a debate-based game show and Sing! - a quiz entertainment format which saw youngsters get a chance to sing with the live house band. 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.

Successful programmes for this audience feature and reflect the themes which occupy their worlds and minds. This particular 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.

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.
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.

Number: 9 x half hour

Budget: to a maximum of €260,000

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 "Quiz or Game Show Format"

Closing date 12 noon Friday 20th March 2015

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Documentary - One-off or Short Series:

We are 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.

With extraordinary access to world events through social media, rolling news and online networks the TRTÉ audience today is exposed to extensive news and current events. This audience has also lived through a remarkable upheaval in Irish society and economy.

We are interested in documentaries which give children a platform to tell their story from their own perspective. Lightness of touch and understanding of the children's perspective are crucial in this genre for the TRTÉ audience.

For reference, the CBBC Newsround special - My Autism And Me; CBBC My Life: Mr. Alzheimers and Me; The Outsiders - an RTÉ Radio One documentary made by two young friends living at a direct provision centre in Athlone.

Number: 4 x 15 mins series or 4 x one-off 15 mins documentaries

Budget: to a maximum of €20,000 per episode

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 "Documentary One off or Short Series"

Closing date 12 noon Friday 20th March 2015

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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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