RTÉ has launched two new initiatives to develop new drama and comedy series for younger audiences.

Launched in association with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, the national development agency for the screen sector investing in Talent, Creativity and Enterprise, the initiatives aim to develop emerging creative Irish talent and showcase them on the global stage.

In drama, RTÉ is looking for an early stage pitch document of no more than two hundred words appealing to a core audience of 25 to 44 years old on RTÉ2.

According to RTÉ, submissions "should clearly demonstrate a core concept have an original voice and be contemporaneous and relatable". More details and how to pitch can be found here

Of the submissions received, up to five dramas will be developed to bible and pilot script stage with a view to commissioning up to two brand new drama series for 2022/23.

For comedy, RTÉ are seeking new proposals for half-hour scripted comedy series that appeal to a core audience of 25 to 44 years, as well as, a broader audience.

RTÉ are looking for an early stage pitch document that gets to the heart of the idea quickly and is clearly defined as comedy, highlighting a core of well-drawn characters and the word they inhabit.

From the submissions, up to ten proposals will be brought through a development phase with the aim of bringing at least two series to screen.

Interested producers should register and submit via RTÉ's commissioning system here

RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes said, "We are delighted to partner with Screen Ireland and launch this initiative to further develop the rich vein of creative talent that runs through this country and produce something distinctive and special for our younger audiences.

"Encouraging and developing creatives across the sector is at the core of why RTÉ exists and this initiative will also give Irish talent a platform to connect with audiences in Ireland and beyond".

Désirée Finnegan, Chief Executive of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, said: "Screen Ireland is delighted to collaborate with RTÉ on their new initiative.

"We are deeply committed to the development of new, emerging and diverse voices alongside established industry growth, and look forward to the creative focus on high-end TV drama and comedy for younger audiences."

As part of the recently announced €3 million July Stimulus Support Package for Television Drama, Screen Ireland has allocated funding to support the new initiative and ensure the development and growth of the television drama and scripted sector.