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RTÉ call for ideas for Comedy and Music programming on RTÉ One and RTÉ2
17 Aug 2015 : Seán Brosnan
RTÉ keen to commission new content that can build on the success of shows like ‘Damo & Ivor’
RTÉ Comedy, Talent Development and Music department is looking for new, high energy proposals for peak-time slots on RTE One and RTÉ2 for late autumn and Christmas 2015.

For the RTÉ One programming, these should be ideas that can deliver significant mainstream audiences in early evening slots, primarily 18.30 on Sunday evening. Both half-hour and hour-long durations will be considered, but the available slots are normally filled by hour long programmes. Formats that break new talent, or enhance existing talent relationships will be prioritised.

These ideas need to be broad enough to bring a big family audience to RTE ONE, during one of the most competitive times of the year. Successful ideas will be considered for either short runs of three or four episodes, or single episodes - and a wide variety of talent vehicles and formats will be considered, as long as they feel appropriate for mainstream Sunday Night viewing. Budgets will be subject to discussion, but will be benchmarked against other RTE programming that normally plays in these slots.

Submissions should be entered into e-commissioning and reach RTÉ by 12 noon on Wednesday 26 August 2015.

They 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 Comedy Music & Talent "RTÉ One Autumn & Christmas 2015”.

RTÉ are also looking for ideas for Comedy Programming on RTÉ2. They are interested in new comedy ideas that can be carried on RTÉ2, ideally as part of the Christmas schedule. One offs and pilot ideas will be prioritised, and this is a good time of the year to 'test' new concepts or talent.

They are interested in developing and commissioning new content in this area that can build on the success of ‘Damo & Ivor’, ‘The Mario Rosenstock Show’, and ‘The Republic of Telly’. Some of the slots in 2015 have already been commissioned. All slots are post-watershed and the focus is on targeting 15-34 year olds. Talkability, virality and real cut through with younger demos is a priority.

They are interested in a variety of new comedy proposals that can fit these slots, and the channel's overall mission of nurturing and supporting new Irish talent and commissioning brave comedy that connects with 15-34 year olds. Comedy formats, talent based projects and scripted comedy is of interest, as are proposals that lend themselves to development phases and BAI or co-production funding.

RTÉ are also looking for proposals for Music Programming on RTÉ One, RTÉ2 and RTÉ Digital to augment their current output.

Programmes like ‘Other Voices’ on RTÉ 2 and ‘The Imelda May Show’, ‘Fleadh Cheoil’, and ‘The Transatlantic Sessions’ on RTÉ One have delivered mainstream audiences. Proposals for low cost or fully funded music programming (perhaps with a commercial sponsor on board) will be of interest, as will proposals which have a digital component.

Music-based proposals that can draw a significant audience, or make an on-brand, noisy statement for the target audience on either channel will be of interest for the Contestable Slots on RTÉ One and RTÉ2.

Projects that can potentially secure BAI funding, or co-production finance are also of interest.

For more information on these call for ideas and their budgets and deadlines, visit http://www.rte.ie/commissioning/comedytalentandmusic.html.

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