RTE’s Format Farm opens call for entries

The Irish pubcaster's business initiative is geared towards supporting the production and broadcast of homegrown formats both for local and international audiences. (Pictured: Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?)
March 2, 2015

Irish pubcaster RTÉ has opened the call for its latest iteration of its Format Farm, geared towards supporting production and broadcast of homegrown formats both for local and international audiences.

Recent successes from the program include The Takeover from Dublin-based Toto Productions, airing on Channel 4; song-writing format The Hit from Vision Independent Productions, shopped internationally by Warner Bros International Television, and Coco Productions’ family travel format Whose Holiday Is It Anyway? (pictured), now shopped by DRG.

The initiative sees all submissions sent by Irish and UK prodcos screened by RTÉ genre commissioners, who then advance recommendations to various RTÉ channel controllers. The company’s distribution arm, RTÉ Global, is also consulted regarding the international potential for the ideas. From there, four pilots from shortlisted ideas that have matching funds from international distributors will be broadcast on RTÉ One and Two in the autumn.

Interested parties have until March 27, 2015 to submit ideas. For more information, click here.

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