RTE, NRK team for format pitch competition

Ireland's RTÉ and Norway's NRK are teaming up to award €10,000 (US$11,000) in development funding during the Celtic Media Festival's pitch forum. (Pictured: Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?)
February 23, 2016

Irish pubcaster RTÉ’s Format Farm initiative is partnering with Norwegian pubcaster NRK to award €10,000 (US$11,000) in development funding during the Celtic Media Festival’s pitch forum in April.

The winner of the Format Farm Development Pitch will be chosen from five finalists who pitch a format idea that can be broadcast in both the Norwegian and Irish markets. The successful pitcher then has 10 weeks to deliver a sizzle tape and a treatment to pitch directly to network execs.

Any production company, creative format house and individual from a country with a track record in format development is eligible.

The broadcasters are looking for an original format – linear or non-linear – which has not been previously commissioned/produced and exploited on any platform, and for which all worldwide rights are available.

The Celtic Media Festival takes place in Dungarvan, Ireland, on April 21.

Past titles to emerge from the Format Farm program include The Takeover from Dublin-based Toto Productions; The Hit from Vision Independent Productions; and Coco Productions’ Whose Holiday Is It Anyway? (pictured).

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