Wednesday, August 17, 2011

RTÉ is commissioning Factual Programming

Are you into Arts? Do you have great ideas in store? Ideas that you've been dying to share?

Then it's the time to put those great ideas into Motion.

As part of an overall strategy to renew and refresh arts programming on RTÉTV, RTE Factual urgently requires ideas for high-impact cultural TV events and series for 2012 and beyond.

They want ideas for 2- and 3-part series which have, as with all Factual output, real depth and insight but which appeal to a broad audience. Accessibility is key to our arts strategy for 2012 and beyond: your idea should appeal as much to a non-arts audience as to the existing arts audience. It should be "big" enough to become a highlight in the RTE1 schedule and to ignite discussion and debate across radio, online and on existing RTE television programmes.

We specifically welcome ideas for series in the following areas:
1. Observational series which document the experiences of Irish people (famous or not) and/or communities as they engage with the arts.

2. Formats. We are not interested in tightly-formatted ideas; instead we are looking for loose hour-long formats which introduce new audiences to the arts through the hands-on experiences of ordinary Irish people or well-known faces.

3. Authored/"big-idea" documentary series. The success of recent BAI-funded/co-pro history formats such as Cromwell In Ireland or The Story of Ireland has proved that there is a large audience for "big-idea" or big overview documentary series on RTE.

4. Events. We most definitely want to find ideas for arts event-style programmes & series which have cultural activity at their core. Ideas that get the nation doing things together.

Finally, if you feel that your idea has potential for co-production or BAI funding, let them know.
For more information, visit the RTE website.  Producers must submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
under the programme category Factual - Arts 2012
Deadline: Friday 09th September
So put on your thinking hat and get your Facts together!


  1. Really cool! I don't think I have anything but it would interesting to see what comes out of it.

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