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UKTV & RTÉ board Sharon Horgan drama

UKTV has partnered with RTÉ to bring Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) drama Women on the Verge to UKTV’s premium entertainment channel W. The six part series will be co-produced by Horgan’s Merman and House Productions. Women on the Verge is based on the best-selling book Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, by Lorna Martin, […]

Acorn TV to launch new Irish original with RTÉ and Treasure

Acorn Media Enterprises (AME), the UK-based development division for Acorn TV, has partnered with RTÉ and Treasure Entertainment, as the North American co-producer of new comedy Finding Joy. The six-part series, written and starred by Irish Film & TV Academy winner Amy Huberman (Striking Out), will make its North American premiere on Acorn TV toward […]

Walter Presents, HBO Europe invest in Bad Banks

Channel 4’s Walter Presents and HBO Europe are among the latest networks to pick up German drama Bad Banks. The series is 6×52 Machiavellian thriller set in the ruthless world of international finance and the stock market. It is produced by Letterbox Filmproduktion (Germany) and Iris Production (Luxembourg) with the participation of ZDF and ARTE. […]

Channel 5 to launch premium linear channel

Viacom’s UK broadcaster, Channel 5, will launch a “premium channel” focused on high-end factual, documentaries and drama early next year. 5Prime will launch on January 16, 2018 on all broadcast platforms in the UK, replacing the existing My5 TV network. The My5 brand will remain as Channel 5’s on-demand service, which is distributed through all […]

RTÉ calls for half-hour scripted comedies

RTÉ and the Irish Film Board have formed a partnership to support new Irish scripted comedy projects with export potential. After the success of shows like The Young Offenders (pictured), RTÉ is calling for proposals for half-hour scripted comedies, which have the potential to be picked up by international distributors and broadcasters. Participation in this […]

RTÉ, Arte & APT set up first coproduced doc

Irish broadcaster RTÉ is set to pair with European pubcaster Arte and American Public Television (APT) to coproduce new doc Countdown to Calvary. The 1x60mins doc is a special for Easter 2018 and will be presented by Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville. He travels to Jerusalem to tell the story of the week that changed […]

Premium video body launches in Europe

A premium video advocacy body is launching in Europe with the backing of numerous major broadcasters. The FreeWheel Council for Premium Video Europe (FWCE) formed this month following the creation of a US parent in 2015. It is aimed at keeping advertisers keen to spend their cash on premium video – whether that is high-end […]

Ex-RTÉ boss joins EBU as director general

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has appointed the former director general of Irish national broadcaster RTÉ as its new director general. Noel Curran, who left RTÉ last year, takes over from the EBU’s outgoing director general, Ingrid Deltenre, and is due to take up the position at the beginning of September. Commenting on the hire, […]

New Scottish net bags Irish soap, Finnish drama

New Scottish network STV2 has acquired Irish soap Fair City, Finnish drama Black Widow and UK crime piece Secret State. The deal with Irish pubcaster RTÉ hands STV2 400 episodes of long-running soap Fair City (pictured), which first went out in 1989. RTÉ will also produce a 1x30mins ‘story so far’ doc, which will familiarise […]

German broadcaster buys Irish gameshow

German broadcaster Das Erste has greenlit a local version of Play it by Ear, the Irish family quiz format. Irish pubcaster RTÉ airs the original version of the show, which it created alongside Dublin-based indie Adare Productions. The format has three teams go head to head in a test of memory, teamwork and general knowledge, […]