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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, […]

Prison sells

Prisons have long been a source of fascination for TV producers – as illustrated by series such as British sitcom Porridge, Australian soap Prisoner Cell Block H and HBO limited series Oz. Right now, though, there are more outstanding prison-themed shows than ever, across both scripted and factual television, reports Andy Fry. Prison might not […]

RTÉ to axe in-house kids programming

RTÉ will no longer make any in-house children’s television programming, as part of a huge cost-savings exercise. All shows for the RTÉjr and RTÉ2 channels will be produced by independent companies from the end of 2017, the Irish pubcaster has confirmed. RTÉ will no longer directly employ any children’s programming-making staff, but the move will […]

Discovery hands digital chief control of Nordics

Discovery Networks International has upped Michael Lang, its UK-based corporate development and digital chief and the former CEO of movie studio Miramax, to president, international development, digital and Discovery Nordics. Lang, who will report to Discovery Networks International president and CEO J.B. Perrette in his new role, will be responsible for leading the overall business […]

Dee Forbes’ RTÉ teams with Arte

Irish pubcaster RTÉ and French cultural broadcaster Arte have inked a deal that will see them coproduce Irish-themed content for the international market. RTÉ and Arte will both put in at least €250,000 (US$277,500) each, for a minimum two years, to fund the new programming. The content will span Irish art, history, natural history and […]

UKTV buys RTÉ comedy in ‘breakthrough’ deal

British multichannel operator UKTV has acquired Irish comedy Bridget & Eamon for its Gold network. This marks the first time a UK broadcaster has bought a fully-funded RTÉ comedy, and is “a real breakthrough for Irish comedy in Britain,” according to RTÉ head of comedy Eddie Doyle. “Building on the success of [BBC-commissioned comedy] Mrs […]