The Hit

Formats Ireland

Ireland is emerging as a solid format creating hotspot, as its small local market forces producers to think internationally, TBI reports. Ask Irish producers what the most significant development in formats has been of recent years and the answer is almost invariably the same: RTÉ’s Format Farm. The initiative launched in 2012 in order to […]

RTÉ calls for format pitches

Irish pubcaster RTÉ has called on local producers to submit programme ideas for its upcoming Formats Farm pitch. The pubcaster’s sales arm, RTÉ Global, has set a deadline of March 27 for format ideas that will be screened by RTÉ commissioners, who then pass some on to channels controllers. Four ideas are ultimately taken to […]

Irish talent format set for RTL5 in Holland

Irish talent format The Hit is getting a local version on Dutch broadcaster RTL5. The series has been a ratings hit for Irish pubcaster RTÉ One and formats rights holder Warner Bros. International Television Production has now secured an eight-episode run of its own. WBITVP-owned BlazHoffski will produce the show, which will launch in spring […]

News brief: Warner Bros. renews Irish indie formats deal

Warner Bros. International Television Production has renewed its distribution agreement with Ireland’s Vision Independent Productions, the indie behind singing format The Hit. Following an initial first look agreement in 2011, WBITVP has acquired international sales rights to VIP’s output for a further three years. VIP is behind RTE’s talent format The Hit and other shows […]

RTÉ takes songwriter format The Hit to series

RTÉ has ordered a full 6x52mins season of The Hit, the songwriting competition format that was part of the Irish public broadcaster’s Formats Farm project. Formats Farm sees pilots of new shows broadcast on RTÉ Two and The Hit was one of these and went out last September. The show sees hundreds of songs submitted […]