Contact: Jane GoganRegion: Ireland

Title: Head of Drama
Genre: Drama
Region: Ireland

About Channel

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) is a semi-state company and the public service broadcaster of Ireland. It produces and broadcasts programmes for television, radio and the Internet. The television broadcasts began on 31 December 1961, making it one of the oldest public service broadcasters in the world.

RTÉ is financed by a television licence fee and through advertising. RTÉ services are funded by advertising and the licence fee.

Programme Interests

We are looking for original drama with variety in tone and attitude that will both entertain and open up a view of contemporary life. RTÉ drama needs to have broad popular appeal for Irish viewers first.

RTÉ Drama looks for ideas that challenge orthodoxy. We look to producers to work with writers who can develop complex and intriguing stories that are relatable to our audience  yet with universal appeal. We will invest in drama series and serials of four or more episodes.

All RTÉ drama is currently post-watershed. Renewability of a format is something to be considered at an early stage while acknowledging that some stories, particularly those drawing on real life events will not extend beyond one serial event.
Stories based on real events have a high value to the audience but they need to be more than a retelling of the facts of the events: they need to capture the imagination in a different way.

Looking For

Drama series and serials that suit co-production and co-financing arrangements.


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Jane Gogan has been Head of Drama in RTÉ since 2006 and is responsible for the in-house produced Fair City and RTÉ’s commissioned drama titles. Recent tv drama series and events include Amber, a four part serial drama set in contemporary Dublin (Screenworks w. Rob Cawley and Gary Duggan), and gangland drama Love/Hate (Octagon Films. W. Stuart Carolan). Three part political drama, Charlie (Touchpaper Television / Element Pictures w. Colin Teevan), a drama about the public life of former Taoiseach Charles J. Haughey  is to broadcast in 2015. Digital content is part of RTÉ’s drama strategy and in that respect the drama department runs Storyland, the strand for commissioned on-line series for new entrants to tv drama.