Format Farm Pitch

Format Farm Development Pitch

RTÉ’s Format Farm is teaming up with Norwegian National Broadcaster NRK to offer €10,000 development funding for an impactful format that entertains viewers that can broadcast on both the Norwegian and Irish domestic market in the first instance. Executives from RTÉ and NRK will hear 5 finalist pitches at the Celtic Media Festival on 21st of April 2016. The aims of the Format Farm development pitch is to support and inspire creativity and innovation.

There will be one winner. This winner will receive €10,000 development funding to be used for the development of the format. The winning entrant of the Format Farm Development Pitch has 10 weeks from the end of the Celtic Media Festival to deliver a sizzle tape and a worked up treatment and pitch it back to the relevant channel controllers at RTÉ and NRK. There is no obligation on either RTÉ or NRK to take the winning format treatment further than development stage if it does not wish to.

Who can apply: Format Farm Development Pitch is open to any production company or format creative house or individual with a track record in format development. Applicants must be able to attend to pitch their format at the Celtic Media Festival in Dungarvan, Ireland on 21st of April 2016 should they be shortlisted for the final 5.*
Please note that production companies from all nations and regions are eligible to enter.
What are RTÉ/NRK looking for: An original format which has not been previously commissioned/produced and exploited on any platform (linear or non–linear) and for which all worldwide rights are available. The format should be innovative, original, be able to travel, be returnable and creatively distinctive.

18th March 2016 (5pm): Deadline for receipt of entries
Monday 11th April 2016 : Finalists announced by RTÉ/NRK.
Thursday 21st April 2016 : Pitching at Celtic Media Festival

All submissions must be made in English or Irish (in the case of submissions in Irish, they should be accompanied by an English translation).
All completed application forms must be submitted via email to Postal or hand delivered submissions will not be accepted
All submissions should include format summary, log line, realistic approach to budget and a indications of the target audiences for the format.
A biography of the producer/ company.
A taster tape may also be included but not necessary at this stage. Please send via WeTransfer to


Download the application form here.

*Two free tickets only to Celtic Media Festival 2016 per succesful applicant


The making of a submission is deemed to be acceptance of all terms and conditions of this competition.
Each applicant confirms that its format submission is submitted voluntarily and each applicant undertakes that all of the information provided by the applicant, including the information provided on the format submission and the credits for creators and producers, is true, correct and complete.
Submitted formats must be original and not have been previously commissioned/produced and exploited on any platform (linear or non–linear).
Each applicant will in respect of any format submitted by that applicant confirm that the applicant is the originator of that format and the owner of any legal rights in that format or, if not the originator and owner of the format, has the legal right to submit the format for consideration without such submission breaching any copyright, trademark, right of confidentiality or any other right whatsoever of any other person. Applicants who do not hold copyright ownership of the format they submit or any elements contained therein must obtain written consent and agreement from the relevant rights owner(s) to be bound by these terms and conditions and shall provide a copy of such written consent and agreement from the rights owner in the applicant’s submission.
Each applicant/format owner recognises that their format or elements of their format or submission may be identical or similar to other formats or programme ideas or materials which have been or are or may in the future be originated and developed by other sources and submitted to RTÉ or NRK or which have been or are or may in the future be originated and developed by RT/É or NRK personnel (including, without limitation, employees, officers, directors). Each applicant and format owner understands and agrees that RTÉ or NRK use at any time of such other formats or programme ideas or materials shall not entitle the applicant to any claim or compensation if RTÉ or NRK has an independent legal right to use such other material which is not derived from the applicant, whether because such elements were not new, or were not originated by the applicant, or are not protected by law or are in the public domain, or were or may be independently created by any other person (including persons working for RTÉ or NRK).
The winning format originator will enter into a development agreement with RTÉ and NRK under which in return for the €10,000 development funding RTÉ and NRK will each have the option (but not obligation) to commission a pilot/series. No format fees will be payable by NRK and/or RTÉ in respect of any pilot(s)/series they commission based on the format. If RTE and NRK pass on the project and it is subsequently produced by another broadcaster then the development funding of €10,000 will be repayable to RTÉ/NRK.

If RTÉ commissions in Ireland RTÉ will adhere to its Code of Fair Trading:
If NRK commissions in Norway NRK will adhere to NRK standard commissioning terms.
The names of all shortlisted applicants will be made public and they must agree to take part in any post-scheme publicity if required by RTÉ or NRK.
If for any reason the Format Farm Pitch at the Celtic Media Festival is interrupted, delayed or cancelled or cannot be completed as planned, RTÉ & NRK reserve the right to postpone, suspend or terminate the Format Farm Pitch and the competition.
RTÉ and NRK reserve the right to change, modify or amend the terms and conditions of the competition at any time.
In the event that any submission (including any of the 5 shortlisted submissions including the submission that has been selected as the winner) is disqualified at any time then RTÉ and NRK may publish the reason for such disqualification and the disqualified applicant waives any claim in respect of such publication and RTÉ and NRK reserve the right (but not obligation) to replace that disqualified submission with another submission selected by RTÉ and NRK.
The decision of RTÉ and NRK in respect of all matters relating to Format Farm Pitch (including without limitation the competition, the interpretation of the terms and conditions, eligibility, disqualification and the winner) shall be final.
Neither RTÉ nor NRK shall have any legal liability of any nature whatsoever arising from Format Farm Pitch.

RTÉ and NRK each reserve final decision on pilot/series producer in their respective territories if they commission a pilot or series based on the winning format for their territory.