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27 Sept 2022

Great opportunity announced for Donegal film producers

New drama development scheme directed for television producers in Donegal announced

Great opportunity announced for Donegal film producers

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A new drama development scheme directed for television producers in Donegal has been announced. The aim of the new scheme is to boost the audiovisual industry in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Expressions of interest are being sought from qualified production companies to develop and produce a drama series that will be set in Ulster and will be broadcast during prime-time on TG4.

The series will be a six-part, with each episode fifty minutes in duration, and have the potential to be re-commissioned on an annual basis. 

The drama series sought will be contemporary and set in Ulster. Ideas that are bold and creative are being sought. Applicants should have a strong drama background and a good grasp of storytelling. The drama script must be written in Irish, aimed at habitual Irish speakers while also attracting a wider English speaking audience. 

Co-funding opportunities will be available for the successful company.  TG4 and Údarás na Gaeltachta will collaborate to support the successful company with development opportunities specifically for the needs of this series, including the development of script storytelling and appropriate production facilities.

Production on the new series is expected to begin in Autumn 2023 and will air on TG4 in 2024.

TG4 Director General, Alan Esslemont said: "I am pleased to announce this important scheme today in collaboration with Údarás na Gaeltachta. The development of the independent production sector in Gaeltacht regions is one of TG4's targets in our Post Covid Vision.  TG4 wants to strengthen and develop the sector here in the Donegal Gaeltacht. This community has a flair for drama and storytelling and have produced successful drama for TG4 in the past including C.U.Burn. We want to add to that legacy and create new opportunities and supports for creative companies here which will also underpin the local economy.”

Chief Executive of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Micheál Ó hÉanaigh, said: "Údarás na Gaeltachta welcomes this innovative scheme; Údarás na Gaeltachta has a long association with the audiovisual sector since its beginning in Gaeltacht regions. We are happy that we can support this scheme and contribute to our ongoing partnership with TG4 and to the aims of Údarás na Gaeltachta in relation to the development of the television sector in Gaeltacht regions."

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