BAI Call Out

BAI Call Out

Virgin Media Television is looking for new Factual Documentary Series and Factual Entertainment Formats for the 2019/2020 schedules across our three Virgin Media Television brands.

These channels represent informative, entertaining programming with broad appeal, so ideas must reflect aspects of life in contemporary Ireland. We’re not afraid of difficult topics but we look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Our hardest-hitting shows still have room for hope and optimism.

We want to investigate the challenges of modern life, track the major changes occurring in our society, and capture the nation as it is now. We want to reflect these challenges and suggest reasons to be cheerful.

Of particular interest are returnable “brand-defining” factual entertainment formats and series, with noisy and topical ideas in hour-long, post-watershed slots.

We are interested in unique access opportunities which highlight places, people and organisations that are fixtures of Irish life.

We are open to talent suggestions, whether they are well known already, or dynamic new faces with something interesting to say.

We want broadly appealing series for 9pm and 10pm slots across the week.

In all cases, we seek powerful and captivating stories which reflect modern Ireland or shine a light on areas that we seldom see. Are there areas of society that are in need of immediate attention, are there trends that have yet to be recorded on television? Perhaps there are people or organisations that would provoke important national conversations and therefore warrant our focus.

For those submitting ideas, a track record of great casting and confident storytelling is essential.

Virgin Media Television submissions must meet the criteria as set out in the Virgin Media Television Commissioning Guidelines.

All applications should be submitted through the Commissioning Portal

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for submissions regarding Round 33 of the BAI Sound & Vision Fund for Virgin Media Television is Friday, 1st March, 2019.

Note to Producers:

1. Eligible Submissions:  Virgin Media Television is currently inviting submissions from Producers or Production Companies only at this time.

If you are not a producer or submitting through a production company, and have a general query, feel free to contact

2. Re-submissions: Producers or production companies that have recently submitted ideas to the portal are invited to review the call out document and new guidelines, and revise their ideas based on this.

In addition to new ideas, producers and production companies are welcome to revise their previous submissions if they feel they may be applicable to our call out.

In this instance we would ask that these re-submissions be clearly labelled as ‘re-submission - revised for call out'.

For more information about submissions visit the Commissioning section of the Virgin Media Television website. 

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