Virgin Media Television’s New Drama Initiative

Virgin Media Television’s New Drama Initiative

Virgin Media Television’s strategy of supporting and developing Irish drama of the highest quality with international ambition, has enjoyed great success. We have partnered with some of the most prominent names in drama: ITV, BBC, Channel 5, Netflix, Freemantle, All3Media etc. Our dramas have won international acclaim and awards from IFTAs to Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award and have been sold to more than 80 territories worldwide.

As part of Virgin Media Television’s on-going Drama Initiative, we are currently seeking submissions for new post-watershed, drama series for our 2022/2023 schedule. 

We are seeking gripping and compelling stories that reflect a diverse, contemporary Ireland and will resonate with viewers here and all over the world.

This is an invitation to explore contemporary themes, new and exciting visual styles and narratives focusing on original, noisy ideas with a view to potentially returnable, “brand-defining” series.

The overall style and production values must strive for international standards and appeal, with content that is of interest to a wider audience.

This is also an excellent opportunity to mix both established and new creative production techniques and talent, with the aim of attaching new, upcoming names alongside more prominent, internationally recognisable faces.

Above all, confident storytelling is a must. We are seeking high quality series, with great characters, strong plots and emotionally engaging tales that reflect the contemporary world, the issues and dramas that affect all our lives, and the milestones of modern living.

The finance plan is to be made up of local funding, grant initiatives and international partners complementing our initial investment. Companies submitting projects should demonstrate a successful track record in raising such funds and managing multiple stake holders.

Deadline: Submissions for this Drama Initiative are expected on or before Monday, 24th May 2021.

All applications should be submitted through the Commissioning Portal.

Notes:

1. Eligible Submissions: Virgin Media Television is currently inviting submissions from experienced writers, producers or production companies only at this time. Companies with a strong track record in drama production and accessing local and international funding are of particular interest for this callout. Individuals with strong, developed concepts will be required to combine their pitch with a production company with a proven track record.

2. Please do not submit feature films for this commissioning round, unless there is a clearly stated intention to expand the narrative arc to fit an episodic series format.

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


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