Television Drama Development

Television Drama Development

Enable Irish producers to originate high-profile TV drama.

About the Funding

This funding enables Irish producers with a track record in TV Drama production to originate live action TV drama projects. This scheme aims to provide opportunities for Irish talent to create original drama content.

This funding will enable teams to produce a detailed bible and pilot script. Applicants should note that in light of the pressure on Screen Ireland resources, awards considerably less than the maximum are likely to be offered. Development funding is not a guarantee of Production funding at a later stage.

Development funding is provided by Screen Ireland for the making of TV dramas predominantly in English or Irish, or a combination of the two. 

Who Can Apply

TV Drama Development Loans are available to Irish producers (independent production companies registered in the Republic of Ireland which have an office and staff based in the Republic of Ireland) with a television drama project they wish to develop, clear access to the necessary rights in any material that is to be adapted for the screen, and an agreement (at least in principle) with the screenwriter they wish to commission. The commitment of a director can lend weight to an application but is not essential at the outset. Screen Ireland are committed to achieving gender parity and will view the inclusion of female talent favourably.  

Proposals based on existing source material, such as plays or novels, are required to go beyond plot summaries and will need to provide a clear indication of the strategy for adaptation in the form of a detailed bible. As such, bibles must detail clearly how the material will translate to the screen. Where this essential element of an application is absent applications will be automatically withdrawn.

Proposals based on real life people or events must go beyond a synopsis of research and clearly outline the dramatic narrative.

Application Requirements

In order to thoroughly assess the further development potential of applications the following documents are required:

  • Logline
  • Synopsis
  • Detailed first draft bible (10 A4 pages excluding images) and first draft pilot script (if available)
  • Notes on further development
  • Development budget (The Screen Ireland budget template must be used)
  • Evidence of Ownership of Rights

Applications can be made online using the 'Make an Application' button on this page. Applicants must read the Development Funding guidelines prior to making an application. Applications which do not meet the criteria set out in these guidelines will automatically be considered ineligible.

If you wish to make an application for funding by post, contact 091 561 398 for the relevant application form.

2019 TV Drama Development Application Deadlines

  • Thursday 28th February
  • Friday 28th June
  • Thursday 31st October

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