TV Drama Production

About the Funding

This funding is for TV drama series originated and creatively led by Irish talents – directors, writers, producers – to create indigenous TV content with both an Irish and international audience and marketplace in mind. Applications will generally express Irish culture in some way and the practical management must be primarily in Irish hands. Screen Ireland aims to drive the expansion of the indigenous TV drama production sector and provide opportunities for Irish talent to develop both creatively and professionally.

Funding under this programme is generally provided by Screen Ireland for the making of projects predominantly in English or Irish, or a combination of the two.

Priority will be given to projects undertaking principal photography in Ireland. Projects which show a commitment to the development of female talent will also be viewed favourably.

Who Can Apply

TV Drama Production funding is 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). Funding is available for a TV drama series. Clear access to the necessary rights in any material that is to be adapted for the screen and an agreement in place with the screenwriter and director must be obtained before an application is submitted. Evidence of international marketplace finance and substantial broadcaster or TV streaming service funding must also be provided at application stage. Applications without substantial broadcaster or TV streaming service funding and/or international marketplace finance attached will not be supported.

How to Apply

Applicants must consult the Production Funding Guidelines 2019 in advance of making a submission. Applications which do not meet the criteria set out in these guidelines will automatically be deemed ineligible for consideration.

Applications can be made online using the 'Make an Application' button on this page from Monday 11th of February 2019. If you wish to make an application for funding by post, contact 091 561 398 for the relevant application form.

TV Drama Production Application Deadlines for 2019

  • Thursday 28th February *May BAI applications must be in by this deadline*
  • Friday 12th April
  • Friday 14th June
  • Friday 16th August *November BAI applications must be in by this deadline*
  • Friday 18th October
  • Friday 13th December