Television Programming

Next Deadline

2018/2019 Calls expected to be announced in October. Deadline TBC.

Proposals must be submitted not later than 11.00am Irish / GMT time using the online application form (eForm) on the published deadline. No other method of submission of an application will be accepted. Applicants shall ensure that all the documents requested and mentioned in the eForms are provided. Please note that there is no paper package to be mailed anymore. All contracts must be attached to the application form. 

Available Funding

The financial support awarded is as follows:

  • Fiction or animation projects can apply for up to 12.5% of the production budget (capped at €500,000)
  • Creative documentaries can apply for up to 20% (capped at €300,000)
  • Co-produced TV drama series (minimum duration 6 x 45 minutes) with a minimum production budget of €10 million can apply for a maximum grant of €1 million - For first and second seasons only.

Eligible Applicants

This scheme is aimed at independent European production companies who wish to receive support to produce fiction, creative documentaries or animated films involving no less than three broadcasting companies in different member states of the European Union. The TV Programming scheme aims to help European independent production companies produce television programmes with the potential to circulate within the European Union and beyond. Please note that the definition of Broadcaster has been expanded to include VoD and SVoD providers.

Applicant companies are required to:

  • Be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and be majority owned by nationals from those countries
  • Be independent – no more than 25% of the share capital can be held by a single broadcaster (50% when several broadcasters are involved)
  • Have audiovisual production as their main business activity
  • Own the majority of the rights to the project

Eligible Projects 

Programmes must be intended primarily for television and comply with the following minimum durations:

  • Drama (one-off or series) - minimum 90 minutes (For drama series only, sequels or second and third seasons are eligible).
  • Animation (one-off or series) - minimum 24 minutes
  • Creative documentaries (one-off or series) - minimum 50 minutes

The programme must be majority produced by companies established in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and with a significant number of cast and crew who are nationals and/or residents of those countries.

At the time of submission, 50% of the estimated total financing of the production budget must be guaranteed from third party sources of finance (either through direct financing or by advance rights sales).

  • 50% of the total financing must come from European sources.
  • At least three broadcasting companies from three countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme must be committed.
  • The exploitation rights licensed to the broadcaster have to revert to the producer after a maximum period of 7 years for a pre-sale or 10 years for a co-production.
  • Applications must be submitted at the latest on the first day of principal photography.

How to Apply

  • For information on how to apply to Creative Europe MEDIA Schemes go here
  • Detailed guidelines and other documents relating to TV Programming Support Scheme can be found here.
  • Please pay particular attention to the list of Annexes to be attached to your application form!
  • Have a look at our Current Projects and Funded Projects page if you would like to get an idea of the kind of projects that have been funded under various schemes.

We are here to help, so please do contact Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office or MEDIA Office Galway, if you have any questions regarding your application.