RTÉ's Independent Commissions and Production Unit have published their Annual report for 2019. RTÉ cut funding to scripted drama and comedy by 29% to €3.2million. The report also shows that RTÉ's decision to move Children's programming out of the broadcaster has cause the broadcaster to continue to under fund the children's content. 2019 saw a slight rise in children's content spend of €248,000, bring the spend to €3.6 million, this compares to RTÉ's overall cost in 2015 of €9.4 million for children's content. €300,000 worth of Drama was commission for Radio in both years, with no children's commissions for Radio in either year.
HBO (Home Box Office) took 30 awards at this years Emmys last night. Netflix, Pop TV and Disney + were next in line, while NBC took home just 8 awards as the cable and streamers continue to out to tranditional television. The big winner of the night was HBO\'s Watchmen which was awarded 11 gongs, following by the Comedy Schitt\'s Creak with 9 awards. Succession and The Mandalorian both took home 7 awards each. Daniel Levy took home 4 awards on the night for Director, Executive Producer, Performer and Writer for Schitt\'s Creek. Normal People\'s Paul Mescal (acting), Lenny Abrahamson (directing), Sally Rooney and Alice Birch (Writting) and Louise Kiely unfortunately did not take home an award.
RTE's hit comedy series Damo and Ivor are set to make their big screen debut in 2018. Wildcard Distribution, Parallel Films and Blue Ink Films have come together to make this a reality along with funding from the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and the BAI
Taxi Brooklyn is based on the French film franchise Taxi. The premise of the French film a bumbling police detective (Frédéric Dienfenthal) unable to drive is driven around the city by a Taxi Driver (Samy Nasri) in a supped up car is reduced to a police detective being driven around by a taxi driver. The frenetic pace of the films is lost in this TV adaptation, which decides that it is a straight forward police procedural drama.