Saturday 10 December 2016

RTE to put more money into the animation industry, lifting investment to €550k a year

Published 15/10/2015 | 02:30

Cast and presenters of RTÉjr at the autumn schedule launch, RTE’s dedicated cross-platform children’s channel
Cast and presenters of RTÉjr at the autumn schedule launch, RTE’s dedicated cross-platform children’s channel

RTE said it will increase its baseline investment in animation commissions to over €550,000 per annum, calculated across three years.

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The news emerged as the broadcaster launched a new autumn schedule for RTEjr, its tv, radio and online service for children up to seven years old.

The new programming will cover areas including education, wildlife, history, and culture.

"There is a wealth of talent in Ireland's animation industry...we have watched and supported Irish companies to go out into the global market with their ideas and have seen how their creative and business talents are respected internationally," RTEjr controller Sheila de Courcy said.

"The new schemes announced today further underline RTE's commitment to support the growth and development of the Irish animation sector, from emerging talent in our new TV shorts scheme, to a focus on international co-production, to increased investment in the commissioning of animation programming. We love having Irish animation on RTEjr". Singer Duke Special has contributed to the soundtrack of new RTE animation series 'Havananimal'.

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