Irish hit TV series SMASH Ordinary People costs €3 million per episode and RTE will never be able to afford it, national broadcaster Dee Forbes has revealed.
The 12-episode series was produced by Irish company Element Pictures for the BBC and streaming giant Hulu.
The show is based on the novel of the same name by Irish writer Sally Rooney, which was extremely popular when it was broadcast on RTE during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.
The series that became BBC most streamed video series of the year, reaching 62.7 million views.
Irish actor Paul Mescal won Best Actor at BAFTAS for his performance on the show and was nominated for an Emmy Award in the US.
Director Lenny Abrahamson previously revealed that the show’s creators invited the BBC first because they didn’t think RTE would be able to afford the show due to their chronic funding issues.
NO CASH FOR NORMAL PEOPLE
RTE boss Dee Forbes revealed today that the Irish national broadcaster will never be able to afford to do Ordinary People due to their funding issues.
During a Public Accounts Committee hearing, Fianna Fail TD James O’Connor questioned why RTE did not partner more with international companies to “bring in new talent” and create more more Irish drama.
RTE boss Dee Forbes told the Commission: “Just to give you an idea of the cost of something like Ordinary People, Ordinary People costs 3 million euros per episode.
“It’s a big investment. We could never afford that so the deal we did was another one where we had to become an Irish broadcaster.
“We put some money in but we were never able to afford it so the approach to drama now is to try and increase the amount of TV series we get but we are a homeowner. minority funding.
“We always bring in third-party funding. For example, Hidden Assets is a recent co-production of several parties from Belgium, from here and from France.
“S Mother that is broadcasting at the moment has received money from the BBC, Screen Ireland and the WRAP foundation.
“And again, we should do those things in absolutes, but the way in which we can engage in content creation is no longer the only way, we rely solely on the size of the products we produce. This product is currently leading because of the broader market so that’s the reality.”
Earlier today, Tipperary South TD Mattie McGrath announced RTE has a “brass neck” look for TV rights fees skyrocketing when the country is “troubled”.
In 2020, €223.6 million in license fees have been collected with €196.6 million – 88% – of which will go to the RTE.
Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, Deputy Minister McGrath said: “I think they have a brassy bias to look for an increase in that level at this time when people are having a hard time.”
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