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Submission for the 2017/18 TV Programme Commissioning is now open:

Genres of Commissioning

Submission Deadline

Special Commissioning

31 July 2017 (5:00 p.m.)

Drama (Single Episode) (2nd Season)

3 July 2017 (5:00 p.m.)

New Talent Drama (2nd Season)

Documentary (Single Episode & Mini-series) (2nd Season)

Animation (Single Episode) (2nd Season)


Download Forms

 

Download Application Form
Short-listed proposals must submit production budget in the format provided herein
Download Drama Budget Form (Inquiry Password)
Download Documentary Budget Form (Inquiry Password)
Download Animation Budget Form (Inquiry Password)
Download Agreement (for Single Episode / Mini Series)
Download Agreement (for Animation)
Reference for audit report
The Hong Kong CPA Practice Directory:
https://www.hkicpa.org.hk/app/hkicpa_app/practicedirectory/index.php

 

A. Programme Commissioning
B. Eligibility
C. Commissioning Funding
D. 2017/18 Topics for TV Commissioning Programmes
E. Procedures of Commissioning
F. Enquiry

 

A. Programme Commissioning

Programme Commissioning is an open platform for independent producers to exhibit their creativity. By doing so, we aim to help building up Hong Kong's independent television programme production industry. Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) provides 100% funding in the form of equity and owns 100% of the copyright to the programme.

The types of programme RTHK will commission are:
i) Drama
ii) Documentary
iii) Animation

 

B. Eligibility

1.  In order to be considered eligible to apply for RTHK's Programme Commissioning, an applicant must be a company with major business activities related to film or television programme production or distribution and registered in Hong Kong. Such company does not hold any broadcast license and is not affiliated to any broadcasters.
2. Application to New Talent Drama
In addition to the requirements cited above, this category aims to nurture new directors. The director of the New Talent Drama category must be someone who has never directed any television drama with duration over 20 minutes prior to this application.

 

C. Commissioning Funding

1. Single episode

1.1 Single-episode Drama, New Talent Drama, Single-episode Documentary and Single-episode Animation and Special Commissioning

  • Main theme of Single-episode Drama, New Talent Drama & Single-episode Documentary and Special Commissioning will be decided by RTHK from time to time.  The duration of each episode will be 44.5 minutes for Drama, 26 minutes for New Talent Drama, 22 minutes for Documentary and 4 minutes or 10 minutes for Animation, and 52 minutes for Special Commissioning.
  • Suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel.
  • The production budget for each episode of 44.5-minute drama shall be no more than HK$600,000. For 26-minute New Talent Drama or 22-minute documentary, the production budget shall be no more than HK$200,000.  The production budget for each episode of 4-minute and 10-minute animation shall be no more than HK$80,000 and HK$165,000 respectively.  The production budget for each episode of 52-minutes Special Commissioning shall be no more than HK$400,000.

2. Mini-Series
2.1 Documentary Series

  • Topic may be provided by RTHK or proposed by the applicant.  Free topic is allowed so as to attract new programme ideas or innovative programme format.
  • Each series will consist of 5 episodes of the same theme, and each episode should be 22 minutes in duration.
  • Suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel.
  • Production budget shall be no more than HK$1.4 million.

 

D. 2017/18 Topics for TV Commissioning Programmes

A. Single-episode Drama

Topic: Below the Lion Rock 2017

The “Below the Lion Rock” series may cover social issues which people care about and serve as a reflection of the Hong Kong people.  These social issues can be presented as the principal plot or as backgrounds.  Although these stories aimed to reflect reality, the treatments are not confined to  realism.  In other words, regardless of genres or methodologies:  realism, film-noir, comedy, Sci-Fi, crime, mystery, suspense etc. can be adopted. Such stories will ultimately evoke resonance among us all.  In spite of the societal contention in recent years, we are to continue exploring and documenting the “reflection of the Hong Kong people” through drama!

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • A 44.5-minute HD drama episode
  • Production budget: no more than HK$600,000
  • Suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel.

B. New Talent Drama

Topic: A Friend Called “Youth”

This is a brand new commissioning scheme of drama especially set up for those who pick up the director’s megaphone for the very first time.
In line with the fresh directors’ eagerness, we set the theme as “A Friend Called Youth”, hoping the directors can inject their youthful energy into their very first television drama.
Youth is a state and a behavior: it can be anxiety or a fearless adventure.  Some say with the passing of youth that we realise its existence. Others believe that not going on a working holiday before turning 30 means letting this friend called “youth” down.  Whatever your experiences, “A Friend Called Youth” encourages you to seize this opportunity to try, and make your directing dream come true.

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • A 26-minute HD drama episode
  • Production budget: no more than HK$200,000
  • Suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel

C. Single-episode Documentary

Topic (1): China Stories

In the last few decades, China has been experiencing tremendous changes in its economy, society and infrastructure.  The leader's dream of a revival of the Chinese: domestically, they want to be rid of poverty and move towards a  well-off living standard; internationally, they want to carve out an economic corridor, via land and sea, and set  the blueprint for a rising power.  However, beneath such prosperity lies apprehension.
New cities and towns are sprouting, and yet the gap between the urban and the rural areas, in terms of income and standard of living, keeps widening.  The  fancy cars bring forth arrogance, but also contribute to an air quality index of PM 2.5.  The people are encroaching nature for space, so is this a natural disaster or a self-inflict problem?  The internet enables spread of information fast and wide, and yet the monitoring of the internet has never been as severe as present.  Are culture and historical sites part of our legacy, or just a hindrance to development?  Economic growth on the Mainland has also brought about the ever aggravating problems about soaring prices, housing, public health, food safety, corruption, civic morals, etc.  
At the crossroads, we can’t help asking:  Where is China going?  Each episode of “China Stories” shows audience China by presenting them with stories, characters and images, in the hope that they may understand what the Chinese think, do, and care about now.  Leaders have dreams, but what about the dreams of the people?

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • A 22-minute HD single-episode documentary.
  • Real stories with real characters; filming location may be Hong Kong, the Mainland, Macau, Taiwan, or any Chinese community around the world. Preference will be given to stories taking place in the Mainland China.
  • Production budget: no more than HK$200,000.
  • Suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel.

 

Topic (2): Taiwan Stories

Taiwan, which is only a strait away from the Mainland, is hailed as the most democratic place among all Chinese communities.  Her economic development and internet technology has earned her the honour as one of the “Four Asian Dragons”. Taiwan society is signified by pluralism, openness, and rich humanism in many aspects of life.  However, by the 21st century, she is besieged by various problems: economic and trade policies are out of sync and relied on the single market across the strait; declining export, rising unemployment, sustaining low wages, high property prices, poor food safety and natural disasters keep storming in. There is also the infamous political animosity, which has paved way for a severe schism over generations, wealth disparity as well as over the “reunification-or-independence” issue.  From Chieh-shou Road transforming to Ketagalan Boulevard, Taiwan has been searching its way out.  We Hongkongers only observe our so close and yet foreign neighbour Taiwan across the strait.  Even though Hong Kong has recently seen a rising trend of emigration to Taiwan, not too many of us bother to really understand this island.  Through the characters, stories and images, “Taiwan Stories” take its audience across the strait,  travel through its harbours and alleys, and visit various communities to observe its livelihood and to listen to the murmurs of the old and the heartbeats of the young.  
Come with us to stroll through the island of Taiwan, maybe you will see a different Taiwan too. 

  • A 22-minute HD single-episode documentary.

  • Real stories with real characters; filming location should be mainly in Taiwan.  Preference will be given to local stories taking place in Taiwan.

  • Production budget: no more than HK$200,000.

  • Suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel.


D. Documentary Series

Topic: Free topic

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • A documentary series of 5 episodes on the same topic.
  • HD production of 22 minutes per episode.
  • Production budget for the whole series : no more than HK$1.4 million.
  • Suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel.

E. Animation
1. 4-minute episode
Topic: Free topic

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • HD production of 4 minutes in duration.
  • Production budget: no more than HK$80,000.
  • Suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel.

 
2. 10-minute episode
Topic: Free topic

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • HD production of 10 minutes in duration.
  • Production budget: no more than HK$165,000.
  • Suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel.

F. Special Commissioning

Topic: Outstanding Chinese Writers 3

Whether it is through a novel, a poem, or a play, writers offer us a unique way to perceive the world.  Documentary itself as a medium to document writers brings additional layers to their masterpieces, or a new interpretation to emerge from the documentary.

The television programme series “Outstanding Chinese Writer” has in the past demonstrated this, the intriguing stories of writers including Chan Koon Chung, Quana, Ha Chit & Chung-hing, Wang Shiwei, Sunny Mak & Eric Lui and Qiu Miaojin told by talented producers. As the third series is open now for applicants, if there is a writer’s story you very much want to share with people, make your wish come true by sending us your story of outstanding Chinese writers.

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • HD production of 52 minutes in duration.
  • Production budget: no more than HK$400,000
  • Suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel

 

E. Procedures of Commissioning

1. Evaluations for this year's Programme Commissioning Exercise take place in three sessions(except for Special Commissioning). The sought topics, programme formats and requirements, as well as the deadlines for application, are listed in this webpage (http://app4.rthk.hk/special/tvcommissioning/application_e.php). Application forms and standard production budget forms are also available for download in the above-mentioned RTHK webpage.

2. Applicants need to submit their application with programme idea and story outline, project details and a copy of Business Registration Certificate before the respective submission deadlines.  Applications can be sent by registered mail or courier to RTHK TV Commissioning Unit, Television Division, Radio Television Hong Kong, 1A Broadcast Drive, Kowloon.  Submission via mail will be validated by date of the postmark.  Applications submitted in person must be dropped into the designated collection box located at G/F Lobby, Television Division, Radio Television Hong Kong, 1A Broadcast Drive, Kowloon before the submission deadline indicated above (late submissions will not be handled).  Proposals received will be given a reference number, acknowledged and kept sealed until the deadline of each session.

3. The information filed in the application form by the applicant has the same force and effect as if made under oath.  If it is discovered that there is any falsification in the application, we will cancel the application and reserve the right to take legal actions against the applicant.

4. Assessment Criteria of the first round selection:

Assessment Criteria  Drama/Documentary/Animation
Creativity                          40%
Relevance to the theme                          30%
Feasibility                          30%
Total Score
(Passing Mark: 60)
                        100%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. For proposals that have been short-listed, applicants will be given 4 weeks' time to submit the required items listed as below :

5.1 Single-Episode Drama

a. Detailed project proposal includes : detailed scenes list, shooting locations (proposed or confirmed), lists of casting (proposed or confirmed), full list of key production team members and their CVs, director's showcase (please submit DVD, if any), production schedule, technical specifications and a copy of the company's business registration certificate.  Applicants entering the third round assessment will be required to submit a full script.

b. Production budget


5.2 New Talent Drama

a. Detailed project proposal includes: detailed scenes list, shooting locations (proposed or confirmed), lists of casting (proposed or confirmed), full list of key production team members and their CVs, director's showcase (please submit DVD, if any), production schedule, technical specifications and a copy of the company's business registration certificate.  Applicants entering the third round assessment will be required to submit a full script.

b. Production budget


5.3 Single-Episode Documentary & Documentary Series

a. Detailed project proposal includes : Programme concept, case background information, preliminary research report, synopsis, treatment & shooting locations, list of interviewees, full list of key production team members and their CVs, director's showcase (please submit DVD, if any), production schedule, technical specifications, a copy of the company's business registration certificate.

b. Production budget


5.4 Single-Episode Animation

a. Detailed project proposal includes : Detailed scenes list, brief introduction of character design, treatment, storyboard, full list of key production team members and their CVs, director's showcase (please submit DVD, if any), production schedule, technical specifications, a copy of the company's business registration certificate.

b. Production budget


5.5 Special Commissioning

a. Detailed project proposal includes : Programme concept, case background information, preliminary research report, synopsis, treatment & shooting locations, list of interviewees, full list of key production team members and their CV, director's showcase (please submit DVD, if any), production schedule, technical specifications, a copy of the company's business registration certificate.  The production house must present written or verbal authorization on the project from the writer.  Please present written or verbal authorization on the project from the publisher and family member of the writer if the writer has passed away.

b. Production budget


6. Short-listed applicants must submit the detailed project proposal and the production budget in the form of “two-envelope in envelope” (as shown below).  The detailed project proposal and the production budget should be enclosed in two separate envelopes, clearly marked with the words “Detailed Project Proposal” and “Production Budget” respectively, together with the application reference on the outside of the envelope.  The two envelopes shall then be placed inside a sealed envelope and delivered in the manner as required.  Failure to do may result in disqualification.

two-envelope in envelope

 

7. Short-listed candidates of all types of commissioning programmes will be invited to interview. External members, namely, academics from universities' communications department, executive producer or producers from television or film industry, professionals related to the commissioning topics etc., may be invited to the assessment panel to assist in the evaluation. Assessment will be based on creativity, content originality, enhanced ideas to illustrate the theme, production feasibility, relevant expertise, track record, crew members' profile and experience, equipment and facilities support, suitability for prime time broadcast and producer's performance during interview.  The production budget will be examined separately by RTHK Programme Commissioning Team.


8. All applicants will be notified of the results within three weeks after interview.

 

F. Enquiry

tvcommissioning@rthk.hk

spcomm@rthk.hk