TV PROGRAMMEDepartment / Unit Media

Children's Drama Series

“Elen”, S4C (Wales) 2017

The Children’s Drama Exchange is a production of high-quality, original dramas for an audience of 6-to-9 year olds.

The stories feature 8-to-9 year old children from all social backgrounds who play an active role in their own and others’ lives.

With a minimum of dialogue, the story is told through strong emotions that the young audience can empathize with, and a chain of actions and reactions.

The series is produced following a special theme whose aim is to link the films together. For the past four years (since 2014), the common "Message in a Bottle" theme and branding gave the series a unique narrative and visual identity.

As from 2018, the participating broadcasters will work around the new theme "Tell me a Secret".

For more than 20 years, the series has been based on the principle of ‘make one, take all’, where each broadcaster produces one episode and receives the others for free.

The only other cost a participating country has to bear is a contribution to a central budget covering the executive producer's and a part of the EBU’s coordination costs.

Programmes in distribution

The series from previous years are available for sale. Please contact the EBU for further information.

Participation Schedule (2018)

January

Deadline to confirm participation
Selection of a national Director / Producer
Submission of 2 story proposals

Early March

Production Meeting with the Executive Producer

April

Final treatment available

May - September

Production and Post Production phases (scripting and filming)

October

Rough Cuts Meeting
Delivery of films to the EBU (screening + broadcast versions)

December

Screenings and Exchange of films

Additional information on format

  • Theme as from 2018: "Tell me a secret"
  • Stories for Children aged 6-to-9 year olds
  • Protagonist should be between eight and eleven years old
  • Character driven, action, adventure and fantasy
  • Max. 5’ narration, visually driven

Rights

10 years (as of 31 December of the production year) / exclusive, transferable and worldwide in any language.

Details

Genre

Production status

Format
Drama episodes

Duration
15’ Drama episodes. The number of programmes varies between 6 and 10 (or more)

Language
National languages with English script International version delivered

Year of production
2018

Delivery
December 2018

Executive Producer
Beryl Richards (Strangford Pictures Ltd., UK)

Participating Broadcasters
ARD/SR, BBCAlba, HRT, RTE, RTS, S4C and ABU

Budget/Cost
Between EUR 5’000 and EUR 9’000 depending on the number of participants

Contact detail

Karen Simha
Project Manager
TV
+41 22 717 2885
simha@ebu.ch