Euros 2017 Tender

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UEFA WOMEN’S EURO 2017

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Channel 4 is immensely proud to be the free-to-air home of UEFA WOMEN’S EURO 2017 and we are now looking for a production partner to work across our output of this prestigious event.

Next year’s tournament in the Netherlands, the only international football competition next summer, begins on 16th July with the showpiece final on Sunday 6th August. There is a real sense that history could be made with a home nations’ football team winning a major trophy for the first time in 51 years.

In-form England are among the favourites while Scotland impressed in qualifying for the first time. November’s draw placed England and Scotland together in Group D and they will clash in Utrecht on 19th July.

This will be one of at least 9 Live matches on Channel 4 including all England and Scotland games, one Quarter final, both Semi finals and The Final.

The production contract is for Live presentation coverage for Channel 4 adorning world feed match pictures provided by UEFA and Discovery Eurosport. The Producers will also be expected to provide solutions for streaming Live matches on digital platforms.

The programming has to show exceptional production values, excellent knowledge of the sport across your production team and imaginative solutions to both technical and editorial challenges. This will be the first time that Channel 4 has shown an international football tournament so creativity and innovation are key to successfully land this event on the channel with verve, confidence and originality.



LIVE COVERAGE AND PROGRAMME PRODUCTION

UEFA WOMEN’S EURO 2017 lasts 22 days including 6 rest days between the group, Quarter final, Semi final and Final stages. It is the largest ever edition of the competition - which began in 1984 - with 16 teams involved and 31 matches scheduled.

Channel 4 has secured the rights to broadcast all matches Live across its linear and digital platforms.

With the world feed and match pictures being provided by Eurosport, Channel 4’s Producers will create exciting and innovative “wrap around” coverage including studio presentation, set design graphics, reporting and features. In addition, Channel 4 will require its own commentary team across match pictures on its Live, linear broadcasts.

Channel 4 is open to proposals for coverage based on location in the Netherlands, UK or a combination of both.



SUBMITTING PROPOSALS

For the purposes of this submission only, assume that Channel 4 will broadcast 10 Live matches including the home nations’ group games, 2 x Quarter finals, 2 x Semi finals and the Final. Do not include plans for a separate highlights programme but instead deal with additional action within Live broadcasts.

In your proposal, please submit no more than 5 sheets of A4 and;

· Outline Live sport production credentials including, football and/or creating coverage around a world feed.

· Set out your presentation style and content ideas, for UEFA WOMEN’S EURO 2017 with one page specifically for the England V Scotland match on

19th July 2017.

· Submit your suggestions for talent, both in vision and in the commentary box.

· Include a summary of technical delivery plans including the streaming of Live matches on digital. For information on delivery to Channel 4

please talk to Shane Tucker.

You should submit a separate outline budget in your bid document, based upon 10 x Live matches. All elements of your proposal must be costed. You should indicate the cost for additional televised matches and the cost per match for live streaming, including technical costs.

Please note whether this production could classify as national or regional under the Ofcom regional production definition.



DEADLINES

Please provide your submission by 18.00 on January 9th 2017 via email to Sian Dolding – sdolding@channel4.co.uk. If we decide that your proposal has the potential and that you have the requisite experience to produce our Euros coverage, we will invite you to an interview. This will provide us with an opportunity to ask you further questions and discuss your vision for our Euros coverage with us face to face. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask us questions. We will also run through your proposed budget.

We hope to notify all interested parties in writing by Monday 16th January as to whether a proposal has been selected to move forward to interview stage and have interviews the week beginning 23rd January. You will then be required to submit a detailed budget prior to 20th January.

Any changes to any deadline dates will be posted on the Channel 4 Website.



CONTACTS

Editorial, Channel 4, Stephen Lyle 020 7306 8291

Finance, Channel 4, Hayley Thornton 020 7306 8433

Legal and Business Affairs, Channel 4, Penny Mills 020 7306 5184

Operations Manager, Channel 4, Shane Tucker 020 7306 8302



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The contract for the production work will be with Channel 4 on an all rights’ assignment basis subject always to any rights, terms and conditions of Channel 4’s agreement with the rights holder. Producer shall not in any event acquire any right, title or interest in or to the programmes or any event footage.

Producers will be responsible for and bear all of their own costs, liabilities and expenses which may be incurred in the preparation of their proposal responses regardless of whether a producer is shortlisted and selected to proceed to interview and/or regardless of whether a contract is awarded.

All information provided by Channel 4 and correspondence in relation to the process should be treated as “commercial in confidence” by producers. No announcement or disclosure in relation to this process or the contents of any proposal shall be made without the prior written consent of Channel 4.

Channel 4 reserves the right to:

(a) Amend the process for submitting proposals at any time and Channel 4 may (at its discretion) extend the submission deadline;

(b) Cancel this project at any time;

(c) Accept or reject any producer proposal at any time prior to the notification of the award and completion of contracts, without incurring any liability to the

affected producers.