The island of Ireland offers advantages for documentary and factual producers who can receive commissions from Public Service and Commercial Broadcasters on both sides of the border. Stories about Irish experiences resonate with audiences who share a common heritage. However, does the current political landscape affect how these stories are being told, and how they are being commissioned? At this panel, producers who create content for broadcasters on both sides of the border speak about their experiences, their expectations for the industry and what they see as the challenges ahead.

Moderator: Elaine Geraghty (SPI CEO)
Speakers: Grainne McAleer (RTE Commissioning Editor), Máire Ní Chonláin (Eagarthóir Coimisiúnaithe TG4), Justin Binding (BBC NI Commissioning Executive) and Maggie Breathnach (Red Shoe Productions)

Producers and broadcasters (from RTE/BBCNI/ TG4/BBC Scotland) will participate. One of topics we would like to explore is joint commissioning rounds like in 2012/2013 when RTÉ, BBC NI and BBC Scotland ran a cross boarder initiative for independent production companies from each region.