TORONTO, ON. (September 8, 2017)— Don Carmody Television (DCTV) today announced that Irish public broadcaster RTÉ has come on board as co-producer of “Rare Earth,” a four-part post-Brexit environmental and political drama from DCTV and Bandit Films to be shot in Ireland. Casting is ongoing with production set to take place in early 2018 for a fall 2018 premiere on RTÉ One. Don Carmody and David Cormican of DCTV will executive produce the series with Johnny Gogan who is also on board as showrunner and director. Palatin Media will handle international sales for the official co-production between Canada and Ireland.
Set in the Irish north-south border landscape, “Rare Earth” brings a new role model-that of Environmental Enforcer- to television. The stakes couldn’t be higher for Alice Waters, a conflicted character with a violent and troubled past. Alice assumes the role of Environmental Officer of her cash strapped border city and its wild and at times lawless hinterland. Despite her emerging official capacity, she never quite manages to leave her wayward past behind her.
“’Rare Earth’ is a true character-driven story set against the rich beauty and culture of Ireland that our protagonist is working to preserve,” said Don Carmody, Executive Producer and Chairman of DCTV. “The ground-breaking series reflects the current political and environmental landscape in Ireland, but is timely for all of us.”
‘RTÉ is delighted to support this new Irish drama, which will be available to our RTÉ One audience in autumn 2018,’ said Dermot Horan, Acting Managing Director Television/Director of Production & Acquisitions, RTÉ.
“I’m looking forward to revisiting the Irish border world previously brought to the screen in feature films Mapmaker (2001) and Black Ice (2013)” said Showrunner and Executive Producer, Johnny Gogan, Bandit Films. “Brexit has brought this back-water into international prominence and our series takes the pulse and opens up that world.”
“Palatin is proud to once again partner with DCTV to bring this relevant drama to television,” said Bernd Schlötterer, Founder, Palatin Media. “We look forward to sharing this timely story with audiences worldwide.”
Additional funding has been secured through Ireland's Western Development Commission, with the country's Section 481 Tax Credit an important cornerstone.