Dermot Horan is Director of Acquisitions & Co-Productions at RTÉ, Ireland’s Public Service Media organisation.
In his Co-Production role, he is responsible for creating partnerships with other broadcasters, platforms, and international distributors. Recent credits include Kin, with AMC, Viaplay and Bron Studios, Smother with BBC Studios, The Gone with TV New Zealand and Red Arrow, and The Dry with ITV X and ITV Studios.
As head of acquisitions, he negotiates with all the world’s major distributors and has been responsible for securing for RTÉ the likes of Killing Eve, The Handmaid’s Tale, Yellowstone, The Big Bang Theory as well as key popular dramas such as Eastenders and Home and Away.
He has the role at RTÉ to invest in Irish feature films, including the likes of Oscar nominated Brooklyn with Saoirse Ronan, Rosie with Sarah Greene and The Guard with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle
He co-ordinates RTÉ’s partnerships with outside bodies and represents RTÉ in its dealings with the Screen Ireland, SPI (Screen Producers Ireland) and Animation Ireland. He is the chair of the Audio Visual Joint Creative Sectoral Group, which represents the Irish creative sector including producers, directors, writers, composers and public broadcasters.
He is also a Vice President of the EBU TV Committee, which has its own co-production and development fund. And he has been a key member of the EBU team which has created a Pre-Buy network among EBU members.
At RTÉ he has taken on the responsibility for the RTÉ Archive, which is the largest audio and audiovisual library in Ireland, and he is leading a major project to digitise the entire catalogue.
He is a board member of the St. Patrick’s Festival, which hosts Ireland’s national day festival with events attended by over 500,000 people.