Dermot Horan is Director of Acquisitions & Co-Productions at RTÉ, Ireland’s Public Service Broadcaster. In this role he is responsible for acquiring all of the international programming for RTÉ, and well as negotiating co-productions and creating international partnerships.
In his acquisitions role over the years he has secured key international programming most recently the likes of Killing Eve, The Handmaid’s Tail and Homeland among others, most of which have played ahead of all other Irish and UK channels. He is also responsible for RTÉ’s investment in Irish feature films including the likes of Rosie, Sea Fever, Brooklyn, The Guard and Handsome Devil. Co-funded and co-produced series include Dublin Murders, The Fall, Death and Nightingales, and Paula. He has brokered and is Exec Producing Smother for RTE. He negotiated RTÉ’s ongoing co-production agreement with Arté, the Franco-German public broadcaster.
He has recently taken over responsibility for the RTÉ Archive, which is the biggest sound, music and audiovisual archive in Ireland, for which there a major project to digitise the entire collection.
He is a Vice President of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) Television committee. He is former chairman and currently a member of TIF Broadcasting and Content Distribution Industry of IBEC, the Irish employers’ federation. He is a board member of the St. Patrick’s Festival.
Dermot is married to Patricia and has three sons. His interests include history, travel, rugby, cricket and wine.