When Animo Television first started out in 2003, it was our ambition to tell stories in the most visually captivating way possible. Since then, we have grown as a company and evolved with a rapidly changing world, making sure we always stay ahead of the pack.

But our ethos has never changed.

If you’ve got a story, we’d like to tell it.

Animo Television has always been committed towards producing a wide variety of visual content for different audiences. We continue to work closely with our partners to ensure that we deliver the most engaging films, programmes, and corporate video productions for private and public consumption.

We are proud of our history here at Animo Television, and we want to share it with you.

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2016
Right now, we’re working on some very exciting productions for the new year.
We have a fascinating documentary in production at the minute on the life and times of the Irish literary giant Frank O’Connor on this, the fiftieth anniversary of his death.
We’re also hoping to save you some money in 2016 with our new financial advice show, due for release later this year.
As always, there are plenty more productions on the horizon that we can’t (or won’t) talk about at the moment.
All we can say is... Watch this space!

Right now, we’re working on some very exciting productions for the new year.
We have a fascinating documentary in production at the minute on the life and times of the Irish literary giant Frank O’Connor on this, the fiftieth anniversary of his death.
We’re also hoping to save you some money in 2016 with our new financial advice show, due for release later this year.
As always, there are plenty more productions on the horizon that we can’t (or won’t) talk about at the moment.
All we can say is... Watch this space!

2015
• 2015 was a huge year for Animo Television, with the third series of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ airing this year in it’s Sunday evening primetime slot. The biggest year yet!
• David McWilliams presented ‘Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide’ this year, an investigation into the true social economics of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. This production took a candid look at the nature of wealth distribution in Ireland, examining how a small minority of high earners actually profited during the recession, while the rest of the country struggled to stay afloat. This was one of Animo’s most revealing investigative productions to date, and underscores the lofty programming standards we have come to produce.
• We also revisited to one of our most popular programmes this year with ‘ReConnected’, visiting the women we followed for 9 months one year on to reflect on the events of the original series, and to see how their lives have changed since then.

• 2015 was a huge year for Animo Television, with the third series of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ airing this year in it’s Sunday evening primetime slot. The biggest year yet!
• David McWilliams presented ‘Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide’ this year, an investigation into the true social economics of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. This production took a candid look at the nature of wealth distribution in Ireland, examining how a small minority of high earners actually profited during the recession, while the rest of the country struggled to stay afloat. This was one of Animo’s most revealing investigative productions to date, and underscores the lofty programming standards we have come to produce.
• We also revisited to one of our most popular programmes this year with ‘ReConnected’, visiting the women we followed for 9 months one year on to reflect on the events of the original series, and to see how their lives have changed since then.

2014
• 'The Gene That Could End My Life' was a sobering account of an Irish family coping with the devastating effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. After already losing his father and a number of other family members to the rare genetic illness, Ryan O’Neill embarked on a journey to discover if he himself was a carrier of the deadly gene, a journey that would decide his future.
• Six Women. Six Cameras. All were from different backgrounds, but together they encapsulated what life is like for women in 21st century Ireland. 'Connected' was a groundbreaking series that gave audiences intimate access into the day-to-day lives of six women from all walks of life through their personal video diaries, creating multi-dimensional characters one couldn't help but become engrossed in.
• Animo’s viewers were also given a sneak peek into the lesser known side of a national obsession. 'In The Blood' examined the world of science behind Ireland’s thoroughbred horse racing industry in an acclaimed two-part documentary series.

• 'The Gene That Could End My Life' was a sobering account of an Irish family coping with the devastating effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. After already losing his father and a number of other family members to the rare genetic illness, Ryan O’Neill embarked on a journey to discover if he himself was a carrier of the deadly gene, a journey that would decide his future.
• Six Women. Six Cameras. All were from different backgrounds, but together they encapsulated what life is like for women in 21st century Ireland. 'Connected' was a groundbreaking series that gave audiences intimate access into the day-to-day lives of six women from all walks of life through their personal video diaries, creating multi-dimensional characters one couldn't help but become engrossed in.
• Animo’s viewers were also given a sneak peek into the lesser known side of a national obsession. 'In The Blood' examined the world of science behind Ireland’s thoroughbred horse racing industry in an acclaimed two-part documentary series.

2013
• Animo continued investigating complex business and financial stories as we produced a major documentary on the collapse of the Irish Nationwide bank. ‘Inside Irish Nationwide’ was a comprehensive examination into the biggest banking collapse in the State’s history, including key interviews and information that was newly unearthed at the time.
• On the lighter side of things, Sunday evening entertainment was sewn up with the release of a new primetime show, ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’. 12 families were selected to battle it out on some of Ireland’s toughest endurance courses- from urban assaults in the Dublin docklands to muddy bogs in the wilds of Mayo. Every week, a family was eliminated from the competition until the final remaining family could claim the title of Ireland’s Fittest Family, and a generous cash prize!
• Other formats like ‘The Takeover’, ‘Local Heroes’ and ‘Design Doctors’ completed a productive 2013 for Animo, while ‘Secret Millionaire’ returned to screens for a successful third series.

• Animo continued investigating complex business and financial stories as we produced a major documentary on the collapse of the Irish Nationwide bank. ‘Inside Irish Nationwide’ was a comprehensive examination into the biggest banking collapse in the State’s history, including key interviews and information that was newly unearthed at the time.
• On the lighter side of things, Sunday evening entertainment was sewn up with the release of a new primetime show, ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’. 12 families were selected to battle it out on some of Ireland’s toughest endurance courses- from urban assaults in the Dublin docklands to muddy bogs in the wilds of Mayo. Every week, a family was eliminated from the competition until the final remaining family could claim the title of Ireland’s Fittest Family, and a generous cash prize!
• Other formats like ‘The Takeover’, ‘Local Heroes’ and ‘Design Doctors’ completed a productive 2013 for Animo, while ‘Secret Millionaire’ returned to screens for a successful third series.

2012
• Animo was commissioned to tackle another weighty subject in 2012- Ireland’s possible exit from the Eurozone. ‘Ireland Outside the Euro’, presented by George Lee, took a frank look at the multitude of economic traumas both the country and it’s citizens suffered throughout the recession, and asked the key question- Would Ireland fare better outside the Euro?
• On the entertainment front, ‘Secret Millionaire’ and ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’ made successful returns to air. Animo also produced ‘The Gathering: Homeward Bound’ for RTE, a six part series bringing famous expatriates back to their native communities in preparation for Ireland’s 2013 Gathering initiative.

• Animo was commissioned to tackle another weighty subject in 2012- Ireland’s possible exit from the Eurozone. ‘Ireland Outside the Euro’, presented by George Lee, took a frank look at the multitude of economic traumas both the country and it’s citizens suffered throughout the recession, and asked the key question- Would Ireland fare better outside the Euro?
• On the entertainment front, ‘Secret Millionaire’ and ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’ made successful returns to air. Animo also produced ‘The Gathering: Homeward Bound’ for RTE, a six part series bringing famous expatriates back to their native communities in preparation for Ireland’s 2013 Gathering initiative.

2011
• In 2011, Animo produced the first series of ‘Secret Millionaire’ for RTE. This series followed various Irish millionaires as they turned their back on their day-to-day lives and went undercover in search of people who need their help and finances. This series was lauded by audiences, and strengthened Animo’s already impressive background in TV entertainment.
• Our ‘Future Shock’ format returned this year, continuing with George Lee’s in-depth look at Ireland’s pensions time-bomb. Animo’s documentary storytelling commemorated RTE’s 50 years of broadcasting, highlighted the scourge of clinical depression, and produced a follow-up to ‘Forgotten Irish’. The fourth season of the hugely popular 'Celebrity Bainisteoir’ also continued this year, again with a new batch of celebrities keen to whip their teams into shape.

• In 2011, Animo produced the first series of ‘Secret Millionaire’ for RTE. This series followed various Irish millionaires as they turned their back on their day-to-day lives and went undercover in search of people who need their help and finances. This series was lauded by audiences, and strengthened Animo’s already impressive background in TV entertainment.
• Our ‘Future Shock’ format returned this year, continuing with George Lee’s in-depth look at Ireland’s pensions time-bomb. Animo’s documentary storytelling commemorated RTE’s 50 years of broadcasting, highlighted the scourge of clinical depression, and produced a follow-up to ‘Forgotten Irish’. The fourth season of the hugely popular 'Celebrity Bainisteoir’ also continued this year, again with a new batch of celebrities keen to whip their teams into shape.

2010
• Audiences were given an in-depth look into Ireland’s historical bank guarantee in 2010 with the hard-hitting documentary ‘Freefall’. Tracing the various contributing factors that led to this momentous decision, ‘Freefall’ truly underlined Animo’s ability to produce cutting edge documentaries on delicately complex and politically relevant subjects.
• The world of Irish organised crime was examined in ‘Badfellas’, a three-part series that traced the development of crime gangs in Ireland from the 1950s to the current day. We also had a more lighthearted look at Ireland’s fascination with President John F Kennedy in ‘JFK: a Homecoming’, presented by Ryan Tubridy.
• Animo pushed the boat out into unchartered waters in 2010, launching presenter Baz Ashmawy into the physically challenging ‘Baz’s Extreme Worlds’. From high-security prisons in North America to snow deserts in Sweden and peacekeeping in Chad, audiences were enthralled from the comfort of their own homes as we watched Baz immerse himself in these extremely tough worlds for our viewing pleasure.

• Audiences were given an in-depth look into Ireland’s historical bank guarantee in 2010 with the hard-hitting documentary ‘Freefall’. Tracing the various contributing factors that led to this momentous decision, ‘Freefall’ truly underlined Animo’s ability to produce cutting edge documentaries on delicately complex and politically relevant subjects.
• The world of Irish organised crime was examined in ‘Badfellas’, a three-part series that traced the development of crime gangs in Ireland from the 1950s to the current day. We also had a more lighthearted look at Ireland’s fascination with President John F Kennedy in ‘JFK: a Homecoming’, presented by Ryan Tubridy.
• Animo pushed the boat out into unchartered waters in 2010, launching presenter Baz Ashmawy into the physically challenging ‘Baz’s Extreme Worlds’. From high-security prisons in North America to snow deserts in Sweden and peacekeeping in Chad, audiences were enthralled from the comfort of their own homes as we watched Baz immerse himself in these extremely tough worlds for our viewing pleasure.

2009
• The recession was met head on in 2009 with new reality series ‘Retail Therapy’. Former supermarket magnate Fearghal Quinn traveled the country to help struggling provincial shops revive themselves, become competitive once again, and save jobs.
• Produced for TV3, ‘The Forgotten Irish’ was a two-part documentary that explored the mixed fortunes of the Irish men and women forced to seek work in Britain in the 1950s.
• Other productions in 2009 included ‘Gift of Life’, which admitted the audience into the lives of transplant patients, and ‘Buyer Beware’, a programme that exposed sharp business practices and their effect on consumers.

• The recession was met head on in 2009 with new reality series ‘Retail Therapy’. Former supermarket magnate Fearghal Quinn traveled the country to help struggling provincial shops revive themselves, become competitive once again, and save jobs.
• Produced for TV3, ‘The Forgotten Irish’ was a two-part documentary that explored the mixed fortunes of the Irish men and women forced to seek work in Britain in the 1950s.
• Other productions in 2009 included ‘Gift of Life’, which admitted the audience into the lives of transplant patients, and ‘Buyer Beware’, a programme that exposed sharp business practices and their effect on consumers.

2008
• Animo’s co-produced format ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’ seized Sunday evening attention in 2008, as eight non-sporting celebrities attempted to coach amateur Gaelic football teams to competitive success against each other. Running for 5 seasons, the series was hugely successful and garned widespread critical acclaim.
• The first series of ‘21st Century Child’ under Animo stewardship was aired in 2008. This unique project followed the lives of a group of Irish children and their families from various backgrounds as they grew up in a post-Celtic Tiger landscape. Presented by psychologist David Coleman, this remarkable experiment uncovered some fascinating truths behind both child development and familial relationships in our country.
• Our factual documentary output also included a close look at the economic rise of China by economist and broadcaster George Lee, and an anniversary feature on the fall of the Berlin Wall.

• Animo’s co-produced format ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’ seized Sunday evening attention in 2008, as eight non-sporting celebrities attempted to coach amateur Gaelic football teams to competitive success against each other. Running for 5 seasons, the series was hugely successful and garned widespread critical acclaim.
• The first series of ‘21st Century Child’ under Animo stewardship was aired in 2008. This unique project followed the lives of a group of Irish children and their families from various backgrounds as they grew up in a post-Celtic Tiger landscape. Presented by psychologist David Coleman, this remarkable experiment uncovered some fascinating truths behind both child development and familial relationships in our country.
• Our factual documentary output also included a close look at the economic rise of China by economist and broadcaster George Lee, and an anniversary feature on the fall of the Berlin Wall.

2007
The first 'Future Shock' feature documentary aired in 2007, focusing on the rising property prices in Ireland and foretelling the crash that would occur less than 12 months later.
Animo also secured funding support for several other major factual series from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision fund this year, strengthening our experience in factual production.

The first 'Future Shock' feature documentary aired in 2007, focusing on the rising property prices in Ireland and foretelling the crash that would occur less than 12 months later.
Animo also secured funding support for several other major factual series from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision fund this year, strengthening our experience in factual production.

2006
• Ireland was put in the hot-seat in 2006 as 'Test the Nation' hit our screens, a large-scale studio audience based quiz show produced for RTE. Using a specially devised intelligence test developed by Dr. Colin Cooper in Queen’s University Belfast, the show allowed audiences both onscreen and at home to test their IQ in a fun and interactive way.
• Not content with that, we also decided to take to the streets in our hugely popular hidden-camera format, 'Anonymous'. Using world-class prosthetics and disguises, we unleashed celebrity pranksters on the public, and their friends, with side-splittingly hilarious results.

• Ireland was put in the hot-seat in 2006 as 'Test the Nation' hit our screens, a large-scale studio audience based quiz show produced for RTE. Using a specially devised intelligence test developed by Dr. Colin Cooper in Queen’s University Belfast, the show allowed audiences both onscreen and at home to test their IQ in a fun and interactive way.
• Not content with that, we also decided to take to the streets in our hugely popular hidden-camera format, 'Anonymous'. Using world-class prosthetics and disguises, we unleashed celebrity pranksters on the public, and their friends, with side-splittingly hilarious results.

2005
Produced in partnership with Irish Aid, 'Far Away Up Close' took a closer look at some of the countries in the developing world receiving aid from Ireland. In a production that would run for four series, audiences were given an insight into the various problems that each of these regions face, and exactly how Irish taxpayer money was being spent to combat poverty and promote development. More importantly, we were also given a glimpse of the human stories and individual struggles that can often be forgotten behind these larger national problems.

Produced in partnership with Irish Aid, 'Far Away Up Close' took a closer look at some of the countries in the developing world receiving aid from Ireland. In a production that would run for four series, audiences were given an insight into the various problems that each of these regions face, and exactly how Irish taxpayer money was being spent to combat poverty and promote development. More importantly, we were also given a glimpse of the human stories and individual struggles that can often be forgotten behind these larger national problems.

2004
• In 2004, Animo produced the six-part series, 'Europe – The New Frontier'. Partly funded by the EU, this production focused on the rapid enlargement of the European Union at the beginning of the 21st century- a hot topic at the time. We travelled from Estonia to Cyprus along the frontline of the new European border to examine the cause and effects of this significant expansion, as well as the new cultures we would be welcoming into the union.
• Animo also produced the first of many series on the subject of disability with its magazine programme, 'Three 60'. Produced with sponsorship from Rehabcare and Fás, this popular programme focused on a range of people with stories to share. This was followed up with another innovative series produced in association with the Irish Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).

• In 2004, Animo produced the six-part series, 'Europe – The New Frontier'. Partly funded by the EU, this production focused on the rapid enlargement of the European Union at the beginning of the 21st century- a hot topic at the time. We travelled from Estonia to Cyprus along the frontline of the new European border to examine the cause and effects of this significant expansion, as well as the new cultures we would be welcoming into the union.
• Animo also produced the first of many series on the subject of disability with its magazine programme, 'Three 60'. Produced with sponsorship from Rehabcare and Fás, this popular programme focused on a range of people with stories to share. This was followed up with another innovative series produced in association with the Irish Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).

2003 - Genesis
Animo TV is founded, and so begins our journey to become one of the most creative and innovative independent television companies in the business.
Combining our broadcast TV experience with the business communications provenance of the former Windmill Lane corporate business, our aim was to use the medium of TV to tell the best stories for broadcast and non-broadcast audiences.
Our company has gone from strength to strength since then, but our fundamental purpose still remains the same.
And it’s always nice to remember where you came from!

Animo TV is founded, and so begins our journey to become one of the most creative and innovative independent television companies in the business.
Combining our broadcast TV experience with the business communications provenance of the former Windmill Lane corporate business, our aim was to use the medium of TV to tell the best stories for broadcast and non-broadcast audiences.
Our company has gone from strength to strength since then, but our fundamental purpose still remains the same.
And it’s always nice to remember where you came from!