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Athena has helped sharpen our organisation's mission and vision, enhanced our media performance and helped us identify a clearer vision about how to reach our most important constituencies.quotation mark

Matthew Hamilton, Director of Operations and Public Affairs, Headstrong

Clients - RTÉ Radio 1

Project: Radio programming

Currently Athena Media has produced Bright Sparks an 8 part science series for RTÉ Radio 1. Bright Sparks is presented by Dr. Shane Bergin. The series explores Ireland's rise in science, the men and women behind it, and the often breath-taking projects of innovation, discovery and invention that they are spearheading. You can learn more at the website here

In 2010 Athena Media won an independent production contract to deliver a series 'Home Grown' into the daily primetime programme, Today with Pat Kenny. The series ran for 13 weeks and in 2011 a new commission, this time supported by the BAI Sound & Vision Scheme, produced a series called 'Made in Ireland'which runs until the end of 2011.

In addition Athena Media achieved a further independent commission for a series 'Death of an Empire' the story behind the fall of the Soviet Union, which is presented by Seamus Martin. The series was aired during January and February 2012 If you missed the broadcast of the five part series you can catch up here

In April 2012 Athena Media was commissioned by RTÉ Radio 1 to produce a new radio series 'The Media Show'. 'The Media Show' is presented by Brenda Power and produced by Helen Shaw with the mission to demystify how the media works, to get behind media stories in broadcasting, print and online and to show how our daily media diet is shaped. The series ran for 8 weeks on RTÉ Radio 1 from 14th April until 2nd June. To listen back to the series click here

In April 2013, Athena Media was re-commissioned by RTÉ to produce series two of 'The Media Show'. The series aired for eight weeks from 6th April until 25th May. The series was again presented by Brenda Power gets inside the media world both in Ireland and across the world discussing topics such as regulating social media and how the new public broadcasting charge will work. To listen back to the series click here

Athena Media produced two radio series for RTÉ Radio 1 in 2013 which were both supported through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. 'Citizens: Lockout 1913' is a history series celebrating the centenary of the Dublin Lockout. 'Herosongs' is an eight part radio series focusing on the different ways male and female heroes have been represented in traditional Irish song throughout the ages. The series is presented by doctoral researcher in this field, Therese McIntyre.

You can catch up on both series on iTunes here. Or you can subscribe to our RSS feed here.

Athena Media produced Jack Frost! A Christmas eve special airing from 8-9 pm on RTÉ Radio 1. Jack Frost! is presented by Jack Lukeman and delivers a mix of music and christmas stories, Jack is joined by Camille O'Sullivan, Julie Feeney, Aoife Scott and Michael Gallen as they perform a range of Christmas classics.

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“Helen Shaw is a consummate creative professional with high level business acumen, absolute reliability and great attention to detail. It is always illuminating and constructive to work with her.” Lorelei Harris, Editor - Arts, Features, Drama and Independent Production, RTÉ Radioquotation mark