Program Submissions

Guidelines for Submitting Local Programs For Broadcast

Rocky Mountain PBS welcomes submissions of complete content from local producers. Please review the following process, guidelines and technical requirements and submit your project online via the Submissions Form below.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS:

Rocky Mountain PBS is continually on the lookout for high quality content created by or about Coloradans. Rocky Mountain PBS serves as an outlet for locally produced content, and is pleased to support local, independent filmmakers. 

  • Rocky Mountain PBS will select independent productions that meet the following criteria:
    • Subject matter that is of interest to our audience. Topics of interest to our audience include, but are not limited to: 
      • Journalism
      • Arts & culture
      • Heritage
      • Public affairs
      • Human interest
      • Documentary / Non-fiction
      • Education
      • Science & Technology 
      • Animals, Nature &  Environment
    • High technical standards and a solid story structure
    • Fair and contextual content must at least address the “other side”
    • Producers must have rights to ALL content included in their production, including all new and archival footage, imagery and music. Proof of music and visual cue sheets and on-air talent / interviewee releases are required.
    • Offensive content will not be considered
  • Series and one-offs will both be considered
  • Fiscal Sponsorship / Presenting Station requests will be handled on a case by case basis
  • Producers are required to follow all Rocky Mountain PBS technical requirements, including providing captions embedded with their show and be able to provide their show digitally in the required format.
  • Shows must be complete to be presented to the committee. The committee will not review incomplete shows.
  • Preferred show lengths are 26:40 (for half hour slot), 56:40 (for a full hour slot) or 86:40 (for an hour and a half slot)
  • Producers must provide Errors & Omissions Insurance. Full legal contract available upon request.
  • RMPBS is NOT currently accepting LINKS grants
  • RMPBS does not currently pay acquisition fees to local producers.
  • Rocky Mountain PBS follows the principles of PBS National for underwriting, credit format, rights, and promotion. For example, underwriting spots may not include calls to action or qualitative comparisons. Underwriters may not control content. Please visit the PBS Redbook for complete guidelines.
  • Producer will be required to sign an agreement for a one-year release of the program with first right of refusal for Rocky Mountain PBS after that time period. (A release is defined as unlimited broadcast within a 7-day time period.)

Additional questions can be directed to:
Julie Speer
Senior Executive Producer
Rocky Mountain PBS
1089 Bannock St.
Denver, CO 80204
303-620-5728
juliespeer@rmpbs.org


The 10 STEP PROCESS OVERVIEW
Step 1 – Submit your project online (applications are due by the 15th of every month)
Step 2 – Internal review by an assigned Rocky Mountain PBS producer
Step 3 – 1st reply from Rocky Mountain PBS alerting you that your project was not accepted or that it is going for review by the full committee
Step 4 – Answer any additional questions / provide documentation
Step 5 – IPSC (Independent Productions Selection Committee) Review (meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of every month, reviewing the shows submitted the prior month)
Step 6 – 2nd Reply from Rocky Mountain PBS that your project was or was not accepted 
Step 7 – Legal documentation / signing agreements
Step 8 – Digital delivery of completed show to exact Rocky Mountain PBS specifications 
Step 9 – Broadcast scheduling & delivery of marketing materials / promos
Step 10 – Your show broadcasts on Rocky Mountain PBS!

Mission

To enrich the lives of Coloradans through engaging and essential programs, services and community partnerships that inform, enlighten and entertain.

Vision

Rocky Mountain PBS will be the premier public media resource for all Coloradans. On-air, online and in person, we will serve our diverse communities as a convener of people, ideas and perspectives.

Public Inspection File:

For additional information or assistance with the public file, please contact:

Marissa Johnson
1089 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
303-620-5704
marissajohnson@rmpbs.org

 

For archived Issues and Programming Lists and EEO files, please visit our Archived Public Inspection File section here.

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