PBS Utah will consider locally completed programs for inclusion in the PBS Utah broadcast schedule. Producers may submit program previews and supporting documentation for review at any time through the procedures outlined below.
Programs will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Programs must align with PBS Utah's programming Mission, Values, Vision and Standards.
- Programs will be judged on style, production qualities and expertise, editorial craft
- Exclusivity and cost to PBS Utah.
- Availability of live streaming, on-demand streaming, and other rights
- Original video format of the production (broadcast level video preferred)
- A technical evaluation of the submission tape or digital file by the PBS Utah Technical Services Department.
Programs to be considered must be:
- Closed captioned, as per requirements by the FCC. Additionally, producers must provide PBS Utah with certification that the program satisfies the FCC's caption quality standards and Best Practices. (More information on the FCC's rules and standards may be found at the FCC website).
- Free of any defamatory, indecent or obscene material.
- Free from any copyright claim. The producer must warrant to PBS Utah that they have obtained clear and demonstrable broadcast and streaming clearances for talent, music, visual works and any other copyrighted content.
- Producer must provide evidence of an active Media Liability (Errors and Omissions) insurance policy of at least $1,000,000 that coincides with the proposed PBS Utah license term.
Programs offered for consideration should be consistent with PBS Utah's Production Handbook and Editorial Guidelines and relevant to our broadcast area or local issues and concerns. Program evaluations are at the sole discretion of PBS Utah Programming Staff and Management. Other criteria may apply.
Independent producers seeking to establish a collaborative relationship with PBS Utah for the initiation of a project, or completion of a project already in production, are invited to submit proposals. Project proposals are accepted year round.
Production proposals must include the following:
- A cover letter detailing the nature of the project and why it is consistent with the mission of PBS Utah and PBS.
- A program proposal including themes, participants, and locations anticipated in the project.
- A project budget, itemizing personnel, facilities, and support requested from PBS Utah fro completion of the project.
- A bio of each craftperson.
Independent producers are encouraged to craft these materials carefully since they will form the basis of initial consideration of the project. Producers may expect a response four to six weeks after the receipt of materials.