Producing for WJCT

Here, producers interested in showcasing original productions can access comprehensive information about submitting content to WJCT and the resources required to assemble materials for review.

Commitment to Review

We at WJCT are committed to reviewing every proposal submitted for our consideration and want to make this process as simple as possible.

Scheduling

It is also important to note that the WJCT schedule is determined 4-6 months in advance, so please keep this in mind when submitting programs that are timely in nature.

Steps for Submitting a Proposal

Step 1: Your proposal materials must be accompanied by a signed proposal release form and an informational summary sheet. WJCT cannot review a proposal until these forms are on file.

Download the Submission Summary & Producer Release Form
If you are submitting multiple proposals, please include a signed release form and submission summary for each project.

Step 2: Assemble your materials, sending all relevant information about each project. The following elements are expected:

Project Proposal/Incomplete Program

  • Synopsis: Briefly outline the subject and story of the program or the larger context out of which the story evolved.
  • Treatment: Clearly communicate how the television program will unfold from beginning to end. Include details on story structure, theme, style, format, voice, and point-of-view.
  • Episodic Descriptions: If the project is a series, summarize the content of each planned episode.
  • Project Timetable: Provide a schedule of all phases of production.
  • Interactive Elements: If applicable, explain how you plan to enhance your project through a companion website, video-on-demand, or podcasting
  • Budget: Include an itemized list of project costs, i.e., staff salaries, talent, post-production expenses, outreach, insurance, etc.
  • Funders: Include an itemized list of any funds and in-kind support raised to date, as well as a list of those funders you are planning to contact.
  • Key Personnel: Provide detailed biographies or resume information of the key project staff, i.e., producer, director, writer, cinematographer, editor, as well as experts, consultants, and talent.
  • Business Plan: Explain the current status of the project; discuss your plans for completing it; identify potential funding resources; and indicate the approach being taken to secure funding.
  • Sample Work: If possible, include samples of previous work that best exemplify your production ability and are relevant in style and subject to the current project.
  • Educational Materials: If you are submitting a proposal for a children’s program, the materials offered should reflect solid, age-appropriate educational goals, which incorporate the work of educational advisors and/or research to support the program’s specific objectives. Program proposals should include plans describing how the educational and entertainment value of the program content will be extended through online, outreach, and print activities.

Completed Program

  • A DVD copy of the program. DVDs must be in the NTSC format for American players. Make sure that your DVD plays in a consumer DVD player & not solely in laptops or desktop computers. We do not accept PAL DVDs or Blu-ray discs.
  • Synopsis
  • Detailed funding information
  • Indication of rights available
  • Interactive elements
  • List of any problematic content, i.e., language, nudity, violence, etc.
  • Any relevant information that will assist us in our review.

Step 3: Prepare your materials for mailing. Finished programs can be submitted to WJCT(Attention: Stephen Jones, 100 Festival Park, Jacksonville, FL 32202). Proposals may be subitted to Stephen Jones via email at sjones@wjct.org or by fax at904.353.4830.

Step 4: Proposals are evaluated on an ongoing basis. They are judged on many criteria, including (but not confined to) the quality of the proposal or completed work, the credentials of the production team, the needs of the schedule. All projects for consideration will fall within the process that is described below. Projects that are unique and timely in nature will receive immediate attention, but WJCT will determine, in its sole discretion, which programs and proposals fall into this category.

The submission process begins with an initial review by our program development team. Because the number of proposals we receive varies greatly, we do not have a standard time-frame in place for a response. We are committed, however, to contacting producers about their proposed projects as quickly as possible, usually within 4-6 weeks.

Following the initial review, if a program meets our standards and mission, then it is forwarded to a bi-monthly meeting of our cross-disciplinary team. This group then discusses the recommended titles, identifying any outstanding questions and/or materials, and determines which projects should move forward to a commissioning round.

During the commissioning round meetings, programs and proposals are approved for broadcast and/or funding, and all final greenlighting decisions are made. Producers are notified shortly thereafter.

Feedback

We regret that we cannot offer detailed feedback on every project received.

Proposal Returns

WJCT is not obligated to return proposal submissions and WJCT is not responsible for lost or damaged materials. Please retain copies of all submitted items as they will be recycled or discarded upon completion of review.

FAQ

Do I need to present a completed program or a rough cut for evaluation? Do I need a treatment or a script? Can I submit just a concept?

We look at programs and proposals in various stages of development, from treatment to completed program. Basic concepts alone are not sufficient for our team to make well-informed decisions. For a list of other elements required of all submissions, please visit our proposal process section.

Does WJCT fund projects?

We recommend that producers come to WJCT with full-funding or with a fundraising strategy to approach foundations and corporations for support.

How do I submit a proposal to WJCT?

Our proposal process section will provide comprehensive information on how to submit your materials to WJCT for consideration.

When producing for WJCT and/or PBS, are there any standards, requirements, or policies (i.e., packaging, underwriting, technical, etc.) that I need to know?

The PBS Red Book, PBS Production Guidelines and PBS KIDS Producer Guidelines contain information needed to ensure programs meet all of PBS’s on-air standards, including information on packaging, underwriting, product offers, formats and delivery. It is not necessary that your submission meet these requirements for submission and initial review.