Production Guidelines

Below please find several documents to prepare programs that have been accepted for broadcast by the PBS National Program Service and Plus Service.  

The Red Book

PLEASE NOTE: The Red Book is currently under revision.  Please speak with your programming contact for additional information.

    Packaging, deliverable, promotion, technical, and legal guidelines for PBS broadcast programs. 

    Producers who have submitted programs to PBS but have not yet received final approval should not initiate the packaging and delivery process.

    For more information about the Red Book, contact PBS Content Services at 703-739-5010.

    Icon Deliverables (176.8 KB)

    Icon Format (247.3 KB)

    Icon Underwriting (128.1 KB)

    Icon Promotion (242.6 KB)

    Icon Interactive (39.1 KB)

    Icon Education (56.3 KB)

    Icon On-Air Offers (120.4 KB)

    Icon Production Credits (109.1 KB)

    Icon Producer & Presenter Credits (118.8 KB)

    Icon Rights (94.2 KB)

    Icon Parental Ratings (84.5 KB)

    Icon Toolkits (64.5 KB)

    Additional Resources

    Technical Operating Specifications

    All programs must meet the technical requirements set forth in PBS's Technical Operating Specifications (TOS) Manual (updated February 2016).

    Web Production

    Photo Guidelines

    Icon Photo Guidelines (6.3 MB)

    Updated: December 2016