Welcome to Producing for PBS.
With the information presented on this web site, we hope not only to provide you with explicit and comprehensive instruction on how to contribute your ideas and creativity to our proud media institution, but also to develop your understanding of who we are, what we do and how we achieve our mission to inform, inspire and educate. By observing our content priorities and submission guidelines, we can work together to shape our communities, entertain audiences, improve our futures and encourage others to do the same.
As a membership organization, PBS supplies programming, distribution and technical services to 355 member stations. Through the National Program Service, PBS Plus, PBS Fundraising and pbs.org, we make 2000 hours of programming and thousands of companion web sites available to 99% of people in the United States. Funding for these programs is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, our member stations, corporations, foundations, federal grants and generous donations from loyal viewers. Thus, as a non-commercial enterprise, we can maintain our commitment to delivering quality, innovative and distinctive media content as our utmost priority. We do not measure success solely by ratings, nor do we ever hope to. We measure success by meeting, and often exceeding, our responsibility to impact the communities served by our member stations.
To persist as a leader in public service across established and emerging media platforms, PBS endeavors to enhance and complement our current schedule offerings with contributions from experienced producers. Even though the constantly evolving needs of the communities we serve shape our schedule from season to season, we demand adherence to three key principles to ensure our programming remains relevant and accessible:
By guaranteeing our programs treat complex social issues with journalistic integrity and compassion, our audiences know they can rely on us to provide accurate, impartial information. We recognize the significance of television and other media platforms as educational resources and we believe viewers benefit from our dedication to spreading awareness, unlocking mysteries and exposing truths.
We expect to present high-quality, involving content that engages viewers on both personal and social levels. For us, staying relevant and accessible means not just cultivating our relationship with viewers, but also fostering viewers’ relationships with each other. One of the most significant contributions of expanding media technologies is the creation of a global community. Through our programming, PBS aspires to be a driving force in fortifying that global community with content that values diversity and equality, as well as individual strengths and struggles to generate understanding and acceptance.
To achieve our goals as a public service provider, we collaborate with producers and our member stations to involve viewers in pursuits of the arts, education, and cultural, political and environmental awareness. PBS makes every effort to deliver media content that encourages viewers to become active participants in promoting change and shaping their communities, whether familial, local or global.
As you prepare to submit your proposal for compelling programming to PBS for consideration, please be assured that all projects receive objective and attentive assessment by our accomplished cross-disciplinary team. Comprised of members from our Programming, Interactive, Brand Management and Promotion, and Media Relations departments, the cross-disciplinary team is committed to embracing new concepts, talent, technology and story presentation.
Thank you for your lasting interest in PBS as we continue to promote, enhance and define public broadcasting.