WGBH Project Proposal Submissions

Select a series to learn more and submit your proposal.

Submission Release Form

The following constitutes an agreement and release (the “Release”) by the person/entity submitting materials (“Submitter”) to the WGBH Educational Foundation (“WGBH”). The submission, including, without limitation, all documents, ideas, correspondence, media, recordings, works and any other materials provided with the submission, if any, are collectively the “Material”. Submitter understands and agrees that agreement to and submission of this Submission Release Form is a prerequisite to WGBH review of the Material submitted. All references herein to WGBH shall include any subsidiary or affiliated entities as well as WGBH’s directors, officers, agents, employees, consultants, contractors, lessees, licensees, successors and assigns. Submitter provides this release on behalf of him/her/itself and all other persons or entities that may claim an interest in the Material.

For good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, Submitter hereby agrees, represents, warrants and covenants as follows:

1. OWNERSHIP OF MATERIAL: Submitter represents that it is either (a) the sole originator and owner of the Material and that no other persons or entities have any right, title or interest therein or thereto; or (b) the sole and exclusive authorized representative of all persons or entities that may claim an interest in the Material, and no other persons or entities other than those represented by Submitter have any right, title or interest therein or thereto.

2. DISCLOSURE NOT CONFIDENTIAL: Submitter acknowledges that WGBH may disclose the Material to its employees, and possibly even to individuals or entities outside WGBH’s employ or control in order to determine the Material’s value to WGBH. It is understood that no confidential or fiduciary relationship is entered into by reason of WGBH's consideration of the Material or by reason of any discussions between WGBH and Submitter.

3. INDEPENDENT CREATION: Submitter acknowledges that WGBH receives many submissions and often receives similar or identical material or ideas from independent sources. Consideration of the Material is not an admission by WGBH of the novelty, propriety or originality of the Material. WGBH shall not be obligated to further consider Submitter’s Material or to negotiate with or enter into an agreement with Submitter pertaining to the Material. Submitter acknowledges that WGBH has no obligation to accept, reject or otherwise act or cease to act on material that WGBH receives from independent sources, whether or not such sources or materials are related to Submitter or Submitter’s Material and Submitter is not entitled to any compensation by reason of the use by WGBH of such similar or identical material. Further, Submitter shall not hold WGBH liable for third-party submissions containing material similar or identical to the Material.

4. USE OF MATERIAL: Submitter agrees that any part of the Material that is not novel or original and/or is not legally protected may be used by WGBH without any obligation to Submitter. Any consideration by WGBH of the Material does not waive WGBH’s right to contest the validity of any copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights claimed by Submitter.

5. REVIEW OF MATERIAL BY WGBH: Submitter represents that the Material is being submitted to WGBH voluntarily and without promise or inducement. Submission of the Material neither imposes nor creates any obligation on the part of WGBH to accept the Material for distribution or exhibition through any medium or platform or to acknowledge the submission of the Material. Submitter grants WGBH the right to possess, view, copy and share the Material for the purpose of determining whether or not to act on the submission.

6. NO COMPENSATION: No agreement for compensation shall be implied from WGBH’s consideration or review of the Material, or from any discussions between Submitter and WGBH concerning the Material. If WGBH elects to use any portion of the Material, which is legally protected, WGBH and Submitter shall negotiate in good faith concerning any compensation. However, WGBH shall not be under any obligation to Submitter with respect to the Material except as may later is set forth in a fully-executed written agreement between WGBH and Submitter.

7. ADDITIONAL REPRESENTATIONS: Submitter hereby represents and warrants that: (a) submission of the Material and WGBH’s review and use thereof shall not violate any personal or property rights of any third party or constitute defamation, libel or slander against any third party; (b) the Material is not subject to any current, anticipated or threatened litigation, arbitration or other dispute or adversarial claims or proceedings; and (c) Submitter has the full right and authorization to submit the Material to WGBH upon all of the terms and conditions stated herein.

8. SUBMISSION NOT RETURNED: Submitter must retain a copy of the Material and agrees that WGBH shall not have any obligation to return the submitted copy of the Material and that WGBH is under no obligation for any loss/damage to the submitted copy.

9. RELEASE: Submitter hereby releases, acquits and forever discharges WGBH of and from any and all claims, debts, dues, accounts, demands, actions, causes of action, suits, proceedings, costs, expenses, liabilities, obligations and compensation of any kind whatsoever, in law or in equity, whether known or unknown, anticipated or unanticipated, accrued or hereafter to accrue, under any theory of law, which Submitter have or may have against WGBH arising from WGBH’s (or WGBH’s lack of) receipt, possession, use and/or disposal of the Material now or in the future.

10. INDEMNITY: Submitter agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless WGBH from and against any claim, loss, obligation, liability or expense including reasonable attorneys’ fees that may be asserted against or incurred by WGBH in connection with the Material submitted hereunder, any use of such Materials by WGBH or any breach of any representation, covenant or warranty made by Submitter hereunder. This indemnity includes without limitation any claims that the Material violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark, or any other personal property right of any person or entity, or that the contents of the Material constitute or include defamation of any person or entity.

11. ENTIRE AGREEMENT: This release constitutes the entire understanding of Submitter and WGBH as of the date hereof. No other agreement, written or oral, expressed or implied, exists between Submitter and WGBH with respect to the Material. Any modification or waiver hereunder or termination hereof must be in writing and signed by both Submitter and WGBH. The invalidity of any provision hereof shall not affect the remaining provisions. The representations, warranties, and indemnities herein shall survive the termination, execution, completion, or expiration of this Release.

12. ARBITRATION: Any claim by either party relating to this Agreement that cannot be settled through direct discussions shall be resolved by binding arbitration administered by JAMS or its successor (“JAMS”) at its Boston, Massachusetts office before a single neutral arbitrator appointed in accordance with the streamlined arbitration rules and procedures, including the optional JAMS Rules and appeal procedures, which provide among other things for limited discovery and other exchange of information and that each party will contribute equally to pay JAMS fees and expenses. The arbitrator shall follow the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Federal Rules of Evidence in adjudicating the matter and there shall be no award of punitive or special damages. The JAMS Rules are available at www.JAMSADR.com. All arbitration proceedings shall be treated as confidential and may be disclosed only to those with a need to know or as may be required by law or to enforce any arbitration award. Any claim that may not be arbitrated under applicable state or federal law may be heard only in a court of competent jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Submitter expressly submits and consents in advance to such jurisdiction in any action or proceeding and waives any objection it may now or hereafter have to venue or to convenience of forum.

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American Experience

Television's most-watched history series.

For nearly 30 years, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has brought to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present.

GUIDELINES

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE looks for good dramatic stories out of the American past, stories about people both ordinary and extraordinary, about events that helped define who we are as Americans and why we are the way we are. We accept completed films and works-in-progress (including films in production, films at rough cut and films with substantial funding in-hand). We are not currently accepting proposals for film ideas.

Before making your submission, please keep the following in mind:

  • AMERICAN EXPERIENCE prefers one-hour, single-subject programs, but will consider longer films.

  • The film should have a strong narrative, compelling characters, skillful editing and be grounded in sound historical scholarship.

  • Proposals should not be on a topic we have recently explored (visit our website to see the range of topics we have covered in the past).

  • The story should be of significant national interest and importance.

  • We do not broadcast advocacy programming.

Please try to include the following information in your submission:

  • Who will be making the film

  • Funds raised to date

  • A list of funders

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT PROPOSAL TO AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

You must agree to our Submission Release in order to proceed and submit your proposal

I have read and agree to the Submission Release




FRONTLINE

America's premier investigative documentary series.

For over 30 years, FRONTLINE has served as American public television’s flagship public affairs series. FRONTLINE is committed to providing a venue for engaging documentaries that fully explore and illuminate the critical issues of our times. We seek credible, thoughtful reporting combined with powerful narrative, and a good story well told.

GUIDELINES

FRONTLINE accepts well-researched film proposals, completed films and works-in-progress—including films in production, films at rough cut and films with substantial funding in-hand.

Before making your submission, please keep the following in mind:

  • FRONTLINE prefers one-hour, single-subject programs (but occasionally accepts short segments or feature length films)

  • The film should have a strong narrative, rigorous journalism and be distinct from other media coverage.

  • Proposals generally should not be on a topic we have recently investigated (visit our website to see the range of topics we have covered in the past).

  • The story should have significant newsworthiness and national importance.

  • We do not broadcast advocacy programming or accept projects funded by advocacy organizations.

Please try to include the following information in your submission:

  • What special access you have to cover the program topic?

  • Who will be making the film?

  • Is the proposal time-sensitive?

  • Do you have funding?

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT PROPOSAL TO FRONTLINE

You must agree to our Submission Release in order to proceed and submit your proposal

I have read and agree to the Submission Release




NOVA

America's most trusted and popular science series.

For over 40 years, NOVA has been bringing the frontiers of science to millions of viewers. The series remains committed to producing in-depth science programming in the form of hour-long (and occasionally longer) documentaries, from the latest breakthroughs in technology to the deepest mysteries of the natural world.

GUIDELINES

NOVA accepts well-researched film proposals, completed films, and works in progress --including films in production, films at rough cut, and films with substantial funding in-hand.

Before making your submission, please keep the following in mind:

  • NOVA prefers one-hour, single subject films on topics of general science interest.

  • We seek films that are as entertaining as they are informative; films should have a strong narrative, compelling characters, good pacing, clear writing, and crisp editing.

  • The story should be timely. Has there been a new development in the field the public needs to hear about? A new discovery, an anniversary, etc?

  • We do not broadcast advocacy journalism.

Please try to include the following information in your submission:

  • Do you have special access to cover the program topic?

  • Who will be making the film?

  • Is the story time sensitive?

  • Do you have funding?

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT PROPOSAL TO NOVA

You must agree to our Submission Release in order to proceed and submit your proposal

I have read and agree to the Submission Release




Studio Six

Developing new diverse content.

Studio Six is the lifestyles and specials department of WGBH, researching and developing new series for the Public Television and Cable sectors. Recent production include: Sacred Journeys, Moveable Feast, Caring for Mom and Dad, I'll Have What Phil's Having, and Lidia Celebrates America

GUIDELINES

Studio Six accepts well-researched film proposals, completed films and works-in-progress—including films in production and films at the rough cut stage.

Before making your submission, please keep the following in mind:

  • Studio Six prefers multi-hour series proposals, though we will consider strong single-hour proposals

  • The series should have a strong narrative, rigorous background research and be distinct from other media on the topic.

  • The story should have a significant and national importance and interest.

  • We do not broadcast advocacy programming.

Please try to include the following information in your submission:

  • What special access do you have to cover the program topic?

  • Who will be making the film?

  • Is the proposal time-sensitive?

  • Do you have funding?

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT PROPOSAL TO STUDIO SIX

You must agree to our Submission Release in order to proceed and submit your proposal

I have read and agree to the Submission Release




Proposal Submission Form

  • Contact
    Information

  • Project
    Details

  • Project
    Materials

  • Team
    Qualifications

PHONE NUMBERS
If someone referred you to the series, please list their name and your relationship to them.


Please provide a short summary of your film or story idea in 500 words or less.

If you have a treatment, proposal or one-pager to submit, please enter in the text field below, or upload to the Project Materials tab.

Please select the approximate project length. If 'other', please explain in the additional comments section.

Please indicate your expected completion date.


If you have a budget for the project, please enter the total ballpark amount below.


Have you secured funding? If so, please provide the names of the funder(s) and provide a brief description of the nature of the organization, foundation, or company.

IF you are looking for a set amount of funding please include below.

Check all that apply. If "other", please explain in the additional comments section.


If there was anything you weren't able to address or needs further explanation, please let us know below.

If you have a treatment, one-pager, trailer, film screener, or social media presence for this project, please share below. For video files and all files over 5MB, please share via a file-sharing website such as Hightail, Vimeo, Dropbox, WeTransfer or other player. Make sure to include username and password if applicable.


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Tell us about your team, production house and/or partners.
Tell us about previous experience your team has had, and specifically about any experience in producing programming for PBS.
WORK SAMPLES AND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

If you have CV's, Bios, reels, or work samples for the Director, Producer or Writer, please share below. For video files and all files over 5MB, please share via a file-sharing website such as Hightail, Vimeo, Dropbox, WeTransfer or other player. Make sure to include username and password if applicable.



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