How to Submit Works for Local Broadcast
KQED's local programming department schedules more independent films per year than any other public television station in the country. KQED seeks to bring the breadth and range of cultures and perspectives to viewers through its local acquisitions program. Each year KQED broadcasts numerous programs produced by independents for broadcast. Due to the volume of submissions, we feel that we have made the submissions process as simple as possible.
How to Submit Your Work to KQED
Send your completed program via online link or DVD (we do not accept Blu-ray) to the Director of Programming along with a synopsis. All submissions will be screened, but due to the number of submissions, it may take as long as 6 to 8 weeks for a response. Be sure to include an email address with your materials.
Send materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your submission to:
Susie Hernandez, Director of Programming
2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
We apologize that we cannot guarantee return of materials.
When KQED accepts a program for air, it enters into a licensing agreement with the independent producer for local broadcast of the program. As copyright holder, the independent producer remains solely responsible for clearing any and all rights.
All programs must be of broadcast quality and will be evaluated by station engineers. Acceptable formats for air are digibeta, beta or HDcam. KQED can also accept programs via our FTP site. All programs must also have Closed Captioning and must be submitted with a captioning certificate. Standard lengths of 26:46, 56:46, 1:26:46 or 1:56:46 are preferable. KQED generally makes an in-house copy of the program for air and returns the original media to the producer after the first broadcast.
It is important to note that KQED's schedule is determined two months in advance. Please keep this in mind when submitting your program for consideration. Generally, licensed programs are first aired between six months to one year after the execution of the license agreement. KQED will contact the producer once the program has been scheduled.