National Public Television Distribution Services for Independent Producers
KQED Presents provides complete national public television distribution services for independent producers of documentary films, series and cooking programs. The combination of our expert KQED Presents staff and the quality KQED brand bring the programs we represent top-flight visibility and stature in a competitive marketplace.
How It Works
Each year KQED Presents selects a limited number of completed productions (or productions that will be fully completed by the producer) for national public television broadcasting. KQED customizes the services it offers to producers to effectively and efficiently guide the programs through the public television system, including technical workflow, carriage and station relations. A fee for these specialized services is negotiated with the producer after KQED has reviewed the materials submitted and has expressed an interest in presenting the program.
Please use the KQED Presents Submission Form to submit your project for consideration. We will not review any submission without a signed release form.
Download KQED Presents Submission Form (Doc)
Lisa Landi, Manager, Program Distribution
Lisa leads the team of top-notch project supervisors that serve KQED's independent producer partners. Since joining KQED in 2006, she has worked on the national distribution of shows such as The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures and the cooking programs of Jacques Pepin. Years of experience in television have given Lisa extensive knowledge of the intricacies of producing, delivering and distributing programming for PBS and other public television distributors. She also has a deep understanding of the world of programming and works to create a strategy for each production that utilizes successful station relations campaigns and dynamic support collateral. Beyond broadcast, Lisa has contributed to the stations' podcasts, website and local promotion, giving her a keen understanding and interest in the new ways to support and distribute content in the changing media landscape.
Mike Kahn, Project Supervisor
Mike first joined KQED as the Partner Stations Content Coordinator for QUEST, helping organize the program's pilot expansion project with six other PBS stations. Prior to joining KQED, Mike worked as the Digital Media & Marketing Manager for EcoIQ and founded Green Stock Media, a stock photo and video footage agency focused on environmental problems and solutions. With KQED Presents, projects he has supervised include California Forever (PBS), Food Forward (PBS), Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope (APT), Roadtrip Nation (APT), Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence (APT), Something Ventured (NETA) and California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown (NETA). Mike holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from U.C. Berkeley and an A.S. in Interactive Media Design from The Art Institute of California-San Francisco. He is a Bay Area native and loves to be active outdoors and produce multimedia projects in his spare time. Mike once went so far as to ride his bicycle across the U.S. from California to Maine, publishing natural science photos to his website along the way.
Katie Koskenmaki, Project Supervisor
Unable to chart a stable course between interests ranging from music to astronomy to power tools, Katie opted for a life in film and has enjoyed making films -- and helping others capture their visions -- for the past twenty years. On set, she has held almost every role, from Production Manager to Camera Operator to Audio Engineer. Off set, she has read scripts for New Line Cinema, run the Artistic Development program at DreamWorks Animation and taught Video Production at St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA. Given her healthy respect for the blood, sweat and tears that go into filmmaking, Katie finds working with filmmakers at KQED extremely gratifying. As a Project Supervisor for KQED Presents, she helps films fulfill their destinies and connect with public television's large and appreciative broadcast audiences. Katie holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Theater from Yale and an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia.
Amy Fowler, Project Supervisor
Amy is the Project Supervisor (officially) and station ambassador (unofficially) for The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! She spent her formative years in San Diego, earning a B.A. in English at San Diego State University. Having cultivated too many passions with too little time, she has worked as a wedding photographer, video editor, web designer, production assistant and a producer. Before joining KQED Presents, Amy worked in production at McCann Erickson for three years and began freelancing at smaller advertising agencies for three more. She has worked on large scale, international campaigns for Xbox Kinect and Microsoft Kin. She also had an opportunity to work as a research assistant on Jennifer Siebel Newsom's award-winning documentary, Miss Representation. In her spare moments she loves to read, watch documentaries, sing, and play guitar, mandolin, keyboards and harmonica (though typically not at the same time). She is a recent convert to the world of public television and feels extremely fortunate to be engaged with the light side of The Force and spreading the philosophy of Seuss.
Aldo Mora-Blanco, Digital Communications Specialist
Aldo started working at KQED in summer 2012 and has been using social media to build connections between filmmakers, audiences, organizations and stations across the nation. He received his B.A. in Film and Digital Media at U.C. Santa Cruz and has worked primarily in Locations and Post Production on music videos, commercials, short films and feature films in both N.Y.C. and San Francisco. Originally from East San Jose, Aldo is an avid board gamer (Ameritrash and Eurogames), is obsessed with Werner Herzog and appreciates a good iced tea.
- Distribution: KQED Presents works extensively with PBS, PBS Plus, APT and NETA. To secure a befitting distributor, we function as the program's representative to the distributor.
- Technical: KQED provides technical assistance, including a technical evaluation of your program, to ensure that it meets distribution requirements. KQED also works with the producer to ensure that all underwriter and/or companion offers are acceptable to public broadcasting guidelines.
- Production Assistance: We provide consultation to make sure that content will be attractive to the public broadcasting audience.
- Station Relations: We reach out to all 350+ public broadcasting affiliates in order to maximize carriage of your program. This includes calling top programmers, presenting your program marketing materials to individual stations, representing the program at meetings where public broadcasting executives and programmers will be gathering, suggesting timeslots and articles for station program guides, posting relevant press and photo materials to KQED Pressroom, PBS Connect, and other relevant distributor sites and placing program info on KQED.org with a link back to your own program website. We also provide support for the development and distribution of a social media toolkit that stations can utilize to promote the broadcast and grow your online community.
- Carriage & Ratings Reports: We provide complete carriage listings as well dynamic ratings reports. We will also produce a final report that includes analysis of your program's performance that will help you communicate with your funders and followers.
KQED Presents also offers a variety of other options to help producers complete and promote their films.
- Communications Station Relations: KQED provides a more robust station relations campaign that includes both development of program materials and outreach to communications staff at stations airing your program. We encourage communications personnel to promote your broadcast through station member guides, websites and social media properties that tap into the strong potential audience of each public television station's existing fan base.
- Advertising and Public Relations: A full array of in-house public relations and advertising services are available.
- Fulfillment: KQED's fulfillment services provide one-stop shopping for your companion products.
- Post Broadcast Distribution: Let KQED advise you on international distribution, DVD rights and additional broadcast sales.
- Executive Producer Services: Additional time with a production team advising on content and structure.
- Design: Title treatment and other broadcast design services available.
- Post-production: The KQED studios and editing equipment is available for rental.
- Interactive Services: Interested in having a web page component to complement your project? Let KQED Interactive build it for you.
- Educational Services: KQED Education offers an array of services, from creating educational materials to conducting training and teaching workshops based on the content of your film.
List of KQED Presents Programs
- The Boomer Century: 1946-2046
- The Botany of Desire
- Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream
- California Forever: The Story of the California State Parks
- California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown
- The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
- The Complete Pepin
- Chef's Story
- China from the Inside
- Downe in Yon Forrest
- Essential Pepin
- Food Forward: Urban Agriculture Across America
- Fair Fight in the Marketplace
- Film School Shorts
- Global Focus I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII (see The New Environmentalists)
- Global Spirit
- Hold Your Breath
- Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way
- Jacques Pepin: More Fast Food My Way
- Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
- Joann Sfar Draws from Memory
- Joanne Weir Cooking in the City
- Joanne Weir's Cooking Class I, II
- Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence I, II
- Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope III, IV, V, VI, VII
- Journey of the Universe
- Keeping Score with Michael Tilson Thomas I, II, III
- Mad Cowboy
- Made in Spain
- The New Environmentalists I, II (formerly Global Focus)
- No Vacancy
- Nobel Peace Prize Concert
- Open Road with Doug McConnell
- Out of the Shadow of her Mother: The Irène Joliot-Curie Story
- Paperback Dreams
- Remaking American Medicine
- Richard Bangs' South America: Quest for Wonder
- Roadtrip Nation VI, VII, VIII, IX
- Saving the Bay
- Screaming Queens
- Seeking 1906
- Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders
- Status Anxiety with Alain DeBotton
- Something Ventured
- Truly CA
- Turning Points
- Walking the Bible
- Why We Sing
- Wild by Nature
- With Purpose, with Ken Dychtwald
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.