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The Independent Television Service
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) brings to local, national and international audiences high-quality, content-rich programs created by a diverse body of independent producers. ITVS programs take creative risks, explore complex issues, and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television. ITVS programming reflects voices and visions of underrepresented communities and addresses the needs of underserved audiences, particularly minorities and children.
ITVS Funding Opportunities
ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs primarily for public television. We work with independent producers to create and present programs that take creative risks, advance issues and represent points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television. ITVS is committed to programming that addresses the needs of underserved and underrepresented audiences. We look for programs that bring new audiences to public television and that expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere.
Deadline: July 18, 2008
Open Call provides finishing funds for single non-fiction or Animation public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video.
DIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT FUND
The Diversity Development Fund seeks talented minority producers to develop projects for public television. We want to support minority artists to tell their stories and reach audiences often overlooked by conventional programming. Projects must be in the research or development phase, and cannot have begun production.
The ITVS International Call enables independent producers from outside of the United States to create documentaries for U.S. television. Through the International Call, storytellers from other countries introduce U.S. audiences to their global neighbors, opening a window into unfamiliar lives, experiences and perspectives.
Linking Independents and Co-producing Stations (LINCS) provides matching funds (up to $100,000) to partnerships between public television stations and independent producers. To apply for LINCS funds, independents must first approach a public television station and establish a partnership. Single documentaries and innovative genre combinations will be considered. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress tape.
COMMISSIONED R&D/PRODUCTION FUNDING
ITVS accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for projects in all genres that fall outside of the parameters of the standing initiatives (DDF, LINCS, OPEN CALL).
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
R&D funds may be requested for early phase activities. Examples of requests include travel, research, script development or the production of a fundraising reel.
Production funds are available for limited documentary series. Single or one-off programs are not eligible. Producers should apply to Open Call, LINCS or International Call for production funds for single programs.
To be considered for research and development or limited series funding, producers must meet ITVS’s definition of an independent producer, and should submit the following:
Cover letter, stating type of funding (R&D or Production) and amount requested of ITVS;
Two-page proposal, including brief synopsis, program description, current stage of project, and how funds will be used;
Project budget, including specific line items requested of ITVS;
Resume of primary producer (the applicant). Be sure to include your full contact details.
Applicants should send their printed application materials to:
Jonathan Archer, Programming Assistant
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
651 Brannan Street, Suite 410
San Francisco CA 94107
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