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South Dakota Public Broadcasting Production Proposal Guidelines For Independent Media Producers

Submitting Content to SDPB

Welcome to the South Dakota Public Broadcasting submission page, where you can find information about submitting television programs to our statewide network and digital content to our internet platforms.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting is a PBS member station, so we support the mission and values of public television. We abide by PBS principles and guidelines, so please become familiar with producing for PBS, especially its Editorial Standards and Practices, Funding Standards and Practices , and Production Guidelines. SDPB also abides by the FCC rules and regulations pertaining to noncommercial educational television stations.

Since SDPB’s primary audience is the people of South Dakota, submissions are evaluated in part on their relevance to local viewers – stories that have a compelling appeal to South Dakotans and/or tell distinctly South Dakota stories. We recommend you become familiar with the local content on SDPB’s various distribution channels. We deliver local content through four broadcast channels, the websites and, the on-demand services PBS Video App and SDPB Passport and and various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Producers can submit completed video content or written proposals for potential projects. Please be aware that SDPB receives numerous submissions throughout the year, so it sometimes takes a lengthy period of time for submissions to be evaluated. Also, SDPB often requests revisions to submissions to make certain they will comply with PBS guidelines, FCC rules and regulations, broadcast standards (both technical and thematic), internet platform compatibilities, principles surrounding story clarity and accuracy, and viewer expectations.

Please note that SDPB does not pay licensing fees or provide grants for content submitted by independent filmmakers, nor does SDPB’s development team at Friends of SDPB raise funds for independent projects. Fundraising is the responsibility of the producers. All fundraising efforts must comply with public television standards and practices.

We value the work of independent filmmakers, and while we don’t pay licensing fees we offer exposure to state and national distribution channels. Experienced filmmakers who are familiar with PBS guidelines may be selected to receive a Letter of Support to assist in finding funding for their project.