Submissions



We really like content and are happy to consider either individual programmes or series. Broadcasters have some pretty demanding requirements when it comes to accepting programming for their schedules. Because of this we only consider programming that is professionally produced, has some great earning potential and meets our technical specs. So you should take a look at the minimum we require.


Distribution



In general we want to sign distribution agreements for a minimum term of 3 years. We put a fair amount of our hard earned cash into the promotion and marketing of the programming. Scarily we are at risk for our share of this until we have gone and got some sales and then we can start recouping.

We take all the hassle out of the deals for you though and as well as you benefiting from our reputation as the supplier of great programming in the world media markets, we also look after all aspects of the rights management, which will include collecting all sales cash and paying you your share on a quarterly basis.


Things we consider when we look at programming:

The production quality, the current or potential demand for the type of programme, the number of hours offered, how much sales potential there is and finally the rights and territories offered.


Right now we are looking for:

Biographies 1 hour series or 1 hour specials
Nature and Wildlife Half hour series or 1 hour specials
Lifestyle Documentaries Half hour or 1 hour series or 1 hour specials
Reality Documentaries Half hour or 1 hour series or 1 hour specials

Technical Specifications



You should be able to deliver the programmes as digital files, either via FTP file transfer, or on a portable hard drive. Smaller files can be delivered on discs, USB flash drives, or by e-mail.

An MPEG4 file of the trailer at a data rate of 2MBPS, encoded with H264 video and AAC audio, with a resolution of 640 x 360.

An MPEG4 file of the complete programme or programmes if it is a series at a data rate of 2MBPS, encoded with H264 video and AAC audio. These files should have no sponsor tags or commercial spots.

1 image or graphic file of the programme title.

A minimum of 2 still high resolution JPEG images from the programme or series at minimum resolutions of 300 dpi with rights cleared for publicity use.

A full description of the programme or series, approximately 400 words in a word document.

A synopsis of the programme or if a series, the episode list (episode titles or numbers) and brief synopses of each episode.

A list of awards or festivals the programme was screened at plus any reviews.

A music cue sheet setting out for each musical composition contained within the Program, the title, type of use, duration of use and the names of the composer, lyricist, publisher, copyright proprietor and performing rights society. A template music cue sheet can be downloaded here.

A credit list, which will include all copyright information, and a list of all lower third titles/identification and text graphics for the program.

A complete script (time-coded if possible), including commenatry and dialogue on camera.


Marketing Investments



We want you to understand how we work and what to expect from our investments in marketing and promotion.

When we sign up a programme or a television series for distribution, we invest US$2500 in the first 12 months. This is a recoupable investment. Most of this investment is for the rental of exhibition stands, screening rooms, or hotel suites at such media markets and conferences such as MIPTV, MIPCOM, SPORTEL, SPORTELAsia, SPORTELUSA, MIPDOC, NATPE, NATPE Budapest, World Content Market, ATF (Asia Television Forum).

As you can imagine having a presence at these markets is not cheap, but its how we meet buyers from the world’s TV stations and it is essential for the promotion of your programming. In addition, it costs serious money to send executives to these markets, constituting an investment in airfares and taxis, hotel rooms and meals, not to mention coffees and lunches and dinners and drinks for buyers, etc.

Because we are the distributor, the cash we invest is entirely at our own risk until we earn revenue from which to recoup it. If we haven’t got it right about the potential of a program or series we are distributing, and we only license a few small markets, we can (and sometimes do) lose money. Depending on the commission rate, producers begin receiving payments when we reach a threshold of approximately US$8,000 in sales. Of course, we are not in business to reach only $8,000 in sales — we aim significantly higher. Here are several revenue projections, assuming that the you, the producer, are receiving 65% of the sales.


Sales Revenue US $25,000 Producer receives US$13,750. (Distributor invests and recoups $2,500, and earns $8,750)
Sales Revenue US $50,000 Producer receives US$30,000. (Distributor invests and recoups $2,500, and earns $17,500)
Sales Revenue US $100,000 Producer receives US$62,500. (Distributor invests and recoups $2,500, and earns $35,000)


RECOUPABLE MARKETING INVESTMENT: $2,500
Pre-Launch Website Integration: This is the initial integration of the programme or series into our CMS (Content Management System).

YouTube and Vimeo Channel Integrations: MPEG4 Video uploading and SEO meta-tagging of the content.

Printed promotional materials: Design and printing of catalogues, flyers, USBs, posters, postcards, etc., for use at markets
Release Programme Release Campaign: Our “launch” release mailed to media executives around the world who have opted-in to receive regular e-mail from us.

Major Market Presence: SPORTEL - March and MIPTV - April

Major Market Presence: SPORTEL and MIPTV, October

Second-Tier Market Presence (NATPE, WORLD CONTENT MARKET, DISCOPAfrica, ATF)

Social Media Presence: Our twitter feed and our company LinkedIn page are followed by many media executives around the worldwide.


ONGOING (NON-RECOUPABLE) MARKETING INVESTMENTS [in years two, three and beyond]
Major Market Presence: SPORTEL - March and MIPTV - April

Major Market Presence: SPORTEL and MIPTV, October

Second-Tier Market Presence (NATPE, WORLD CONTENT MARKET, DISCOPAfrica, ATF)

Social Media Presence: Ongoing


ADDITIONAL SERVICES [paid for as needed or requested]
We will inform our producers of advertising opportunities in trade magazines. These investments are at the producer’s option and are paid for by the producer or content supplier.

File Encoding and Conversion/Digitizing from Videotape/File Compression, Program Transcriptions, Closed-Captioning for the Hearing-Impaired, Language Translations: We work with several third-party translation companies.