NET Connects Production Guidelines
Strive to maintain production quality similar to NET broadcast standards:
While NET Connects programs will be encouraged to control production costs and enhance creativity through the use of new technologies and techniques, the production quality should never fall below what an average viewer might perceive as a “C-SPAN” production standard.
In general, NET and its non-profit partners share equally in the process of creating the program, with the partner providing the lead in content research and NET taking the lead in creative program design and presentation. In all cases the FCC requires NET to exert the final "go-no go" decision on broadcast.
Program credits at the start/end of each program will read:
"(Program name) is/was a co-production of NET Television (logo) and (Partner name + logo + web address + brief partner description). Support for (Partner name's) work came from (Supporter or Underwriter name and small logo). "
The "brief partner description" can be a statement of mission, goals or work of the partner organization. It can include web information. It cannot, by federal regulation, include any direct fund-raising or calls-to-action and must conform to all federal underwriting regulations.
For programs requiring a "host" or "interviewer" a neutral person will be recruited who is not closely tied to the issue or organizations involved in the project. An exception would be any case in which the program is explicitly developed around the notoriety, expertise and skill of a single host or host team.
Partners are invited to review the editing of a program for broadcast as long as that involvement does not have the effect of changing the substance or tone of the event as captured, or alter the agreed upon budget and production timeline.
Stages of Partnership Production
- Content Discussion
A general discussion of goals for the project with all parties involved. Discussion of NET Editorial Guidelines.
- Budget Discussion
A more focused discussion of staffing, roles, costs and overall budget.
- Written Agreement
A formal contract specifying agreements related to content, budget, rights, payment schedules etc.
- Production Commences
Video production team begins work under the supervision of NET.
- Mid-Point Check-in
Subject to specific contractual agreement, a face-to-face check-in may be scheduled in which all parties involved review progress of the production. Mid-course corrections are discussed. Modifications to the plan or budget are finalized.
Partners may promote in other media programs airing on NET Connects using NET-supplied templates and graphics. NET must approve any advertising or promotion of programming on NET Connects.
- Final Check-in and Sign-off
Completed production is reviewed. This is final opportunity for minor changes and edits.
- Broadcast / Broadband / Cable
Dates for broadcast and broadband premiere are discussed and set with the understanding that circumstances may require changes in broadcast days and/or times. Programs will be provided to cable operators for free video-on-demand following their broadcast and broadband premiere.