An outreach campaign need not be time-consuming or expensive, the Documentary Doc writesApril 1st, 2005 | Fernanda Rossi
Dear Doc Doctor:
My film projects and ideas are well-suited for public television. But as an independent filmmaker I cant envision my work fitting into pre-formatted programs. Do I have any options besides just selling a finished film?
Jason Guerrasio interviews Maria Alvarez StroudApril 1st, 2004 | Jason Guerrasio
Public television stations have always been dedicated to airing programs that help their communities. But after the programs have aired, how can inspired community members actually take up the cause?
Producer apathy and political attacksApril 1st, 2004 | Cara Mertes
Theres a phenomenon afoot that is increasingly evident this yearat Sundance, Real Screen, and beyond. Lets call it producer fatigue; what was formerly indignation with PBS has morphed into simple dismissal. It seems so complicated, the thought goes, why work with public television at all?
Marc Johnson's Enlightening New SeriesJanuary 1st, 2004 | Christine Schomer
Marc Henry Johnson, executive producer and chief visionary of the newly premiered public television series Colorvision, is a passionate advocate for fair and balanced representation of minority cultures on our airwaves and movie screens. Disarmingly affable, Johnson is also politically savvy, articulate, and inclusive-minded.
FCC Rolls Back Media Ownership LawsJuly 1st, 2003 | Charlie Sweitzer
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to loosen media ownership laws, allowing one company to own television stations that reach forty-five percent of the American viewing audience (up from thirty-five percent). The new rules also permit cross-media ownership. Now, one corporation can own both a television station and a newspaper in the same market.
Award-Winning Arts Show continues To Grow Despite PBS CutsJune 1st, 2003 | Charlie Sweitzer; Maud Kersnowski
Even though no new episodes will be produced past the current season, the production unit behind PBSs "EGG": The Arts Show is going strong.
Finding Funding and AirtimeMay 1st, 2003 | Jana Germano
The storm clouds gathering on public televisions fiscal horizon, brought on by President Bushs 2003 proposed budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, have passed for the moment. After intense lobbying from public television supporters, Congress cut CPBs 2003 budget by 0.65 percent instead of the expected three percent. But, even though the cuts werent as extensive as everyone feared, 2004 is still completely up in the air, according to John Wilson, PBS senior vice president and co-chief program executive.
Independent programs on popular PBS strandsMay 1st, 2003 | Jason Guerrasio
Ever wanted to pitch an idea to one of the PBS strands but didnt know how? Well The Independent has put together this rundown of the programs that keep their doors open for ideas from indie producers.
American Experienceaccepts pitches
President Bushs proposed budgets for 2004 and 2005 will introduce deep cuts and radical changes for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) if they pass through Congress later this year unaltered. In addition to a tighter budget, CPB would not receive advance appropriations for 2006.
Forum Addresses TV Deregulation IssuesApril 1st, 2003 | Charlie Sweitzer
What do a former president of the Screen Actors Guild, the host of a long-running Harlem public access show, vice presidents at Fox and CBS, and Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell have in common?