Shout out from PBS

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Do you have a TV series or film you would like to air nationally on PBS or American Public Television?

Here's your opportunity to make a quick pitch.

Denene Crabbs, project development executive at WETA television in the US is Ilooking for TV series and films for consideration by WETA, a major producer/presenter of programming for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and American Public Television (APT) across the United States. WETA National Programming helps talented TV/web producers and filmmakers navigate the American public broadcasting landscape by providing co-production, editorial, station relations, marketing, syndication and distribution support.

Preparing Your Pitch: Content must be educational, informational and entertaining with intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Projects may be finished, partially funded/produced, or in development with a list of potential program underwriters/sponsors. Content categories most desired: "How To", Lifestyle, Cooking, Health, Home, History, Travel, Music, Arts, Drama or Comedy TV Series (four episodes or more) or films (drama, comedy or documentary) for adults age 35-65+. Series programs may be 30 or 60 minutes while films may range from 60 to 120 minutes. Successful international TV series/films, web series and radio programs adaptable to U.S. public television will also be considered.

Please email  ( by April 1 no more than one page: (1) your project title/category/program length; (2) names of producer, director and key persons involved; (3) project description (one or two paragraphs); (4) estimated total budget (breakdown not required); (5) amount of funding raised to date, list of funders/potential funders, or indicate if it's a finished project; (6) link to project trailer, rough cut or demo reel (or mail DVD), if available; and (7) your contact information.

Submitters of projects selected for further consideration will be notified by May 1, 2013. The first twenty email pitches will receive the fastest response.


Denene Crabbs, Project Development Executive

WETA Television - National Programming

3939 Campbell Avenue

Arlington, VA 22206 USA


Office: 703-998-2433

Cell: 202-487-4949

Fax: 703-998-2074

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FilmUp Mentorship Programme

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Applications close Thursday March 28 for the new mentorship programme for eight experienced filmmakers.

Ever wished you had access to a more experienced filmmaker to help you take a step up?

If you are a writer, director, or producer with proven talent and feature film projects in development, you could be one of the eight filmmakers to participate in the inaugural  FilmUp Mentorship Programme.

The programme is designed for you to drive your own learning starting by being involved in the selection of your mentor who dedicates 20 hours to you over a six-month period.

FilmUp's introduction day will help you shape a programme specifically for your development, whether that be focused on career, creative process or craft.

Filmmakers who have already made a feature film are eligible and mentors can be based in New Zealand or Australia.

Key Dates

Applications close 28 March at 5pm.

Application Form.

Email or call the office on 09 360 5400 with any questions.

Successful Applicants announced late April.

Introduction Day will be held 11 May, 2013.

The 20 mentoring hours start after the introduction day and are to be completed by 24 November, 2013.

FilmUp Mentorship Programme is made possible with financial assistance from the NZ Film Commission.