Audio Video Creative Production Services

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December 13, 2023

Request for Proposals

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”) seeks the services of an audio video (“A/V”) creative producer (“Producer”) to provide audio video content to advance CPB’s mission in promoting and strengthening civil society through educational content and resources. The producer must be available upon short notice and will often be expected to provide the final product within a few days of receiving the assignment.

CPB anticipates most of the projects will take place remotely or within the Washington, D.C. metro area with the potential for other locations throughout the United States. The producer will be required to provide a wide range of audio video services at CPB’s request, which may include, but are not limited to, those described below.

a. Produce strictly promotional A/V content for CPB supported initiatives and/or public media programming to showcase at system events, national stakeholder meetings and online platforms (such as and CPB-controlled social media channels), as well as for use by stations at local stakeholder meetings and events;
b. Film CPB sessions at industry events and other meetings for use on or potential future use in promotional videos. Such events include:
• CPB participation at station events;
• CPB-sponsored activities at public media system events; and
• CPB’s Board of Directors meetings.
c. Develop A/V content for promotional use by stations and on CPB’s website;
d. Film interviews and brief testimonials ranging from 30 seconds to 5 minutes in length. The testimonials may include CPB senior executives, public media talent, or key stakeholders in public media; and
e. Edit existing A/V and digital content.

CPB expects to retain the Producer for a term of two years (24 months). The Producer will be compensated on an hourly basis during the initial contract term. At the expiration, CPB will have, in its sole discretion, the right to renew the agreement for two additional one-year terms with compensation on an hourly basis. CPB estimates approximately 300 hours per year for audio video services during the initial contract term and any renewal period.

Please download the Request for Proposals below for detailed information, including application requirements.
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Questions from Potential Respondents, with CPB Answers:

FAQ Topic: 

How fast are you expecting turn arounds on edits?

Editorial timelines will vary; however, the standard would be between three and five days.

How many versions of a video are you expecting?

Final products will be expected in the required format as determined by the intended use, which can include multiple formats for varying platforms. As most projects will have a short turnaround time, the finalization process may require multiple variations prior to completion.

Is this person doing the budgeting?

Yes, the producer must submit monthly invoices and documentation to CPB for the services rendered.

Is this producing role working with editors, camera crews, or other necessary specialists to create content? Will there be budgets provided to hire these roles?

The producer is responsible for providing the necessary staff to create the required content and there will not be a supplemental budget to hire additional personnel or specialists.

Is this role expected to work within CPB office or be fully remote/location based?

At this juncture, the role is expected to be fully remote with some projects completed remotely and other projects on location. CPB’s office may occasionally be one of the locations.

Short Notice – how short? 1 day? Few hours?

CPB’s content needs are often unpredictable; nevertheless, short notice would typically fall between three days to one week.

What are the delivery specs?

The producer must provide CPB with the content in multiple file formats, including but not limited to 1920x1080 HD as H.264 files, DNxHD, or other higher end formats for quality and use. All produced content should be submitted in the intended playback format requirements, which will be determined on a project basis according to the intended platform. CPB will require all video to be submitted in HD-quality with the following specifications: Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Video Bitrate: at least 10 Mbps Audio Bitrate: 320 kbit/s Graphic images must be a minimum size of 750x320 and must maintain an aspect ratio of 750x320.

What will the support staff be for A/V producer?

CPB will not provide any support staff for the producer.

What’s the process going to look like on the CPB side for providing feedback? Is it one person? A Committee? Will it be in writing or only verbal?

The producer will work directly with the assigned CPB project manager who will provide feedback and final review and approval of all projects. Communications are expected to be primarily verbally and in writing, through email, phone, and virtual meetings on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Who or what role does this person report to?

The producer will report to the Project Manager within CPB’s Office of External Affairs.

Will there be a budget for clearing images?

Image licensing needs and associated fees will be covered by CPB and addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Will there be a budget for clearing music? Will music rights need to be cleared?

Music licensing needs and associated fees will be covered by CPB and addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Will this person be responsible for being the camera person or will that be hired crew with separate budget?

Any camera person or other required support to deliver the required content must be included in the producer’s budget (excluding music and imaging licensing fees). There will be no funds to engage other crew members.

Will this role be required to be the editor? Will editing software / computer be supplied by CPB?

The producer is responsible for editing and providing the necessary editing software, programs, and computers.

Will this role be the only A/V producer or in combination with others?

The selected producer will be the only Audio/Video producer.

Will travel costs be covered by CPB for any U.S. location need?

No, travel costs that take place remotely or within the Washington, D.C. metro area (which includes Baltimore, Maryland) will not be reimbursed. If travel outside the Washington, D.C. metro area is required, it must be pre-approved in writing by CPB, and CPB will reimburse travel expenses consistent with CPB’s travel policy, a copy of which is included as Exhibit A of the RFP Guidelines.