Producing for THIRTEEN


THIRTEEN accepts proposals for limited series, single stand-alone programs that can be broadcast as specials, single programs that fit existing strands, and short program segments that can fit existing programs.

If you wish to submit a completed film to THIRTEEN, please review the submission policy of THIRTEEN’s Scheduling and Acquisitions Department.

Submitting Proposals To THIRTEEN

All unsolicited proposals must be submitted online. When submitting a proposal to THIRTEEN you will need to indicate to which content area or program you are submitting. THIRTEEN’s programming includes Performance and Arts, News and Current Affairs, Science & Nature, Documentaries, and Children’s and Educational Media. Existing national programs include American Masters, Great Performances, Nature, Secrets of the Dead, and PBS NewsHour Weekend. Local programs include NYC-Arts, Reel 13, Treasures of New York, and MetroFocus.

As a major provider of content for PBS, we receive hundreds of proposals each year, many on the same or similar subjects. And although we do consider unsolicited proposals, we develop and produce the majority of our programs on our own or in collaboration with existing production partners. Our decision to pursue an unsolicited proposal will be based on the originality and importance of the content, the qualifications and experience of the producer, director, and other key production personnel, and the availability of resources with which to pursue further development and production.

The submission forms below will require some basic information from you as well as your consent to a standard release. Proposals should be kept to a reasonable length and, if possible, include a budget. Please do not send video material unless requested.

After you have submitted your proposal, you will receive an email acknowledging that we have received it and that it has been sent to the appropriate department for review. We will only contact you further if we have an interest in pursuing your proposal. Please begin the submission process by filling out the proposal submission form.