APTN is committed to reviewing every proposal submitted for consideration and strives to make this process as simple as possible. If, after reading the Proposal Process you have further questions, please write the Programming Manager in your region.
1st window Licensing Proposals
APTN Programming will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) a minimum of twice a year with the intent of seeking innovative, quality programming proposals relevant to APTN's Programming Mission from qualified Producers. Please note that that we have specific requirements - please read the Request for Proposals document carefully before submitting. The RFP will reflect the Content Priorities established by the Programming Department. Please also ensure that your proposal meets our Eligibility and Rating criteria.
APTN will only accept 1st window proposals within the time frame outlined in a RFP. 1st window proposals that are received after an RFP deadline will not be eligible for selection.
All licensing proposals are initially reviewed by a member of our Programming Department. Following the initial review and if a program proposal meets our standards, eligibility and priorities it is then reviewed by the Programming Committee. Final decisions are made approximately 8 weeks after all RFP deadlines are closed. All producers who have made submissions will be informed whether their application has been approved or declined.
Some further consideration for renewal of existing programs:
Development and 2nd Window Licensing Proposals
APTN accepts development and 2nd window proposals throughout the year on an on-going, first come first served basis until funds are exhausted. There are no deadlines for applications.
APTN develops programs from Aboriginal producers and writers. Programs must require development (research, planning or writing). Development funding must be for a proposed outline, treatment, script and/or pilot episode and the Producer must be prepared to offer APTN the option to license the program for broadcast on APTN once the program is completed. The amount of the development contribution will be deducted from the license fee otherwise payable by APTN, or, if licensed by another broadcaster, repaid in full to APTN on the first day of principal photography. The Producer agrees to provide a written report on the progress of program development within a specified timeframe.
APTN will consider 2nd window proposals from Aboriginal producers or producers of Aboriginal content. A production company or team requesting an APTN broadcast license for a second or subsequent window shall provide a realistic and meaningful work plan and evidence for Aboriginal training/mentorship and the production should include some Aboriginal people(s) in key position(s).
All development and 2nd window proposals are initially reviewed by a member of our Programming Department. Following the initial review, if a program meets our standards, eligibility and priorities then it is reviewed by the Programming Committee. All producers will be informed whether their application has been approved or declined within four to six weeks.