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cindy chiangTV programming budgets
by on Jan 15, 2008 at 10:39:15 pm

I just started working for a branded entertainment and alternative marketing production company. We have access to a series of concerts and we want to find a sponsor to pay for us taping the shows, and then sell the taped concert series to a local tv station. To do this, I was asked to find out how much it costs local station like KTLA or KCET to produce a similar show, a reality show perhaps would be equivalent to this.. Does anyone have any ballpark range of the buget for tv programs?

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joel jacksonRe: TV programming budgets
by on Jan 16, 2008 at 6:42:20 am

What is the concept?

Taping a concert with a nice jib and 3-4 other cams (shooters with their own gear), live switch to tape or hard drive, ISo records for editing, 24 channel audio split for sweetening, pre-pro, engineering, 2-4 grip/tech people, producer, DOP, and director can cost a bunch.

Minimum for SD quality record: 25-35K

Minimum for HD record: 45-55k

Bummer here is that this does not include post and mastering.

I've done a lot of this and I would not do it for less than 25k for the shoot alone (totally bare bones)

What do you other COWers think?


Joel Jackson

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