Putting Together a Proposal for SBS

SBS Commissioned Content invites producers and production companies to submit proposals all year round.

Step 1:  Please download and fill out the Project Submission Form. SBS cannot view a proposal until this form is on file.

Step 2:  Assemble the following material:

Briefly outline the subject and story of the program or the larger context out of which the story evolved
Clearly communicate how the television program will unfold from beginning to end.  Include details on story structure, theme, style, format, voice, and point-of-view.
Episodic Descriptions
If the project is a series, summarize the content of each planned episode.
Project Timeline
Provide a schedule of all phases of production.
Online Interactive Elements
If applicable, explain how you plan to enhance your project through either online or interactive elements. Discuss specific elements on the proposed online and provide information on the production team and budget.  See the online section for more information.
Key Personnel
Provide detailed biographies or resume information of the key project staff, i.e., producer, director, writer, cinematographer, editor, as well as experts, consultants, and talent.

Optional Material:
Include an itemized list of project costs, i.e., salaries, cast/talent, post-production expenses, outreach, insurance, etc.
Include an itemized list of any funds and in-kind support raised to date. Identify funding resources.
Trailer/Sample footage
If you have any footage that supports your submission, please feel free to include this as well.

Step 3:
send your completed Project Submission Form with all of your supporting material to one of the email addresses listed below.

Proposal returns:

Please be aware that SBS is unable to return submitted material.


If you have any questions about putting together your proposal, please contact the relevant genre.

Entertainment and Scripted:  entertainment@sbs.com.au

Documentaries:  factual@sbs.com.au

Food:  food@sbs.com.au

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