Projects are our bread and butter – they are the way that we interact with our Communities of Interest and are the vehicle of our charitable works. For this reason, projects must be approved before they are undertaken. Moreover, where there is a financial burden on the company, a specific resolution must be put before the board (and passed) before any work can be done on that project.
What Types of Projects?
Thinking back to our reason for being in existence, it is enshrined in out Memorandum of Association but it is also reinforced in our name CHANNEL PWEM – PW stands for Personal Wellbeing and that should always be forefront in our minds when designing a project. Think about people, members of our Communities of Interest – be specific, and think of identifiable individuals. How will Channel PWEM improve that specific person’s life, sense of well-being …? That is the key in determining the types of project that can (or cannot) be undertaken. If you can identify individuals with potential positive outcomes in terms of his/her personal wellbeing or quality of life – then you have got over the first hurdle.
Next, think of how Channel PWEM will run? We deal in projects that have a media bias – plain and simple. Consider the equipment that we own and how that can be deployed. Sometimes people concentrate too much on, for example a type of documentary, or a tv play …. That is not important. The process is what matters. While there is a deliverable on DVD that people will watch, you need to pay very specific attention to the process and how your target people will develop as they move through the process.
A final point to bear in mind when considering a project – it is NOT about us, it is about the Communities of Interest. It is not about us getting our names up in lights – it is about the participants from our Communities of Interest having their day in the spotlight – and getting a buzz of enjoyment.
Don’t be shy!
If you have an idea, even the germ of an idea, talk to us about it – we will help you develop it so that you can run with it, or we can put you in contact with other members to help share the load of being a producer or a director. Go on, give it a go!
Lights, Camera, Action!
So, you’ve created your programme and everyone is happy with the project, but what do you do with the output? Programmes are made to be viewed, so the first action is to arrange a party so that all participants, their friends, family and relatives can come and celebrate the work. Enjoy it, you really do deserve it!
Before the programme can be broadcast on a channel approved by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (national or local), there are certain legal hurdles to be jumped.
The Release Form
Everyone, and I mean everyone, who has appeared in the programme must sign a release form stating that they give permission for their image, voice etc. to be broadcast. A sample Documentary Release for is available in Appendix-VI of the Policy and Procedures Manual.
Broadcasters have their own wish list in terms of the material to be broadcast – it is important to keep to the fore that the people who produced the programme, the crew, the people in front of camera, the backroom people – all have a stake in the programme. In fact, the programme belongs to us all – it is the property of Channel PWEM. With ownership come responsibilities. These responsibilities revolve around dissemination, access and duration in the public domain.
As a general rule, we allow the broadcaster to:
- Transmit the programme for a limited number of times e. the original transmission plus repeats;
- Transmit the programme over a limited period of time – weeks, or months;
- Make copies of the programme for their own internal production purposes and hold those copies securely so that they do not become available outside their organisation and that the copies are destroyed at the termination of the broadcasting agreement;
- Stream the content live as part of their normal co-broadcasting of programmes – we do not allow the programmes to be available on-demand or for download by the general public;
- Use portions of the programme for promotional purposes – where proper credit is given to the source of the material and the dignity of those shown in the clip is respected.