Programs airing on our channels come from four different sources. It is important to know what type of program you are presenting for playback, because there are specific responsibilities for each type of production.
Access Productions are ones produced using AH equipment and/or facilities. Access Productions include single time studio programs, a series, and individual field productions. Access Productions must have a designated Program Producer, a current AH member who assumes responsibility for initiating a program idea, finding certified crew, completing all applicable AH forms, supervising crew, talent and guests, and complying with AH rules and responsibilities. Series programs may have an assistant producer, but all other Access Productions must have a single designated Program Producer.
Local Productions are programs submitted and produced by residents of Humboldt County (whether an AH member or not) that did not utilize AH facilities or equipment. Local Productions might include student work, documentaries made by a local resident, animation, community events, or short video projects. These programs may have been made at school, home, at another access center, or in a professional setting. Each Local Production must also have someone who completes the Request For Playback and assumes responsibility for the program. The content considerations spelled out above apply to Local Productions as they do to Access Productions.
AH expects and encourages community video producers to submit their work in order to find a venue for their programs. AH wants to expand its programming breadth, scope, and quality by actively soliciting videos produced by community members.
Local Productions will be scheduled and aired with the same priority as Access Productions. Local productions must be submitted on DVD.
AH Productions are programs produced by AH staff, volunteers and/or interns working with AH. AH is also responsible for producing or obtaining programming, including acquisition of curated programming, covering local events, and creating local programming which may air on access channels. AH staff will produce some programs of community interest for free, as time and funds allow. In addition, AH will offer fee-based production services to governmental, nonprofit, and educational organizations.
Import Productions are those programs produced by a person or organization not residing in Humboldt County. Every Import Production must have a local resident who initiates and signs the Request for Playback Form, and who assumes complete liability and responsibility for the program content. This information will be a public record, and, upon requests from viewers, AH will provide the information to callers.
AH will continue to accept Imports. However, they will air less frequently than Access Productions, Local Productions, or AH productions. They will be scheduled according to available airtime at the discretion of channel management. Imports that qualify as a series will also be scheduled according to available airtime. Import Productions must be either submitted on DVD or the submitter must pay AH a $5 fee to copy the program to DVD for playback.