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BAVC: SF Commons New Producer Orientation – Make Community Media!

November 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Did you know you can create a TV show about whatever you want, with use of equipment and a studio, and a dedicated time slot on cable TV, for free?? Welcome to SF Commons, San Francisco’s community media channel. Tell your story, share your voice, and be part of our family! Read on for requirements and what you get when you become a SF Commons producer.

The first step to becoming a producer and creating community media is to attend one of our new producer orientations, where you’ll get all the information on how to get started.

The only requirements for becoming a producer are that you are a San Francisco resident, and you are interested in producing content for public access television. (You also must be a BAVC member, which is $10/year with low-income proof and otherwise $55/year).

To start the process, we ask everyone to fill out the following form:


Once we receive your answers, we will confirm your orientation date by email and take you forward with the next steps. We have a team of video and television professionals on staff to support you in creating the show you want and creating high-quality programming for our city’s public access channel. You will also receive a link to your videos that you can share and spread!


SF Commons is San Francisco’s two public access cable TV stations:

Channel 29 – airs content that is produced by SF residents
Channel 76 – airs content that comes from beyond our city

SF Commons is operated by Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), a nonprofit organization that has been empowering community voices for more than 40 years. We have a large family of producers like you, and instructors, students, youth fellows, and partner organizations who have come through our doors and care about telling the stories of underrepresented voices through community media.

We are here to help you create high-quality video programming to capture your message and get it out there into the world.

Here is what you get free of charge by becoming a producer for SF Commons:

Orientation: Your first step will be to fill out the form linked above, and attend an orientation date. This will be a chance to meet us in person, tour the facilities, and start planning your show.

Video equipment training and usage: We offer our producers basic training in how to use cameras, sound equipment, editing and the studio. You may check out equipment when you reserve through our form, for up to 2 days before returning it.

Studio training and use: Yes, you can sit in a studio and present your TV show and interview your guests! We offer producers basic training in how to operate the studio by yourself. The studio is equipped with 3 cameras for different angles, and a Tricaster to control it all at your seat in front of the camera. You may book studio time by emailing our studio coordinator.

Audio recording booth: At our facilities we have a modern soundproof recording booth that is rented to the public, but that you may book free of charge for 2 hours per month as SF Commons producer to record audio shows or elements for your TV program.

Support with your show: You can book time with one of our Commons staff to get help creating or improving your show.

Discounted BAVC classes: You may sign up for classes to enhance your professional skills at a 50% discount. See here: https://bavc.org/learn

Community events: We will be holding occasional workshops and mixers to bring together producers and mediamakers. We draw upon our amazing network of staff, instructors and community to offer great content to help you develop your storytelling and video skills. You’re invited!

Once you take the first step of filling out the form (https://bavc.tfaforms.net/320948) and choosing an orientation date, you’re on your way to becoming a television producer. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our community!


November 9, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
2727 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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