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  • cindy chiang

    January 15, 2008 at 10:39 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?

  • joel jackson

    January 16, 2008 at 6:42 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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