e.tv on a search for documentaries

Written by TVSA Team from the blog e.tv on 21 Jun 2011
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e.tv has put out a brief to independent producers and documentary makers for the submission of documentaries.

Here's everything you need to know if you'd like to submit a proposal:

e.tv invites independent producers from the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West provinces to tell a unique story about a dynamic person or group of people from your region.


A unique story about a dynamic person or group of people from your region
The proposals must deal with a topical aspect of the lives of people residing or working in the relevant province. The topic chosen must hold appeal for a national audience.

Eligible Provinces

This invitation is restricted to producers who operate in the following provinces:
Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West.


Sunday @ 18:30.
Prime time but must be suitable for early prime time and daytime viewing.

Target audience
Middle to upper income viewers and must have broad appeal.

Language breakdown

English but at least 15% of the dialogue must be in languages other than English which are unique to the province.




23 (twenty three) minutes.


R150 000

Proposal requirements

• A detailed treatment of the proposed documentary.
• A description of the locations where the documentary is to be.

Submission deadline

31 July 2011

Physical address (JHB)

5 Summit Road
Dunkeld West

Physical address (CPT)

Block B
Longkloof Studios
Darters Road
Cape Town

Physical address (DBN)

214 Ninth Avenue

Email address

For the attention of
Manager: Local Productions

Terms and conditions

Submission of the proposals is based on the unconditional acceptance by the producer of:

• shot and the names of individuals to be interviewed;
• proposed name/s of the presenter or commentator, if any;
• production budget incorporating a detailed description on personnel, equipment and resource requirements;

Information which confirms that the key personnel working on the documentary are based in the province concerned.

Production company requirements

e.tv will accept programme proposals only from South African production companies which have a registered business address in the province concerned.

All programme proposals from production companies must include the following information:

All proposals must contain the name, address and telephone numbers of person representing the company for purposes of the proposal.

• Name and registration number of production company;
• Names, race and gender of shareholders of production company;
• Names, race and gender of directors of production company;
• Names, race and gender of senior personnel at the production company and their positions; and,
Details of training initiatives engaged in by the production company over the past 12 months.

The terms and conditions in this invitation

e.tv may, at any time prior to the closing date for the submission of the proposals, inform interested persons of an amendment to this document.

The documents requested and information sought (as set out above) must be provided. Failure to furnish all required information or documentation or the furnishing of any false or misleading statement or document may disqualify the proposal.

All costs incurred in the preparation and submission of the proposals must be carried by the producer concerned. e.tv will under no circumstances be liable for these costs.

e.tv’s decision concerning the commissioning of programme proposals is final.

e.tv is under no obligation to provide feedback on particular proposals and will not enter into any correspondence on the proposals.

Producers who supply material or tapes do so at their own risk. Owing to the administration involved, e.tv will not return to producers any material or tapes submitted to it in terms of this invitation.


The General
21 Jun 2011 13:21

Didn't they do this before?

21 Jun 2011 13:35

They did - it's another call for more.

The General
22 Jun 2011 08:45

Oh that's cool, hoping they get the best stories

02 Sep 2012 16:36

Trying to find the :street singer" who was intervied by e.news a few months agao, and since has been on the programme "against all odds"

I would ike to have his name, and also the name of the lady at e.news who helped in arranging his interview.

I am the lady who noticed him in Sea Point, and contacted, E news, plus further contacts.

I have since heard that he will be going abroad, for voice training, and would love to be in touch with him and have his photograph,
I do predict a very bright future for him, his voice is acknowledged as one of a high calibre, which I recognised.

hopefully I wil receive some acknowledgement, as I have t ried, leaving many messages at the desk of, E.News, with no success

My name is 
Celia Gilaad
email- celia@twk.co.za

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