UNC-TV is proud to contribute to the educational needs within our community. Our behind-the-scenes media tours, open to schools and community organizations, are structured in a way that will offer an in-depth, informative and interactive experience! Groups will have the opportunity to tour our production facilities and gain a better understanding of the work we do as a statewide public media entity.

Tour Group Size

The minimum number of students required for tours is 10 and the maximum number is 20. If your group is larger than 20, we suggest that you divide the group and either stagger the tour times (i.e. first group from 10 am - 11 am and the second group from 11 am - 12 pm, depending on the tour level you select) or choose two separate days.


Tour Days/Times

We offer behind-the-scenes media tours Monday – Thursday from 9:30am to 2:30pm.  Please note, no tours are scheduled before 9:30am or after 2:30pm. We do not offer tours on weekends or holidays.


There will be several opportunities during the tour to take photos and we encourage you to do so! Please bring your own camera/phone if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity. If you plan to post photos from your behind-the-scenes experience, please tag us @unctv.



SILVER Tour 1-Hour ($10.00 per student)


Studio welcome / Meet and greet with Kids & Education team staff members


 Tour that includes stops in the following areas:

  • Light Board Room
  • Control Room 
  • Green Room
  • Goodman Studio
  • Studio B (TV show sets and green screen)

Photo op in the main lobby in front of UNC-TV sign / Daniel Tiger Trolley



GOLD Tour  - 1 Hour ($15.00 per student)


Silver level PLUS…


 Tour stops and demos in the following areas:


  • Light boardroom demo (students write their names on board/photo op in front of board)
  • Control Room 
  • Greenroom
  • Goodman Studio - students will watch a couple of short age-appropriate videos on projector screen followed by Q & A with Kids & Education staff member
  • Studio B – Show and tell in front of several television show sets
  • Green screen demo


PLATINUM Tour – 1.5 ($20.00 per student)


Gold tour PLUS…


·         Mock taping – several students will be assigned roles as camera operators, floor manager, director, assistant director & on-camera talent.

  • UNC-TV Kids Instagram story post featuring entire group
  • Presentation by UNC-TV staff member from one of the following departments, followed by a brief Q & A:

Digital Media 

Graphic Design & Animation 

Production (videographer, director, etc…)


Thank you for your interest in collaborating with UNC-TV.

UNC-TV is proud to showcase many hours of independently produced content across our multiple platforms, including UNC-TV, UNC-EX, Rootle (24 Kids Channel), the North Carolina Channel, unctv.org, and other digital media outlets. We are excited to work with the creative and passionate independent producers and filmmakers from across North Carolina and our region.

Below you will find our online application, including a place to post your work sample and digitally agree to our submission release form. The information you provide will help us review your program or proposal. 

UNC-TV receives many more submissions and proposals than we could possibly use across our platforms. However best efforts will be made to respond to all inquiries within six weeks of the submission date.

Please note that UNC-TV does not currently have dedicated funding for the production of independent projects, or the staff capacity to help you raise funds. Resources UNC-TV can offer include:
  • in-kind production and post-production services
  • distribution
  • consulting
  • letters of support
  • broadcast or streaming on our platforms
We are most interested in content that is directly related to UNC-TV's mission of educating, enlightening, and inspiring our members and viewers across the state. Topics and areas of interest include:
  • arts/culture
  • lifestyle (travel, food, how to, entertainment)
  • documentary
  • history
  • public affairs
  • science
  • travel
Topics or types of programming we are not interested in include:
  • advocacy programs
  • commercial or promotional programs
  • religious programs
Independent productions may be presented as series, stand alone programs, or folded into some of our current productions. UNC-TV is also looking for digital content for unctv.org and our other digital platforms.

We look forward to reviewing your materials. 

The American South––our people, culture, landscape, history––can both captivate and bewilder.

In the cherished tradition of Southern storytelling, REEL SOUTH reveals the South’s proud yet complicated heritage, reckoning with our past, present, and future.

A co-production between the two Carolinas' state-wide public television stations, UNC-TV and SCETV, REEL SOUTH showcases authentic documentary films told by a diversity of voices and perspectives. Millions of viewers see REEL SOUTH documentaries on WORLD Channel and PBS stations across the country.

Submit your film and join us on a journey through the REEL SOUTH.


REEL SOUTH films focus on the people, issues, and culture of our region. The films must highlight a Southern story in all its possibilities.

The series seeks films that cover a broad range of topics and filmmaking styles: from public affairs or social issues, to more personal or experimental works. Particular topics of interest include social justice, the economy, the environment, civil rights, history, as well as arts and culture. In terms of style and format, narrated and non-narrated films are considered along with first person or point of view projects, observational films, and news documentaries. 

REEL SOUTH selects well-crafted stories featuring compelling characters—stories and people that are provocative, passionate, and unforgettable. Not only do we want well-told stories, we are interested in artfully made films, works that are visually rich and deftly edited. 


Non-fiction: Only documentary films will be considered. No narrative films, docudramas, or performance pieces. 

Independents only: Filmmakers must have artistic, editorial, and budgetary control of their projects, and own the copyright. 

Completed or nearly completed works: Submitted works must be completed films, fine cuts, advanced rough cuts, or festival versions. Please note that filmmakers must be willing to commit to on-lining, packaging, and broadcasting their films within 6 months of being accepted to the series. 

Rights and Releases: Submitted works must have signed appearance releases for all persons appearing in the film before applying to the series. Additionally, all music, photos, and acquired footage must be licensed before applying. Proof of releases and licenses may be required before the panel will consider the film. 

Length: Submitted rough cuts and fine cuts should be as close to PBS standard half-hour and hour lengths as possible; festival versions may run slightly longer. If a film is selected for the series, filmmakers will be required to cut their projects to a PBS half hour (approximately 25 minutes) or hour (approximately 55 minutes) prior to broadcast. 

Editorial and Funding Practices: All projects must comply with PBS' editorial and funding guidelines found here: http://www.pbs.org/about/producing-pbs/ 


Filmmakers are required to grant REEL SOUTH exclusive US public television broadcast rights. The series also requires non-exclusive streaming rights for PBS online platforms. All third party material included in the films (archival footage, newspaper or magazine headlines/articles, music, photographs, etc) must be cleared for these same rights.


Selected films will receive a license fee, series packaging, captioning, mastering, inclusion on the series website, promotion, and errors and omissions insurance coverage.


The Season 4 submission window is open from May 16 – July 18, 2018. Final selections will be made in August by the series selection panel, which will include the co-producers at SCETV and UNC-TV plus invited public TV professionals. Post production will take place in December 2018 and January 2019, with the packaged series available in Spring 2019 for broadcast.