Become a Producer with Houston's Only
Public Access Station!

• Access to cameras, lights, microphones, and more!
• A television channel and a radio station devoted to broadcasting your shows!
• We provide Training!

FREE ORIENTATION SIGNUP

No thanks, I don’t want my amazing shows on tv and radio.

x close

Producer Information

Producer Information

The first step towards becoming a community producer at Houston MediaSource is to attend one of our free orientation sessions held Mondays at 6 p.m. (except holidays) in our office at 410 Roberts, 77003.

Orientation for radio broadcasting can be scheduled with HMS Net Radio Program Director, Ronnie Renfrow, by e-mail or phone: 713.524.7700 x121.

To submit programming for airing on Houston Media Source Television or HMS Net Radio, you must first pay an annual producer fee and then take the appropriate course in either Media Literacy or Radio Literacy. Producers may use HMS equipment, studios, and editing facilities once they have completed the required certification classes. Click here for a class schedule.

***IMPORTANT INFORMATION*** –  

HMS

Reopening Update

Houston Media Source will reopen on a limited basis on Monday, May 18.

Initially, we will be offering equipment check outs Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10am until 1pm and 4pm until 7pm.

Reservations are mandatory.  They must be made in advance by calling the HMS equipment department at 713-524-7700 x111.  After receiving a reservation request, an HMS staff member will advise the community producer what time he / she may pick up the gear.  Producers must pick up the gear at the assigned time, no exceptions.  If a producer shows up without a reservation, he / she will be asked to leave.

The goal in all of this is to limit the number of people in the building at any one time.  This will minimize the risk of infection and allow HMS staff members to ensure that all safety protocols are being followed.

Producers arriving at the HMS facilities will be required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.  The requested equipment will be placed on a cart and left in the hall by the equipment entrance.   All equipment will be thoroughly disinfected when it is returned, and again prior to the gear being checked out.

If you have been ill, if you are feeling unwell, and particularly if you have been exposed to an individual who has contracted the coronavirus, you will not be allowed in the building.  We are all on our honor to follow these directives.  All policies put in place during the pandemic are for the purpose of protecting all community producers, HMS staff members, and their respective families.  We owe it to each other.

Initially, a limited amount of equipment will be available for check out.  Again, this is to ensure that all proper disinfecting procedures can be followed.  As time goes on, we hope to offer a more complete complement of equipment to community producers.  If you have questions, please contact Equipment Manager Alex Saenz at alexs@hmstv.org.

In light of the fact that HMS has not been able to offer all of its resources during the pandemic, all producers will have three months added to their annual expiration dates.  Also, series fees will be waived for the upcoming season of programs.  If you have already paid series fees, a member of the staff will contact you regarding a refund / credit.

Please bear in mind that HMS is still accepting program submissions.  Please contact Operations Manager James Danner at jamesd@hmstv.org if you have any questions regarding procedures for submitting programming and the accompanying contracts.  Programs may be sent electronically via Dropbox, WeTransfer, etc.  Also, discs or jump drives may be mailed to HMS 410 Roberts Houston, TX 77003, or dropped in the mailbox by the equipment entrance.

We have purchased an enhanced Zoom package, which will be used for online producer meetings (the first one was held this past week – check your email for updates – and, in some instances, classes.  Outreach Director Roger Palomino is finalizing arrangements for conduction orientations and Media Literacy classes online, as this will allow new producers to begin submitting content as quickly as possible.  More classes will be added at a later date.

I would like to thank all community producers for their patience and understanding during these challenging times.  Thanks also to the HMS staff members, who have done an admirable job of operating the station remotely, maintaining a steady flow of new content for broadcast, and adapting to difficult and continuously changing conditions.

That’s a lot of information to process all at once, so I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns at tomr@hmstv.org.

Tom Richards

Executive Director

Houston Media Source

T.V Series Application Link-

  

Producer Fee Categories

  • Producer:  A person residing inside the City of Houston city limits who produces or provides programming for the HMS public access channel or any other HMS outlet.
  • Regional Producer:  A person living in Harris County (but not the City of Houston) or any contiguous county who produces or provides programming for the HMS public access channel or any other HMS outlet.
  • Organizational Producer:  A person representing and acting as an agent for a certified organization located within the Houston city limits who is engaged in producing or proving programming for the HMS public access channel or any other HMS outlet. Organizational certification is transferable to another member of that same organization – in the case of job change or other similar circumstances –without an additional fee.
  • Regional Organizational Producer:  A person representing and acting as an agent for a certified organization located in Harris County (but not the City of Houston) or any contiguous county who is engaged in producing or proving programming for the HMS public access channel or any other HMS outlet. Organizational certification is transferable to another member of that same organization – in the case of job change or other similar circumstances – without an additional fee.

Producer Fee Schedule – Television

*All fees are for a period of one year.Producer

  • Standard – $225
  • Student (with ID) – $150
  • Senior Citizen (65+) – $150

Regional Producer

  • Standard – $275
  • Student (with ID)  – $175
  • Senior Citizen (65+) – $175

Organizational Producer

  • Primary Producer – $300
  • Each Additional Producer  $225

Regional Organizational Producer

  • Primary Producer – $350
  • Each Additional Producer – $275

Producer Fee Schedule – Radio

  • Standard – $100
  • Organizational  – $150 (each additional producer $100)