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Tariff Ranges

BBC Tariff Prices for Independents

These tariffs have been issued in line with the BBC Code of Practice on BBC's Dealings with Independent Producers for Television Programmes Commissioned by the BBC (paragraphs 5 and 6).
 
Contents

   Rights and clearances
   Genre tariffs for independents:
          * Drama
          * Entertainment
          * Factual
          * Children's
 

Underlying Rights Clearances and Other Costs included within Genre Tariffs

The tariffs cover any direct costs that are from time to time agreed and incurred by the BBC such as insurance and development (which are recharged to the production).

All underlying rights and contributors to the programme should be contracted in accordance with General Term 6 of the BBC's standard production agreement, unless specified otherwise in the Special Terms.
 

Drama Genre Tariffs for Independents

Daytime and Low Cost Drama

Indicative Tariff Range: £50k - £500k per hour

Within this range, programmes tend to fall into the following categories:

CategorySpecification
Drama 1
Up to £375k per hour  

This category covers a range of low cost output primarily for Daytime together with long running series for BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three. 

Producers will use innovative techniques and clever ideas to maximise the funds available especially for BBC Four. New talent will launch and grow here.

Drama 2
£375k - £500k per hour 
Series at 30' and 60' of lower volume for BBC Three; singles and cross genre collaborations will fall into this category as will longer running and late night series for BBC

Lower to Mid cost Drama

Indicative Tariff Range: £500k - £700k per hour

Within this range, programmes tend to fall into the following categories:

CategorySpecification
Drama 3
£500k - £630k per hour
Likely to be contemporary and less contained in setting both series and serials will have high production values with known talent. Low cost period series remain an ambition for this Category
 

Drama 4
£630k - £700k per hour
This category covers a mix of serials and returnable series. These productions would allow for more locations or higher cast aspirations; in period or contemporary settings.

High cost Drama

Indicative Tariff Range: £700k - £900k per hour

Within this range, programmes tend to fall into the following categories:

CategorySpecification
Drama 5
£700k - £790k per hour
High levels of cast; stunts; foreign locations and period settings all drive this category. Cast will be large and talent established
 
Drama 6
£800k - £900k per hour  
Heavy combination of multi-location; period; high cast and short runs in serials and event singles. CGI and effects may be significant here.

Premium Drama

CategorySpecification
Drama 7
£900k+
per hour 
Pieces in this category will be very exceptional and would be either Bank Holiday Events; Specials or Landmark commissions for BBC One. Pieces are only likely to fall into this category when there are no opportunities for major third party investment.

Nations & English Regions Drama

Indicative Tariff Range: £30k - £450k per hour

The indicative tariff range applies to all Nations' drama and includes short film development schemes.
 

Entertainment Genre Tariffs for Independents

Scripted Comedy

Indicative tariff ranges:
Network £110k to £600k per hour, Nations & English Regions £50k to £500k per hour

The indicative tariff range covers a wide variety of programming, from shorts to animation and single camera location based comedies. Within this range, programmes tend to fall into the following categories:

Category  Tariff (per hour) Specification
Comedy 1


Network
£110k - £340k
 

Nations & English Regions
£50k - £150k
 

Editorially covers a broad range of comedy across all channels including shorts, "spoof" factual and entertainment programmes, monologues, panel shows and more familiar formats such as sketch shows and sitcoms that involve new talent and smaller scale production values.
Comedy 2

Network
£340k - £500k
 

Nations & English Regions
£150k - £300k
 

Most narrative comedy would fall into this bracket. Sitcoms, Comedy Drama and sketch shows, with significant talent and writing. The key differences between the higher and lower ends would be talent costs and/or the volume and type of location or studio shooting.
Comedy 3  
 

 
Network
£500k - £600k
 

Nations & English Regions
£300k - £500k
 

Titles in this category would normally in lower volume with exceptional talent or production costs. For obvious reasons, comedies in this category are found in the BBC One peak schedule.
 


Entertainment

Indicative tariff ranges:
Network £20k to £285k per hour, Nations & English Regions £20k to £220k per hour

The indicative tariff range covers a huge range of programme production processes from daytime quizzes through to documentary and big studio entertainment. Programmes will tend to fall into the following categories:

Category  Tariff (per hour) Specification
Ent 1  
 

Network
£20k - £30k
 
Nations & English Regions
£20k - £30k
 


To date, daytime quizzes make up the bulk of this category, along with some studio based programming e.g. phone ins on our digital channels.
Ent 2  
 

Network
£30k - £115k
 
Nations & English Regions
£30k - £60k
 

A wide range from quizzes through to other game formats. Key factors in determining price are cost/complexity of the set and studio and the number of programmes that can be shot per day/week. Volume is key to these first two categories.
 
Ent 3  
 

Network
£115k - £200k
 
Nations & English Regions
£60k - £150k
 

Most documentary based programmes, factual entertainment, chat shows and clip based programmes fall into this category. Key price drivers can be talent cost and archive clearances.
 
Ent 4  
 

Network
£200k - £285k
 

Nations & English Regions
£150k - £220k
 

The high end of the entertainment spectrum. Examples include traditional Saturday night entertainment shows on BBC ONE (normally with high studio or location costs and occasionally format fees), specials and panel shows. Within the range, a key driver of individual programme cost is often duration, with 30 minute programmes receiving a marginally higher tariff to reflect the non-duration dependent costs. We would expect longer duration programmes to therefore have a lower price per hour within the bracket.
 


Other

There will be a few exceptional programmes which defy categorisation in any one year and which will fall outside of this range, mostly one off specials or large cross channel projects where price per hour can fluctuate widely depending on the final tally of transmitted hours. For example, large scale reality events which initially have bigger infrastructure costs.
 

Factual Genre Tariffs for Independents

Factual & Lifestyle

Indicative tariff ranges:
Network £40k - £300k per hour, Nations & English Regions £5k to £200k per hour

The indicative tariff range covers a range of programme production across all factual subject areas. Documentaries, Religion, Arts, Music, History & Business, Science & Natural History, Current Affairs, Learning and Features & Formats are all to be found here. Includes both low and high volume series and one-offs of various durations, factors which may in part determine whether programmes attract a higher or lower tariff in the band. Within this range, programmes tend to fall into the following categories:

Category  Tariff (per hour)  Specification
Tariff (per hour) Specification
FL 1Network
£40k - £80k

Documentaries using a high proportion of contemporary, historical or performance archive footage may be found in this category. Complex compilations or updates/revisits of stories covered in earlier documentaries or features programmes.
 
FL 1Nations & English Regions
£5k - £60k


Compilations or updates/revisits of stories covered in earlier documentaries or leisure programmes.

Almost all factual output in the English Regions falls into this price band, costs being kept to a minimum by employing low cost filming techniques and/or by the nature of the subject matter / location.
 

FL 2  
 

Network
£40k - £100k

Nations & English Regions
£20k - £60k
 

Early evening formats or popular factual. May include some higher volume pieces.
FL 3Network
£40k - £120k

Nations & English Regions
£20k - £80k
 
Lightly formatted or observational documentaries for late night or early evening. Features programmes with long runs or regular topical transmissions.
 
FL 4Network
£40k - £150k  

Contemporary factual with high profile talent and/or strong returnable formats. Documentaries based on access to a single subject or location particularly post 2230 or on BBC Three or BBC Four.
 
FL 4Nations & English Regions
£20k - £100k  

Contemporary factual with high profile talent and strong formats. Some later evening documentaries with multiple locations. Some Factual Entertainment series. Lower cost single subject documentary series or one offs.
 
FL 5Network
£40k - £200k

Documentaries and formatted programmes with high on-screen value and strong storytelling/narrative on subjects with real impact and complex underlying themes, predominantly on BBC One or BBC Two. May be domestic or foreign, sometimes with extended production schedules.
Nations & English Regions
 
FL 5Nations & English Regions
£20k - £150k  

Documentary series and one-offs. High on-screen value, strong storytelling/narrative on subjects with real impact. Sometimes with extended production schedules and in some cases may cover formats with complex underlying themes relevant to life today.
 
FL 6Network
£40k - £300k  

The most ambitious factual programming, predominantly on BBC One. High profile series and one-offs to make a real impact in the schedule. Epic and/or exceptionally high profile stories. Some talent (iconic) led pieces. To include very significant cost drivers e.g. drama reconstruction, major C.G.I. elements, multiple foreign locations, or complex current affairs investigations.
 
FL 6Nations & English Regions
£20k - £200k  
Landmark Documentary. High profile series and one-offs to make a real impact in the schedule. Epic and/or exceptionally high profile stories.
 

Performance

Indicative tariff ranges:
Network:£40k - £350k per hour, Nations & English Regions £40k - £150k per hour

CategoryTariff (per hour) Specification
FP

Network
£40k - £350k

Nations & English Regions
£40k - £150k
 

Performance e.g. Music, Ballet, Opera, Theatre.
 


Daytime & other low cost Factual

Indicative tariff range: £10k - £60k per hour

Within this range, programmes tend to fall into the following categories:

CategoryTarriff (per hour)Specification
FDNetwork
£10k - £60k

Most Daytime commissions fall in to this category. Programme types include: a wide variety of high volume series (both studio and location); non-returning, lower volume Daytime 'events'; compilation programmes mixing originated footage and archive. Low cost documentaries, interview and review shows can also be found here.
 

Note: There may also be a small number of programmes which defy categorisation in any one year and which fall outside of the above, eg large cross channel projects.
 

 

Children's Genre Tariffs for Independents

Almost all titles require third party investment.

Category

Specification

CBeebies
£50k - £180k per hour  

Distinct and recognisable recurring format - may include animation segments eg. I Can Cook, Mister Maker.

This category also includes comedy and entertainment titles with named talent eg Grandpa In My Pocket, Gigglebiz
 

CBeebies
£ other

Landmark series: animation and live action; often high volume eg: In The Night Garden, Waybuloo, Tinga Tinga Tales, Kerwhizz, Zing Zillas
 
CBBC Factual
£40k - £120k per hour  

Leisure or observational docs; inventive use of archive eg: Roar, Barney's Barrier Reef, Animals at Work
 
CBBC Factual Entertainment
£100k - £135k per hour  

Programming based on a strong entertaining format, usually presenter led eg: Richard Hammond's Blast Lab, Beat The Boss, Junior Masterchef
 
CBBC Entertainment
£60k - £160k per hour  

Strong formats; studio and non-studio based game formats; hour long Weekend formats eg: Hider in the House, Undercover Dads, Trapped, Mission 2110, Escape from Scorpion Island, Basil Brush's Swap Shop
 
CBBC Drama 1 - Long Running Series
£140k - £350k per hour
Producers will use innovative techniques and clever ideas to maximise the funds available (and require 3rd party investment) eg: Roy, Jinx, Hotel Trubble, Legend of Dick & Dom
 
CBBC Drama 2 - Serials
£350k - £550k per hour

High levels of cast; stunts, foreign locations and period settings 
all drive this category. Cast will be large and talent established. eg: M I High, Roman Mysteries, Sarah Jane Adventures
 
CBBC Other
£ other  


 Includes long running presenter led magazine shows, animation, special events, Sunday drama and drama specials. eg: That Summer Day, Blue Peter, Ingenious

Page last updated 30 June 2010.

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