Video Production Charge-Back Policy

GMU-TV is funded by the university for the purpose of providing video services in support of instructional projects and academic research presentations. Projects that meet those criteria are given priority over other production requests. The following tiered structure describes to what extent production requests incur charges.

Tier 1. Classroom Instructional Support and Academic Research Presentation

These are activities in direct support of classroom instruction (or FTE’s in a department that issues academic credit to enrolled students) or presentation of research conducted by Mason faculty. GMU-TV requests full broadcast rights to all Tier 1 productions.

Charges: Only the actual cost of materials utilized during the production and direct costs incurred will be charged back to the requesting department and/or individual. Normally, labor and equipment costs incurred throughout a Tier 1 production will not be charged back to the client, with the exception of storage media necessary to archive the client’s material. Occasionally, a major project may require full- or partial-charge back for labor costs. This will be determined at the time the project proposal is submitted. Costs for any equipment that must be rented, or rights to media that must be purchased, will be charged back.

Tier 2. Non-Instructional Training, Marketing, and Promotion

These are projects for George Mason University Academic and Administrative units that are not in direct support of classroom instruction (do not generate FTE’s through any Academic Department) or are not a presentation of research conducted by Mason Faculty.

GMU-TV requires full broadcast rights to all Tier 2 productions.

Charges: Only the actual cost of materials utilized during the production and direct costs incurred will be charged back to the requesting department and/or individual. Additionally, Tier 2 projects are charged a significantly reduced rate for labor at $20 per labor hour. With the exception of storage media necessary to archive the client’s material, normally there is no charge for equipment costs. However, costs for any equipment that must be rented, or rights to media that must be purchased, will be charged back. A budget estimate will be created at the time the project proposal is submitted.

Tier 3. Grants, Contracts, or No Broadcast Rights

These are projects that are defined as externally funded in which George Mason University has become a participant, or Tier 2 projects where full broadcast rights are not granted.

Charges: With Tier 3 projects, all costs, direct and indirect, shall be recovered. A budget estimate will be created at the time the project proposal is submitted.