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How much do you pay?

It depends on the item, how long it is and how much research and work will be required to put it together. But this should give you a sense of the range we pay for the types of items we commission most frequently.

Streeter / vox pack (usually 2-3 min) $200 – $500
Short item (3-5 min) $500 – $750
Longer feature (5-7 min) $750 – $1000

The exact fee for your item will be agreed upon when we green-light an item, before you begin work.

We reimburse expenses only if you get specific approval in advance.

We pay Canadian freelancers in Canadian dollars, American freelancers in US dollars. International freelancers will be paid in Canadian dollars.

As soon as you finish an item, just send us an invoice to the producer you worked with. We make payments within 30 days of receiving an invoice. But we know what it’s like to be a freelancer, so sooner if we can.

In exchange for the fee you’re being paid, you grant us the exclusive rights to use the item on all platforms in perpetuity.

We also require exclusive rights to interviews and all original source material gathered for the piece for a period of six months following the release of the episode. Please let us know in advance if you plan to re-use previously recorded material, or expect to re-use recordings for other clients in the future.

How quickly do I have to turn an item around?

It depends on the story, but as a general rule, we like to see a first draft script within a week of tape gathering.

How much influence does a client have over the content we produce for their podcast?

Our goal in making original podcasts for brands is to produce shows that are as good as the best podcasts out there, serving an audience who’s passionate about listening to them. We don’t believe that creating original podcasts for brands is a compromise. In fact, we think there’s a number of reasons why our podcasts can make for a better listening experience than podcasts that work on the traditional sponsorship model (who isn’t sick of endless pre, mid and post roll ads?) We choose clients carefully and work with them before we go into production to develop clear objectives and expectations for their podcasts. We avoid creating podcasts that shill product for a client — the brand touch is light and our main goal is to tell great stories. After all, these podcasts are only going to be useful for a client if people love listening to them. That said, our podcasts are branded with the client’s name and they’re footing the bill, so they do have input into the story selection process and well as final approval before a podcast is distributed.

What if I want to reuse parts of an interview I did for Pacific Content elsewhere?

In exchange for the fee you’re being paid, you grant us the exclusive rights to use the item you produce on all platforms in perpetuity. If that presents a problem, please discuss with your producer before you start work. If any of the interviews or elements in the story have been used previously in items produced for other clients, please let us know before we commission the item.

This is the formal legalese from our Assignment of Copyright clause in our freelance contract, which all freelancers we work with will need to sign:

Whereas Pacific Content Company (“PCC”) commissioned [insert name of Contractor] (“Contractor”) to create the Works.
And whereas the intention of the parties, when the Works were commissioned, was that all intellectual property rights therein, including copyright, were to be owned by PCC, upon creation;
Now therefore, in exchange for consideration for the sums paid to Contractor by PCC, and for other good and valuable consideration, Contractor hereby confirms that Contractor has sold, assigned and transferred and does sell, assign and transfer to PCC, its successors and assigns, Contractor’s entire right, title and interest, in perpetuity throughout the world, in and to any and all rights, including copyright, in the Works.
And for the above noted consideration, Contractor hereby irrevocably waives and agrees in future to waive all Contractor’s moral rights throughout the World in the Works in favour of PCC, its successors, assignees, officers, employees, licensees, agents and any other third party acting under PCC’s consent or authority.
Contractor agrees to execute, acknowledge and deliver to PCC such further instruments and documents as PCC, its successors or assigns may reasonably request, at any time, to facilitate the registration or filing of any such applications or claims of copyright. This obligation survives termination or expiry of any agreement between PCC and Contractor.
This Assignment shall be construed by the laws of the Province of British Columbia, and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein.

Anything else I should know?

We’ve all worked as freelancers, we want to be a freelancer-friendly company, we want freelancers to love working with us. So feel free to send us suggestions on how we can make Pacific Content an ever better place to work for.

What happens if a story doesn't work out?

Once we’ve approved a treatment and a story has been green-lit, we’re committed to paying you for your work. If you’ve completed all the work on an item and we choose not to air it, we’ll pay you your full fee. If we kill an item after the green light, but before you’ve recorded a voice-track and delivered cut clips, we pay a 50% kill fee.

Do I need to be in Vancouver?

Absolutely not. We like to work with freelancers from all over the world, getting stories from all corners of the globe. We’re used to working virtually, with people in different timezones.

How come when my stories are in your podcasts you never attribute them to me?

Don’t worry, it’s not personal. Many of our shows don’t even name the host. It really depends on the client and the show.

Do I need to use waivers / consent forms?

Please check in with your producer. The answer varies on the podcast and client.