The Create Cooking Challenge 2017 entry period is now over.

The following Create Cooking Challenge Official Rules document will be available for review starting Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at CreateTV.com/challenge. The contest launches and the Create Cooking Challenge Submission Form goes live on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. ET.

Create Cooking Challenge 2017 Official Rules

Official Rules and Submission Form found at: CreateTV.com/challenge

NOTICE: The Official Rules for the Create Cooking Challenge require that videos not contain logos, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork, sculptures or copyrighted media or any other images which could represent an infringement of any third party’s rights. The prohibition includes trademarks and copyrighted works, the use of equipment with visible logos or other incidental uses such as product brand name mentions or visuals. Videos must not include music. Videos will be disqualified on the basis of sole discretion of the judges. Note that the appearance of a trademark or copyrighted work without permission would clearly infringe on rights of a third party.

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  1. CHALLENGE SPONSOR.

    Create’s distributor American Public Television (“APT”) is the sole sponsor (“Sponsor”) of the Create Cooking Challenge (the “Challenge”). APT is a Boston, Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization with principal offices at 55 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110 and may be contacted at challenge@CreateTV.com.

  2. THE CHALLENGE, PRIZES AND DEADLINES.

    The Challenge is a contest open to lay and professional chefs to create a video of no longer than two minutes (“the Video”) to demonstrate his/her potential as talent in possible future content which may be created by Sponsor or U.S. public television producers. Entrants (as defined below) will compete to win one of the following prizes:

    There will be five levels of prizes awarded to the top 18 identified entries as listed by the judges. These prizes will be:

    • One (1) Grand Prize of $4,000 and production equipment valued at approximately $1,000 to finance and produce the completion of a Web series of 10 or more additional episodes, each two (2) minutes in length to appear on CreateTV.com
    • One (1) Second Prize of $1,000 and production equipment valued at approximately $1,000 for the completion of a short Web series of 3 additional episodes, each two (2) minutes in length to appear on CreateTV.com
    • Five (5) selected Entrants will receive Create-branded goods in a winners “basket,” each valued at $150
    • One (1) selected Entrant will receive a signed cookbook from one of Create’s Culinary Hosts and a Create-branded, host-signed apron, with a total value of $100
    • Ten (10) selected Entrants will receive their own Create-branded aprons with a value of $25 each

    By participating in this Challenge, Entrants are bound by these Official Rules and to the judges’ decisions, which are final and binding on all matters. The Challenge will operate as described below, on or about the stated dates:

    The Challenge submission period begins at 12:00 a.m. ET on Monday, February 6, 2017 and ends on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Submission Period”). Videos must be submitted in accordance with Section 4 of these Official Rules. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

    The Challenge judging period begins on Tuesday, February 13, 2017, and ends on Monday, April 10, 2017. The Sponsor will provide initial curation of submissions to ensure they meet the criteria and then submissions will be reviewed by a final panel of judges selected at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

    The notification period begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 and ends on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The Sponsor shall attempt to contact the Winners, or alternates if necessary, in accordance with the Rules.

    The Winners will be announced on or about Monday, May 8, 2017.

  3. ELIGIBILITY.

    The Challenge is open only to individuals (each an “Entrant”) who are residents of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia. All Entrants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Entrants can be non-professional chefs or currently employed, professional chefs. By submitting an entry, Entrant agrees that there are no limits on the rights of the Entrant to participate in the Challenge, and to complete the requirements of the awarded prizes to create a Web series as contemplated by these Official Rules.

    Entry constitutes Entrant’s certification that he or she will meet the eligibility requirements as stated. Sponsor reserves the right to verify and confirm Entrant’s age and compliance requirements. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. Awarding of a Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

    Employees of APT and public television stations carrying the Create channel, and members of their immediate families are not eligible to participate and win. The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as “in-laws,” or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related.

  4. HOW TO ENTER.

    Entrants must submit a Video that is no longer than two (2) minutes, depicting a food preparation tip, advice, simple recipe or preparation technique in a kitchen setting – or alternate venue (at a grill, countertop, stove, outdoors, at a food market, etc.) in a single, original presentation. Each Entrant may make a single submission; multiple videos may not be submitted.

    To enter, upload an embeddable Video to YouTube. You will be required to sign in to YouTube to post the Video. If you do not have an account, you will be required to create one. Entrant’s Video must be classified as a “public” or “unlisted” video on YouTube. Do not make it a private video as this will prohibit access and judging. After uploading the Video to YouTube, an Entrant must complete a Submission Form by going to CreateTV.com/challenge. On the Submission Form, the Entrant will be required to enter his or her name; the call letters or brand name of his/her local public television station; a link to the Video hosted on YouTube; and an e-mail address, mailing address and phone number for the purpose of contacting the Entrant who completed the Video. Sponsor is not responsible for undeliverable e-mail or e-mail that is not viewed by the winner. Entrant must comply with all Video submission requirements, as detailed herein. An Entry will be considered complete once the Entrant has uploaded the Video to YouTube and submitted the Submission Form online and received a bounceback notification that the form has been received.

    All Submissions must be received between 12:00 a.m. ET on Monday, February 6, 2017 and 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Sponsor’s clock is the official timekeeping device for the Challenge. Sponsor is not responsible for unsuccessfully completed attempts to enter. The Entrant should be able to provide on request all appropriate clearances, including agreement to ensure that the Video may be publicly available and used by Sponsor in any media and for any purpose. Entrant agrees by making the submission that any corrupted, untimely, unintelligible entries or those including content deemed inappropriate by the judges will be disqualified. If for any reason an Entrant’s entry is erroneously deleted, lost or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, Entrant’s sole remedy is to complete another Submission. The Sponsor reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion which entries have satisfied the entry requirements.

    ELIGIBLE ENTRANTS MUST SUBMIT AN ENTRY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SUBMISSION RULES. NO OTHER METHOD OF SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED.

    Video Submission Requirements:

    Videos must:

    • Be the Entrant’s original work (the script, manner of presentation and title – if one is provided – must be original)
    • Be no longer than two (2) minutes in length
    • Be uploaded onto YouTube in any format acceptable to YouTube, and,
    • Comply with YouTube Terms of Service YouTube Terms of Service (https://www.youtube.com/static?gl=US&template=terms), including Community Guidelines (http://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/communityguidelines.html) and specifications for user submissions and/or video uploads as are posted on the YouTube website

    Videos must NOT:
    Contain material that is (or promotes activities which are) sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent, shows reference to or simulate murder (cruelty, abuse, etc.), encourages the sale of weapons, discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, nature of ethnicity, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g. underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, harassing; include mention or performance of any copyrighted media including but not limited to music, films, books, magazines, newspapers or websites or identifying descriptions of any media property; contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to material that violates intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement, without limiting the foregoing; include third-party trademarks, logos, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork or sculptures; feature any music; or include third parties, including but not limited to minors, celebrities and friends who have not expressly signed off on the right for use of their image, likeness or voice in any submitted Video or otherwise use such image, likeness or voice in the creation of the Video.

    YouTube has many suggestions for users creating their first videos. Here are links to a few, though many others may be found via the “help” function on YouTube.

    In addition, the Sponsor offers these suggestions for Entrants:

    • Video tips:
      • Be careful to white-balance correctly using your camera's video settings.
      • You may need to try different settings for fluorescent, incandescent or natural light, depending on where you are shooting.
      • Do test recordings first, and adjust lighting to avoid 'hot spots' (too much light) reflecting off white cabinets, counters or tables
    • Audio tips:
      • Get the best audio by using an external microphone placed on or near the talent.
        • Try a lavalier mic (the kind you attach to your clothes). Do your best to hide the mic's wire under your clothing.
        • Or, use a "shotgun" mic (handheld or one that attaches to a door or tripod). Try to place it out of the frame, if you can.
      • Using the built-in mic on a camera or smart phone will likely result in hollow, echo-y or muffled sounding audio.
      • When you test the video for lighting, test the mic you are using to be sure it is capturing your voice as you want it heard.
    • No music:
      • Do not add music to your videos. The sounds we want to hear are your voice telling us about the tip, recipe, etc., and the preparation of food.
      • o If your video is chosen for Create, we may use Create-related music as appropriate.

    By entering, each Entrant represents and warrants that his or her entry does not and will not defame or otherwise violate the rights of any third party and does not violate any national, state, or local laws or ordinances. Entrant further represents and warrants that he or she has received proof of consent from any third party referenced or appearing in his/her entry, including any individual who captured the performance on Video. Sponsor reserves the right in refusing any entry that it believes violates any of the Video Submission Requirements listed above, does not meet the Official Rules, or that is not consistent with the spirit and theme of this Challenge.

  5. JUDGING PERIOD.

    There will be review of the Videos as they are submitted and those that meet the Video Submission Requirements listed in Section 4 will be curated for initial review by a panel of preliminary judges selected at Sponsor’s sole discretion. The preliminary judges will select between twenty (20) and forty (40) Videos to be finalists. A final panel of judges, consisting of industry experts selected by Sponsor will then select a single Grand Prize Winner and other prize winners.

    Videos will be judged on the following:

    • 30%: Demonstrated knowledge, skills and familiarity in working with food, subject matter and understanding of the idea/subject
    • 25%: Ability to present all ideas clearly within the allotted time, enunciating well and using correct pronunciation
    • 20%: Use of the camera frame and setting the stage – ensures that subject of clip is clear and visually available to viewers and video matches what Entrant is saying
    • 20%: Telegenic appeal – appearance and how well the Entrant engages with the audience: looks at camera, smiles, dresses appropriately, demonstrates comfort and organization in front of the camera in staging and presentation
    • 5%: Unique idea, recipe or tip, and manner of presentation (use of additional visuals to support quality of message)

  6. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ANNOUNCEMENT.

    The potential Grand and Second Prize Winners, as determined by the judges, will be notified by e-mail (via the e-mail address listed on the Submission Form) on Monday, April 24 through May 2, 2017 with instructions to respond (as directed) to the notification attempt. The failure to respond promptly to the notification will disqualify the Entrant’s participation in the Challenge and, in such a case, the Sponsor will select an alternate Grand or Second Prize Winner based on the judges’ results. The potential Grand or Second Prize Winner will be required to execute and return a liability/publicity release (where legally permissible) and other documents required by Sponsor within a reasonable amount of time, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. If a potential Grand or Second Prize Winner cannot be reached after the first attempt, or fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligible release within the required time period (if applicable) to the Sponsor, the potential Grand or Second Prize Winner will be disqualified and an alternate entry will be selected from the eligible entries received according to the judging criteria described above. Sponsor reserves the right to extend or modify the winner notification and announcement schedule as it deems necessary in its sole discretion to complete the verification process contemplated by these Official Rules and/or to select winners.

  7. AWARD OF PRIZES AND POSTING OF PRIZE-WINNING VIDEOS.

    The Grand and Second Prize Winners shall receive payment of the Prize amounts and gifts specified above upon fulfilling all documentation requests of the Sponsor. All other prizes will be sent to winners promptly after the end of the judging. Grand and Second Prize winning Videos will be posted after awards are finalized on CreateTV.com and other Internet locations as agreed upon. Sponsor has final say over the location, use and frequency of play of the winning entries. Upon prompt execution (during winner notification period described above) of contract for the Grand and Second Prize Winners’ creation of subsequent episodes of the Web series, Sponsor will send the Prize. The exact dates of production will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Grand Prize Winner may be requested to provide his/her Social Security number and name assigned on Social Security card for tax purposes. The Grand Prize Winner will receive an IRS Form 1099 at the end of the calendar year, and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS. Sponsor will have no responsibility for tax liability other than provision of the Form 1099.

  8. PRIZE RESTRICTIONS.

    Prize Winners cannot assign their cash prize to another person.

  9. GRANT OF RIGHTS.

    In consideration of Entrant’s Video being reviewed and evaluated for the Challenge, Entrant hereby grants to the Sponsor the non-exclusive, irrevocable rights to use, copy, sublicense, transmit, distribute, publicly present, publish, delete or display such Video, or any portion thereof, in any media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe. Entrant warrants that the videographer who recorded the Entry has provided a transferable license to the Video, and that Entrant transfers to Sponsor the right to use the Video for any purpose. Entrant also grants to Sponsor a perpetual, sub-licensable, worldwide and royalty-free performance in the Video for any purpose in which the Video is used, and grants to Sponsor mechanical or public performance rights necessary to use the Video as contemplated in these descriptions. Winner authorizes the Sponsor and any entities affiliated or in privity with the Sponsor to utilize, for uses as Sponsor sees fit, the Video submitted to Sponsor, and to make derivative works from such materials. Entrant releases Sponsor, and its assignees and licensees, from any and all claims or liability (now known or in the future) including but not limited to any claims for defense and/or indemnity in connection therewith. Each Entrant agrees that participation in the Challenge, including, without limitation, the Entrant’s decision to provide the Video to the Sponsor for purposes of the Challenge, shall not give rise to any confidential, fiduciary, implied-interest or special relationship between Sponsor and Entrant, does not place the Sponsor in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to elements of the Entrant’s Video, and that the only contracts, express or implied, between the Sponsor and Entrant are as set forth in these Official Rules. By participating in the Challenge and submitting a Video, each Entrant hereby grants permission for the Sponsor to use Entrant’s Video, name, likeness, voice, quotes, comments, biographical description, photograph and/or image, for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion without compensation, further notice, permission or consideration in any and all media now known or hereafter developed throughout the universe, excluding use prohibited by law.

  10. ENTRANT REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, INDEMNIFICATION AND RELEASE.

    By entering, each Entrant warrants to the Sponsor that (i) the Video is an original work and is not copied from any other source or one otherwise distributed or disseminated in any media or format, and that the videographer agrees to unlimited, unrestricted right and license to use the Video for all purposes in all media and as described herein, (ii) the Video is not in the public domain, and (iii) the Video is not in violation of or conflict with the trademark, copyright, logo or rights of publicity or any other rights, of any kind or nature, of any other person or entity. Entrant agrees to indemnify Sponsor for any breach of the above representations. By submitting an entry, each Entrant agrees to indemnify, defend, release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates, partners, licensee stations, and agents, and all others associated with the development and executive officers, directors and employees of each of the foregoing, from any and all claims and liabilities with participation in this Challenge, including without limitation (a) claims for injury, loss or damages of any kind resulting from participation in this Challenge or acceptance or use of any prize and (b) claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright and/or trademark infringement relating to the submission or exploitation of the Entrant. Entrant further agrees to release YouTube from any and all liability associated with this Challenge or receipt or use of any prizes.

  11. GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

    The Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, modify, suspend, or change the terms of the Challenge based upon any unexpected occurrences, an act of God; unavoidable accident; epidemic; fire; blackout; act of public enemy; war, riot or civil commotion; restricting enactments, rule, order or act of government or governmental instrumentality or tribunal; strike; inclement weather; failure of technical facilities; or other cause beyond its control. Sponsor is not responsible for any lost, late, incomplete, damaged, mutilated, misdirected, misdelivered, or delayed entries, or for technical or human errors or failures of any kind in connection with the submission, transmission, processing or judging of entries. Sponsor reserves the right to interpret or change any term of these Official Rules or to address any issue that arises with updates or amendments to these Official Rules at any time up to the date that winners are selected. All decisions by Sponsor and judges are final and binding.

  12. GOVERNING LAW.

    The Challenge is governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All cases and claims pertaining to the Challenge must be brought in a court of consideration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  13. GRANT OF PERMISSION.

    Sponsor will not sell, rent, transfer or otherwise disclose Entrant’s personal data except as described in the Submission Form.

  14. OFFICIAL RULES AND WINNERS LIST.

    For a paper copy of the Official Rules or a complete listing of winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Official Rules, Create Cooking Challenge, c/o American Public Television, 55 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110. Requests received without a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be fulfilled.

The Create Cooking Challenge 2017 is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with YouTube. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding this Challenge should be directed to Sponsor and not to YouTube.