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 DBS/SCS Toolbox Essentials


Welcome to the toolbox for the Distribution & Broadcast Tournament System and Streaming & Communications Tournament System.

Elements listed:

  • DBS structure for the Motion Picture Standard and Entertainment Series Standard

  • SCS structure for Motion Picture Metric and Entertainment Series Metric

  • DBS/SCS Scoring Rubrics for MPS, MPM, ESM and ESS


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The DBS is the Tournament System Committe that regulates for  
MPS: Season ends with the DBS - Motion Picture Final
ESS: Season ends with the DBS - Entertainment Series Final
Regulates Motion Picture Films
Regulates Broadcast and Cable Television
The SCS is the Tournament System Committe that regulates for  
MPM: Season ends with the SCS - Motion Picture Tournament
ESM: Season ends with the SCS - Entertainment Series Tournament
Regulates original Films created by Streaming Platforms
Regulates Television Series created by Streaming Platforms
MPS Structure vs MPM Structure

According to the DBS, the structural composition of the Motion Picture Final is determined by how long a film is at the box office. A film must be at the box office for a minimum of 7 weeks before their record can be considered for the DBS Poll Qualification.

Films that go the 14 week distance are required to have a minimum 10-4 (.700) record to be considered for DBS Poll placement.

A film's season continues as long as it is in the box office and the number of weeks the film plays will determine its final W/L/T scaling. The DBS will take into account films playing between March to February of the following year with the Tournament playing in April.


In the case of the SCS (Streaming) Metric Films, each film will be given a 10 Film competition schedule with only the top 4 Films in the polls advancing to the bracket. Television and Cable Films will also be appointed a 10 Film schedule where the 7-3 Win/ Loss minimum will determine who advances to the bracket. With the Motion Picture Metric, streaming films are required to compete against 5 other streaming films and 5 box office films current at the time to combine to a 10 competition schedule. 

Additional Note: Because Box Office Films do not come from specific Network Conferences and are mainly autonomous, advancement to the bracket is determined by the DBS Rankings and who ranks in the top #12 with the best records. The SCS (streaming films) will be selected by the top #4 ranking in the polls


DBS - Motion Picture Tournament/ Final Win/ Loss/ Tie Eligibility Scale

SCS - Motion Picture Metric/ Final Win/ Loss/ Tie Eligibility Scale 


Weeks Record Worst to Qualify – Point AVG + Margin of Victory / Point AVG - Margin of Loss

NOTE: Must be above .700

6 - (5-1) - SCS Motion Picture Metric Minimum

7(5-2) +8

8 (6-2) +6/-8

9(7-2) +5/-7

10(7-3) +5/-6   - SCS Motion Picture Metric Cutoff

11(8-3) +4/-4

12(9-3) +4/-3

13(10-3) +3/-2

14 (10-4) +3/-2


Note: The DBS will only qualify the first 14 weeks of a film's box office run to make a decision for advancement. If a film meets the win requirement but fails the points requirement the point requirement may be waved at the discretion of the DBS Committee. The only time the points margins become an issue is only to determine the difference in a tie situation in which films may have the same record of wins/ losses/ ties.

MPS Note:  Film with +4 or more losses are no longer eligible for DBS polling placement.


Feature Length Scoring Assessment Rubric:

60 Point Value System


Section 1: Story and Writing – The scoring criterion for the Story judges all aspects of the Story in general.

VALUE: (+23 Point Possibility.)

  • Originality (+1)

  • Pacing (+1)

  • Unpredictability (+1)

  • Opening Title Sequence. (+1)

  • Journey (+1)

  • Resolve (+1)

  • Plot (+1)

  • Strong Sub Plot (+1)

  • Informative (+1)

  • Setting (+1)

  • Conflict (+1)

  • Theme (+1)

  • Dialogue (+1)

  • Memorable Scenes (+1)

  • Message Conveyed Creatively and is compelling. (+1)

  • Creative use of story arc. (+1)

  • Creative designation of Characters. (+1)

  • Twist (+1)

  • Impressive first 10 minutes. (+1)

  • Character backstory (+1)

  • Innovative use of Narrative Dialogue. (+1)

  • Acceptable use of genre (+1)

  • Closing Block (+1)


Section 2: Direction VALUE: (+5 Point Possibility.)


Section 3: Performance (+6 Point Possibility.)

  • Depth and Range of emotion is executed. (+1)

  • Character connection is relatable. (+1)

  • Character(s) have a lasting impact. (+1)

  • Performances are believable. (+1)

  • Characters motivations are defined. (+1)

  • Character roles (protagonist/ antagonist) are acceptably executed. (+1)


Section 4: Editing (+5 Point Possibility.)


Section 5: Sound (+3 Point Possibility.)

  • Musical Score

  • Foley Art

  • Soundtrack


Section 6: Cinematography (+5 Point Possibility.)

Section 7: Production Design/ Lighting and Art Direction (+5 Point Possibility.)


Section 8: Effect (+8 Point Possibility)

  • Opening Impact: Film’s opening right away shocks the viewer. (+4)

  • Closing Impact: Film ends leaving the viewer speechless. (+4)


Entertainment Series Standard and Entertainment Series Metric structures:


According to the DBS and the SCS protocol manual, the structural composition of the Series Standard and Metric separates the networks and mediums into Conferences and further Divisions with Cable Stations being combined into one Conference and their channels serving as Divisions, this also with Premium and Network channels following the same. Streaming platforms are combined into separate conferences as well.

The process of competing two shows would be the ESS/ ESM selected group will view both competing shows and afterwards a rubric is filled out that will part points to either of the two competing shows. The show with the most combined points is declared the winner. A win is added to the winner's record. Shows compete episode by episode. For example, if this week Flying Dragons is airing episode 12 and Bad Guns is airing episode 7, then those two will compete as long as they are airing the same day. Shows only compete with one other show per week, no group bouts and no retro-past episodes can compete with current episodes.

According to the ESS/ESM rule book, television shows only play other shows airing the same day, for instance, shows that air on Sundays will only compete against other shows airing Sunday for the duration of their season schedule, the only exceptions are shows with fewer competitors scheduled on particular days. These shows are allowed to compete against other shows airing a day before or a day after, this is what is called a "Carry-Over". Never more than a day before or never more than a day after ergo shows airing Thursday will not compete against shows airing Saturday, the only possibility of that would be should both those shows make it to the Playoff/ Tournament scenario.

How one advances to the Playoff or Tournament portion is determinant on how well a series can compete against other series during the Television Season.

A Win/ Loss/ Tie scale will determine which Series will lead their Divisions as only the Division leaders regardless of their Win/ Loss Record will make the bracket placement. The Series finishing with the best record in all Divisions will by default be the Division Champion and will compete against other Division Champions in their Conference to decide who will be the Conference Champion. The Playoff or Tournament tree will process with a 1x loss elimination, however, during the Final with the top 2 competing entities then it will be the best of 7 or the first to win 4 as similar to the NBA Finals. The ESF will condition Series running from June to June of the following year with the Tournament playing in September of that year. As written in protocol, the Championship Series between the top two shows will be a best of 4. Or the first of the two to win 4 in the series quite similar to the NBA Final. Both shows will compete 4 pieces: their season opener episode, two climatic episodes that occurred during their seasons and the final finale episode.

Additional Note: (DBS/SCS) The Rankings are a factor during the season but do not determine seeding or advancement into the DBS and SCS Tournament as only the Division Champions will compete to determine Conference Championships and the eventual Tournament Champion. Rankings do however become a post season factor when determining who will compete at the Invitationals.


ESS - Entertainment Series Standard/ Final Win/ Loss/ Tie Eligibility Scale

ESM - Entertainment Series Metric/ Final Win/ Loss/ Tie Eligibility Scale 


Weeks Preferred Record Worst for poll eligibility – .700 minimum effective 

6 – (6-0) OR  (5-1)                15 – (12-3) OR (11-4)                            24 – (18-6) OR (17-7)

7 – (6-1) OR (5-2)                 16 – (12-4)                                             25 – (19-6) OR (18-7)

8 – (7-1) OR (6-2)                 17 – (13-4) OR (12-5)                            26 – (20-6) OR (19-7)

9 – (7-2)                                18 – (14-4) OR (13-5)                            27 – (21-6) OR (19-8)

10 – (8-2) OR (7-3)               19 – (15-4) OR (14-5)                            28 – (22-6) OR (20-8)

11 – (8-3)                              20 – (15-5) OR (14-6)

12 – (9-3)                              21 – (16-5) OR (15-6)

13 – (10-3)                            22 – (17-5) OR (16-6)

14 – (11-3) OR (10-4)           23 – (18-5) OR (17-6)

ESS NOTE: In the event that a Division Champion is unable to attain a .700 or better standing, Divisions with Telenovelas such as Univision and Telemundo are permitted to select their second place to fulfill the Bracket.


Episodic Scoring Assessment Rubric:

52 Point Value System


Section 1: Story/ Writing +8

Section 2: Entertainment Value +10

Section 3: Direction +2

Section 4: Editing +5

Section 5: Sound +2

Section 6: Quality +5

Section 7: Effect/ Impact +3

Section 8: Episodic Significance +5

Section 9: Performance +5

Section 10: Character Value +7

Playoff/ Tournament Protocol Notes:

According to the DBS/ SCS rule book for competing series, each competing series presents 4 episodes.

For the first round, all series are obligated to present their opening season episode and their finale episode as part of their competing four, they are not required for the duration of the tournament after the first round. However it must be noted that the four episodes presenting in the first round are not eligible for reuse for one round which is to mean that if The XYZ Show uses episodes: EP.Opener, EP.3, EP.5 and EP.Finale then those four episodes cannot be used again until round three, should XYZ Show advance that far.

Also to be noted is that for Series Shows with 8 or more episodes, after a Series has used their 4 for more than one round then one of those 4 episodes are no longer eligible to be used for the duration of the tournament. This rule does not apply to series with fewer than 8 episodes on their seasonal roster.


What's also to be noted is the issue of Division Champions having preference when it comes to bracket placement and the issue of the "Bracket Fillers".

Because the brackets are uneven high ranking non division champions are selected for Playoff/ Tournament placement. 

When a non division champion is selected then that participant will usually face their the champion of their particular division in the first round as to prevent the reality of a championship match between two participants from the same division.


First round byes are usually rare but do happen when the brackets are uneven. First round byes are not awarded to the best performing series but rather to series in which the other competing division champions have bracket fillers from their own particular divisions competing against them in the first round. Those division champions who do not face a bracket filler in the first round are usually given a bye and will face the winners of those first round bouts. This is usually the case with the SCS-ESM Streaming Tournament. 

Polling Issues:

Many fans of various Television Shows and Films often wonder how their favorite shows or films can place so high in the rankings and still be overlooked for playoff/ tournament placement in favor of a lower ranking film or television show. For one there are various factors that go into playoff/ tournament placement considered by the DBS/ SCS Committee such as: a lower ranking film may have had a stronger and more competitive schedule than some higher ranking films. Also to be considered is that a lower ranking film/ series may have beat a series that defeated a higher ranking film/ series during the season. Point margins are also considered in that a film/ television show may have more wins by bigger point spreads. All these are the many factors that contribute to Playoff placement despite Poll placement.

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