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What kind of music rights do I need to get or clear for my film for broadcast?
What is E&O insurance, and how do I obtain it?
What do I need to consider regarding financials and reporting to funders?
How do I use social media to do outreach on my film?

Get answers to these and other useful questions in the latest version of the ITVS Production Manual.

Learn about the process of getting your film to broadcast and beyond with sections on insurance and financial considerations, crowdfunding, new media rights and clearances, public broadcasting distribution, publicity, social media, community engagement, and much more.

The 2014 edition of our popular manual is the culmination of years of industry experience, offering a collection of practical information contributed by ITVS staff and independent producers, as well as distributors and colleagues from media organizations and the public television field.

An additional CD includes over 25 sample forms for you to use in production.

This 215-page manual is a great resource for anyone looking to produce programs for public television.

Order your copy of the 2014 ITVS Production Manual

As always, we welcome your feedback, questions, and suggestions!
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION
Introduction
FAQ about ITVS

Chapter 2: DISTRIBUTION
Public Broadcasting
Public Broadcasting Contacts
Distribution Beyond PTV
Distributors
Appendix 2.1: PTV 101 - Glossary of Terms

Chapter 3: FUNDERS, UNDERWRITERS, AND CROWDFUNDING
Determining the Acceptability of Funding
Crowdfunding
Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 4: EDITORIAL STANDARDS
Overview
Public Broadcasting Service Editorial Standards and Policies

Chapter 5: OVERVIEW OF ITVS FUNDING INITIATIVES
Open Call
Linking Independents and Co-producing Stations (LINCS)
Diversity Development Fund (DDF)
Series and Special Projects
Appendix 5.1: Writing the Treatment

Chapter 6: DELIVERY TO BROADCASTER
Delivery Schedule and Categories
Pre - Contract Deliverables
Program/Production Deliverables

Chapter 7: FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
Financial Considerations for the Independent Producer
Financial Reporting
Record-Keeping Tips

Chapter 8: INSURANCE
Production Insurance
Distribution Insurance
Frequently Asked Questions and Resources
Resources

Chapter 9: RIGHTS
General Information about Rights
Minimum Rights
Public Domain Material
The Fair Use Doctrine
Music Rights
Music Cue Sheets
Visual Rights
Acquired Footage
Copyright Registration
Appendix 9.1: Circular 3: Copyright Notice
Appendix 9.2: Circular 45: Copyright Registration for Motion Pictures
Appendix 9.3: Form PA (application for copyright) and instructions
Appendix 9.4: Circular 15a: Duration of Copyright
Appendix 9.5: Circular 15t: Extension of Copyright Terms
Appendix 9.6: Circular 22: How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work

Chapter 10: CREDITS AND PACKAGING
Process for Credits and Packaging
Standard Public Television Credits and Packaging
Credits and Packaging Prior to Program Content
Credits and Packaging After Program Content
Strand Credits and Packaging
Non-Public Television Versions
Appendix 10.1: Credits and Packaging Worksheet Sample
Appendix 10.2: Timing Worksheet Guide
Appendix 10.3: Credits and Packaging Comparison Chart

Chapter 11: PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Pre-Production Considerations
Technical Considerations for Production
Post Production Technical Considerations
Appendix 11.1: PBS High Definition (HD) Technical Operating Specifications

Chapter 12: MARKETING, PROMOTION/PUBLICITY, AND ENGAGEMENT
Photos
Additional Useful Promotional Items
Websites for Independents
Festivals
The Press
Community Engagement
Interview Tips
Appendix 12.1: Sample Photos
Appendix 12.2: Sample Press Release for a Program Airing on Global Voices on PBS World
Appendix 12.3: Sample Press Release for a Program Airing on Independent Lens
Appendix 12.4: Sample Press Release for a Program Airing on PBS Plus
Appendix 12.5: Community Engagement Campaign Elements

Chapter 13: RESOURCES
Clearing Rights: Music
Clearing Rights: Visual
Closed-Captioning & Videotape Technical Evaluation Facility
Copyright Information On-line
Film/Video Festival Listings On-line
Film/Video Related Software & Books
Insurance
Legal Resources On-line
Payroll Services
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Title Clearance and Copyright Searches
Translation/Transcription Services

Chapter 14: SAMPLE FORMS
Introduction