Useful Links
Several books and manuals are available that may help along the way, including:

The Independent Television Service

The ITS production manual has very valuable information, even if the project is not intended to air on public television. The manual is available here. From information on music rights and copyrights to insurance and marketing, this thorough manual has contact information for rights, closed-captioning, distribution, insurance, payroll services and more.
• If the project is planned to be produced for broadcast, visit the PBS Producer’s web site. While very detailed and technical, the PBS producer’s handbook is very thorough. Be assured that if these technical and editorial specifications are met, then the project will not be discounted based on these specifications.
There are other great books and manuals written by film and multimedia professionals that will be helpful for independent producers just getting started in the business. Check your local library or search the Internet.

PRODUCTION BASICS (and helpful guidelines):

The Independent Television Service (highly recommended)
501 York Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415)356-8383
email
http://www.itvs.org/
ITVS production manual is available on www.itvs.org/producers/

PBS
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703)739-5000
PBS Producer’s web site: http://www.pbs.org/producers/


WRITING RESOURCES

The Artful Writer
http://artfulwriter.com/

Daily Script (Screenplays On-line)
http://www.dailyscript.com/
 
Deadline Hollywood Daily
(News from the trenches)
http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/

Writers Digest - Script Notes by Chad Gervich
http://blog.writersdigest.com/scriptnotes/

Jane Espenson's Writing Blog
http://www.janeespenson.com/

John August's Writing Blog
http://johnaugust.com/

TV by the numbers (TV ratings)
http://tvbythenumbers.com/

script-o-rama (a zillion screenplays online)
http://www.script-o-rama.com/


LEGAL RESOURCES

Mark Litwak’s online
www.marklitwak.com

Paul Supnik
9601 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 828
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310)859-0100
http://www.supnik.com/

Entertainment Law Digest
http://www.entlawdigest.com/


MUSIC LICENSING

ASCAP
http://www.ascap.com/index.html

BMI
http://www.bmi.com/


SESAC
http://www.sesac.com/index.aspx


TITLE CLEARANCE

Thomson and Thomson
(800)692-8833
www.thomson-thomson.com


PAYROLL SERVICES

Falcon Paymasters
http://www.falconpaymasters.com/

Cast and Crew
http://castandcrew.com/www/main.htm

Entertainment Partners
http://www.entertainmentpartners.com/


INSURANCE

Allen Financial Insurance Group
http://www.eqgroup.com/afrecpgm.htm

C and S
http://www.csins.com/

Film Emporium
Short Term Per Project Coverage
Events of all kinds: screening, converts, plays, etc.

Walterry Insurance
http://www.walterry.com/



OTHER USEFUL LINKS

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
http://www.oscars.org/

American Film Institute
http://www.afi.com/

American Federation of Radio and Television Artists
http://www.aftra.org/aftra/aftra.htm

Director’s Guild of America
http://www.dga.org/

Everfest (comprehensive global festival discovery engine)
https://www.everfest.com/film-festivals

Independent Film and Television Alliance
http://www.ifta-online.org/

Producer’s Guild of America
http://www.producersguild.org/

Screen Actor’s Guild
http://www.sag.org/home



CLOSED CAPTIONING

Compuscripts-Columbia
http://www.compuscriptsinc.com/

Media Access Group-WGBH Boston
http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/mag/


FILM/VIDEO BOOKS

“Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great" - William M Akers
Barnes & Noble

Independent Feature Film Production: A Complete Guide from Concept Through Distribution - Gregory Goodell
http://www.ecampus.com/bk_detail.asp?ISBN=0312181175

From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film - Dov S-S Simens
Barnes & Noble

Web site on recommended books and media on the film business -Dr. Stan Williams
http://www.stanwilliams.com/


Other possible funding sources (for broadcast)

ITVS
501 York Street San Francisco, CA 94110
(415)356-8383
email
http://www.itvs.org/


National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20506
(800)634-1212
http://www.neh.gov/

National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20506
(202)682-5400
http://www.nea.gov/


PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS

Jungle Software
http://www.junglesoftware.com/home/

Mindstar
http://www.mindstarprods.com/

Media Services
http://www.media-services.com/

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