THE ARCHIVE OF AMERICAN TELEVISION is a non-profit organization that owns or represents over 4,000 hours of rare, videotaped oral history interviews. The Archive also contains still photographs, audio interviews, transcripts, and other special collections.
Our footage is available to all film, television, broadband and documentary producers, and has been digitized for easy access and delivery.
Please review below for frequently asked questions about searching for and acquiring footage from the collection. All licensing costs directly help the Foundation defray the cost of producing these interviews. For additional information please contact Jenni Matz (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are interested in licensing EMMYS footage, please contact Nora Bates (email@example.com).
- Licensing fees apply, but vary depending on the usage rights and territory you require. Please contact us for more information.
- Quoting from the interviews is allowed, but we ask you check with us for exact phrasing and credit.
- Transcripts are available for a fee for research purposes only.
- Initial research is free, but more detailed requests involving staff time and database searches require a minimum research fee of $100 per request.
- We do not release screeners of entire interviews.
- Masters are created for a minimum fee of $500 (per request), and can be delivered as a digital file via FTP or download. Please contact us for specific information.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How can I find out what is in the Archive?
You can learn more about the collection by viewing interview clips online for free! Most of our completed interviews are available on this site. Simply go to the “People” page for a complete list of online interviews.
Q: Is there a Fee for Research?
There is no fee for answers to simple, specific questions about content (ie: Do you have footage of Jane Wyatt discussing her role on Star Trek?). For more detailed requests, or to pull interview transcript selects, you must contact us. Research fees may apply.
Q: How can I request a screener?
We do not make screeners of footage, unless a special exception is made. We recommend you view the footage you want to use on our site, and using the video player note the "Reel" and Timecode of the clip desired. Once you have made an initial request and want to obtain a copy of specific footage, you will be asked to fill out a “Master Delivery Authorization” form (see below).
Q: How can I obtain a master clip?
Once you have made an initial request with Jenni and want to obtain a copy of specific footage, you will be asked to fill out a “Master Delivery Authorization” form which explains that this footage may be used for research only and not for any other purpose until a Clip License Agreement is obtained. Once we receive that form faxed or emailed back to us, and indicate precisely what footage you are requesting (including Reel, Timecode, and a brief description of the star/end of the quote desired), we will send you a digital file of the section of the interview requested within three - five business days. There will be a dub fee for digital delivery ($500 and up depending on number of clips). which can be sent via harddrive, Hightail, or the client's FTP. The client pays for shipping and insurance, if any.
Depending on your production's needs and the mode of delivery required, there may be an additional lab/ materials/handling/duplication or rush fee. You will be billed a license fee for the total amount provides, whether the footage was used or not.
Q: What are your clip licensing fees?
A "License Fee" is a release fee granting a limited usage license of the clip(s) you order to be used in a specified production for a specific market during the stated license period. Custom quotes are available if you desire to use the same footage in more than one production, or more than once in the same production, use the production containing our footage in more than one market, or if you would like to license clip(s) in perpetuity. Generally the license term is 7 years. Please contact us for more information and a quote, as rates depend on the distribution market, the licensing term and the territory. Volume discounts are sometimes available.
Q: Do you own the copyright to all your interview footage?
The Archive owns copyright on the majority of the collection, but there are some special cases where the copyright or permission to rebroadcast must be obtained from the interviewee or their estate, which we may do on your behalf.
Q: Can I quote from the Archive?
We do allow quoting from our archives, but ask that you check with us first so that we may give you the exact phrasing from the transcripts. We also ask that you use a specific attribution when quoting from the Archive. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: Can I get a transcript of the interviews?
We do not loan out transcripts of entire interviews, but if you need a copy for research you can contact us to find out how to obtain a pdf copy for a $100 fee (per transcript). Our transcripts have copyright and may not be used for dissemination or reproduction in any form.
Q: Can I get clips from the Emmy telecast?
The Emmy Awards are produced by the Television Academy. The Archive is a separate, non-profit division of the Academy Foundation. For all Emmy and Academy-related clip licensing requests, please contact Nora Bates (email@example.com)
Q: What mode of payment do you accept?
Prepayment is required for screening tapes, and all services for new clients. We do accept credit cards. All shipping is to be paid for by the client.
CLIP LICENSING CONTACT FOR ARCHIVE INTERVIEWS :
Archive of American Television
Television Academy Foundation
5220 Lankershim Blvd. N. Hollywood, CA 91601
For Emmys footage please contact Nora Bates (firstname.lastname@example.org).