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Film Clip & Still Licensing

Sony Pictures Film Clip & Still Licensing provides advertisers, publishers and entertainment productions licensed access to a vast library of clips, stills, one-sheets, dialogue and other thematic elements inherent to Sony Pictures' feature films. With licensed content from acclaimed masterpieces such as Lawrence of Arabia and On the Waterfront and blockbuster franchises including The Amazing Spider-Man™ and Men in Black, the collection offers unparalleled access to the best from Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Screen Gems, Stage 6 Films and Revolution Studios, among others.

Please contact Sony Pictures Film Clip & Still Licensing at FilmClips@spe.sony.com or call 310.244.7306 for recorded licensing instructions.

FAQs

How do I license a film clip or still for my project/program?

If you wish to license clips, stills, posters, dialogue, or any other thematic elements from the feature film libraries of Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Screen Gems, Stage 6 Films, or Revolution Studios, please submit a request by email to FilmClips@spe.sony.com.

  • Please include the following information:
  • Titles and release dates of films being requested.
  • Description and length of clips you wish to license.
  • Type and purpose of the project or program in which you propose to include the material.
  • Detailed information describing exactly how the licensed material will be used in your project. For filmed programs, please include a synopsis of the script and relevant script pages illustrating how the material will be incorporated into the project or program. For published works, please include the associated text and the relevance of the licensed material.
  • Expected distribution of your project or program including media, territory, and length of term. Also provide broadcast, release, or publication date.
  • The name of the copyright holder of your project, if different from your company.
  • Contact information including a phone number, email address, and fax number if available. If you are outside the United States or Canada, please provide the international access code for your country and city.
  • Any additional questions or concerns.

Do I have to clear the actors in a film clip or still?

Probably. Depending on when the film was released and the proposed use of the material, actors may have to be contacted for a written release and a re-use payment may need to be made. The Screen Actors Guild (www.sagaftra.org) may be able to provide useful information on obtaining consents and making payments. You may also consider contacting a professional clearance service. We can provide a list of clearance service providers upon request.

How do I handle stunt performers?

You should attempt to identify each stunt performer featured in the clip or still that you want to use. If you are unable to identify a particular stunt performer, you might try contacting the stunt coordinator on the film. Stunt coordinators can often be located through SAG or via the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com). SAG will assist you with obtaining payment information for the featured stunt performer and advise you on the appropriate SAG scale payment.

Is the music included in the film clip license?

No. To license music from a clip, please contact Jaime Cyr at Jaime_Cyr@spe.sony.com.

Are there other guilds I need to contact to clear a clip and/or still?

There may be additional clearances required from the Writers Guild of America (www.wga.org) and/or the Directors Guild of America (www.dga.org).

Can I make changes to the clip or still?

Alterations or modifications of film clips or stills are not permitted without the express written consent of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

What is included in the license?

Pending review and approval of your request, Sony Pictures will grant rights for the use of copyrighted material in the media, territory and term requested. The license does not include clearances for talent, locations, or material copyrighted by a third party. Duplication costs to create files, tapes, DVDs, stills, or any other requested elements are also not included in the license fee.

How much does it cost to license a film clip?

License fees are determined based on the material being licensed, the rights requested, and the project in which the material will be used.

Where do I license clips from the Sony Pictures Classics library?

Please direct these requests to Kendra Guffey at Kendra_Guffey@spe.sony.com.

Where do I license clips from television shows distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment?

Please direct these requests to Edward Zimmerman at Edward_Zimmerman@spe.sony.com.

How do I get a copy of an episode of Jeopardy! or Wheel of Fortune?

Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune episodes are available by contacting Edward Zimmerman at Edward_Zimmerman@spe.sony.com.

I want to show a Sony Pictures Entertainment film to my group or organization. Does Sony Pictures Film Clips handle these rights?

No. Please direct all requests for repertory or non-theatrical screenings of SPE films – including screenings to religious organizations, school groups, and corporate events – to David Jennings at David_Jennings@spe.sony.com.

How do I find out if remake, adaptation, stage play, or sequel rights are available for a Sony Pictures film?

Please direct all requests for re-issuance of rights to Gayle McDonald at Gayle_McDonald@spe.sony.com.