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About the ABC Studios Licensing Program

Designing sets for popular TV shows such as Desperate Housewives is a high-energy, fast-paced business.   With scripts often changing at the last minute, producers and set designers need to be able to design and build new sets in a matter of days.

The process of procuring artwork for these sets is particularly challenging because each piece of artwork that gets used as a prop or set decoration needs to be licensed from the original artist and cleared for use on TV.

With limited time on their hands, it can be very difficult for TV producers to find high-quality artwork for their sets... locate the original artists... and then obtain signed licensing agreements from each artist.

In order to alleviate this problem and simultaneously open up a new sales channel for our artists, Fine Art America has worked with producers at ABC Studios to develop a unique program that's going to revolutionize the way that artwork is licensed for use on television.

How It Works


There is a licensing agreement located at the bottom of this page.   This is an agreement that ABC Studios will ask you to sign should they decide to purchase one of your prints for use on their sets.   The agreement grants ABC the right to display your print on their set... film it for the TV show... broadcast it... and use it in any medium connected with promoting the TV show.   For example, your print might appear on the set of Desperate Housewives, and as a result of that appearance, it might also appear in still photos that are used to promote Desperate Housewives in magazines, in newspapers, on the web, etc.   Please note - ABC does not have any rights, whatsoever, to reproduce your prints.   You retain the copyright to your artwork and the sole, exclusive right to reproduce it.


If you are OK with the terms of the licensing agreement at the bottom of this page, you can join the ABC licensing program by clicking on the appropriate button at the top of this page.   By joining the program, you are not actually signing the licensing agreement.   You're simply indicating that, should ABC contact you about purchasing one of your prints, you would be willing to sign the agreement at that time.   You are also indicating that you are the rightful owner of each image in your FAA portfolio and that you have the right to license them.


Once you join the program, your images will be published on special pages of FAA which have been specifically designed for ABC's producers and set-designers.   These pages only show images from those artists who have joined the program.   This allows ABC's producers and set-designers to quickly browse through images knowing that, should they want to purchase one, the artist is willing to license it.


When you join the program, you will be asked to provide a phone number where we can contact you.   When a producer decides to purchase one of your prints, the first thing he's going to do is call you at that phone number.   In the television business, production deadlines can be very short, and producers need to be able to reach you immediately once they take an interest in buying your prints.   The producer who contacts you will confirm over the phone that you are willing to license the selected print, and once you agree verbally, he'll then arrange to fax or e-mail a formal licensing agreement to you.   The agreement will contain all of the language shown below and will specifically call out the name of the print that's being purchased.   You will be asked to sign one licensing agreement for each print that ABC is purchasing.


You will then be asked to sign the agreement and overnight it back to ABC via FedEx.   The shipment will be billed to the recipient (i.e. ABC) so that you do not have to pay for it.


Once the signed agreement arrives back at ABC, the producer will then purchase the print from FAA.   The producer will pay full price.   If your price is $500 for an 8" x 10" print, then that's exactly what you'll earn.   A sale to ABC is no different than a sale to any other buyer.   Once the sale comes through, FAA will take care of processing the order... just like we always do.   We'll print it, frame it, mat it, package it, and ship it - all within 48 hours.


Once the print arrives on set, the sale is complete.   ABC will mail you a check for $100 per the terms of the licensing agreement, and 30 days later, FAA will send you the profits from the sale (i.e. your asking price) via check or PayPal.


Each time ABC purchases one of your prints, you will sign one agreement, ABC will pay you $100, ABC will purchase the print from FAA, and FAA will send you your profits from the sale.   For example, let's say that ABC purchases 25 of your prints, and your asking price for each print is $50.   You would end up earning 25 x $50 (asking price) + 25 x $100 (licensing fee) = $3,750.   In this scenario, you would have signed 25 separate licensing agreements, as well.


If you are interested in participating in this program, just click the appropriate button at the top of this page.   Make sure to read the licensing agreement, below, as well.   By joining the program, you're indicating that you are the rightful owner of all of the images in your FAA portfolio and that you are willing to license your prints to ABC per the terms of the agreement, below.   Please note, you can always refuse to sign the agreement when the producer contacts you (see Section #4).   However, if you refuse to sign the agreement, ABC would not be able to use your print on their television show and, therefore, would not order the print.   Note - FAA reserves the right to cancel your participation in this program for any reason - including refusing to license your artwork when contacted by ABC.


You can opt-in and opt-out of this program at any time by clicking the button at the top of the page.   For those artists who have always wanted to license their artwork... what better way to start than with ABC Studios!

The Licensing Agreement

Here are the terms of the agreement that you will be asked to sign before ABC purchases your prints.   You will be asked to sign one agreement per print.


Your print will be licensed directly to ABC Studios for use in one of their television shows.


There is a one-time flat license fee of $100 per print.   The license shall include the right to incorporate the print, in whole or in part, as a prop or set decoration in any manner and in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, advertising, publicity, promotion, and recap.   ABC Studios has no obligation to use the print on television and cannot guarantee that the print will ever be visible on-screen (even if actually used).


ABC Studios will not accord any on-screen credit to you.


You represent and warrant that you are the sole artist in connection with the print and do not need the additional consent of any third party.


You will stand behind your representation to ABC Studios that you are the sole artist and agree to indemnify ABC Studios for any losses, claims, demands, costs, and expenses arising out of or in connection with the use of the print.


You waive your ability to prevent ABC Studios from exploiting (i.e. broadcasting) its program for any reason (waiver of injunctive relief).


You may mention that your print was purchased by ABC Studios in marketing materials, online posts, and press releases, but you may not use the ABC logo, Disney logo, logos from ABC / Disney television shows, or any logo owned by ABC / Disney.


You retain sole, exclusive copyright to your artwork, and retain all rights to reproduce it as prints.   ABC specifically acknowledges that they do not have the right to reproduce your artwork.