Silvermouse for BBC production paperwork - independent productions

Use Silvermouse to complete the production reporting for BBC-commissioned TV programmes so that it can be referred to by future productions. This ensures all relevant parties have the information they need and the BBC meets its legal and contractual obligations.

Silvermouse is a web-based system which issues forms to production teams to record the post-production paperwork for their TV programmes. 

When a programme is commissioned it's added to the commissioning system, which triggers the launch of the forms that need to be completed. 

Although independent production companies may be familiar with Silvermouse and already use it for production paperwork for other broadcasters, this video shows the BBC's specific requirements. Please note that the Transmission form is no longer required or issued for new productions.

Video transcript 

The following helpcards provide detailed support for each of the forms, identifying what information is required by the BBC. 

If you have any questions about content, please refer to your BBC contact in the first instance. 

Helpcards

  • Getting started with Silvermouse - find out how to navigate the system and locate your forms
  • Billings form - used by listings magazines, such as the Radio Times, and for digital programme guides, BBC iPlayer and the BBC's programme websites. The BBC iPlayer's billings guide explains where the billings synopses appear and provides some key tips on writing them well
    The Emergency Billings form should only be used as instructed by your delivery contact or in the event of an emergency. Afterwards, the standard Billings form should be completed in Silvermouse
  • Contributors form - is a key element of the BBC Programme as Completed (PasC) document and details all the people used in the programme and their contracts and agreements. Examples include actors, musicians, writers, experts or interviewees
  • Copyrights form - is another key element of the BBC PasC and details all the copyright works used in the programme and how they were cleared for use. Examples include scripts, poems, stills, artistic works and commissioned or archive footage
  • Cue Sheet form - reports all the music in the programme so the correct parties can be paid
  • Diversity Actual form - tracks the diversity information for the people who work on the programme, both on- and off-screen. See Diamond for more information
  • Diversity Perceived form - reports the diversity of the on-screen characters or people as perceived by the audience. See Diamond for more information
  • Front Page form - provides all the key information about the programme and forms part of the BBC PasC document
  • Header - contains the common data across all the forms

 

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