Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About

General FAQ

How do I contact FRP for press inquiries, media appearances, etc.?

For all media requests, appearances, and press inquiries, please email press@fredrogers.org.

I’m visiting Pittsburgh soon. Can I come visit/tour your offices?

Our office is not open to the public. The Fred Rogers Trail from visitPA outlines the best Fred Rogers-related attractions in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Can I work or intern for you?

When staff positions or internship opportunities are available, they will be posted on national job listing sites.

Do you offer any volunteer opportunities?

We don’t offer volunteer opportunities at FRP, but we would encourage you to  contact your local PBS station and community service organizations about opportunities for volunteering in your community. 

Can my child be in a “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” interstitial?

We typically do not hold open casting calls for the live-action interstitials, and our production shoots are closed to the public.

Can you send my child an autographed photo, birthday greeting, or letter from Daniel Tiger?

We do not send autographs of our characters or personalized notes, but we welcome fan mail!

Can I send a letter to cast members from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” or other FRP series?

We are happy to forward fan mail, but please understand that typically it’s not possible to receive a reply. Address mail to: 

(Name or Series Title)
c/o Fred Rogers Productions
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 700
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Can Daniel Tiger come to my child’s birthday party?

We do not rent our costumed characters for private events.

Is Fred Rogers Productions a nonprofit organization?

Yes.

Are donations to Fred Rogers Productions tax-deductible?

Yes.

Production

How do I pitch an idea to FRP?

When pitching your idea to Fred Rogers Productions, please note the following:

We do accept:

  • children’s television show pitches
  • children’s short form content pitches
  • children’s app/game pitches
  • published/unpublished children’s books, pitched for television

We do not accept:

  • pitches targeted at an adult audience
  • proposals seeking funding only, without a co-production partnership
  • unpublished children’s books seeking publication (we are not a book publisher)

In order to pitch us your idea, you must complete the following required steps:

  1. Complete the Submission Agreement.  Please download and sign the Submission Agreement. Keep one copy of the agreement for your records, and send the other one with your Pitch Material.

    Please be sure to fully complete your Submission Agreement. Agreements that are not completed properly cannot be accepted. Any materials sent without a completed Submissions Agreement will not be reviewed. 

  2. Assemble your Pitch Material. This can be a word document, pdf, web link, or video file that helps to outline your idea. *Please note that we are unable to send back any hard copy material that is mailed to us.
  3. Send us your signed Submission Agreement and Pitch Material. If submitting electronically, email the completed & signed Submission Agreement, along with your Pitch Material to pitches@fredrogers.org.

    If submitting by US Postal Service or shipping carrier, send one completed & signed Submission Agreement, along with your Pitch Material to:

                        Fred Rogers Productions
                        Attention: Pitches   
                        2100 Wharton Street
                        Suite 700
                        Pittsburgh, PA 
                        15203

For legal reasons, we can only accept submissions via email or mail that includes the items listed above. Please do not come to our office to pitch your idea.

Due to the high volume of inquires we receive, please allow 8-10 weeks for a reply once your signed Submission Agreement and Pitch Material have been received.

Can I send my resumé or website to FRP?

When staff positions or internship opportunities are available, they will be posted on national job listing sites.

Licensing

Can I license music from an FRP production?

Please send all music licensing inquiries for music from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to MRNmusic@fredrogers.org, and all requests for music from other Fred Rogers Productions programming to FRPmusic@fredrogers.org

In your email, please include the following:

  1. The legal name, address, and email address of the entity seeking the license. This may be the name of an individual, or a corporate name.
  2. Song Title
  3. Type of license sought (note that some licensing requests may require more than one type of license):
    • Mechanical License: A mechanical license is a license that grants the holder permission to make copies of a recorded copyrighted musical composition. You must obtain a mechanical license if you intend to record it and make copies for distribution or personal use. The rate for a mechanical license is set by the U.S. government.
    • Synchronization License: This license is required for any use of FRP music in combination with visual images. You must obtain a synchronization license if you intend to use music in film, television, video (all formats), websites, etc. Approval and rates are dependent upon the requested use.
    • Master Use License: This license is required for the use of any existing, FRP-owned or controlled recording of a song, or any portion thereof. For example, the use of any recording of Fred Rogers performing a song would require a master use license.   Approval and rates are dependent upon the requested use.
    • Performance License: This license is required if you are seeking to perform a song publically. This includes both live performance and performance of a recording in a public setting. If you are seeking a performance license, please be sure to indicate whether the venue in which you plan on performing a song carries an ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC license. Approval and rates are dependent upon the requested use.
  4. Detailed description of the proposed use. Please be as specific as possible.
  5. Proposed term, territory, and method of distribution (if applicable).

Can I license a video clip?

Please send all requests for video clips from any FRP property to clips@fredrogers.org.

In your email, please include the following:

  1. The legal name, address, and email address of the entity seeking the license. This may be the name of an individual, or a corporate name.
  2. A detailed description of the video clip that you would like to license. Please be sure to include the program, the episode number, approximate length of the clip, and a description of exactly the clip that you would like. Please be specific as possible.
  3. The proposed use of the clip, including the type of project (news, documentary, educational, commercial, etc.), and a detailed description of the context in which the clip will be used.
  4. The proposed term, territory, and methods of distribution of the project in which the clip will appear.

Approval and rates are dependent upon the requested use.

Can I license trademarked or copyrighted assets for merchandise?

For all merchandising inquiries, please send an email to merchandising@fredrogers.org.

In your email, please include the following:

  1. The legal name, address, and email address of the entity seeking the license. This may be the name of an individual, or a corporate name.
  2. A detailed description of the asset license. Please be specific.
  3. The proposed use of the asset. Please be specific.
  4. The proposed term, territory, and methods of distribution of the project in which the asset will appear.

Approval and rates are dependent upon the requested use.

Note: Fred Rogers Productions does not license its copyrighted materials or trademarks for the purpose of third-party branding or fundraising.

Can I license trademarked or copyrighted assets for a book, article, personal use, or some other purpose?

For all other uses (books, articles, personal, etc.), please send all requests to licensing@fredrogers.org.

In your email, please include the following:

  1. The legal name, address, and email address of the entity seeking the license. This may be the name of an individual, or a corporate name.
  2. A detailed description of the asset license. Please be specific.
  3. The proposed use of the asset. Please be specific.
  4. The proposed term, territory, and methods of distribution of the project in which the asset will appear.

Approval and rates are dependent upon the requested use.

Note: Fred Rogers Productions does not license its copyrighted materials or trademarks for the purpose of third-party branding or fundraising.

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