can help: if you are a writer, author, or producer who wants to feature the FBI, we may be able to work with you to create an accurate portrayal of the Bureau.
We’ve been doing it since the 1930s. Most recently,
we have assisted the motion pictures “The Kingdom,” “Shooter,” and “Breach”;
television programs like “Without A Trace,” “CSI,” “Numb3rs,” “Criminal
Minds,” and “The Closer”; and books
like Big City, Bad Blood; Lone Wolf-Eric
Rudolph: Murder, Myth and the Pursuit of an American
Outlaw; and Lightning Out of Lebanon: Hezbollah
Terrorists on American Soil.
Specifically, the Investigative Publicity
and Public Affairs Unit (IPPAU) in our Office
of Public Affairs is a small staff that spends a portion
of its time working with domestic and international
screenwriters, producers, authors, and other industry
personnel associated with TV programs, documentaries,
made-for-TV movies, books, and motion pictures. In addition, the
unit is the same one that manages national and international
publicity for wanted fugitives (including the “Ten
Most Wanted Fugitives”), Most Wanted Terrorists,
and missing children, and it also coordinates other proactive initiatives.
What we need from you:
name, any pertinent company name, point of contact,
address, e-mail, and phone number;
- Acknowledgement whether the project is “sold,” “green
lit,” commissioned, or speculative;
- A description how the FBI fits into the
project and its relative importance;
- An explanation of FBI characters and actions
(what they will be doing);
- Film script, plot, or treatment;
- Project status/timeline/production schedule
- Specificity regarding cases, procedures,
or information needed; and
- A list of FBI personnel desired (if known)
for interviews or backgrounders (note: please allow
ample time for the approval process.)
What we can provide you:
- Guidance on content regarding FBI investigations,
procedures, structure, and history;
- Information on costumes, props, scenery,
- Fact checks;
- Liaison and coordination with local FBI
- Coordination of location shots; and
- Access to FBI facilities for filming scenes,
interviews, or b-roll footage.
- Call FBI Headquarters at (202) 324-3000 and ask for the Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit.
- Or write to: FBI Headquarters, Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit, Room 7790B, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20535.
- Or send your complete request via e-mail to public.affairs(at)ic.fbi.gov.
Please note: IPPAU considers project assistance on a case-by-case basis. We have limited resources and cannot ensure cooperation or offer reviews or critiques.