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Contents

Letter

Results in Brief
Background
In Negotiating the Contract with Showtime, the Smithsonian
Generally Followed Its Internal Guidelines Regarding
Competition, Oversight, and Conflicts of Interest
The Smithsonian Traded Semiexclusive Commercial Distribution
Rights to Produce and Distribute Certain Audiovisual Programs
Using Smithsonian Content for 30 Years for National Exposure
and a New Revenue Stream
The Smithsonian Has Been Working to Implement the Contract,
but It Has Provided Insufficient Information to Interested
Parties
The Impact of the Contract on Interested Parties Is Uncertain
Conclusions
Recommendations for Executive Action
Agency Comments and Our Evaluation

Appendix I Objectives, Scope, and Methodology 37
Appendix II Smithsonian's Filming Application Review Process 39
Appendix III Comments from the Smithsonian Institution 41
Appendix IV Comments from Showtime Networks Inc. 48
Appendix V GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments 50
Table

Table 1: Filming Application Decisions from January 1, 2006,
through September 30, 2006

GAO-07-275 Smithsonian's Contract with Showtime

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Smithsonian Institution: Additional Information Should Be Developed and Provided to Filmmakers on the Impact of the Showtime Contract, report, December 15, 2006; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc298598/m1/3/ocr/: accessed May 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

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