When to credit as a production company?

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When an end-credits slide gives a producton company name/logo, then says "for" and then the network it aired on, I've always presumed that means the network commissioned a third party to do it "for" them, but didn't do it themselves, therefore wouldn't have a production company credit. Am I wrong in thinking this?
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Nick Lewis

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Eboy

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Sounds like a distributer (TV channel airing the program). Sometimes it’s (for example) BBC producing and distributing (airing) the program, but sometimes the BBC is just airing the program and has maybe commissioned it from the outside production company.
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On the other hand, the BBC pays for the productions they commission, and

"Production companies include all financing entities."
https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/industry-professional/companies-data/GM45NQ429VURNCSG
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Nick Lewis

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You've hit on my quandry perfectly. The title that made me ask the question is a political documentary October Films produced for the BBC. The end slide shows the October logo then says "for BBC". I submitted a production company correction, however while October Films was added, the BBC weren't removed (they're down as distributor so that would've been unaffected), so I wondered if I'd misinterpreted the production arrangement.
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There are around 11K entries in the Production Company section with an attribute of "for" or "produced for", so it at least looks like fairly normal for those to go there.
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Interesting, I guess they are eligible then. Thanks for that nugget of info, I'll have to keep it in mind for future submissions.