We're your production partner for archive footage, delivering a wide variety of topical content at a great value. With a library of more than 4 million assets, CNN Collection offers clips across popular categories like crime and justice, weather, military, politics and more. If it’s newsworthy, CNN has it.


We are licensing veterans, research and archive professionals, media producers, filmmakers and career creatives with a background in TV broadcast, non-fiction and documentary production, and narrative filmmaking. Together, we specialize in helping fiction and non-fiction storytellers — in every medium — establish and frame their narrative with footage spanning from the early 1980s to today’s biggest global and local news coverage.

When it comes to “the art of storytelling,” CNN Collection is your production partner.  With a collaborative approach, we listen, ask questions and thoroughly research our vast collection for the perfect clip to fit your story.

CNN Collection clients include major and independent film and multimedia production companies. CNN Collection is often seen in feature films, television shows, museums, educational materials, music videos, advertising commercials and other public outlets. In addition to servicing major clients, cnn.com/collection is a full-featured e-commerce platform enabling marketers, bloggers and general consumers to quickly search, preview and purchase stock footage with just a credit card.

A large portion of our library is digitized and available in High Definition (HD). The remaining portion is available in archival quality via digital delivery.

Contact us to discuss footage needs. You’ll be delighted with the experience.

Let CNN Collection researchers become an extension of your team. Together we'll  creates better storytelling, faster workflow and more efficient production.

Our clients often consider CNN Collection researchers an extension of their team – this creates an environment for better storytelling, faster workflow, and generally a much more efficient production.



By working with the world’s news leader, you get access to our news archives and award-winning content from our branded series and platforms.


Search, preview, download and purchase footage faster than ever before. Register on the website to create free comps and organize and share items via your personal clip bins.


Shoot footage that matters most to your production and leave the rest to us. With CNN, get footage from otherwise cost-prohibitive locations. We offer volume-based pricing if you need more than a few clips.


Visit cnn.com/collection to start browsing for footage.