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For other uses, see Green Light.
Traffic lights display green to indicate "go ahead".

To green-light is to give permission or a go ahead to move forward with a project.[1] The term is a reference to the green traffic signal, indicating "go ahead". In the context of the film and television industries, to green-light something is to formally approve its production finance and to commit to this financing, thereby allowing the project to move forward from the development phase to pre-production and principal photography.

The power to green-light a project is generally reserved to those in a project or financial management role within an organization. The process of taking a project from pitch to green-light formed the basis of a successful reality TV show titled Project Greenlight.[2]


  1. ^ "Green light (dictionary definition)". Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Green light". HBO. Archived from the original on December 18, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-17.