I'm using Schema to format an address like so:

<div itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/productionCompany">
    <span itemprop="name">Production Company Name</span>
    <div itemprop="address" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/PostalAddress">
        <span itemprop="streetAddress">Address goes here</span>
        <span itemprop="addressRegion">London</span>,
        <span itemprop="postalCode">N1 000</span>,
Phone: <span itemprop="telephone">0203000000</span>
Fax: <span itemprop="faxNumber">0203000001</span>

Using Google's structured data testing tool, I'm getting the following validation error:

@type productionCompany (The type productionCompany is not a type known to Google.)

This is strange, because I've found the company type here. Any ideas why I'm getting this error?

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productionCompany is a property, not a type.

In Schema.org, a property always starts with a lowercase letter, while types always start with an uppercase letter.

It seems that you want to say something about a company. In that case, you should use Organization or one of its sub-types, e.g., LocalBusiness:

<div itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/LocalBusiness">
  <!-- … -->

The productionCompany property takes Organization (or one of its sub-types) as value. So you could for example say that a certain Movie was produced by this company:

<div itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Movie">
  <div itemprop="productionCompany" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/LocalBusiness">
    <!-- … -->
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    That makes more sense, thank you. I've found a good list here with all of the different business categories: schema.org/docs/full.html.
    – Sam
    Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 9:24
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    @Sam: Another way to find suitable types is to start at a type you know is relevant (like Organization) (or Thing if you don’t know yet) and go down the hierarchy → see my answer with details
    – unor
    Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 9:32

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