BBC Worldwide today announces that it has signed an archive representation agreement with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) the largest public service broadcaster in the country.
The deal will see BBC Motion Gallery, BBC Worldwide's clips sales arm, distributing a range of regionally specific clips via its website (bbcmotiongallery.com) to further enhance its rich international motion imagery portfolio.
The ORF relationship will sit alongside BBC Motion Gallery's existing international representations which include America's CBS news archive, NHK's HDTV archive from Japan and the rare China Central TV archive to create one of the world's most regionally diverse collections of high-quality motion imagery for licensing and royalty-free usage.
Media professionals in advertising, television, film, interactive and corporate video production can benefit from instant, downloadable clips from across the world directly from the BBC Motion Gallery site.
ORF's footage archive features, amongst other things, Austrian regional beauty shots, historical, political and celebrity highlights as well as lighter sporting and distinctly European culture content.
BBC Motion Gallery will choose a selection of clips from ORF's extensive archive dating back to 1950's to add to its comprehensive library which already consists of 500 million feet of film and 60,000 hours of digitised video.
Simon Gibbs, Managing Director of BBC Motion Gallery, BBC Worldwide said: "This deal means that our archive covers an even broader range of regionally relevant clips and stock footage. By adding Central European clips, we can help media professionals to find the imagery they need quickly, easily and cost effectively.
"We are proud to provide our customers with a wide selection of globally sourced rights-managed and royalty-free footage and will strive to continuously expand our inventory allowing us to have something relevant to offer whatever the creative need."
About BBC Motion Gallery
BBC Motion Gallery offers media professionals access to the world's most comprehensive collection of high-quality motion imagery for licensing worldwide.
With more than 500,000 hours of footage, BBC Motion Gallery encompasses a wealth of content covering natural history, sport, news, locations, art, music, celebrities, historic events and more.
BBC Motion Gallery is also the exclusive global representative of the CBS News Archive, and has global distribution deals with NHK, Japan's national broadcaster and ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. BBC Motion Gallery operates from offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Paris, Toronto, Sydney and Tokyo.
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Global Channels, Global TV Sales, Magazines, Content & Production, Home Entertainment and Digital Media.
In 2006/07 BBC Worldwide generated profits of £111 million on sales of £810 million.
The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) is a foundation under public law based in Vienna, capital city of Austria. ORF is market leader in TV, radio and internet.
ORF as a sophisticated multimedia organization offers:
• 2 generalist TV channels (ORF 1 and ORF 2) with more than 50% market share
• 3 national and 9 regional Radio Stations with more than 80% market share
• A special interest channel TW1 (50% share) for sports, weather, leisure and lifestyle
• 3 sat, a culture orientated program for audiences in Europe's German-speaking countries, together with ARD, ZDF and SRG-SSR
• corporations with ARTE, BR Alpha and ZDF Theaterkanal, providing and coproducing programs
• the leading Internet network ORF.at with 2 million unique visitors per month
• full Teletext Service with 2000 pages of information and services around the clock
• news and personalized services via SMS and UMTS
• rich video and sound archives, produced and distributed by ORF/ORF Enterprise
• a wide range of attractive programs for sale and co production.
License fee income makes up for approx. 42 % of the ORF proceeds. The remaining part is therefore earned by selling advertising time (operated by ORF ENTERPRISE) and from other revenue.
The main locations of ORF are the ORF Centre (Würzburggasse), the Radio Broadcasting House (Argentinierstrasse), the Media House (Heiligenstädter Lände) and the regional studios in the federal states.