WASHINGTON, DC (November 12, 2003) –National Geographic Film Library and ZDF archives have signed a multiyear reciprocal sales agreement to represent content from each company’s archives in their respective markets. The agreement was announced today by Matthew White, vice president, Film Library for National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F).
The partnership gives National Geographic exclusive rights to the ZDF Network television library for sales in the United Kingdom; ZDF will gain rights to license National Geographic footage to its clients in Germanic territories including Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. Sales will originate from National Geographic Film Library’s headquarters in Washington, DC and its London-based office in the U.K. and ZDF’s offices in Mainz, Germany. The agreement includes licensing rights to an immense archive of material relevant for National Geographic and ZDF’s European clientele.
“Both ZDF and National Geographic Television and Film have 40 years’ worth of high-quality programming ranging in diverse topics from culture and environment to science and exploration,” said White. “Our combined libraries will give producers access to some of the most rich, distinctive non-fiction footage available. By working with clients within our respective markets, we’ll be able to enhance the quality of our client-driven services by increasing the breadth of footage they have to choose from.”
National Geographic footage covers a variety of subjects including science and archaeology; adventure and exploration; peoples and cultures and nature and wildlife. ZDF footage will be gleaned from ZDF Network’s extensive television library of non-fiction programming, ranging in subject from human and social affairs; science; health; wildlife and nature; culture; history; environment; travel and destinations; current affairs and more. Footage will be available in a variety of formats, including 35mm, 16mm, Super 16 and high-definition.
“We’re pleased to be able to expand the available footage to our clients, especially with such a high-caliber partner as National Geographic,” said Veronica Gracher, Director, Sales for ZDF. “Not only will ZDF programming gain an additional platform to showcase the kind of timely, powerful footage we’ve become known for, but our contacts within Germany and beyond will allow National Geographic to increase the use and viability of its programming within the European marketplace.”
ZDF and National Geographic stock footage is now available locally to advertisers, broadcast producers, researchers, and curators for use in educational and research projects, television and film productions and museum exhibits.
To license ZDF footage, clients can contact National Geographic at
+44 207-581-7175. Clients can also contact the Film Library in the U.S. at 877-730-2022.
The Film Library is a wholly owned subsidiary of NGT&F.
National Geographic’s Film Library functions as an archive and repository for all NGT&F-produced film and videotape material. The Library catalogues and sells stock footage from NGT&F’s Specials, “Ultimate Explorer” series, educational films, and other National Geographic Channel and NGT&F productions. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Film Library supplies material to a satellite office in London and representatives across the globe. Its fully catalogued database, available online at www.ngtlibrary.com, allows clients to search footage based on subject, location or production criteria.