WASHINGTON (May 8, 2006)–National Geographic Digital Motion, the stock-footage service of National Geographic Digital Media (NGDM), has renewed its agreement with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Australia’s national non-commercial broadcaster, for reciprocal representation of footage through 2008.
“Commercial interests look to the National Geographic brand with its renowned reputation for the best content to license for projects,” said Jocelyn Shearer, vice president of worldwide sales, National Geographic Digital Motion. “Continuing to offer the quality and diversity of footage from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is an important ingredient in our efforts to maintain a superior catalogue of material.”
Under the terms of the deal, ABC will represent and license material from National Geographic Digital Motion’s collection exclusively in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Pacific Islands, and non-exclusively in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The footage includes more than 250,000 hours of wildlife, science and technology, cities and landscapes, natural forces, oddities, culture and history, people, sports and recreation, and action. NGDM retains distribution rights to license this library of content from its own stock-footage site.
National Geographic Digital Motion retains the exclusive rights to license material from the ABC collection within North and South America and the United Kingdom. Footage includes the events, people and culture, politics and the diverse and often extreme natural environment that make Australia unique. ABC retains distribution rights to license this content from other Web sites.
“Extending our relationship with National Geographic Digital Motion enables us to continue to expose audiences to our rich history, culture and wildlife,” said Augustus Dulgaro, manager, ABC content sales. “We are pleased to continue distributing their renowned collection.”
National Geographic Digital Media (NGDM) is part of National Geographic Ventures, the wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest educational and scientific nonprofit organizations. NGDM publishes Nationalgeographic.com; manages marketing and content partnerships across broadband, mobile, gaming, and other consumer digital platforms; and provides video and film footage to commercial, theatrical, education and other digital-footage markets.
National Geographic Digital Motion (formerly National Geographic Film Library) is the footage service of National Geographic Digital Media. This service licenses National Geographic Television-produced film and videotape. In addition, Digital Motion agents represent peer-level archives, in select territories, from around the world, including Australian Broadcasting Corporation, INA of France, National Film Board of Canada, the White House Historical Association, WPA Film Library, ZDF Enterprises of Germany and the World Bank. The Digital Motion searchable video database is at ngdigitalmotion.com.