WASHINGTON/PARIS (June 27, 2005)–Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) and National Geographic Digital Media have signed a multi-year reciprocal distribution agreement to represent content from each organization’s archives in their respective markets. The partnership gives INA rights to license National Geographic footage in France and French-speaking Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, while National Geographic is granted rights to license INA footage to its clients in the United States.
“INA is a unique institution among global archives, holding rights to an invaluable comprehensive audio-visual record of the 20th century,” said Matthew White, executive vice president, digital markets, for National Geographic Digital Media. “We are thrilled to represent INA as a core part of our content offerings and look forward to introducing these assets to television producers, educators, advertisers and the broader creative community.”
INA’s moving-image library includes exclusive newsreels collections from 1914 to 1969 and France’s entire public television programming since the first French television broadcast in 1949. This extraordinary historical collection will be complemented with National Geographic’s high-quality footage on a variety of compelling subjects, including science, archaeology, adventure, exploration, peoples and cultures, and nature and wildlife.
INA will offer access to a selection of the National Geographic Digital Media collection on its extranet site www.inamedia.com, the world’s largest online footage library of digitized archives (currently 200,000 hours) for audiovisual professionals.
The largest audiovisual archive center and online-footage library in the world, the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel has been preserving French public radio and television archives since 1974. In 1992, its mission was extended to collecting and preserving all radio and TV channels for Legal Deposit. Apart from collecting, preserving, restoring and licensing those archives, INA is also a leading research laboratory and the first European training center in every field for sound and image professionals. INA also produces a large number of documentaries every year, pursuing an innovative production policy, at the forefront of interactive production as well as cultural and educational content.
About National Geographic Digital Media
National Geographic Digital Media distributes digital content globally to the education, mobile, videogame, stock footage and broadband markets, and through nationalgeographic.com. Digital Media is responsible for National Geographic’s archive and repository for all film and videotape material produced by National Geographic Television & Film. It also represents footage from National Film Board of Canada, World Bank, ZDF Enterprises, WPA Film Library, ABC Australia and the White House Historical Association in select territories. Its fully catalogued, searchable database is available online at www.ngtlibrary.com. National Geographic Digital Media is a division of National Geographic Ventures, a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society.