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BBC motion gallery treads the red carpet

19 February 2009

Oscar® footage to be given star treatment on Motion Gallery’s dedicated entertainment pages

BBC Motion Gallery will be licensing the latest footage of A-List celebrities from next weeks’ much anticipated Oscars® night ceremony in Los Angeles and uploading them onto its relaunched entertainment website http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com/Customer/Entertainment.aspx. Through its recent representation deal with Lightworks Program Distribution to distribute video content from The Hollywood Reporter Television Show, BBC Motion Gallery will gain instant rights to some of the most sought-after clips of the star-studded event. The Hollywood Reporter is widely regarded to have the best position on the red carpet and access to the stars and BBC Motion Gallery will make these attractive clips available to its customers overnight.

BBC Motion Gallery, which has exclusive access to The Hollywood Reporter’s Television Show footage outside the US, will be featuring all of its Oscar® clips on the new dedicated entertainment section of its website. The site features clips from past to recent red-carpeted events and the pages are a gateway to some of the hottest celebrity footage in entertainment history. The clips have been organised in an easily navigated section, with the choice of categories such as the Brits, the Oscars®, leading ladies, leading men and royal events and even fashion highlights to help narrow down the search for footage.

As well as this years’ Oscars®, archive clips of previous award ceremonies are also available such as Grace Kelly with her best actress Oscar® for her role in The Country Girl at the 1955 ceremony and Humphrey Bogart with his wife Lauren Bacall enjoying a joke with Frank Sinatra.

At this years’ ceremony, Hollywood Reporter crews will be on hand to capture Kate Winslet arrive, hotly tipped to win Best Actress for her roles in Revolutionary Road and The Reader, plus Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie both nominated for their respective roles in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Changeling as well as the cast of Best Motion Picture nominee Slumdog Millionaire.

Simon Gibbs, Managing Director of BBC Motion Gallery said, “This footage will shine on our new entertainment website. The Oscars® is one of the most anticipated celebrity events of the year and I’m so pleased that through our partnership with Lightworks and the Hollywood Reporter, BBC Motion Gallery will be at the very heart of the action.”

In addition, BBC Motion Gallery supplied the footage to five Oscar®-nominated documentary films this year which include the much talked about Frost/Nixon, Gus Van Sant’s Milk, Man on Wire as well as The Betrayal and Trouble The Water.


Images available on request
For further information:
Amy Broomfield
Amy.broomfield@bbc.com
Tel: +44 (0) 208 433 3164


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, ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and CCTV, China's national television station. BBC Motion Gallery operates from offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Dubai, 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 seven core businesses: BBC Worldwide Channels, BBC Worldwide Content & Production, BBC Worldwide Digital Media, BBC Worldwide Global Brands, BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines and BBC Home Entertainment. In 2007/08, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £117.7million on sales of £916.3million.