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BBC Motion Gallery signs up the International Tennis Federation

15 August 2008

World class tennis tournament footage now available via www.bbcmotiongallery.com

BBC Motion Gallery, the archive sales arm of BBC Worldwide, has bolstered its specialist sports footage by signing a key distribution deal with the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The five-year, global, archive representation agreements supplement the 70,000 hours of BBC Sport content already represented by BBC Motion Gallery.

This deal will see BBC Motion Gallery exclusively distribute footage from the ITF’s three major international team competitions; Davis Cup by BNP Paribas – the largest annual international team competition in sport, Fed Cup by BNP Paribas – the premier competition in women’s tennis and tennis’s only mixed team competition, the Hyundai Hopman Cup.

This collaboration will give clients access to clips of top players in world tennis both past and present, including historic matches played by sporting greats such as Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Fred Perry, Rene Lacoste, Rod Laver, Boris Becker, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Footage available will include scenes from the 1982 World Group Quarter Final between USA and Sweden during which the longest match in tennis history took place (six hours 22 minutes) between John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, Tim Henman’s victorious last-ever match for Britain against Croatia in the Davis Cup at Wimbledon in 2007 and Andy Roddick’s record-breaking fastest serve in the USA’s first round tie at home to Austria in 2004.

Mark Shannon, Sports Archive Manager, said: “This is a fantastic deal for BBC Motion Gallery. This footage has a global appeal which is of huge importance as Motion Gallery grows its overseas presence. We are delighted to add world class tennis to our existing portfolio of specialist sports footage.”

“The BBC is a long-standing broadcasting partner of the ITF and we’re happy to extend our relationship with one of the world’s most innovative media companies.” said Jan Menneken, ITF Commercial Director. “Over the years, the BBC has been an avid supporter of tennis and the BBC Motion Gallery deal provides a great opportunity to take our archive business to the next level.”

The new footage is available immediately from www.bbcmotiongallery.com.


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, Mumbai, Dubai, 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: Global Channels, Global TV Sales, Magazines, Content & Production, Home Entertainment, Global Brands and Digital Media.


About the International Tennis Federation

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the world governing body of tennis. The objective of the ITF is to grow and develop the sport worldwide, to develop the game at all levels at all ages for both able-bodied and disabled men and women, to make, amend and uphold the rules of the game, to promote the International Team Championships and competitions of the ITF.

The ITF has 205 member National Associations - more than most other international sporting federations. Member nations come from every continent, and each association is involved in organising tennis and promoting the interests of the game.


Contacts
BBC Worldwide
Esther Brown
+44 20 8433 2506
esther.brown@bbc.com