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BBC Motion Gallery Footage a Good Sign For The Omen

1 June 2006

Burbank, CA (June 8, 2006) - BBC Motion Gallery, the footage licensing arm of BBC Worldwide and the exclusive global representative for the CBS News Archive, has licensed 44 clips for use in the contemporary thriller The Omen (20th Century Fox). Directed by John Moore and released on 6/6/06, the new motion picture is based on the 1976 horror classic and sees worst fears realized when a demonic boy named Damien is born.

To help portray their vision of a world on the verge of Apocalypse, filmmakers tapped into the wide-ranging wealth of natural disaster, “human disaster” and documented news footage offered uniquely by BBC Motion Gallery. A majority of the material was selected using the online immediacy of the BBC Motion Gallery website, www.bbcmotiongallery.com

“The footage licensed ran the gamut from natural catastrophes to wars, weapons and other kinds of disasters resulting more from human nature,” said Jason Krieger, BBC Motion Gallery. “Realism in movies is a sign of the times, and we were able to provide The Omen filmmakers with images from the last few decades that support a contemporary version of the catastrophes alluded to as part of this story.”

BBC Motion Gallery-licensed imagery is used at several points in the movie, played back on screens, for example, as characters watch video of world developments and seen full frame in a climactic montage near the film’s end. The breadth of the BBC Motion Gallery offering is evidenced by the sheer variety of footage licensed: segments licensed include volcanic eruptions, solar eclipses and raging floods and fires but also medical experiments, AIDs warnings, oil slicks, riots, war shock-and-awe and even shots of plummeting prices on the New York Stock Exchange.

Other notable uses of BBC Motion Gallery-licensed footage in motion pictures include projects ranging from The Day After Tomorrow and Jarhead to Good Night, and Good Luck and Hoot. Also, newly available to filmmakers is the BBC Motion Gallery search widget for Mac OS X, a time saving research and brainstorming tool available for free download via: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com/Customer/Downloads.aspx?id=searchwidget>.

Notes to Editors:
BBC Motion Gallery offers media professionals in advertising, commercials, television, film, interactive and corporate video production access to the world’s most comprehensive collection of high-quality motion imagery for licensing worldwide. With more than 500 million feet of film and 300,000 hours of video, BBC Motion Gallery encompasses a wealth of content covering natural history, wildlife, news, locations, art, music, celebrities, culture, performing arts and more, including acclaimed programming produced in conjunction with Discovery and PBS. 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 and regional offices in New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Toronto, Sydney and Tokyo.

BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. In 2004/05 BBC Worldwide returned £145 million to the BBC from its six business operations: TV Channels, TV Sales, BBC Magazines, Home Entertainment, Children's and New Media.

For further information, please contact:
Karen Raz, Raz Public Relations
(310) 450-1482, karen@razpr.com