1 September 2008
'Footage Library of the Year', AP Archive, has signed a major deal allowing it to distribute footage from Historic Films Archive.
The deal will allow AP Archive's customers outside of North America to access much of Historic Films' 45,000 hours of vintage TV shows, musical performances, feature films, newsreels, industrial films, silent films, educational films, TV commercials, TV news, home movies, and travel films. Included in its collection is the iconic Don Kirshner's Rock Concert and The Ed Sullivan Show on which many world-famous acts made their first US TV appearances, including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and The Beatles.
The Historic Films Archive database can now be searched on the AP Archive website along with a selection of digitised showreels highlighting key areas of the collection.
Speaking of the deal, Head of AP Archive Alwyn Lindsey commented, "We're delighted to be working with Historic Films. Their collection is truly incredible and beautifully complements our existing portfolio making AP Archive a genuine first port of call for footage researchers".
Joe Lauro, CEO of Historic Films Archive added, "This is an exciting opportunity for Historic Films. AP's international sales and delivery networks give our collection global reach."
AP Archive is the footage sales business of the Associated Press, the world's oldest and largest news agency. The collection represents one of the world's largest news archives and dates back to 1896. It is extremely rich in its coverage of events, war and conflict, politics, disasters, environment, culture, social history, human interest, science, entertainment and sport. The collection is updated daily with the global news coverage of AP Television News and strengthened by partnerships with major broadcasters such as ABC News and Sky News. In May 2008 at the FOCAL International Awards, AP Archive was named `Footage Library of the Year`, an award voted for by footage buyers.
Based In Greenport, New York, Historic Films Archive holds a vast library of stock footage dating back to 1896. The collection comprises over 45,000 hours of footage covering every genre as well as over 30,000 individual musical performances (1921-95) encompassing every style of American music. It provides a unique window to the events, people and cultural icons that have shaped the past century. The collection is fully catalogued making it easy to access.
AP Archive Contacts:
Alwyn Lindsey, Head of Video Archives
Tel: +44 (0) 207 482 7419
www.aparchive.com :: www.aptn.com
Historic Films Contacts:
Joe Lauro, CEO
Tel: +1 631 477 9700