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BBC Motion Gallery & Thought Equity Motion in Technology driven Sales deal

13 October 2009

Companies provide cross-representation in key territories

BBC Motion Gallery, the stock footage arm of BBC Worldwide, and Thought Equity Motion®, a leading provider of motion content worldwide, have entered into a strategic relationship under which Thought Equity Motion will provide access to its advanced technology platform to BBC Motion Gallery. Under the agreement, Thought Equity Motion will have the right to sell BBC Motion Gallery stock footage content in North America and Asia. Additionally, BBC Motion Gallery will have the right to sell certain Thought Equity Motion content in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

This collaboration will dramatically enhance BBC Motion Gallery and Thought Equity Motion’s global distribution of motion content and their collective video catalogues. Additionally, re-launching BBC Motion Gallery’s website with Thought Equity Motion’s advanced technology platform will provide customers with enhanced digital search capabilities and more robust content delivery. With cross-representation of content in various territories, BBC Motion Gallery and Thought Equity Motion will more effectively market the content of both companies by utilizing the local sales expertise in each company’s dominate sales territories.

"We believe this strategic relationship with Thought Equity Motion provides us with an excellent opportunity to upgrade to a world class technology platform, which will give improved access to a vast library of content for our customers," commented Simon Gibbs, Managing Director BBC Motion Gallery. "The partnership plays to the strengths of both companies, allowing us to grow digitally and further our reach in major territories worldwide.

"This agreement supports our vision of delivering next generation motion content services,” said Kevin Schaff, CEO of Thought Equity Motion. “Working with BBC Motion Gallery brings together an incredible breadth of content rights across news, sports, natural history and entertainment. Along with our robust technology platform, this alliance will further enable a new range of rich interactive services and Contextual Media offerings that we will be rolling out to drive new value creation for our partners."

For media enquiries, please contact:
Alex Fulton
BBC Motion Gallery
alex.fulton@bbc.com
Tel: +44 2084331350

Abby Lurie
Thought Equity Motion
alurie@thoughtequity.com
Tel: +1 720 382 2890

For more information on BBC Motion Gallery, visit www.bbcmotiongallery.com. For more information on Thought Equity Motion, visit www.thoughtequity.com

BBC Motion Gallery, a business within BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), offers media professionals access to the world’s most comprehensive collection of high-quality motion imagery for licensing worldwide. With more than one million 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.

Thought Equity Motion is the world leader in providing access to high-quality film, video and music content through its proprietary technology platform. The company’s forward-thinking approach to digital video enables creatives and media companies to develop compelling content, interactive experiences and monetization across channels including television, film, broadband, the Internet, digital signage, and mobile. Widely recognized for its expertise in rights development, Thought Equity Motion is the licensing agent for renowned media companies including Paramount Pictures, MGM, NBC News, HBO, National Geographic, Sony Pictures, and the NCAA among others, resulting in an unparalleled breadth of news, sports, and entertainment content. Thought Equity Motion’s proprietary technology platform enables immediate search, access, storage, contextualization and delivery of this content through its sophisticated and robust technologies. Headquartered in Denver, Thought Equity Motion also has a digital refinery in Laramie, Wyo. and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Tokyo and Australia. For more information on Thought Equity Motion’s content solutions, visit www.thoughtequity.com
, or call +1 720.382.2869.