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Reelin' In The Years Productions To Reppresent The Music Footage From "The King Of Late Night, Johnny Carson"

1 November 2011

Reelin’ In The Years Productions, the world’s largest music footage library, is proud to announce that it has signed a deal to represent The Carson Entertainment Group for licensing performances and interviews from the musical guests who appeared with Johnny Carson from 1962 – 1992.

Carson Entertainment Group controls the rights to the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson library. Thousands of hours of material has been catalogued, and preserved and is available for license.

For 30 years, from October 1962 through to May 1992, The Carson Show was one of the most important showcases in America for comedians, actors, sports figures, politicians, and music artists. Managed and administered by The Carson Entertainment Group, the vast program archives contain over 3,500 hours of footage across nearly 2,500 episodes. Reelin’ In The Years Productions will be bringing its vast experience in the field of music footage licensing to market the music performances to a wider clientele.

Reelin’ In The Years Productions (RITY), founded in 1992 by David Peck, represents over 35 television stations and independent archives in Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Representing a combined library of over 20,000 hours of music footage spanning seven decades, RITY has become a world leader in placing music footage clips in movies, television, digital/online media, DVDs and CDs. Jeff Sotzing President of Carson Entertainment stated,“ David Peck and his staff have such a tremendous knowledge and respect for the music contained in the body of The Carson Show library that we thought the fit would be a natural. We look forward to a long and successful relationship”.

Commenting on the Carson archive, Reelin’ In The Years president David Peck stated, “Representing the performances and interviews from the musical guests on The Carson Show is truly an honor, the gravity of which is hard to convey. Of course, the archive is one of the most prestigious in all of television, and the holdings are truly incredible, featuring many unique and one-of-a-kind performances. Also, unlike many other programs from this time period where the bulk of the performances were lip-synched, all of the Cason performances are live.“

The Johnny Carson archive features a “who’s who" of music superstars from the 60’s to the 90’s. Just a few of the artists who appeared on the program include Paul McCartney, James Brown, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross, and Stevie Ray Vaughan in one of his final TV appearances before his passing. In addition to legendary R&B, Soul, & Rock and Pop artists, the archive also includes a wide spectrum of many of the greatest country artists of the day. From Johnny Cash to Randy Travis, from Dolly Parton to The Judds, from George Jones to Garth Brooks, the archive is a veritable hall of fame in terms of live country performances.


Reelin' In The Years Productions LLC is the world’s largest music footage archive. In addition, the company has Directed and Produced over 70 DVDs including the Grammy®-nominated The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969 series. Reelin’ In The Years Productions founder and president David Peck is available for interviews. For further information, please visit