10 June 2009
HBO Archives®, which launched in 2002, announces that complete episodes from The March of Time newsreel and documentary series are now available for online viewing. The March of Time is the award-winning newsreel and documentary series produced by Time Inc. from 1935 to 1967. The series contains original footage shot in the 1930s through 1960s, with historic footage dating back to 1913.
“We are thrilled to put portions of this vast, unique collection online for instant access to researchers,” says Barbara Thomas, senior vice president, HBO Sports®. “Unlike the traditional news-style featurettes of the Hollywood newsreels, the long-form documentary style of The March of Time newsreels stood out from its competitors. This series is priceless for all of today’s storytellers.”
Since reintroducing The March of Time in 2007, HBO Archives has been busy re-cataloging, restoring and transferring the original 35mm films to High Definition Video. HBO Archives has also been developing additional The March of Time productions. “The March of Time was much more than monthly newsreels,” adds Thomas. “The March of Time produced a number of feature-length films and with the advent of the television era, produced entertainment and political programs specifically for TV. The March of Time production teams were also commissioned to produce a wide variety of government and corporate-sponsored commercial films. HBO Archives is reaching beyond the traditional newsreel series to showcase the depth of these fascinating documentaries.”
The complete programs, which are currently available online, range from the 1930s to the 1960s, feature such diverse topics as the US military, the birth of swing, business “girls” in the big city, Wall Street, the oil and tobacco industries, consumer fraud and classical ballet.
Honored with more than 150 major awards, HBO has long been known for its uncompromising commitment to quality and innovation in live event programming, journalism and long-form storytelling. HBO Archives is a full-service stock footage library for commercial/professional use. In addition to The March of Time collection, it offers sports, contemporary stock, entertainment news and royalty-free wildlife footage. The wide-ranging footage is culled from material shot by HBO’s producers around the globe for more than three decades. These impressive collections are available for licensing directly through HBO Archives.
High-speed searching, clip preview and download, and access to tens of thousands of clips can be found through the stock footage portal at www.hboarchives.com/marchoftime.