1 March 2007
AIDC, Australia, 25 February 2007 - ITN Source, the world’s leading provider of motion imagery, today announced an exclusive worldwide distribution deal with Australian commercial broadcaster, Nine Network, to represent its complete news catalogue. The deal includes content from National Nine News, Nightline, A Current Affair, The Today Show, Sunday and Business Sunday programming as well as locally-produced 60 Minutes stories.
Already representing the world’s largest collection of footage libraries, this latest global partnership confirms ITN Source as the most diverse international footage provider. ITN Source also recently launched its advanced new digital website – www.itnsource.com – which enables creatives and TV producers to browse, select, and buy high quality footage online and have it delivered straight to their desktop, providing a simple one-stop-shop for the creative industry’s video content needs.
Nine Network is one of Australia’s most popular television channels and its flagship news service, National Nine News is historically the country’s highest-rated national news programme. Nine Network has appointed ITN Source to represent, market and license clips from its impressive national and regional news archives, which includes iconic and diverse content such as: unique coverage of the Beaconsfield Miners’ rescue; what is believed to be the only interview with cult leader David Koresh before the Waco siege; dramatic pictures of Australia’s bushfires and stunning native wildlife; historic material of the Japanese midget submarine relic and exclusive footage of Australia’s most famous celebrities including Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton-John.
Sue Thexton, Managing Director, ITN Source, said: “We are delighted to be representing this wealth of content from Australia’s most popular commercial broadcaster. ITN Source already represents the world’s largest and most diverse selection of footage libraries, but this latest international partnership extends our catalogue so that our global customer base can now enjoy the best in Australian footage. It also provides an unrivalled choice of momentous and creative content from one single, convenient source.”
Matthew Miranda, Business Development Manager, Australia, ITN Source , added: “From a local perspective, this is fantastic news for the Australian documentary community as programme makers will be able to search and find Nine’s news content from ITN Source’s digital website - www.itnsource.com – easily and quickly. Local Australian content will now be as simple to find as the right global content.”
Martin Hersov, Director of Commercial Development, Nine Network, said: "For 50 years, the Nine Network has been the leader in television news and current affairs in this country. From the amazing rescue of the miners at Beaconsfield, gripping footage of bushfires to celebrity interviews, Nine's cameras have captured it all. We are thrilled that our partnership with ITN Source will now enable the global creative market to easily access Nine's wealth of high quality Australian news and current affairs content.”
About ITN Source
ITN Source (formerly ITN Archive) is the world’s leading provider of motion imagery, containing over 800,000 hours of iconic footage captured over three centuries. From news to drama, celebrity, comedy, music, wildlife, natural history and film, and growing at a rate of over 20 hours a day, ITN Source is the most diverse commercial archive in the world.
ITN Source represents the world’s largest collection of moving image libraries including, Reuters, ITN, Channel 4, Granada, British Pathe, FOX News and FOX Movietone and other specialist collections. An advanced digital website now offers users the convenience of searching for, viewing, downloading and now purchasing iconic and captivating footage at the touch of a button.
With headquarters in London, ITN Source has sales offices across the globe in New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg, Sydney and Tokyo.
For further information, visit www.itnsource.com
About Nine Network
The Nine Network has long been Australia's top-rating commercial television network. Its backbone is three television stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that are owned and operated by PBL, along with agreements with operators in other regions.
The network's dominance comes from its extensive news and current affairs coverage, rights to broadcast popular sporting events and its slate of entertainment and lifestyle programs. Award-winning shows include 60 Minutes, Today, Sunday, A Current Affair and Wide World of Sports. More Australian content is showed on the Nine Network than on any other television network, with more than 60 per cent of prime time viewing taken up with local shows.
For further information, please contact:
Lucy Puddefoot, PR Executive, ITN Source: Tel: +44 (0)207 430 4599