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BBC Motion Gallery Footage Featured in Nine Emmy Award-Nominated Programs

1 January 2007


BBC Motion Gallery, a division of BBC Worldwide, is proud to announce that nine projects nominated for the 2005-2006 Emmy Awards feature footage licensed from the BBC and CBS News Archives (exclusively licensed through The 58 th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards will be presented August 27 th, 2006 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.

Programs and series tapping into the vast BBC Motion Gallery footage collection include:


National Geographic Channel’s Inside 9/11
(Nominated for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special)


TCM’s Stardust: The Bette Davis Story
(Nominated for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special, Writing for Non-Fiction Programming)


PBS’s American Masters
(Nominated for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series)


A&E’s Biography
(Nominated for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series)


Bravo’s Inside The Actors Studio
(Nominated for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series)


PBS’s American Masters: John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend
(Nominated for Outstanding Writing for Non-Fiction Programming, Directing for Non-Fiction Programming, Picture Editing for Non-Fiction Programming, Picture Editing for Non-Fiction Programming—Small Team Entries—Primarily Single Camera Productions)


PBS’s American Masters: Bob Dylan: No Direction Home
(Nominated for Outstanding Directing for Non-Fiction Programming, Picture Editing for Non-Fiction Programming, Sound Editing for a Non-Fiction Program, Sound Mixing for a Non-Fiction Program, Picture Editing for Non-Fiction Programming—Small Team Entries—Primarily Single Camera Productions, Sound Mixing for Non-Fiction Programming—Single or Multi-Camera)


NBC’s The West Wing
(Nominated for Outstanding Drama Series)


Showtime’s Sleeper Cell
(Nominated for Outstanding Miniseries)


The Emmy Award-nominated programs that used the extensive resource of the BBC Motion Gallery archive include:

A&E’s Biography, which licensed footage of personalities Barry Manilow, Christopher Reeve, IBM founder Thomas Watson Jr. in addition to Hurricane Katrina relief volunteers
PBS’s American Masters: John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend, which licensed interview clips of basketball Hall of Famer Robert Parish
In TCM’s Stardust: The Bette Davis Story, producers licensed Bette Davis interview footage
Bravo’s Inside The Actors Studio licensed material of Sir Elton John and Hugh Laurie, star of “House”
PBS’s American Masters: Bob Dylan: No Direction Home, licensed concert performances and interview footage;
In NBC’s The West Wing, producers tapped the CBS News Archive for clips of a presidential election
Showtime’s Sleeper Cell licensed material including 9/11 news clips, and news footage of the aftermath of the Nairobi bombing, USS Cole damage, and Iraqis protesting in the treets.
Said Jan Ross, Senior Vice President, BBC Motion Gallery, “The diverse group of Emmy Award-nominated television episodes, miniseries, and television specials that have used our nature, historical, news and concert footage is a great representation of the comprehensive range of material we have available. It’s also an indication that using archival footage lends realism and authenticity to not only documentary projects, but dramas and comedies as well. It’s an honor to be associated with such esteemed television projects, and we congratulate and wish all the nominees the best of luck.”

In addition to the Prime Time Emmy Awards, several other projects nominated for the 27 th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards also licensed footage from BBC Motion Gallery. These programs include PBS’s RX for Survival: A Global Health Challenge, which featured DNA footage; PBS’s NOVA scienceNOW, which licensed animal footage; and PBS’s American Experience: Fidel Castro, which used the BBC and the CBS News archives for hard-to-find Castro clips from the early 1950s.

Notes to Editors:

BBC Motion Gallery offers media professionals in advertising, commercials, television, film, interactive and corporate video production access to the world’s most comprehensive collection of high-quality motion imagery for licensing worldwide. With more than 500 million feet of film and 300,000 hours of video, BBC Motion Gallery encompasses a wealth of content covering natural history, wildlife, news, locations, art, music, celebrities, culture, performing arts and more, including acclaimed programming produced in conjunction with Discovery and PBS. 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 and ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. BBC Motion Gallery operates from offices in London and regional offices in New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Paris, Toronto, Sydney and Tokyo.

BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has seven core businesses: Global Channels, Global TV Sales, Magazines, Content & Production, Home Entertainment, Children's and Digital Media. In 2005/06 BBC Worldwide generated profits of £89 million on sales of £784 million.


For further information, please contact:

Karen Raz, Raz Public Relations

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