1 January 2007
WGBH Stock Sales has launched a redesigned, easy-to-use Web site which allows viewers to search and browse the WGBH video collection and download clips for review purposes. WGBH Stock Sales offers footage from award-winning prime time public television series including NOVA, NOVA scienceNOW, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World, American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, ZOOM, The French Chef, and limited series such as Rx for Survival, Evolution, Africans in America, and much more. The extensive archive of footage dates back to the beginning of public television in the 1950s. Additional video clips are being added weekly as new materials become available for licensing.
The simplified site offers improved navigation to provide easy access to the best of WGBH programming. Features of the site include a category function which allows researchers easy browsing by the following topics: adventure/exploration, animals, animation, culture/society, health/medicine, history/recreations, industry/business, locations, nature, and science/technology. Users can create reference folders, download watermarked clips and use a convenient cart to place orders. Highlights of the collection include nature footage, medical and scientific animations, historical recreations and reenactments, public affairs footage and footage from the Middle East. In addition, more than thirty thousand clips are accessible via the text database included on the site.
“We are pleased to have this opportunity to offer WGBH’s award-winning content to a new generation of filmmakers and researchers by providing greater digital access to more than 180,000 hours of film and video. This archive represents a collective memory of shared experiences spanning the past fifty years,” says Sue Kantrowitz, WGBH’s Vice President of Business Affairs.
Clients of WGBH Stock Sales include the BBC, National Geographic, NHK, the History Channel, and the American Museum of Natural History. WGBH footage has been licensed to appear everywhere from feature films (Pirates of the Caribbean, Adaptation) to network news programming (60 Minutes, Good Morning America) and television commercials (Whirlpool and Coca-Cola).
The WGBH Stock Sales site was produced in collaboration with MediaRecall Digital Services.
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of public television's best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites. WGBH is the number one producer of Web sites on pbs.org, one of the most trafficked dot-org Web sites in the world. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards…even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information visit wgbh.org.
MediaRecall Digital Services, LLC is the leading provider of video digitizing and metadata creation services in the United States. MediaRecall was established in 2003 by a group of film, television and Internet professionals to help clients move into the digital world and monetize their media assets. MediaRecall converts whole video archives into searchable, digital files, allowing clients to turn their archived media into new revenue. MediaRecall Digital Services, LLC, is a privately-held company based in the Chicago metro area.