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A Good Night Indeed, as BBC Motion Gallery Footage is Recognised at the FOCAL Awards

1 May 2006

BBC Motion Gallery footage was recognised at the FOCAL awards last night, as Kenn Rabin, the archive researcher on Good Night, and Good Luck* walked off with the award for 'Best Use of Footage in a Feature Film'.

Rabin approached BBC Motion Gallery, which represents the entire CBS News Archive, to provide the Oscar®-nominated film with over twenty minutes of vital footage for the film, including poignant news material from "See it Now" and Edward R. Murrow's celebrated "Person to Person".

Paul Maidment, Business Development & Marketing Director, BBC Motion Gallery, said: "I would like to congratulate Kenn Rabin on his win. I would also like to thank him for coming to BBC Motion Gallery and working with us on this enormously successful project. It's wonderful that prestigious awards such as these recognise and reward the crucial role archive footage so often plays in today's film and television market."

As well as being exclusive global representative for the CBS News archive, BBC Motion Gallery distributes content for public service broadcasters NHK (Japan) and ABC (Australia) and offers more than a million hours of film. Its archive covers more than 110 years of footage including history, events, music, social scenes, wildlife and sport.

On accepting the award, Kenn Rabin read out a note of thanks from the director, George Clooney.

JWT, who licensed footage from BBC Motion Gallery for their HSBC 'Gorillas' advertisement, were also nominated for 'Best Use Of Footage In A Commercial'. BBC Motion Gallery had contributed content to 8 of the 13 programmes that won an award at last night’s event.

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Note to editors:

*Good Night, and Good Luck is a Warner Independent Pictures release of a 2929 Entertainment/Participant Prods. presentation in association with Davis Films, Redbus Pictures and Tohokushinsha of a Section Eight production.

BBC Motion Gallery, a division of BBC Worldwide Limited, offers media professionals in advertising, television, film 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, sport, news, locations, art, music, celebrities, culture and more. BBC Motion Gallery is also the exclusive global representative of the CBS News Archive, one of the world’s most respected news collections. BBC Motion Gallery operates from offices in London and regional offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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