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BBC Motion Gallery Debuts Search Widget for Mac OS X

23 May 2006

Motion Gallery customers will have immediate search access to the entire online archive directly from the Mac desktop

Burbank, CA (May 2, 2006) - BBC Motion Gallery, the footage licensing arm of BBC Worldwide, today announced the availability of a customized Dashboard widget for Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” that will enable users to quickly search online archives without launching a Web browser. BBC Motion Gallery’s ( development of a search widget underscores its commitment to providing creative professionals with the fastest and simplest access to its expansive digitized libraries.

“Apple has built fantastic tools into Tiger, like Spotlight and Dashboard, to expedite production workflow and we intend to take full advantage of these innovations to bring our customers better products and services,” said Jan Ross, Senior Vice President, BBC Motion Gallery. “Developing the search widget was an easy and obvious way to streamline workflow and improve the customer experience for all of our Mac-based users.”

A widget is a mini-application that sits on the Tiger Dashboard and enables users to perform common tasks and get fast access to information. The BBC Motion Gallery search widget allows customers to instantly search through tens of thousands of video clips directly from the desktop. The super-fast widget features a search field, clip preview window and the ability to display up to six video clip thumbnails at a time. This free, easy to use widget give customers single-click access to rapidly search through tens of thousands of clips in the BBC Motion Gallery digital archive.

The BBC Motion Gallery Search Widget is available immediately for download via and at the Apple site,

The Search Widget will work on any Mac computer running Mac OS version 10.4 “Tiger”.

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, 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 maximize the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. In 2004/05 BBC Worldwide returned £145 million to the BBC from its six business operations: TV Channels, TV Sales, BBC Magazines, Home Entertainment, Children's and New Media.

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Karen Raz, Raz Public Relations
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