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BBC Motion Gallery Expands to Over 100 Years of World History with Nugus Martin

1 December 2005

BBC Motion Gallery, the footage sales arm of BBC Worldwide, has concluded an agreement with Nugus / Martin Productions to become the historical archive's global distributor. Effective immediately, BBC Motion Gallery will distribute the valuable historical archives, covering 100 years of footage dating from scenes of Russian Czar Nicholas and his family in 1896 through to the most recent war in Afghanistan.

Announcing the agreement, BBC Motion Gallery Business Development & Marketing Director, Paul Maidment, said," Our new partnership with Nugus / Martin Productions adds nearly sixty years to BBC Motion Gallery, extending the start date of our archive from 1955 back to 1896. This not only bolsters our coverage of the past fifty years, but opens up a window on more rarely filmed events such as the Spanish American War, the Russian Revolution, aviation footage from both world wars, colour footage from World War II, and a great deal of social footage including Prohibition and Roosevelt' s Presidency."

Philip Nugus, Managing Director of Nugus / Martin Productions, added, "This new distribution agreement ensures that our valuable archives will reach the widest market possible and benefit from BBC Motion Gallery's national and international expertise as a leading global footage provider."

The Nugus / Martin archive offers a remarkable testimony of the political and social change which has swept around the world over the past century and took over fifteen years to compile. The archive is available through the online service,, as well as via BBC Motion Gallery' s UK and international offices.

Mark Macdonald
Communications Manager, Global TV Sales & Publishing BBC Worldwide
Tel: +44 (0)20 8433 3205