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The Wild, Wild World of Animals Now Being Licensed by HBO

1 April 2005


New York – HBO Sports Archives, which launched in 2002, has added the first non-Sports collection programming to its core holdings. From the library of Time Life Films, clips are being made available for licensing from the internationally acclaimed series, “The Wild, Wild, World of Animals.” Rick Bernstein, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, HBO Sports, made the announcement. This series presents a panorama of animal life in a wide range of wilderness regions, throughout the world. Bernstein adds, “Wildlife and exotic locations are a natural extension to our library, which currently contains more than 60,000 hours of programming.”

The initial 36 episodes of the series, which ran for five years, are available now and have gone through complete, digital re-versioning. The restoration team went back to the original film negatives to bring out the best imagery imaginable. These film images offer an extraordinary look at the life and death of animals in the wild. Lush rain forests, remote jungles, arctic tundra, clear seas and vast deserts are scenes of survival for countless creatures, familiar and exotic, from all corners of the world.

Grey Advertising producer , Jeff Goodnow, has looked to the new material as his solution to image needs. “The strength of the new collection is the quality. We need high-end imagery, originating on film, with a quick turnaround. The HBO Archive team has delivered on both fronts.”

Now in it’s third year, HBO Sports Archives’ initiative is to explore compelling imagery from other divisions of the network. Beverly Haines, Warner Bros Clearance and Permissions, has found HBO Archives an untapped resource for playback footage for Warner’s theatrical productions. “The wildlife sampler looks great and is an affordable option to complement our usual suppliers.”

In addition to housing 30 years of world sports images and personalities, HBO Sports Archives holds thousands of hours of period and current locations, landmarks, lifestyles, pop culture and growing historic newsreel footage spanning from the turn of the 20th century to the 1960s.

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