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BBC Motion Gallery Provides Footage for Major Hollywood Blockbusters

6 October 2004

Filmmakers have tapped into the BBC’s new on-line resource to license archive material for some of this year’s biggest feature films and upcoming movies.

BBC Motion Gallery provided footage of the popular Larry David comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm for The Upside of Anger (Media 8 Entertainment, VIP 2+3 Medienfonds, Zephyr Films), starring Kevin Costner and Joan Allen. The film centres on a family who must learn to cope with life after their father/husband abandons them. Erika Christensen, Keri Russell, Alicia Witt and Evan Rachel Wood co-star as sisters in the drama written and directed by Mike Binder.

In The Deal (Front Street Productions, Myriad Pictures), starring Christian Slater and Selma Blair, BBC Motion Gallery provide CBS footage of a burning oil well, used in the film’s opening sequence.

BBC Motion Gallery recently provided footage of several BBC programmes for the successful Working Title film, Wimbledon, starring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany, including Holiday, Home Front, Food & Drink, Natural World, Changing Rooms and BBC News.

Earlier this year, the business licensed a range of clips to blockbusters and critically acclaimed documentaries such as The Day After Tomorrow (natural disaster footage); Fahrenheit 9/11 (various military and presidential images); Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (clip of The Generation Game); The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill Clinton (more than three minutes of footage from CBS News Archive) and 50 First Dates ( natural disaster footage and the statue of Saddam Hussein falling ).

Paul Maidment, Sales & Marketing Director, BBC Motion Gallery, says, “Filmmakers are increasingly looking to use both generic clips, and those from BBC shows, in their work. Our new, efficient online resource,, enables busy creatives to ‘search’ quickly for footage and to ‘download’ and ‘view’ a wide selection of material. We are extremely pleased with the success we’ve achieved in this area of our business.”

October 2004

Further information

US: Karen Raz, Raz Public Relations, 001 (310) 450-1482,

Notes to Editors:

BBC Motion Gallery , a division of BBC Worldwide Limited, 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, one of the world’s most respected news collections featuring coverage of virtually every historical event in the last 50 years. BBC Library Sales operates from offices in London and regional offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Sydney and Tokyo.

BBC Worldwide Limited is the commercial consumer arm, and a wholly owned subsidiary, of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company was formed in 1994 to develop a coordinated approach to the BBC’s commercial activities: television, channels, publishing, product licensing, Internet and interactive. BBC Worldwide exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the license payer, and re-invest in public service programming. In 2003/04 BBC Worldwide returned £141 million to the BBC.