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BBC Library Sales and Index Stock Shots in Global Distribution Deal

1 February 2004

BBC Library Sales, a division of BBC Worldwide, and footage house Index Stock Shots have signed an agreement for BBC Library Sales to represent Index's core collection of motion cinematography.

Under the agreement, BBC Library Sales is granted non-exclusive rights to distribute and license Index footage on a worldwide basis.

London-based Index Stock Shots offers a wide range of super 35mm footage shot specifically for the stock footage market. It includes shots of commercial aircraft, in the air and operating at major international airports, together with shots of many of the world's major cities and locations: from New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco to London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Index Stock Shots material has appeared in many television commercials on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Far East. Stormy seas footage featured in European ads for car manufacturer Peugeot, as well as for financial services company Scottish Widows. In North America, the night skyline of Boston was included in ads for AOL and, in Japan, Nissan used Index 'air-to-air' footage of clouds.

In addition, Index Stock Shots is a prolific supplier of footage for feature films including Crocodile Dundee II, Johnny English, Sweet Home Alabama, Daredevil and trailers for Pirates of the Caribbean.

Index Founder and Chairman Gerry Weinbren said: "We believe this new relationship will be an important step forward in the development of Index, and our mission to make our footage available to more and more of the world's television producers, creatives and movie makers."

BBC Library Sales Managing Director Simon Gibbs added: "Index's collection complements the BBC's broadcast archive and adds greatly to the range of material available from BBC Library Sales."

Notes to editors:

Index Stock Shots

is one of the few independently owned dedicated 35mm stock shot collections left in today's stock footage industry. For more than 35 years its footage has been regularly licensed into television and cinema productions, as well as advertising. Clients range from TV producers to leading ad agencies, from big name corporations to Hollywood studios. Its on-line catalogue can be viewed at

BBC Library Sales

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 Library Sales 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 Library Sales

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 co-ordinated approach to the BBC's commercial activities: television, channels, publishing, product licensing, internet and interactive. BBC Worldwide exists to maximise the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence payer, and re-invest in public service programming. In 2002/03 BBC Worldwide returned £123 million to the BBC.


For further information please contact:

Mary Collins, BBC Worldwide Press Office on +44 208 433 2412, mobile: 07769 670516 email:

Philip Hinds, Index Stock Shots, on +44 (0) 207 482 1953 email: