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BBC to Provide Video Content to AOL for BroadbandEntertainment and educational programs provided from BBC Motion Gallery (October 04, 2004)
The BBC and AOL today announced an alliance, under which AOL for Broadband members will have online access to compelling entertainment and educational video programs from BBC's vast archive via BBC Motion Gallery.
AOL for Broadband members will have access to a broad selection of programs. The content includes a wide range of short programming (1-3 minutes) produced by BBC Motion Gallery, including collections of wild animal video footage, news and historical clips. The content will be available through AOL's Research & Learn channel, a comprehensive source for trusted brand name education resources for homework help and college prep as well as entertaining science, history and books content and community.
"A lot of BBC footage is licensed for more traditional uses documentaries and commercials perfect as stand-alone clips, and AOL for Broadband is a great platform on which to showcase them," said Jan Ross, Senior Vice President, BBC Motion Gallery.
"Our members love nature and history, and we are thrilled to provide them with video content from BBC's award-winning wildlife and historical collection," said Chris Johnson, Executive Director, Research & Learn. "This alliance exemplifies our commitment to give AOL for Broadband members the best premium video content available online based on their interests."
The full line up of video content available to AOL for Broadband members includes:
Marathon travelers in nature, including birds, insects and others, are followed on their incredible journeys, unraveling some of the great mysteries of migration.
Integrates material from the BBC's Natural History Unit, with contemporary graphics to illustrate how animals are trained from birth and armed with a wide range of natural weapons to protect them in their daily battle for survival.
Animated and live-action footage of wild animals are combined in this whimsical series that explores creatures with the most unusual anatomical features.
"Days that Shook the World"
Historical series that covers major events that shaped the 20th century: from the Hindenburg crash to Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon, among others.
"Did you Know?"
Who made the fastest million in golfing history? What man-made structure can be seen from outer space? These questions and more are answered in this educational series.
On land, above the ground and under water, this series explores the thrills and pitfalls of the first steps in the life of young animals, including elephants, orangutans, sea horses, lions, penguins and more.
These shorts feature uninhabited locales around the planet, revealing the breathtaking beauty and unclaimed life of the last outposts of the natural world.
Vivid memories bring world-changing events to life as eyewitnesses deliver their first-hand accounts of key historical moments.
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About BBC Motion Gallery
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 Motion Gallery operates from offices in London and regional offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Sydney and Tokyo.
For more information visit www.bbcmotiongallery.com.
About BBC Worldwide
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.
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