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Special Report on… Taking Stock: I Shot the Sheriff: The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department goes Hollywood

Looking for drug busts, swat teams, police pursuits or high-speed chases? Film Bank of Burbank has it all. In an unprecedented coup, the archive won the rights to represent the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's library....
October 1, 1997

Looking for drug busts, swat teams, police pursuits or high-speed chases? Film Bank of Burbank has it all. In an unprecedented coup, the archive won the rights to represent the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s library.

The Department opened the door to proposals from archives internationally and, after several months of deliberation, selected Film Bank. This is (arguably) the first time in history a government agency has licensed its footage to a private company, but it will likely set a precedent as budgets for law enforcement get smaller. Royalties for the footage is divided equally, with Film Bank doing the work sifting through the footage for the real-life action craved by the market.

The library contains everything from bank-robbery shootouts to the ’92 riots, as well as scenic footage of the L.A. area in which no one gets killed.

Also in this report:

-Taking Stock: go big or go home – In the digital age, footage is gold… If you’ve got the cash to keep up. As the big companies get bigger and smaller archives go niche or get out, brand new players are making for a volatile footage market

-Stock Trivia

-The Deal on DVD

-Oddities: A roll call of the strangest requests

-TVNZ

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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