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ITN Source to rep British Movietone archive

London-based footage licensing firm ITN Source has signed a U.S. representation deal with newsreel archive British Movietone.
January 6, 2016

London-headquartered footage licensing firm ITN Source has signed a U.S. representation deal with newsreel archive British Movietone.

The collection dates from 1895 to 1984 and spans around 80 million feet of film. Shot in 35 mm and fully digitized, it includes the first cinema newsreel that used both sound and color film in the UK, silent films from the Henderson collection (1895 to 1929), the British Movietone cinema newsreels (1929 to 1984) and footage from the United Press film library (1960 to 1963).

British Movietone’s archive covers royalty, sports, World War II, personalities and politics, and features “authoritative commentary and upbeat musical accompaniment.” Events and people covered include the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Marilyn Monroe, Mohammad Ali and Liberace.

Many of the clips are viewable online. Last summer, The Associated Press and British Movietone posted more than one million minutes of digitized historical footage from the archive on YouTube.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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