|AP (AP) has signed a multi-year agreement with National Geographic Television and Film, which will see premium news features delivered to hundreds of clients around the world.
The deal was announced at MIP TV in Cannes by Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive, AP, and Matthew White, Vice President, Film Library for National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F). The deal originated out of the Film Library's London office.
The new partnership will produce non-branded news feature stories on a wide range of topics, from adventure and exploration; peoples and culture; nature and wildlife, science and health, photography; history and destinations. Features will be broadcast on a daily basis over AP's international news feed to its broadcast clients worldwide.
Nigel Baker, AP's Director of Content said: "AP has become a world leader in supplying coverage of hard news. The deal with National Geographic will now enable us to also provide high quality feature material."
News features for AP's international news feeds will be submitted to AP on a daily and weekly basis and will cover timely subjects, from a distinctive National Geographic perspective. Stories featured will be cultural, ecological, political and economic.
"AP will be an important platform for us to extend the reach and application of our material", said White. "As we move into an increasingly technology-driven era, National Geographic Film Library is actively seeking new, creative opportunities for our content in news and entertainment. Working on a branded and non-branded basis in a variety of genres and formats, our goal is to create innovative and exciting programming."
Features will be primarily international in focus to appeal to AP's core audience. A dedicated team of news writers and producers in National Geographic's headquarters in Washington DC will deliver news feeds to AP' headquarters in London. AP will deliver the news feed to its clients over its Global Video Wire network of satellites.
Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Television & Film augments its award-winning documentary productions (119 Emmy Awards and more than 800 other industry awards) with feature films, large-format films and long-form television drama programming. Worldwide, National Geographic's television programming can be seen on the National Geographic Channel, MSNBC and PBS, home video and DVD and through international broadcast syndication. For more information about National Geographic Television & Film, log on to: www.nationalgeographic.com
National Geographic's Film Library functions as an archive and repository for all NGT&F's produced film and videotape material. The Library catalogues and sells stock footage from NGT&F's Specials, EXPLORER series, educational films and other National Geographic Channel and NGT&F productions. Headquartered in Washington DC, the Film Library supplies material to a satellite office in London and representatives across the globe. Its fully catalogued database, available online at www.ngtlibrary.com allows clients to search footage based on subject, location or production criteria.
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