Thought Equity Motion and NBC Sports Enter Content Partnership
NBC Sports Collection to be Digitally Mastered and Made Available for Licensing
DENVER, May, 13, 2009 – Thought Equity Motion, the world leader in providing access to high quality film, video and music content announced today it is now the content licensing agent for NBC Sports. Thought Equity Motion will license footage on behalf of NBC Sports, including premier broadcast event content such as the French Open, Kentucky Derby, Olympic Games and more. Thought Equity Motion will provide content digitization, management, sales and licensing, allowing NBC Sports to maximize the value of its enviable content portfolio.
“We have partnered with Thought Equity Motion, an industry leader in digitizing and selling content. To be able to digitize our collection of legendary sporting events and make them available globally in multiple formats is of great benefit to NBC Sports,” said Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports.
The stories inside the NBC Sports Collection are legendary. They include Barbaro’s decisive Kentucky Derby win followed by tragedy at the Preakness Stakes just weeks later, and Rafael Nadal defending his Men’s French Open Championship title for the past four years. The NBC Sports Collection will provide producers access to 25 years of French Open play and the vivid personalities of Roger Federer and Venus Williams, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes coverage, Olympic scenic footage and athlete interviews, the Notre Dame football tradition and unforgettable college bowl games. The Celebrity Golf Championship and Father-Son Championship feature golf icons Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, and the Alli Dew Tour spotlights the best in action sports competition, including Shaun White’s domination at both the Summer and Winter Alli Dew Tours. View the NBC Sports collection now at www.thoughtequity.com/nbcsports.
Consumers are watching more broadband video, and this growing demand is changing how producers work. Readily accessible digital content has never been more vital. “In this new video-based Internet world, video content is king and the opportunity is huge for media companies like NBC Sports who have large collections of sought-after content,” says Kevin Schaff, CEO, Thought Equity Motion. “The key to unlocking the value of this content is providing digital access and ensuring rights licensing processes are in place. Our expertise is in readying media companies; we ensure their content is accessible to producers who rely on digital workflows.”
Thought Equity Motion leads the way in giving producers immediate access to high-quality content and the tools to develop original programming faster and more cost-effectively than ever before possible.
Thought Equity Motion is the exclusive licensing agent to renowned media companies including Sony Pictures, MGM, National Geographic, the NCAA, HBO and many more. As the largest film and video rights holder in the world, Thought Equity Motion has expertise in content rights licensing and clearance. Providing complete film and video preservation, digitization, cataloging, storage, sales and licensing, and online delivery, Thought Equity Motion offers a level of service no other single company can match. Thought Equity Motion is helping its content partners be among the first-to-market with innovative ways to monetize their video assets across the entire spectrum of broadband media.
About Thought Equity Motion
Thought Equity Motion is the world leader in providing access to high quality film, video and music content. The company’s forward-thinking approach to digital video has produced an array of products and services to meet the exploding demand of emerging media.
Widely recognized for its expertise in licensing rights, Thought Equity Motion is the licensing agent for renowned media companies including Paramount Pictures, MGM, NBC News, HBO, National Geographic, Sony Pictures, the NCAA and hundreds of others.
With offices located around the world, Thought Equity Motion offers the broadest, deepest content collection available. This vast collection, combined with leading-edge technology, makes Thought Equity Motion the preferred destination for multimedia professionals. To learn more, visit www.thoughtequity.com.
About NBC Sports
NBC Sports, known for amassing large audiences while presenting the most prestigious properties in sports, represents superior production that elevates sport, broad promotion and mutually-beneficial partnerships.
As evidence of NBC Sports’ ability to amass large audiences, over the past year, NBC Sports broadcast two record-breaking television events: The Beijing Olympic Games, the most watched event in U.S. television history with 215 million viewers and Super Bowl XLIII, which achieved the largest single audience in U.S. television history with a record 152 million viewers. NBC Sports is now home to eight of the top ten most-watched events in U.S. television history.
NBC Sports partners with many of the most powerful brands in sports. NBC Sports has broadcast 16 Super Bowls, tied with CBS for the most Super Bowls broadcast by a single network. As America’s Olympic Network, NBC has broadcast more Olympics than any other network and owns the rights to the Olympic Games through 2012. NBC is also home to “NBC Sunday Night Football,” the premier primetime NFL game of the week. Other prestigious NBC Sports properties include Notre Dame football, the U.S. Open Championship, The Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Wimbledon, French Open and the Stanley Cup Final.