Expanded Longtime Partnership Makes Thought Equity Motion Sole Stock Footage Seller
February 13, 2009â€“
Thought Equity Motion, the world leader in providing access to high quality film, video and music content announced today that its long term partnership with National Geographic Digital Motion has expanded, making Thought Equity Motion responsible for all National Geographic stock footage licensing worldwide. Now all National Geographic stock footage, including stock footage purchased from the National Geographic Digital Motion website,
will be managed by Thought Equity Motion.
The relationship between the two companies has evolved over the past three years and today National Geographic entrusts all stock footage sales to Thought Equity Motion. This change allows National Geographic Digital Motion to focus its content sales efforts on short-form programming and long-form programming for the non-theatric market.
â€œThis business decision is the result of Thought Equity Motion continually surpassing our expectations, from their licensing expertise to their technology solutions,â€? says Jocelyn Shearer, VP Video Products and Archive Management at National Geographic Television. â€œTheyâ€™ve proven theyâ€™re the clear leader in stock footage licensing and for the past year their web platform has powered our online stock library. We will rely on Thought Equity Motion to manage and grow our stock footage sales so we can capitalize on the great demand for National Geographic branded short and long-form programming for education, broadband and original productions.â€?
National Geographic Digital Motion (
) provides high-quality clips, free footage research and comprehensive customer service; this experience will not change for customers and National Geographicâ€™s expert research teams and senior management will continue to play a role. Thought Equity Motion will manage all online stock footage research requests and sales; the transition should be virtually seamless for current National Geographic Digital Motion stock footage customers. The ngdigitalmotion.com website will continue to offer unsurpassed content from producers around the globe, and will continue to grow as thousands of new clips are added each year.
â€œOur partnership with National Geographic Digital Motion has grown over the past three years and has played an important role in the success of our company,â€? said Kevin Schaff, CEO, Thought Equity Motion. â€œWe are extremely proud to have reached this agreement that extends our relationship. Now we are bringing together National Geographicâ€™s highly-sought after footage collection, our sales teamâ€™s deep experience in licensing content for all media, and our technology to maximize National Geographicâ€™s position in the stock footage marketplace. National Geographicâ€™s online stock footage library is built on our industry-leading video delivery technology that allows customers to search, preview, purchase and download full-resolution video files on demand â€“ this superior user experience is just one more way we are bringing value to National Geographic Digital Motion.â€?
About Thought Equity Motion
Thought Equity Motion is the world leader in providing access to high quality film, video and music content. The companyâ€™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.
About National Geographic Television
National Geographic Television (NGT) is the documentary TV production arm of the National Geographic Society (NGS), known around the world for its remarkable visuals and compelling stories. NGS is one of the largest global scientific and educational organizations, supporting field science on every continent. In 1963 NGT broke ground by broadcasting on American network television the first moving pictures from the summit of Everest. Since then, NGT has continued to push technology to its limits to bring great stories to television audiences worldwide. With 129 Emmy Awards and nearly 1,000 other industry accolades, NGT programming can be seen globally on the National Geographic Channel, as well as terrestrial and other cable and satellite broadcasters worldwide through international sales by National Geographic Television International, and on U.S. public television stations. The National Geographic Channel is received by more than 270 million households in 34 languages in 166 countries.
National Geographic Digital Motion (formerly National Geographic Film Library) is the stock footage service of National Geographic Television. This service licenses the Emmy Award-winning National Geographic Television programming in addition to peer-level archives in select territories around the world, and independent filmmakers. The Digital Motion searchable video archive database is at