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BBC Footage Licensed for “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” Documentary

Burbank, CA (October 9, 2006) – BBC Motion Gallery, the footage licensing arm of BBC Worldwide and the exclusive global representative for the CBS News Archive, has provided a range of clips for use in Lionsgate‘s The U.S. vs. John Lennon, directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld for Authorized Pictures. Released theatrically in September, the movie provides an inside look at the life of beloved musical artist and anti-war activist John Lennon, and the U.S. Government‘s attempts at silencing him.

Filmmakers Lead and Scheinfeld commented, “The BBC Motion Gallery was crucial to us in visualizing key moments in ‘The U.S. vs. John Lennon‘.”

The U.S. vs. John Lennon takes place during the turbulent Vietnam War era, from about 1966-1976. Produced with the support and cooperation of Lennon widow Yoko Ono, the film tells the story of Lennon‘s outspoken criticism of the Nixon and Hoover administrations, and how the American government amassed a dossier of evidence against Lennon for the purpose of deporting him out of the country.

The directors tapped film researcher Eric Kulberg to locate rare archival material that best supported the filmmakers‘ story. These include several clips from BBC Motion Gallery including an interview Yoko Ono and John Lennon from the 1970s; unplugged-style music specials of Lennon on the BBC; a clip of John Lennon becoming a US citizen; CBS news clips that supported the U.S. efforts to deport Lennon; and additional Lennon interviews from that era.

“The BBC Motion Gallery is one of the best archival resources in the country. As such, they provided us exemplary service in the course of researching BBC and CBS News footage for use in The U.S. vs John Lennon,” said Eric Kulberg of Universal Media who was tapped to research and procure clearances for archival footage by the filmmakers. “They understood our need for special rights related to a theatrical release and internet. They worked with the producers on the pricing of the footage so it worked out for all concerned. They had unique footage within the CBS Archives that with the assistance of Jim McDonnell of Universal Media, helped make the story unfold.”

“We‘re very proud to have been involved in such a high quality production. The BBC archives span over 70 years and provide such comprehensive coverage, that virtually any film production–from music documentaries to political film and war movies–can benefit from the collection‘s material,” said Larry Aubrey, Sales Director, BBC Motion Gallery.

Notes to Editors:

BBC Motion Gallery offers media professionals in advertising, commercials, television, film, interactive and corporate video production access to the world‘s most comprehensive collection of high-quality motion imagery for licensing worldwide. With more than 500 million feet of film, BBC Motion Gallery encompasses a wealth of content covering natural history, wildlife, news, locations, art, music, celebrities, culture, performing arts and more, including acclaimed programming produced in conjunction with Discovery and PBS. BBC Motion Gallery is also the exclusive global representative of the CBS News Archive, and has global distribution deals with NHK, Japan‘s national broadcaster and ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. BBC Motion Gallery operates from offices in London and regional offices in New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Toronto, Sydney and Tokyo.

BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. In 2004/05 BBC Worldwide returned £145 million to the BBC from its six business operations: TV Channels, TV Sales, BBC Magazines, Home Entertainment, Children’s and New Media.

For further information, please contact:

Karen Raz, Raz Public Relations

(310) 450-1482,

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