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The NRL and Thought Equity Motion Celebrate Iconic Rugby League Highlights and Games with the Rugby League Films Collection

Companies collaborate to offer comprehensive footage library chronicling Rugby League in Australia.

DENVER, CO September 14, 2008 – National Rugby League has joined forces with Thought Equity Motion, the world leader in providing access to high quality film, video and music content, to launch the Rugby League Films Collection.

The Collection, available exclusively at

, will market commercial sales of Rugby League vision to entertainment, advertising, sports and corporate producers.
The agreement reflects the growing demand for Rugby League action content and has been made possible through the unique Rugby League Films archive assembled during the game’s Centenary season.

“The Centenary year provided Rugby League the opportunity to bring together the many sources of rugby league content into one single-source archive,� National Rugby League Chief Executive, David Gallop, said today.

Thought Equity Motion will provide access to the game’s greatest moments past and present, with comprehensive coverage of the high speed action of the best Rugby League competition in the world – the Telstra Premiership, as well as an amazing array of historical content.

“The creation of the Rugby League Films Collection means the game’s rich history will be preserved for the future and made more easily accessible for a range of uses,� continued Gallop.

“The opportunity to work with Thought Equity Motion allows us to offer content from a single source and to guarantee consistent licensing safeguards while streamlining the workflow for film or video professionals.�

“Thought Equity Motion’s licensing, rights and clearance expertise, combined with a superior technology platform and significant experience in large library management has resulted in the reshaping of our content licensing.�

A Living History
The Rugby League Films Collection provides a comprehensive lens into the League’s extraordinary contribution to professional rugby league in Australia. Highlights include:

• Famous Grand Finals such as the St. George Dragons against the Rabbitohs in 1965, and what many believe to be the greatest Grand Final of them all, 1989’s Balmain v Canberra match.

• Full coverage of one of the world’s greatest sporting rivalries, the State of Origin, with all its passion pitching mate against mate.

• The only existing footage of legendary player Ken Arthurson, plus greats-in-action from Graeme Langlands, John Raper and Reg Gasnier to “King� Wally Lewis, Peter Sterling, Steve “Blocker� Roach, Andrew Johns and current stars Darren Lockyer, Israel Folau, Greg Inglis and Brett Stewart.

• Incredible plays including Greg Dowling’s State of Origin series-winning try off the crossbar, Benji Marshall’s moment of magic- the flick pass to set up Pat Richards to score in the 2005 Grand Final and other memorable moments.

Rugby League joins the United States’ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®), Cinesound-Movietone and The March of Time in choosing Thought Equity for preserving and distributing their archival library content. Thought Equity Motion’s client roster also includes world renowned media companies such as Paramount Pictures, MGM Studios, Sony Pictures, HBO, and National Geographic, among others.

“Adding the Rugby League Films Collection demonstrates our continuing commitment to offer the footage that is most sought after and valued by our customers,� said Kevin Schaff, Thought Equity Motion CEO and founder. “Rugby League adds a unique element to the substantial roster of current and historical sports footage already available at Thought Equity and is a key component in our collection of lifestyle, news, and sports footage with an international perspective.�

The Rugby League Films Collection is an evergreen content resource, as current season games are quickly digitized and made available for use. The library includes the entire Rugby League Films Archive, plus all content produced by Rugby League Films Production including the recent documentary, A Century of Rugby League.

Adds Nigel Naseby, general manager of Thought Equity Motion, Australia, “Rugby League has long been a cornerstone of the Australian way of life. Not only is this unique collection an invaluable resource for producers creating new projects, it is living documentation of an important part of Australia’s culture.�

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 new 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.

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