BBC Worldwide and Getty Images partner in global representation of BBC Motion Gallery

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BBCW and Getty Images partnership to grow global video sales business exponentially

London, 21 October 2013:  BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has agreed a global five-year partnership with Getty Images, a leading digital media company, in which Getty Images will represent BBC Motion Gallery, BBC Worldwide’s prestigious video clip sales business. The agreement will see the world-renowned BBC Motion Gallery brand continue, with Getty Images as the exclusive global distributor.

Getty Images’ extensive experience as the guardian of its own internationally renowned and historically significant Hulton Archive, as well as distributor to nearly 400 other well-known collections, make the company an ideal partner for BBC Worldwide.

BBC Worldwide customers will be able to access Motion Gallery services through Getty Images’ websites.  They can expect the same quality service, but with the key difference being a stronger and wider sales offering, enabling customers to access content online from anywhere in the world 24 hours a day. There are no changes to the service for those customers acquiring content from Education, Sports Events & Live Programming as BBC Worldwide retains these sectors.

Marcus Arthur, Managing Director, BBC Worldwide UK & ANZ said, “Our footage sales business is very successful, with over 100,000 clips available online and innumerable hours of content available through the BBC’s vast and rich catalogue. We now have an opportunity to grow BBC Motion Gallery even further by partnering with a truly international player. The deal with Getty Images allows us to tap into their wealth of experience and global footprint in this sector.”

Lee Martin, Senior Vice President, Sales, Getty Images said: “We are delighted to partner with BBC Worldwide through the representation of BBC Motion Gallery.  As a leading global media company, Getty Images has a proven track record of profitability and we are well-placed to grow and expand BBC Motion Gallery’s business internationally.”

Christian Toksvig, Vice President, Business Development, Getty Images said: “BBC Worldwide is a fabulous global brand, recognised and admired throughout the world. With BBC Motion Gallery on the Getty Images platform, we look forward to enriching our own already comprehensive video offering of almost 1.8 million clips, allowing us to greater serve the needs of our customers in over 200 countries worldwide.”

The BBC Motion Gallery collection will be available on the Getty Images website from 1 January 2014.

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Further information:

BBC Worldwide UK
Amy Castle-Young / Emma Cooney, Communications Managers /
+44 (0) 207 612 3136 / 3146

Getty Images
Kylie Taylor, Corporate Communications Manager
+44 (0) 203 227 2618/ +44 (0) 7799 411 481

About BBC Worldwide Ltd.
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC Worldwide exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise profits on its behalf. It does this through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also builds the reach and reputation of the BBC brand overseas and champions British creativity. In 2012/13, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £156m and headline sales of £1,116m and returned £156m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website:

About Getty Images
Getty Images is among the world’s leading creators and distributors of award-winning still imagery, video, music and multimedia products, as well as other forms of premium digital content, available through its trusted house of brands, including iStock© and Thinkstock©. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its best-in-class photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media. Visit Getty Images at to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For the stories behind our content and our technology, visit the Getty Images Blog at Find us on Facebook at and Twitter at

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