Babelgum announces deal with AP Archive

Babelgum adds footage of the major news stories since 1929

Babelgum the independent, TV quality internet platform last week announced a deal with AP Archive allowing users to re-live history and see 70 hours of footage of the people and events that have shaped the world we live in.

AP Archive is the film and video archive of the Associated Press, the world’s oldest news agency. The collection itself is one of the largest and most important historical archives in the world with 700,000 clips on topics ranging from war and conflict to social history, the environment and science and technology.

“Babelgum offers its users a high quality viewing experience with free access to valuable professional content and we wanted to be part of that. By making some of the major highlights of our collection available through Babelgum, we hope that Babelgum’s users across the world will benefit from the easy access,” said Alan Bradshaw, Business Development Manager (UK and Ireland) for AP Archive.

“Our mission is to give our users a vast library of content around areas of interest,” says Valerio Zingarelli, CEO at Babelgum. “The AP Archive is a treasure trove of such content which will be interesting viewing for everyone from school pupils to amateur historians.”

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About Babelgum

A free internet TV platform supported by advertising, Babelgum combines the full-screen video quality of traditional television with the interactive capabilities of the internet, offering professionally produced programming on-demand to a global audience.

Babelgum’s editorial focus is on independent film and festivals, adventure sports, nature and travel, supported by the launch of a series of thematic communities in those areas.

As the name suggests, Babelgum’s goal is to act as an international ‘social glue’, bringing a huge range of content to a global audience – like a modern-day Tower of Babel. The bubble logo is a fun visual pun on the company name, but also reflects Babelgum’s commitment to a green, global future.

Using proprietary software, the Babelgum player provides content owners with a secure platform on which to distribute their programming worldwide and a unique business model that allows them to monetise their assets.

Babelgum’s content partners include the Associated Press, Reuters, PBS, BBC, 3DD, Shine Limited, Gong Anime, IMG, Off the Fence and international film festivals such as Seattle, DC Independent and Encounters. The list of advertisers includes globally renowned brands such as Vodafone and Benetton Group.

Founded in 2005, Babelgum is an independent and privately held company with around 100 employees and offices in the U.K., Ireland, France, Italy and the US.

Babelgum announces three new content deals for over 160 hours of programming

ZED, Off The Fence and Green TV content to roll-out on Babelgum across new dedicated channels

London 16th April 2008: Babelgum, the free, interactive, alternative TV-quality Internet platform, today announces new content deals with three stellar production companies; ZED, Off The Fence and Green TV. The new content will be added to Babelgum’s fast-growing Nature and Conservation community transforming it into one of the leading online resources for educational documentaries on the environment and wildlife.

BabelgumZED, a leading documentary film company, is launching ‘My Planet TV’, a new exclusive channel on Babelgum. The channel will be a central online destination for all of its award-winning international documentaries. Over 100 hours of content will be rolled-out over the next six months including multiple award-winning titles “Becoming a Man”, “Becoming a Woman”, and “Jaglavak prince of insects”.

Off The Fence, the independent non-fiction programming specialist, is making its wildlife documentaries available on new channel ‘Into the Wild’. Green TV, a web TV channel raising the awareness of environmental issues will release new programming every month on the new Green TV Channel on Babelgum’s platform.

Valerio Zingarelli, CEO at Babelgum, comments: “The three new deals we are announcing today further emphasise our position as a leading player in the Internet TV space. Our Nature and Conservation community is going from strength to strength through the expansion of licensed content and the production of our own content through our Digital Studio Initiative.”

Céline Payot, VP of Sales and Marketing from ZED added: “Our award-winning documentaries are already recognised around the world and the vast number of internet TV platforms available meant that we spent a long time looking for the right partner. Babelgum’s dedicated communities have become the perfect home for our content online.”

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