EMI, BBC partner in digital deal

A new deal between EMI and the BBC will liberate thousands of hours of music content to the public for the first time, across multiple platforms – including through digital systems.
The arrangement allows the British-owned music company and its artists to release material from the BBC’s huge archive of TV and radio recordings. And, in return, BBC Worldwide can use performances by EMI artists to create new shows which can be sold internationally. BBC Worldwide also secures the rights to distribute content directly using digital services, such as Project Kangaroo, its joint venture with ITV and Channel 4.
The EMI family includes artists such as Kylie Minogue, The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Lily Allen and Pink Floyd.   
Under the deal EMI will have the opportunity to include BBC recordings from their artists as part of DVDs, CDs and digital downloads while BBC Worldwide has the opportunity to drive revenue through international radio and TV programme sales, as well as on-demand streaming from those very same artists. Both companies will also receive reciprocal royalties for each other’s sales. 
This unlocking of the BBC archive will make vast quantities of content available in all formats for consumers to enjoy both in the UK and internationally. The deal is part of BBC Worldwide Music’s strategy to derive greater value from the wealth of music-related material in the corporation’s archive, which covers the entire history of rock and pop.
Pete Duckworth, Senior Vice President, Catalogue, EMI Music UK & Ireland says: “We are very excited about this agreement. In the BBC vaults there is a wealth of unreleased and high quality material from EMI artists that we will now be able to bring to fans.  At the same time, we can offer new revenue opportunities to our artists that simply weren’t there before.”  Duckworth added that all release proposals will be cleared with the relevant artist.
Paul Dempsey, Director of Audio & Music, BBC Worldwide, says: “We’re delighted to be working with EMI and we see this as a terrific partnership. This deal is a prime example of the commercial opportunities available to artists, their labels and BBC Worldwide when we work together to release this incredibly rich archive of content. It’s also great news for music fans who are always hungry for more content from their favourite artist or band.”
Project Kangaroo is the working title for the new on-demand commercial digital service launching in the UK in 2008, which is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide, ITV, and Channel 4. BBC Worldwide’s involvement is subject to BBC Trust approval. 

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