Norwich-based film production company, Independent Studios UK, today announces a new collaboration with ITN Source, the archive video arm of ITN and the world's leading provider of moving footage. The five year deal will see Independent Studios produce one hundred DVDs using archive film from ITN Source's New Classics collection, which contains rarely seen content shot between 1896 and 1970.
The first venture between the two will be a series of eight DVDs, due for release in early October, exploring aspects of our capital city's past. The 'London on Film' range will include titles such as London's East End 1900s – 1930s and 1940s – 1970s, London's Lost Docks, London in the Fifties Part 1 and Part 2, London's Railways 1920s - 1970s and We Ruled London: The Story of the Krays.
The deal marks a departure for both companies – this is the first time ITN Source has used the New Classics brand on a DVD release to the general public, while Independent Studios UK has been working exclusively in the East Anglian region until now.
"For several years, Independent Studios UK has specialised in producing documentaries using archive film. We have produced 57 DVD titles for the East Anglian Film Archive since 2007. These have been very popular with the public, thanks to the local focus mixed with nostalgia” explains Andrew Gray, Managing Director of the Norwich-based company.
“Working with ITN Source opens a new chapter for the company - the 'New Classics' range is made up of rare footage which gives us a fresh take on the past. Most of it has never been seen since the time of its original broadcast. ITN Source is a valuable partner for content, and we are delighted to be working with them."
Dan Mills, Business Development Manager for ITN Source added: “Independent Studios UK have built a fine reputation for producing well researched programming using archive footage in a very creative and compelling way to deliver engaging films. We are excited to be working with them and supplying rarely seen footage from our New Classics imprint covering people, places and events that shaped the country we live in.”
The DVDs will be available to buy online from Archive Film Shop from October 1st 2009, costing £9.99 each.
About ITN Source
ITN Source is the gateway to over one million hours of iconic broadcast footage and creative moving imagery captured over three centuries. From news to drama, celebrity, comedy, music, wildlife, natural history and film, to an inspirational stock footage section.
ITN Source represents the world’s largest and most diverse catalogue of moving image libraries including, Reuters, ITN, ITV, UTV, ANI, Setanta Sports News, Channel 9 News (Australia), FOX News and FOX Movietone, and other specialist collections. ITNSource.com offers customers the convenience of searching for, viewing, downloading and purchasing broadcast quality content at the touch of a button.
With headquarters in London, ITN Source has sales offices in New York, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo.
About Independent Studios UK
Independent Studios UK is a documentary film production and distribution company who specialise in producing and distributing local history DVDs.
Since 2007, Independent Studios have produced a large catalogue of DVD titles made using rare and original archive film. The DVDs cover a range of topics such as World War II and steam railways, as well as a series of county and town titles. Based in Norwich, the company are committed to helping the general public access their local film heritage.