25 July 2018 News Releases, Academic, K-12, Faculty, Librarian

Stunning HD Films from BBC Studios – Now Available to Libraries

The BBC Landmark Video Collection, which includes cutting-edge, cinematically stunning HD documentaries like Planet Earth and Blue Planet, is now available to libraries globally through ProQuest.

ANN ARBOR, MI, July 25, 2018 – From the Atlas Mountains to the Cape of Good Hope, from the Antarctic icecaps to the evolution of a species, the BBC Landmark Video Collection from BBC Studios offers a unique HD view into the beauty of our world. Now, a partnership between BBC Studios and ProQuest enables educators and students to access the collection through academic and public library customers globally. This partnership enhances the service to end users by providing streaming access to cutting-edge series like Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

Each series – covering earth science, climate science, geography and more – is available on the Alexander Street™ video platform and can be acquired worldwide as a collection by subscription or perpetual purchase.

“The BBC has been at the forefront of producing the most compelling and ground-breaking natural history programs for decades – with a stated mission to inform, educate and entertain,” said Kara Iaconis, VP, Learning, BBC Studios – Americas. “Through this new partnership with ProQuest, educators will have global access to key BBC landmark programs to enhance their curriculum further.”

“These critically acclaimed BBC shows are an important addition to the educational streaming video landscape,” said Jesse Koennecke, Director of Acquisitions and E-Resource Licensing Services, Cornell University Library. “The collection includes many titles that see considerable use on DVD, and it will be great for our users to be able to access them online.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with the BBC to bring their Landmark Collection exclusively into the educational space,” said David Parker, Senior Director of Product Management for Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company. “This on-demand content will enhance the way courses are taught and provides a dynamic and captivating way to learn.”

ProQuest launched with 68 titles, including:

Complete Series:

  • Planet Earth
  • Blue Planet
  • Blue Planet II
  • Frozen Planet
  • Life
  • Life Story
  • Africa
  • Nature’s Great Events
  • Spy in the Wild

Individual Programs:

  • Incredible Predators
  • Tiny Giants
  • Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet
  • Earthflight
  • Wild Africa

BBC Studios – Americas

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programs are internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specialties. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including six production bases in the UK, and a further seven wholly-owned and production partnerships internationally. The company, which makes over 2,500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. In the Americas, BBC Studios’ production unit in Los Angeles is responsible for ratings juggernaut Dancing with the Stars, critically-acclaimed The Night Of, and award-winning Life Below Zero, while local productions Dancing Brasil and Bake Off Brasil are breakout hits made in Brazil. The company manages joint venture relationships with AMC Networks for flagship channel BBC AMERICA (U.S.) - home of global brands Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II, Doctor Who, and Top Gear - and with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada), as well as strategic partnerships in Canada with Blue Ant Media for BBC Earth Channel, Corus for BBC Canada, and Knowledge Network for BBC Kids.

About ProQuest (https://www.proquest.com)

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