London, UK (June 17, 2008)–EMI Music and BBC Worldwide have made an arrangement to identify program material relating to artists in the EMI family that can be used to create a wide range of products for global release across multiple platforms.
The arrangement allows EMI and its artists to release material from the corporation’s extensive archive of TV and radio recordings across multiple platforms including digital. In return, BBC Worldwide has the opportunity to use EMI artists’ performances to create new programming, which can be sold to international broadcasters and consumers. BBC Worldwide has also acquired the rights to distribute the content direct to consumers via any of their own future digital services.
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 program 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. The BBC archive covers the entire history of rock and pop.
The deal will look to build upon the release of BBC content previously licensed to EMI by artists such as Coldplay, David Bowie, Queen, Roxy Music and Depeche Mode.
The EMI family includes artists such as Kylie Minogue, The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Lily Allen and Pink Floyd.