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Getty Images to distribute NHK output

August 20, 2014

By Chris Forrester

Japanese public broadcaster NHK’s newly-launched Video Bank, which embraces all of NHK’s HD news, features, documentaries, drama and animation, is being distributed by Getty Images.

The deal between Getty and NHK echoes a similar relationship between the BBC and Getty for the BBC’s Motion Gallery content and programming.

“As the innovator and global leader in visual communications, Getty Images sets the standard for superior content creation and distribution the world over,” said Jonathan Klein, Co-founder and CEO of Getty Images.  “Millions of customers come to Getty Images every day for the most inspiring, innovative and powerful imagery to bring their projects to life and move the world with pictures. We are thrilled to enrich Getty Images’ comprehensive video offering of over two million unique clips with NHK’s exceptional collection of Japanese and other Asian content.”

NHK Video Bank includes special collections such as the renowned Silk Road series, and features comprehensive footage of global environmental issues, from retreating glaciers to the deforestation of the Amazon Basin, as well as coverage of natural disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Other highlights include the world’s first HD footage of the moon’s surface captured from the Kaguya moon-orbiter, and Nippon News, an invaluable historical record of the Pacific front during WWII, available in HD with English scripts and metadata.

“Every day, the NHK Archives adds many more high-quality HD programmes and news images shot by NHK to its vast stock. We are delighted that these images now reach content producers all over the world through the Getty Images network. For more superb footage, please search for ‘NHK Video Bank’”, said Tadao Sakomizu, Managing Director of NHK International.

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