ITN Source signs representation agreement with British Movietone

ITN Source has announced a new agreement to represent British Movietone in the United States and Japan. The British Movietone film library dates from 1895 to 1984 and includes the first cinema newsreel to use both sound and color film in Britain.

The British Movietone library has been estimated at around 80 million feet of film and includes silent film from the Henderson collection (1895-1929), the famous British Movietone cinema newsreels (1929-1984) and footage from the United Press film library (1960-1963). The collection was shot in 35mm, is fully digitized and transferable into HD format.

ITN Source has long been established as the home of cinema newsreels, representing most of the major newsreels, including; Gaumont Graphic, one of the first cinema newsreels (1910 – 1932), Empire News (1926-1930), Fox Movietone (1928-1963), Gaumont British (1929-1959), Universal News (1930-1956) and British Paramount (1931-1957). Now ITN Source has added British Movietone to this eminent list.

Andy Williams, Managing Director of ITN Source said “We are delighted to add the British Movietone film library to our extensive collection of editorial archives. The collection covers an incredible range of historically important news events and all the significant figures of the last century. We think our clients will appreciate being able to access so much cinema newsreel footage under one roof.”

British Movietone News celebrated all the traditional aspects of British life, covering royalty, sports, personalities and politics with authoritative commentary and upbeat musical accompaniment. The newsreels also became renowned for their bold scoops, as they vied with newspapers and radio to feed the public’s appetite for news. They became particularly important during World War II, serving as a means of providing vital news from the front lines to the people back home.

The British Movietone collection includes everything from rare film of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941, to flamboyant entertainers like Liberace, world famous sports personalities such as Mohammad Ali and fashion icons like Marilyn Monroe and Twiggy.

During the 1950’s the increase in regular television news programming saw an end to many of the cinema newsreels, but British Movietone with its unique quality color footage continued until its 50th birthday in 1979. It was the very last cinema newsreel.

The collection has been estimated at around 80 million feet of film, shot in 35mm, fully digitized and transferable into true HD format. Contact for more information on accessing British Movietone footage.

Press contact: Laura Roberts Head of Press ITN, +44 207 430 4825


About ITN Source
ITN Source is the footage licensing division of leading news and multimedia content provider, ITN.  ITN Source syndicates on-the-day and archive content to a global customer base. Its content spans multiple genres including news, drama, celebrity, environment, music, comedy, wildlife, natural history and film. ITN Source represents archive footage from ITN, Reuters, ITV, Fox News, Fox Movietone and ANI, amongst many others. ITN Source has over 2.8 million archive news clips, programmes and film titles available on, dating back to 1896.  ITN Source has offices in London, New York, Paris, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo as well as numerous agents across the globe. More information can be found at


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