Library Video Company and SAFARI Video Networks Announce an Unprecedented Major Industry Alliance Among the Premier Educational Video Publishers
Extraordinary Alliance Will Bring Scholastic, Weston Woods Studios, BBC Worldwide, Disney Educational Productions, A&E Home Video and National Geographic Digital Content Directly Into School Classrooms and Libraries – Joining PBS, WGBH Boston
Philadelphia, PA (June 27, 2005) - Library Video Company and SAFARI Video Networks announced today an unprecedented distribution agreement with the leading educational video publishers in the world. Scholastic, Weston Woods Studios, BBC Worldwide, Disney Educational Productions, A&E Home Video and National Geographic are the latest publishers to join the esteemed PBS, the Boston public broadcasting producer, WGBH, and Schlessinger Media on SAFARI Montage – a broadcast-quality, plug & play video server for every school. This alliance brings even more premier educational programs to schools in a digital format.
Library Video Company’s new Video-on-Demand server, SAFARI Montage, will provide schools with digital access to their choice of educational video content, including preeminent educational series such as Scholastic’s Magic School Bus, Dear America and Royal Diaries; Weston Woods Studios’ Chrysanthemum, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day and The Mouse and the Motorcycle; the BBC’s Eyewitness and Walking With Dinosaurs; Disney Educational Productions’ Bill Nye the Science Guy and ABC News Classroom Edition; A&E Home Video’s History Channel and Biography; and National Geographic’s distinguished library of programs - including videos made specifically for the classroom - in addition to the previously announced PBS’s Ken Burns’ The Civil War, Cyberchase and WGBH’s Arthur, NOVA, American Experience, Frontline and Between the Lions. The SAFARI Montage server will reside in the school media center or computer room, and it can be expanded to accommodate more programming and, ultimately, self-created content.
The SAFARI Montage server avoids the problems associated with streaming, comes preloaded with programs, fully segmented, and also allows teachers to "bookmark" particular segments for classroom use. Additionally, this content will be indexed and correlated to state curriculum standards.
"We are honored and humbled by the overwhelming support shown for SAFARI Montage by the world's most distinguished educational brands. The latest agreements with Scholastic, Weston Woods Studios, BBC Worldwide, A&E Home Video, Disney Educational Productions and National Geographic to join SAFARI Montage along with PBS, WGBH Boston and Schlessinger Media, are only the beginning of a multitude of publishers planned for SAFARI Montage," said Andrew Schlessinger, President and CEO of Library Video Company. "Every school in the U.S. and Canada is going to want to have access to the finest selection of educational programs from these preeminent publishers, in addition to Schlessinger Media programs," he added.
"National Geographic serves educators with a range of outstanding products, and we are extremely pleased to add our digital video to Library Video Company’s new SAFARI Montage server," said Matthew White, Executive Vice President, digital markets, for National Geographic Digital Media. "Our award-winning programming covers a diverse range of subject matter, including natural history, science, archaeology, and other subjects of superior educational value from locations across the globe. It provides an important contextual backdrop for students to learn more about their world."
"We are very excited to be working with Library Video Company/SAFARI Video Networks as we enter into the digital delivery arena," said Steve Miller, Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Planning at Disney Publishing Worldwide. "We are pleased to be in the company of such well-respected educational publishers."
BBC Worldwide’s Director of Learning, Mark Johnstone says, "We are glad that this venture allows school children in the US and Canada to benefit from knowledgeable and ground-breaking BBC programmes such as Eyewitness and Walking with Dinosaurs and are excited to be part of the initiative."
"This is an exciting relationship for A&E Home Video and our exclusive worldwide distributor, New Video Group. We’re delighted to be able to provide educators a new way of accessing our acclaimed library of educational programming," said Kate Winn, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for A&E Home Video.
"Scholastic is delighted to be part of SAFARI’s content delivery system," said Linda Kahn, Senior Vice President of Programming and Distribution for Scholastic Entertainment. "This is an exciting opportunity for us and we look forward to a successful relationship with SAFARI."
"Weston Woods is excited about this new partnership with Library Video Company/SAFARI Video Networks, as we view this as an excellent opportunity to further extend the mission of Weston Woods to instill a lifelong love of books and reading in children," said Linda Lee, Vice President and General Manager.
"Educators are an absolutely essential audience for PBS, and we’re looking forward to both teachers and school library media specialists having unprecedented in-school access to our award-winning content through SAFARI Video Networks," said Andrea Downing, Vice President, PBS Consumer Products. "A recent Grunwald Associates survey showed that teachers pick PBS as their top classroom choice for TV content, and this agreement will help make it even easier for them to provide PBS resources to the nation’s students."
"We are delighted to be working with Library Video Company and SAFARI Video Networks,” said David Bernstein, Vice President and General Manager of WGBH Enterprises. “Through this partnership and the technology developed by Library Video and SAFARI, WGBH’s award-winning programming and ancillary materials will be more broadly available to, and easily accessed by, the educational community and the students they serve."
About Library Video Company/SAFARI Video Networks
Founded in 1985 by Andrew Schlessinger, Library Video Company is the leading distributor of educational video to schools and public libraries nationwide. The Company stocks over 18,000 titles that covers all subjects for all grades. Each program has been carefully reviewed and selected for content that is appropriate for the classroom and public library setting. In its 20th year, the Company continues to be the forerunner in educational media distribution through its commitment to providing schools and libraries with new titles, new services and new product formats. Library Video Company supports the efforts of educators with the No Child Left Behind Act, and LibraryVideo.com has set the standard for efficient media collection management online. SAFARI Video Networks, a newly acquired subsidiary of Library Video Company, is the leading provider of video networking solutions for education. SAFARI Video Networks offers schools a range of video networking products, including the first truly open digital video-on-demand system; video conferencing for distance education and professional development, school news and security; local video creation uploading and many other products. SAFARI Video Networks will provide schools, districts and states with a choice of the best new video programs digitally from Library Video Company’s vast network of the finest educational video publishers and distributors, including the award-winning Schlessinger Media content library. More information is available at www.SAFARIMontage.com.
About National Geographic Digital Media
National Geographic Digital Media distributes digital content globally to the education, mobile, videogame, stock footage and broadband markets, and through nationalgeographic.com. Digital Media is responsible for National Geographic’s archive and repository for all film and videotape material produced by National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F). It also represents footage from Na
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