The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0193 Monday, 31 January 2000.
Date: Friday, 28 Jan 2000 11:32:15 -0500
Subject: BBC Shakespeare Series
The saga of the BBC videos continues.
As you all may or may not know, I have been trying for several years to
convince the BBC to release their Shakespeare series for home
distribution. After several promising leads which failed to realize, I
have talked to Burton Cromer at the BBC New York office. Burton is in
charge of all home distribution titles in North America.
According to him, the BBC does not feel that there is really a market
out there for their Shakespeare titles. Most of the requests they
receive have come from schools, and they are already being serviced by
Ambrose Video, who sells the titles for about $100 a piece, including
public performance rights. The only serious requests they have received
otherwise have been mostly from me, and they seem to have disregarded
the 300+ names I have sent them via petitions and forwarded e-mails.
Since this is the case, I am asking everyone to take a stand and assist
in this initiative. Call the BBC and ask for Burton Cromer, and then
tell him, or his voice mail, that you, personally want to buy the BBC
Shakespeares, but cannot afford to at the Ambrose rates. Tell your
friends and colleagues and urge them to do the same. Perhaps if we can
deluge his office with calls in the next few weeks, something will
finally be done.
The phone number for the BBC NY office is 1-212-705-9344.
Ever the grassroots rebel,
Poor Yorick - CD & Video Emporium