The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1865 Thursday, 26 July 2001
Date: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2001 11:43:25 -0400
Subject: BBC Update
We've encountered a bit of a snag in our petition to release the BBC
Shakespeare videos to home distribution.
We've just received a very kind letter from the Assistant Private
Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales, in which it appears by their
research that Time-Life has sole rights to the series in North America,
not the BBC. This information is quite confusing for us, since Burton
Cromer at the BBC's New York offices has been quite adamant about the
fact that he himself holds the ability to release the tapes to home
video or not, and it would seem to me that the fastest way to rid his
office of all of our incessant phone calls would be to admit he has no
jurisdiction over the series in the first place.
His Royal Highness' offices acknowledge that the series is not selling
well in North America and his assistant remarks, "I am sure that price
is one of the reasons for that. Where the BBC has the rights, the price
per video is a third of what it is in the USA."
So off we go to try to unearth the responsible individuals at Time-Life
and at Ambrose (Time-Life sub-licensed the rights to Ambrose in 1995).
Further updates will follow.
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