Re: [Videolib] PPR rights

Holly Sammons (
Wed, 28 Apr 2004 10:45:19 -0400 (EDT)

Can you imagine a showing of In The Realm of the Senses in a public
library?!! Hard boiled eggs instead of popcorn... (Maybe the day before I

Sorry, apologies, my mind wonders....

Holly Sammons, Librarian
Onondaga County Public Library
447 So Salina St
Syracuse NY  13202

> > > > From: Jennifer Stutesman <> >> Organization: Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla WA >> Reply-To: >> Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 16:33:19 -0700 >> To: >> Subject: [Videolib] PPR rights >> >> >> There's a catalog for such PPR's ? This is one aspect of video >> librarianship that has always confused me - the tape box usually says >> who distributed it, but if this is not usually the same person/company >> who holds the rights, how do you all determine who to contact? Or *is* >> it usually the distributor? If there are catalogs, where do I get >> them? Also, I hear (I think) Jessica say that PPR is almost always NOT >> available for feature films - but it *is* available for "Bowling"? >> Why? It's a documentary? >> >> Man, I've been doing this almost three years, and I still have >> questions almost *every* day....That's a good thing, it means I'm >> still challenged... **smile** (heh heh, just saw Barbara's typo...) >> :-) -jen >> >> "Bergman, Barbara J" wrote: > > Alas no easy answer but most feature films ARE Available for PPR you > just > have to figure out who owns it. PPR rights basically belong to the > company that owns theatrical/non theatrical rights and this is often > either A. Not the same as the company that released the home video or B. > Sub-licensed by the company that owned the home video. In reality I > would estimate that 95% of HOLLYWOOD feature films are owned either by > SWANK ( and the company they own which I forget the name of) or > Criterion in CHICAGO . It pretty much goes by STUDIO so Swank can handle > Warner Bros, Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Miramax MGM/UA and many > smaller companies. Criterion handles Fox/New Line Fine Line Artisian and > a few others. New Yorker handles Sony Classics and a number of > independent films and companies like Kino, Milestone, Zeitgeist own our > own films A FEW OF WHICH are released on other video labels and > Criterion/Janus handled most but by no many all of the classic titles on > the Criterion home video label Basically most standard American > Hollywood films are fairly easy to figure out PPR rights however many > foreign & independent films are either very complex or not available. A > few recent examples that crossed my desk, IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES ( > distributed by Wellspring but they don't own PPR the French owners do) > Any Chaplin feature except MODERN TIMES ( distributed by Warner Bros for > home video but PPR is owned by French company MK2 , Mi Vida Sin Mi > (2003) Directed by isabel coixet this is released by Sony Classics for > like an increasing number of their titles is owned by NEITHER New Yorker > or Swank so you would have to go to Sony DIRECTLY ( have fun) > > So again for the majority of standard feature American films it is not > that hard to find but there will never be an easy way to track PPR on > more difficult titles , just have to do research. I will say that > this seems to have developed into one of my better skills and I keep a > full rolodex of obscure rights holders for oddball films or contacts for > overseas owners if you are so inclined. My office mate keeps telling me > I should charge for my "services" but I don't mind so long as people > have made a basic attempt to figure it out on their own > > Jessica > -- > Jessica Rosner > Kino International > 333 W 39th St. 503 > NY NY 10018 > > 212-629-6880 > >>this would be a pubic performance. >>> Michael Moore may indeed be advocating free showings, but the >>> distribution company doesn't appear to agree since "Bowling for >>> Columbine" is in Swank's catalog for purchasing public performance >>> rights. >>> >>> Is there a "Contact Us" link on the website? >>> >>> Barb Bergman >>> Media Services Librarian >>> Minnesota State University-Mankato >>> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Videolib mailing list >> >> >> > > _______________________________________________ > Videolib mailing list > >

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