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03 Jun, 2013 17:30:44 BST
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Weybridge, Surrey, United Kingdom
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How would you like to own your own Cable TV Archive and earn money from it?!
THE TV CHANNEL THAT WAS HAPPY TO BE LAUGHED AT…
Well you now have the opportunity to do so! And with NO RESERVE set on the winning bid either!
The entire programme archive of the former UK cable channel, LIVETV, which was known for programmes like Topless Darts and the Bouncing Dwarf Weather is being offered for sale.
Famous for its outrageous programme ideas, the archive has over 1,300 hours of finished programmes and formats as well as the LIVETV brand and website: livetv.co.uk.
LIVETV was broadcast on all UK cable systems from August 1995 until November 1999. Early in its existence LIVETV produced, not surprisingly – live television – lots of it, badly. Gradually, the channel evolved into producing light-hearted format television. LIVETV’s popularity, regularly winning over 1% of viewing, and strength lay in originality – these were not by any means ‘me too’ formats.
During its life as a channel, LIVETV made a lot of noise, punching above its weight in publicity terms – this was driven by programmes which set out to cause controversy or ridicule the norms.
British institutions like weather and news bulletins were given the LIVETV treatment with ‘The Weather in Norwegian’ and the ‘News Bunny’ reflecting a brighter side of life – and ‘Topless Darts’ setting out to amplify the absurdity of life by combining the (supposedly) two great interests of working males: Page Three girls and playing darts down at the pub.
The channel sought to confront the problem of modest budgets by making the most of its assets – setting a soap opera (Canary Wharf) in a television channel in the same building as the channel itself, thereby providing its own location, and sometimes storylines as well.
Formats like Agony, Lie Detector, The Fashion Show, Indecent Proposals and No Tomorrow filled the daytime and evening hours whilst LIVETV also became known for producing and broadcasting light-hearted and very soft adult material late at night. These included:
The Sex Show
Britain's Sexiest Security Videos
Threesome (adult soap opera)
The two minute late night signature programme Topless Darts was ubiquitous. That said, the adult material only perhaps represents 20% of the archive.
Many one-off documentaries on topical issues or characters were also produced over the years - featuring the Spice Girls (Live filmed for their first ever TV performance), OJ Simposon, Katie Price (Jordan) and many on various aspects of the life of Diana Princess of Wales.
Indeed, many of the ideas, like Wife Swapping, subsequently appeared or were echoed by mainstream television in the years following LIVETV’s closure, and Lie Detector was commissioned for a series by ITV1 (which is included in the archive).
By 1999, with LIVETV producing less programmes but on higher budgets (albeit still modest compared to terrestrial standards) the programming and its popularity was noticed by the UK's biggest commercial network, ITV, who commissioned 14 episodes of Lie Detector - and later incorporated the technology into one of its own programmes.
Can I see a preview of some of the shows?
You can view 3 showreels of various programmes of LIVE TV by going to Utube and logging on:
Password: etv1976! (please don't forget to put the ! mark on the end)
Once signed in click on the livetvlives2 link in the top left hand corner
So what do you get?
How does it come?
What can you do with it?
How do I get it?
How can I find out more Information?
For a prospectus of the archive or to chat in more detail about the content of this historic British LIVETV channel or how to maximise the opportunities of owning it then please email Chris at email@example.com.
Many thanks for looking and good luck bidding!
On 01-Jun-13 at 11:33:37 BST, seller added the following information:
There has been a lot of interest in this and a number of questions have been asked of the owner, so I am adding these below as it may answer any queries you have.
Can you confirm beyond getting the tapes that all the contributors are signed off in perpetuity so don't need clearance, as are the producers/production companies?
In terms of the performances and contributors – yes, all were bought out/released at the time – however Mirror Group (the original owners) managed to lose pretty much all of the releases paperwork. That said we haven’t has any trouble at all in terms of licencing the library over the past decade – with the exception of one performance in one episode of a show called Threesome – which we’ll point out to the purchaser. All the programmes were produced by Mirror Television (no outside production companies) and all staff had IP releases in their contracts.
I presume it's all clear across all platforms in all territories?
Yes – it’s all now clear of any licences and you’d own all the rights fully.
Also there's lots of commercial music over the promos - I take it all music clearances would need to be sorted afresh?
Yes, there’s some commercial music in a few things which would need clearing or changing depending on what you did with it – but the great majority was composed specifically for the programmes to cover this off.
What kind of paperwork/legals backs up the sale - particularly around programme rights, IP, formats etc.
The basic issue here is chain of ownership – which we can demonstrate (ie the right to sell you the library). Since all the content was originally produced by Mirror, thereby all rights come with the sale. Happy to do a short legal document attesting to this as part of the sale process.
Are the brands or trademarks registered at all?
Yes, the Live Tv (logo) is trademarked as are several other programme names/logos and IP.
How long is the site domain paid for?
How have sales gone over the last few years? Full shows to broadcasters or more of a focus on clip sales? Any thoughts on the best way to generate cash from the archive?
We started marketing the library from 2000 and lost interest as other things took over our business from 2010. In that time we generated £456,000 in licencing revenue (avg £45k per annum) without too much effort. Some years it was over £100k some years it was less than £10k – just depending on what the deal was. It was a combination of programme and clip sales - obviously, programme sales make the real money. It would be wrong to say that with the age of the library that you could still do that again – however with the growth of online video and smaller tv channels in many countries looking for cheap content there’s certainly avenues to generate revenue from the library. It’s part of the reason for selling , we don’t have the time to pursue it anymore, but it seems such a waste just sitting there when someone can make something of it. You could literally run a whole tv channel for some years on the amount that’s there.