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blinkx Signs Top Indie Media Partners to Bring Users Thousands of Hours of Cutting-Edge Film, Television and Music Programming

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - January 16, 2008 - blinkx, the world’s largest video search engine, today announced that it has partnered with 13 new independent content providers including Calon TV, ChannelFlip.com, Channel X, Foothill Entertainment, Future Shorts, jeko.tv, Journeyman Pictures, Looking Glass International, MoMedia, Monster Distributes, Reelport, Wysiwyg Films and YoungCuts to bring users thousands of hours of cutting-edge film, television and music programming. Through the partnerships, content will be fully searchable and playable at www.blinkx.com. Leveraging its unique AdHoc platform, blinkx will also place contextually relevant advertising against the video and share resulting revenue with partners.

 

As barriers to online content distribution fall and search continues to improve, many independent filmmakers are able to realize the true potential of online television and video. Traditionally, showcasing and distributing work to large audiences has been a struggle. However, as levels of quality and consumption evolve, independent producers are well-positioned to leverage and monetize their work online via partnerships with companies like blinkx.

“The Internet has enabled a generation of young filmmakers to express creativity and make it available for millions of viewers around the world in a way never before possible,” said Louise Kierans, president of YoungCuts Film Festival, an event showcasing the best independent films by undiscovered talents.

“Forget the movie theater, Sundance, or even your television - many of the most talented and innovative writers, producers and directors are bringing content directly to the Internet,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx. “blinkx is thrilled to serve as a vehicle for making this original, avant-garde entertainment easily searchable and available to viewers everywhere.” “We create original programming and channels designed specifically for digital platforms,” said Mark Benmore, chief operating officer of MoMedia International, a leading producer and distributor of digital video for IPTV, mobile, broadband and narrowcasting platforms. “There is an insatiable appetite for digital entertainment and it’s growing all the time. With blinkx, we easily deliver our content, making it available to a limitless audience.”

As the pioneer in video search technology, blinkx serves more than 50 million unique visitors every month. blinkx has built a reputation as the smartest way to search new forms of online content such as video. With more than 220 partners and 18 million hours of indexed video and audio content, including favorite TV moments, news clips, short documentaries, music videos, video blogs and more, blinkx uses advanced speech recognition technology to deliver results that are more accurate and reliable than standard metadata-based keyword searches.

About blinkx

blinkx plc (LSE AIM: BLNX) is the world’s most comprehensive video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 18 million hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx’s founders set out to solve a significant challenge - as TV and user-generated content on the Web explode, keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx’s patented search technologies listen to - and even see - the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world’s most frequented sites. blinkx is based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.

About Calon TV

Calon TV is a new company formed by the former management of Siriol Productions. Siriol were the producers of the BAFTA-winning SuperTed, Hilltop Hospital and the animated Under Milk Wood. www.calon.tv/keepfit.html

About ChannelFlip.com

ChannelFlip.com is an end-to-end video production company based in Oxford, England, that makes TV programs, sells advertising on them and distributes them over the internet to viewers. www.channelflip.com

About Channel X

Channel X is one of the U.K.’s leading comedy and entertainment specialists with a 20 year history of producing cutting-edge award-winning programs for all the major U.K. broadcasters. The company specializes in scripted broken and narrative comedy, comedy-entertainment formats and game shows and has worked with all the leading comedy talent in the U.K. for the last two decades. www.channelx.co.uk

About Foothill Entertainment

Foothill Entertainment is a family-owned production company based in Santa Barbara, California.  Formed September 2000 by Gregory Payne and Jo Kavanagh-Payne, Foothill specializes in the co-development and distribution of family and children’s entertainment programming. Foothill also acts as executive producer of projects in all media, using years of media expertise to help fund and distribute advances and pre-sales of family-friendly entertainment across the globe. www.foothillentertainment.com

 

About Future Shorts

Future Shorts is the largest and most innovative short-film label in the world. Operating in 25 countries with 15,000 attending monthly, the festival has redefined the short-film medium in international screen culture. Future Shorts Distribution acts as a unique deliverer of the very best short format entertainment to multiple platforms worldwide. www.futureshorts.com

About jeko.tv

jeko.tv was created to broadcast high-quality documentaries, short films, music videos, reports and video art. www.jeko.tv

About Journeyman Pictures

Journeyman Pictures is London’s leading independent distributor of topical news features, documentaries and footage. We’re like a video encyclopedia of the world. Use this Web site to preview our latest films, as advertised in ‘The Journeyman Weekly’, or to search our archive of over 4,000 films. http://journeyman.tv 

About Looking Glass International

LGI is an Australia-based independent production and distribution company specializing in factual programming to the international market. Our catalogue includes award-winning documentaries as well as programmes covering the genres of history, science, natural history, travel/lifestyle and people & places. Whether you are looking for compelling stories about the world or an irreverent but passionate look at the world from another point of view, LGI will bring you some of the best stories out there! www.lookingglassint.com

About MoMedia International

MoMedia International is a leading digital producer and distributor of entertainment programmes for mobile networks, broadband internet, IPTV and emerging digital platforms. Backed by Endemol and with offices in London and Hong Kong, MoMedia manages the digital rights to thousands of hours of content from 60+ production companies, distributing content globally to over 35 countries. The company also creates original programming and channels that are designed specifically for digital platforms. MoMedia was founded in 2004 by Lucas Bertrand and Mark Benmore. www.momediatv.com

About Monster Distributes

Monster Distributes is an international distribution company. Its flagship projects include the 130 episode music series, Planet Rock Profiles, which has sold to 162 countries and 61 airlines, the 2005 Oscar nominated best Short Animation, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, the 2004 Oscar winning Short Animated Film, Harvie Krumpet, and more. www.monsterdistributes.com

About Reelport GmbH

Reelport.com is the only platform world-wide that enables a complete digital submission process for buyers and sellers, film festivals and film archives. Several thousands of users distribute more than 10,000 short and feature films via the online b2b platform reelport.com. Renowned international festivals and satellite TV, VoD and Web-TV services view and acquire films in Reelport’s online film catalogue. www.reelport.com

About Wysiwyg Films

Wysiwyg acquires independent content and distributes it through all reputable digital outlets. If you have bought a set-top-box, downloaded a DVD or streamed a show from any reputable service then the chances are that you already have access to Wysiwyg’s quality content. This ranges from the Mike Leigh endorsed urban drama, ‘The Plague’, to the immensely popular Caribbean TV serial, ‘Westwood Park’.  www.wysiwygfilms.com

About YoungCuts

The YoungCuts Film Festival is the premiere showcase for great short films by the best young filmmakers. In addition to promoting great undiscovered talent, YoungCuts works with young filmmakers to produce and virally distribute branded entertainment. www.youngcuts.com

Press Contacts:

Tim Turpin
Sparkpr
+1 (415) 321 1894
tturpin@sparkpr.com

Clare Gayner
Bite Communications
+44 (0)20 8834 3454
Clare.Gayner@bitepr.com