Andrew Solt Prods. announced that it has acquired a 50% interest in Historic Films, an archive library that owns more than 40,000 film titles and 15,000 individual video items.
Included in the library is historic news and entertainment footage spanning 1895 to the present, including coverage of the JFK assassination and rare behind-the-scenes film shot on the set of “The Wizard of Oz” and during the Beatles’ first American tour. It also includes an extensive stock musical collection, highlighted by live concerts and jam sessions including John Lennon playing with Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, as well as the largest library of American TV commercials in existence.
Solt Prods., which already owns the “Ed Sullivan Show” library and completed a 50th anniversary “Sullivan” special for air on CBS during May sweeps, also announced the promotion of Greg Vines to senior VP of production and reality TV and Cindy Frei to VP of development.
The company is a leader in using digital technology with its productions, pacting to produce a variety show pilot for UPN entitled “The Virtual Ed Sullivan Show” that digitally reincarnates the legendary host.