Counterpoint pacts with BFI for rights management

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The British Film Institute has inked a deal to use Counterpoint Systems’ Movie Maestro software to manage the rights and royalties of its 11,000-pic collection, which includes “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Grand Derby.”

The films are part of the BFI’s Access Collection. The BFI is a nonprofit agency responsible for encouraging and conserving the arts of film and television. BFI also organizes the Regus London Film Festival, runs the National Film Theater and the BFI London Imax Cinema and maintains a collection of 275,000 feature films dating from 1894 as well as 200,000 TV programs, 7 million photographs and 15,000 movie posters. BFI has distribution rights for 11,000 of the pics.

Movie Maestro is a program designed for film companies to manage all aspects of their film catalog, including aiding the management and exploitation of old titles for which the company grants licenses.

London-based Counterpoint System’s software also handles rights and royalties for BMG, Napster, MGM, Sony and Virgin Records, among others.

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