Digital Theatre+ and “YouTube for the arts”, Hibrow, form exclusive content partnership
Featuring many of the world’s finest orchestras, Hollywood actors and directors, prima ballerinas, virtuosi, writers, curators, thinkers, painters and poets, Hibrow presents hundreds of professionally produced videos on the visual arts, music, literature, theatre, dance and cinema, on demand.
The collection includes exclusive interviews with leading arts practitioners such as: Darcy Bussell, Kate Tempest, Mike Leigh, and Steven Berkoff; writers Sebastian Foulkes and Margaret Attwood; directors Danny Boyle and Robert Wilson; conductor Vasily Petrenko; actors Charles Dance and Joanna Lumley, and a backstage look at rehearsals with Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre.
The exclusive content partnership deal will bring over 3,500 minutes of high-definition content to Digital Theatre+’s audience of 3 million students, in schools, colleges and universities, across 55 countries.
“Digital Theatre’s experience and Robert Delamere’s brilliant team are proving that intelligent exploitation and marketing of superb digital arts programming via the internet broadens audiences in a very competitive arena. Their superb work servicing the educational sector is groundbreaking and is providing students of all ages with unique access to some of the greatest performances and performers of our age. I am delighted to be working with kindred spirits who share my passionate belief that there are significant audiences for high quality cultural and educational digital content globally” said Hibrow Founder, Don Boyd.
Justin Cooke, Chairman of Digital Theatre commented: “We have long been admirers of Hibrow and are delighted to be able to bring their content onto our platform in order that it can be accessed by our students and teachers around the world.”
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ABOUT DIGITAL THEATRE+
Digital Theatre works in partnership with renowned theatre and arts companies to capture stunning live performances on film, collaborating with some of the most exciting talent of British stage and screen and providing access to British theatre performances through a digital platform.
Digital Theatre is creating a new genre and model, redefining arts education for the digital age. We know that teachers want to play a more active role in dictating the technology and materials used in their classrooms. Digital Theatre gives them this control, supplying first-class teaching materials to engage students at a variety of levels, whilst addressing the needs of the curriculum. We help teachers inspire students with hundreds of unique backstage insights, live interviews and learning resources created by leading arts practitioners and academics.
With over 3 million student subscribers in 55 countries, Digital Theatre is at the forefront of exporting British theatrical culture across the globe, pioneering a new economic model for arts funding and providing unprecedented access to the arts for audiences everywhere, regardless of social geographic or economic constraints.
Our theatre partnerships include:
The Old Vic, Young Vic, Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company, Frantic Assembly, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Unicorn Theatre, English National Ballet, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Almeida Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Opera North, Menier Chocolate Factory, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sonia Friedman Productions, Stanhope Productions, Royal Opera House, Perfect Pitch, London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne, National Jewish Theater, Tricycle Theatre
Some useful facts about us:
– Digital Theatre launched in 2009
– 83 live full-length productions totaling over 46 hours
– 324 hours of live content across the site
– 143 live interviews and documentaries with experts across the theatrical spectrum
– 29 written resources comprising 1,428 downloadable pages
– Over 3,000,000 students with access across the globe
– 780 subscribing educational institutions in 55 countries across the globe
Hibrow Productions was founded in 2008 by the London based Scottish film director Don Boyd. Modestly financed by a small group of private investors including Fidelity’s legendary fund manager Anthony Bolton, Boyd gathered a wide eclectic range of prestigious professionals in the international arts industries – Hibrow’s ‘Curators’ – to create high quality arts content exclusively for its website www.hibrow.tv.
The company’s experienced film-making teams have produced over 200 hours of original High Definition digital video content featuring numerous internationally acclaimed artists, authors, actors, dancers choreographers, conductors, musicians, directors and designers. Alongside fruitful associations and partnerships with several major institutions including the BBC, Sky Arts, Ogilvy Advertising, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Traverse Theatre, Time Out, Tate St Ives, Charleston Manor Music Festival, World Book Night, the Marrakech Biennale, the National Gallery in Washington, Walker Arts Gallery and King’s Place.
Hibrow has partnered with the BBC, Time Out Magazine and Curzon Cinemas to create digital content for their online channels. In 2013 Hibrow partnered with Propeller TV, who repackaged Hibrow films for their regular arts programme broadcast on SKY Channel 189, on the CIBN platform in China and across a UK higher education television network covering 230,000 students.
ABOUT DON BOYD
Beginning at the BBC in 1970, Scottish film director, producer and screenwriter Don Boyd’s love of the performing and visual arts, combined with his film-making expertise, led him to create HIBROW. His lifelong connections have helped him to gather a wide range of curators to create original video content from the fields of Literature, Art, Theatre, Music, Dance and Film exclusively for HIBROW.
Don’s extensive career, including a 3 year period in Hollywood with Paramount and Universal, has seen him direct a culturally diverse range of films, including Lucia, from the Donizetti opera, and My Kingdom, a modern day King Lear which starred Richard Harris in his last great leading role. Don’s work has featured a vast range of award winning talent from Lawrence Olivier, Malcom Macdowell and Ray Winstone to Tilda Swinton, Helen Mirren and Patsy Kensit.
A graduate of the London Film School – and now a governor for over 25 years – he has been a visiting professor at the University of Exeter for 8 years and was awarded an honorary doctorate there in 2009 for his services to the cinema. He has written for the Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, and Time Out, and published his first novel Margot’s Secrets in 2010.