Lausanne, 19 April 2000 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the launch of www.otab.com, the web site of the Olympic Television Archive Bureau (OTAB) today in Lausanne. This business-to-business (B2B) web site allows registered users to access the IOC’s complete film and video archives on-line. Visitors to the site can view log sheets for thousands of hours of footage, compile their own shot lists, and submit requests to OTAB on-line.
Through www.otab.com, the IOC hopes to streamline the processing of requests in this busy Olympic year. Olympic footage requests are currently handled in the conventional manner, by fax and phone.
The Olympic archive currently contains over 20,000 hours of Olympic footage from the dawn of film-making and the London 1908 Olympic Games all the way to Nagano 1998. Since OTAB’s inception, the IOC has acquired nearly all Official Films of the Olympic Games.
Latest acquisitions include:
- the Official Films of Melbourne 1956
- amateur films of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games
- the Official Film of Mexico 1968
- out-takes from the Official Film of Munich 1972 “Visions of Eight”
- the Bud Greenspan films and out-takes of 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994 and 1996
- the complete Olympic collection of the Pathé newsreel archives
OTAB was established in 1995 as a resource for Olympic broadcasters and marketing partners, as well as independent producers of Olympic-themed content and programming. OTAB handles thousands of requests for Olympic footage per year. It is based in London, is managed on behalf of the IOC by Trans World International (TWI), and works in co-operation with the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.