Ltd. was established in London, England in 1981 by Martin Davis
(former Managing Director of United Artists Records and Island Records)
and his partner Bruce Higham to create copyright structures for
new media and to provide music programming to public locations.
opened a New York office in January, 1990 to provide production
and licensing services for Pioneer Electronics' new line of CD and
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with the Pioneer project, Diamond Time U.S. opened a rights &
clearances division to provide a vast array of clearance related
services to the domestic and international television, film, record
and multi-media production communities. Some of the services in
which we specialize include; music rights (publishing and recording),
talent releases, archival and stock footage acquisitions and clearances,
photographic consents and guild/union reports. For a quick education
on what this all means, see A Practical Guide
To Licensing and Clearances.
As an international
copyright clearance company, Diamond Time has serviced a wide variety
of clearance related assignments and has experience dealing with
the global differences surrounding copyrights and the management
and administration thereof. Please see our clients
and projects page to view a list of some of the clearance assignments
we have tackled over the past decade.
several of their own productions, the Diamond Time staff has first
hand experience with the film and television production process.
This knowledge is most useful when helping our clients integrate
the clearance process into their production schedule and budget.
For more information about the people who work at Diamond Time,
you can visit the staff page.
In 1992, at
the request of several record labels, Diamond Time opened a sampling
clearance division to service the growing need for licensing in
the area of audio samples as incorporated predominately in rap and
hip-hop music. Check out our sampling
page for details.
has also established a reputation for footage licensing. In 1993
we were awarded representation of the Bill Graham Presents video
archive. In 1995 we added Time-Life's "The History of Rock
And Roll" interview archive to our holdings. For more information,
visit the DT Archive page.
In 1997, as
a result of our expanding relationships with the stock footage companies,
Diamond Time was asked to help start a U.S. chapter of the U.K.
based organization, FOCAL (Federation Of Commercial Audio-visual
Libraries). Working from ground zero, Diamond Time has brought the
U.S.A. chapter of FOCAL to over four dozen members, and the number
continues to rapidly grow. For information on how you can become
a member, visit the FOCAL website at www.focalint.org
In 1999, Diamond
Time formed another close alliance with the International Documentary
Association (IDA), which provides a wide array of services supporting
the documentary filmmaking community. Check out their website at