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March 7, 2017 FOCAL International, the Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, has announced that pioneering producer-director Serge Viallet is to receive the annual FOCAL International Award for Lifetime Achievement, to be presented at the fourteenth annual FOCAL International Awards, to be held in London in May. The Award is a gift of the FOCAL International Executive, as "a mark of gratitude for Serge's dedicated and exhaustive support of the footage archive world through his prodigious body of work”. Viallet studied film at the Ecole nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière at Saint-Denis Cedex, north of Paris. Originally shooting fiction films he turned to documentaries in 1985. After working for ten years with Médecins sans frontières, he directed numerous documentary films in East Asia and won FOCAL awards for his work and use of archive material in 2008 and 2009 . He has been a lecturer at the University of Paris since 2012.
March 2, 2017 Releasing full-year earnings details, image and motion materials marketplace Shutterstock says its revenues increased by 16% to $494.3 million compared with the previous year, income from operations increased 12% to $45.8 million and net income increased 67% to $32.6 million. It reports paid downloads up by 14%, revenue per download up one percent, its image collection grew 63% to over 116 million images and its video collection expanded 68% to over 6 million clips.
March 1, 2017 On-line marketplace VideoBlocks, a subscription-based provider of royalty-free stock video, says it has reached its 100 millionth download since its founding in 2011. The stock media platform currently includes over four million studio-quality creative assets, including membership libraries of over half a million HD clips, vectors and sound effects. Since launching as a contributor marketplace in 2015, VideoBlocks, based in Fairfax County, Virginia, says it has given back more than $5 million to its creative community by providing 100 percent commission to content creators.
March 1, 2017 To coincide with the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the British throne, Associated Press has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to archive coverage of both the British royal family and royalty from around the world. Using footage from the recently acquired British Movietone collection, the new channel contains over 3,000 videos, many exclusive to AP.
Febrary 28, 2017 Vintage aircraft footage from the 35mm colour film archives of London footage house Index Stock Shots has been licensed to two period productions set in the nineteen fifties. Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply”, pending UK release in March 2017, a story about the later life of billionaire Howard Hughes, features a Lockheed Super Constellation in TWA colours taking off and landing at New York International, now JFK Airport. The shot was scanned to 4K by Pinewood Digital. A Vickers Viscount of BEA at London Airport, scanned to 2K by TKone, appears in Series 1 of Netflix’s “The Crown”, as does period footage of London’s Westminster.
January 26, 2017 The Reuters Television Library, recently shed from the ITN Source stable, is newly being marketed by Screenocean, the London stock footage house that represents clips from programmes made for UK TV Channels 4 and 5. Screenocean, established in 2009 as an off-shoot of digital asset management company Imagen, had already grown its offering by adding the collections of UK’s Clips and Footage and independent UK production houses. The Reuters collection is one of the world’s major news holdings based on the activities of Visnews, the international tv news agency that had bureaux worldwide through the 1970s and 80s and Reuters own camera coverage since 1993 when it bought out Visnews partner owners, the BBC and NBC. In addition to the contents of both the Visnews and Reuters Television news holdings, the collection includes major 20th century newsreels Gaumont Graphic 1910-1933, Empire News 1926-1930; Gaumont British News 1929-1959, Universal News 1930-1949, British Paramount News 1931-1957 and earlier unbranded footage from 1896 onwards. Screenocean has established dedicated access to the Reuters catalogue through its web portal leveraging the parent company’s video platform to deliver fully automated transactional and fulfilment services.
December 9, 2016 Footage and production company Framepool, founded in 2001 by German producers and which has operated under the slogan “operated by filmmakers for filmmakers”, has become a subsidiary of US publicly-traded company Broadside Entertainment, formerly Emaji. Based in Irvine, California, Broadside is headed by media entrepreneur Christopher Petzel whose corporation Broadside Capital is an investment banking, advisory and private equity firm with a focus on the entertainment and media industries. In the short time since the share acquisition, Framepool has entered into an agreement with ImageChina to represent its one-million clip holding in that territory and as a result of the agreement Framepool has launched a Chinese-language version of its website. Framepool's market expansion into China is supported by the program "Export Bavaria 3.0 – Go International" of the German state of Bavaria, where Framepool remains headquartered.
Decenber 7, 2016 The Sherman Grinberg Film Library, said to be the oldest and largest privately held film archive with over 40 mostly US newsreel libraries covering the period from 1895 to 1957, is digitizing its collections, held mainly on 35mm film, to 4K, and has signed up with FOOTAGE.net. The collection includes the Paramount’s "Eyes of the World" silent newsreels, 1927 - 1929, and the talkies "Eyes and Ears of the World”, 1930 -1957. It also includes the entire American Pathé newsreel library, the oldest US newsreel collection active from 1895 to 1956. Sherman Grinberg is scanning its own film, using an in-house operation to handle its nitrate material at its West Coast offices. Digitised footage is being added to the database available through FOOTAGE.net.
Web: www.shermangrinberg.com and www.footage.net
December 2, 2016 FOCAL International has appointed two execs to job-share the role of General Manager following the retirement of Anne Johnson. Mary Egan, formerly an Executive Board Member of British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies and Sales and Marketing director at the Press Association Images is joined by Madeline Bates, archive associate at Creativeskillset and an experienced film festival planner.
November 10, 2016 ITN Source, the archive licensing division of UK news broadcaster Independent Television News and one of the busiest of news footage houses with a world news collection going back to 1955, is to cease operations from mid next year. It is handing over licensing to Getty Images and dropping third party archive representations, including that of Reuters tv news footage. The thirty staffers in the archive division are, according to ITN, “at risk of redundancy” and “have been informed and a consultation period is underway.” Getty says it will create specific ITN collections to house the archive, which consists of 400,000 digitised and ready-to-license video clips and over 600,000 clips which will be text searchable and supplied on demand via an offline workflow. The collection will be updated daily with current news footage from 24 hours after being first aired. ITN Source’s cutting of its ties with third party content owners leaves those owners with the task of finding a new way to the market for their footage. As well as Reuters Television they include Fox News and Fox Movietone and Britains’s ITV, the largest commercial programme production house in the UK which has operated for fifty years and produces 3,500 hours of original programming every 12 months. Headquartered in London, ITN has offices in New York and contacts in Paris, Tokyo and Johannesburg. ITN says the change over will happen mid next year and, in the meantime, ITN Source will continue licensing activities.
Web: www.itnsource.com and www.gettyimages.com
November 9, 2016 Active for the first time, new footage house Los Angeles-based RightSmith has landed representation of stock footage from Universal Studios, offering material at a new licensing portal and is exp[ected to make several new collection announcements soon. While headquartered in California, RightSmith, a private company backed by venture capital, also has operations in London, Tokyo and Sydney and is being launched by a group of industry veterans. Chief Exec is former T3 Media executive Mica Imamura. Strategy and global aggregation is in the hands of Jackie Mountain, also a former T3 Media executive, who has been joined by other former Corbis, BBC and Getty staffers, with industry leaders in advisory roles. The RightSmith team is in on-going talks with other rights holders, and a deal has already been done to market Australian international newsreel Cinesound Movietone. RightsSmith’s licensing operations are backed by digitization, metadata and storage services. The newly acquired Universal footage, shot originally on 35mm film, is offered for licensing on formats up to 4K in AppleProRes 4444 format. From Tokyo, RightSmith has a deal to market in the Japan-Australia region Shutterstock’s Premier License service and represents the T3 Media stable, now known as Wazee Digital, in the same region.
Web: Corporate: corporate.rightsmith.com; Licensing: www.rightsmith.com
November 4, 2016 Los Angeles-based Producers Library newly exclusively represents the footage of London-based entertainment news agency BANG Showbiz, a company that has furnished entertainment and celebrity-themed news footage to media outlets worldwide since 1997. Its material focuses on premieres, press conferences and other celebrity-related events in London and elsewhere. All material was shot in high definition.
November 1, 2016 Footage house Framepool has an deal involving two cinematographers to exclusively market drone footage shot on Cuba, a country with some of the strictest rules on the use of drones. What usage is allowed has to be sanctioned by the island’s government. Framepool is now marketing more than 220 Cuban drone clips shot in either HD or 4K.
November 1, 2016 Shutterstock has an exclusive three-year agreement with Los Angeles-based AM Stock-Cameo to market more than 60,000 HD clips from its collection. The AM Stock-Cameo library founded in 1988 to monetize second-unit Hollywood footage broadened its holding when it purchased one of Hollywood's best known independent stock footage libraries of the time, the Cameo Film Library, in the year 2000. Founder Chris Angelich has recently shot footage for over 75 television series, feature films, and commercials shooting on both 35mm film, High Def and 4K, and the work of other cinematographers is now included.
Web: www.shutterstock.com and www.amstockcameo.com
October 31, 2016 Footage house Reelin’ In The Years Productions that specialises in material featuring musical artists, entertainers and history makers, has acquired the rights to the Dutch music program Countdown that was on-the-air for 16 years from 1977 to 1993, and broadcast in 18 European countries, making it what Reelin’s says was “one of the most successful music shows in the history of television”. The archive contains over 3,000 hours of musical performances, interviews and concert appearances by the greatest rock, R&B, pop, new wave and rap/hip-hop artists of the era, including: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, U2, Michael Jackson, The Police, David Bowie, Beastie Boys, George Harrison, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, Run-DMC, Depeche Mode and Culture Club
October 31, 2016 Colarado-based Mammoth HD Footage Library has reduced the price of its royalty-free high def material by an average of 40% with collections now marketed at between $125 and $195, and individual shots at between $25 and $50. Mammoth also licences 4K material and rights-managed clips in both formats.
October 12, 2016 ITN Source has a partnership deal with newly-formed Cover Images, a stills agency whose collections are headed-up by the entertainment and news archives and live feed of WENN, World Entertainment News Network, to offer its clients tailored access to over 20 million still images. WENN has been operating for over a quarter of a century and has a worldwide staff team exceeding 60 and hundreds of freelance photographers and journalists providing a global entertainment news and photos service. The Cover Images collections also contain images and footage from other international collections and agencies that include Mirrorpix and Topfoto, both of which are exclusive to ITN Source via Cover Images.
Web: www.itnsource.com, www.cover-images.com and www.wenn.com
October 4, 2016 Footage industry trade body FOCAL International has opened the submissions phase of its annual awards with a call for creative professionals worldwide to submit work for consideration in one of 15 award categories. Now in its 14th year, the awards showcase the creative use of stock, library and archival footage by producers, directors and production companies worldwide, as well as contributions made to the global production community by archives, film libraries, researchers and technicians, and the work done to restore and preserve historic film and video assets. The deadline for all productions premiered in 2016 is set for December 1, although those involved in productions premiered later in the year can request a late entry. Awards will be presented at a London ceremony on May 25 next year
October 4, 2016 New York’s Historic Films is newly representing material from two tv series held in the archives of the city’s public television station WNET. Black Journal was a public affairs television program created at WNET in 1968 to address issues facing African-American communities with film crews traveling to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans and Ethiopia. The show won Emmy, Peabody and Russwurm awards. The second is the late 1960s series Sounds of Summer hosted by Steve Allen, which travelled the country filming various summer music festivals encompassing a diverse range of American music genres.
October 4, 2016 Los Angeles-based Producers Library has recently uncovered second-unit outtakes from Errol Flynn’s last swashbuckler, 1955’s The Dark Avenger, a movie that was released in the US as The Warriors. The Dark Avenger was filmed at Elstree Studios in England, using a castle originally built for MGM’s 1952 production of Ivanhoe. The colourful footage includes knights in battle, establishing shots of the castle, archers, jousting and drunkenness. Producers Library has scanned the 7,500 feet of 35mm Eastmancolor CinemaScope negative to 4K..
October 4, 2016 Video management and licensing services company Wazee Digital has launched a new viewer-facing content portal for the “Charlie Rose” television series, an interview show distributed nationally by PBS since 1993. The new site coincides with the show’s 25th anniversary and material is provided for public viewing
Web: www.wazeedigital.com and www.charlierose.com
September 27, 2016 The Associated Press has acquired the historic British Movietone film archive collection from its Australian owners Newsreel Archive. For the past five years, AP Archive has partnered with Newsreel Archive to make the Movietone collection available internationally, including providing a freely-accessible YouTube channel. Researchers will continue to be able to access the digitized British Movietone films, the equivalent of 2,200 hours of footage, through the AP Archive platform. Having completed the sale of the Archive, Newsreel Archive PTY will now act as AP’s exclusive archive distribution partner in Australia and New Zealand, offering their customers both AP and British Movietone footage. AP says around 15 percent of the collection has never been seen before and remains in its original 35 mm format. Documented on thousands of individual record cards, the unseen footage represents either the films that failed to make it onto the bulletins or were restricted by censors during World War II. AP hopes to catalog, digitize and release these films over time.
September 14, 2016 As marketplace Shutterstock announced that its still image collection, founded in 2003 with 30,000 images, has now surpassed 100m images, it details its video collection at more than five million clips. The company says it works with a growing community of over 140,000 contributors, adding hundreds of thousands of images and video clips each week, and has an annual turnover indicated at $500m in the current year.
September 14, 2016 Stocksy United, a British Columbia-based artist-owned co-operative founded in 2012 by microstock industry veterans to offer what it describes as “a unique imagery collection that also paid artists fairly”, has added stock video clips to its offering. The organisation announced in June that it had doubled revenue in 2015 to $7.9M USD, paid out more than $4.3 million in royalties to artists, and paid its first dividends of $200,000 to member artists who sold imagery last year. The artist-owned cooperative is currently capped at 1,000 members. Video is offered at prices ranging from $75 to $750 per clip, depending upon quality and usage.
September 14, 2016 MACE, the Media Archive for Central England, is seeking a new Director, tasked with overseeing “the continued strategic development of MACE as an engaged and significant partner in the UK’s cultural audiovisual framework.” Based in a edu environment at the University of Lincoln, MACE is a registered charity and an independent, publicly-funded, non-profit company. It is the regional film and video archive for the UK’s East and West Midland regions, caring for over 70,000 moving images. Annual salary is specified as £48,327 ($63,800) and the closing date for applications is October 2.
September 12, 2016 Wazee Digital (formerly T3 Media), which hosts Images of Freedom, the official media library of the US Department of Defense, has added public-domain video assets to the on-line archive. The searchable repository of military audio, video, and still imagery runs on the Wazee Digital Core platform and offers students and educational institutions, families of military personnel, members of the media, documentarians, and others access to retrieve any of more than a million images and videos captured by the US military dating back to before World War II.
Web: www.imagesoffreedom.com and www.wazeedigital.com
September 9, 2016 Industry veteran Matthew White’s 13-year project to develop an archive-based feature film with The Beatles organization, Apple Corps Ltd, sees the end product, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week”, hit the movie theatres shortly with its premier at the Odeon cinema in London’s Leicester Square. White, working with colleagues Stuart Samuels in Toronto and Bruce Higham in London, put out a public call for footage fans shot over the hey-day years of the Beatles, roughly 1960-66, a period that included 166 concerts in 15 countries and 90 cities. The resulting movie, directed by Ron Howard, runs for 106 minutes and is followed by 30 minutes of concert footage from the Beatles at Shea Stadium, which creates a double feature for theaters. It contains some 2,000 audio, visual and photographic clips in the film from more than 100 sources, including fans, collectors and archive houses. There are more than 150 separate music cues, that necessitated a sophisticated rights clearance operation involving numerous music publishers and other licensors, a task headed up by producer Scott Pascucci and involving the team at Global ImageWorks. Although much of the archive material came from private sources, credits include ABC News Videosource, AP Archive, British Movietone, British Pathe, Framepool, Getty Images (BBC Motion Gallery), ITN Source, Reuters, National Geographic, Reelin’ In the Years, RTE Archives and WPA Film Library. Movie releases in Europe and the US follow the London premier, scheduled for next week.
September 1, 2016 Ann Johnson, for 26 years at the helm of UK-based industry body FOCAL International, is standing down at the end of next month. Anne joined FOCAL in January 1990, five years after the not-for-profit organisation was founded in London. Working from home, initially as the body’s administrator, the role developed as the organisation itself developed, initially representing a small body of footage and facility houses and researchers. Anne became Commercial Manager as the organisation expanded to its present position with almost 300 members. FOCAL, the Federation of Commercial AudioVisual Libraries, is asking for applications for the role of General Manager at an annual salary of £35,000 ($46,000).
September 1, 2016 The 1950s movie work of German screenwriter and film director Ferdinand Dörfler is newly being represent by Munich-based footage house Framepool. He produced 13 cinema movies, mostly in black and white, between 1940 and 1959. He died in 1965 and his grandchildren are investing in the restoration and partly the colouring of the films from their grandfather’s legacy. All the films are being telecined in 2K and 4K. The films offer an amusing take on life in the 1950s in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps.
August 29, 2016 In an article in the UK’s Televisual magazine, British Pathe’s Alastair White says business is being boosted by new documentary commissioners, including Netflix, Amazon and Sky, adding that “big standout feature docus that can go on all platforms are very much in fashion.” White adds that hit archive docus such as Netflix’s Making A Murderer have had a ‘transformational effect’ on the industry creating a trend being followed by others. In the same article, Paul Maidment, director of Kite Media Consultancy and former director of BBC Motion Gallery, highlights the education market but adds the proviso that “it is a real slog and very difficult to get to the decision makers in the ministries of education in, for example, the Middle East and Asia, where the real money sits.”
August 29, 2016 Following the launch of Getty Images’ consumer website earlier this month, new appointee Steve Grimes next week takes up the newly created role of Managing Editor and Senior Vice President of Consumer Media. He will have editorial oversight of the new consumer platform, and is tasked to drive the creation of a new consumer-based business stream creating a new media destination serving up the latest in global news, sport and entertainment, alongside iconic historical content and creative conceptual imagery. He will be based in New York and report to Getty Images CEO Dawn Airey. The company says Grimes’ appointment marks a significant step in its strategy to extend its core B2B licensing business and establish new revenue streams in the consumer market. Grimes comes to Getty Images from Viacom’s Comedy Central, where, in his most recent role as SVP of Multiplatform Programming and Strategy, he led all aspects of non-linear programming, spanning apps, website, social media and video
August 17, 2016 Historic film archive British Pathé has launched an on-demand subscription channel offering a range of full-length documentaries, interviews and classic movies. The company says the new channel has been created as an alternative to the current mainstream broadcast channels and aims to appeal to “specialist audiences, such as history buffs, royal watchers, cinema aficionados and train enthusiasts”. The channel, available via the internet, is powered by Beverly Hills-based company Ownzones that offers customised distribution and programming services plus a proprietary technology platform. Subscribers to the British Pathé channel pay $7.99 per month, or the equivalent in local currency. They can choose for viewing from a selection covering history and documentaries, classic movies, and railway history, plus what is described as a “Film of the Season,” the first offering being a British Pathé co-production, Revolution In Colour, a 90-minute full-colour programme designed to coincide with the centenary of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916. The classic movie section is littered with performances from stars such as Judy Garland, Edward G Robinson, John Barrymore, Hedy Lamar, Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. British Pathé’s existing newsreel archive remains free-to-view on its separate website and YouTube channels.
August 8, 2016 Video and photo marketplace Shutterstock reported second quarter revenue of $124.4 million, an increase of $20.1 million or 19% over the second quarter of 2015. The company says the rise is primarily due to a 21% increase in the number of paid downloads, many by new customers, and increased activity among its enterprise clients. It says without the impact of foreign currency movements, total company revenue growth would have been approximately 22% in the quarter.
July 28, 2016 On the eve of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, the UK national archive the BFI has released of a collection on BFI Player of one hundred films that have been newly digitised exploring what is described as the “fascinating and inspiring history of Olympian endeavour".The films that run from 1900 to 2012 are drawn from the collections of the BFI National Archive and regional and national archives across the UK. The longest film in the collection is the 90 minutes of the Games in Paris in 1924 that included runners Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, whose story was told in the movie Chariots of Fire. The same film has footage of the first ever Winter Olympics at Chamonix and a brutal rugby final in which Olympic values are described as being “in short supply”, with stars of the French team stretchered off, leaving the field open for a USA victory.
July 7, 2016 Germany-headquartered footage house Framepool has a deal with China’s largest picture agency, Imagine China, to partner for video content in China. A Chinese-language website is under construction. Imagine China formally partnered with the now defunct Corbis
May 31, 2016 New York footage house Historic Films has won the Library of the Year Award in the annual awards of trade body FOCAL International, sponsored by the AP Archive. The submission from Historic Films describes how the library is “proud of the infrastructure advancements that we have made” to ensure on-line researcher access to entire films from its vaults, at the same time as facilitating the selection of specific shots, facilities available on all devices without an Ap. Historic has been in business since 1991 and highlights its collection of musical performances and entertainment footage spanning a century and contained in over 50,000 individual performances from television networks and programs. Jessica Berman-Bogdan of Global ImageWorks took the The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award.
Web: www.focalint.org and www.historicfilms.com
May 23, 2016 London’s Index Stock Shots, one of the few remaining privately-owned offerings in the stock footage market place, has launched a new website designed to promote its unique commercial aviation collection, at the same time as illustrating the diversity of its mainly 35mm film holding and, what it calls, its “bespoke research and delivery service”. Previously also represented by the now closed-down Corbis Motion, Index says it has rejected at offer from Getty Images to represent its collection. Links with existing international associate footage houses remain in place. Index has been in business for more than 50 years and offers footage from the 1950s onwards.
May 23, 2016 The UK”s BFI National Archive and Video Arts say what they call “a legendary and extremely influential series of training films and corporate learning content” featuring some of the greatest British comic actors and comedians of the last 40 years is to be preserved and held in the archive. Video Arts was established in 1972 by Antony Jay and John Cleese reportedly instantly revolutionising workplace training film-making films that were “not only effective but also extremely popular.”
May 23, 2016 Two major footage events are being held shortly, one each side of the Atlantic. In London, some 300 delegates have signed up for footageMarketplace, this week’s footage and music production industries event in London. Thirty five footage houses will at the event being held on Wednesday (May 25) at the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Artists. Seminars, including one from YouTube exec Peter Stower that is said to explain “the best out of YouTube as a visual content buyer“. In New York on June 9, Footage Expo 2016 is the second event of its kind being staged by ACSIL, The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors, at historic Prince George Ballroom. Featured will be footage and image suppliers from the US and Europe, from major US news organizations to specialty archives, microstock companies, public television and music footage archive.
Details: www.footagemarketplace.com and wwww.acsil.org
May 11, 2016 US-based trade body ACSIL, the Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors, has announced its newly elected president for 2016 as Edward Whitley, President, North and South America at Bridgeman Images, working out of New York. Previous joint Presidents of ACSIL, Clara Fon-Sing of NBCUniversal Archives and Ben Pfeifer of Shutterstock, stood down last month. Founded in the UK in 1972, Bridgeman Images works with museums, galleries, collections and artists to provide a central resource of fine art imagery and historic, cultural and art-related footage.
Web: www.bridgemanimages.com and wwww.acsil.org
May 10, 2016 UK-headquartered footage house ITN Source has a deal to license clip footage from the Twofour Group, a family of award-winning production companies that includes Twofour, Boomerang, Mainstreet Pictures and BAFTA/Emmy winners Oxford Scientific Films. Twofour delivers drama, factual, comedy and entertainment programming to broadcasters around the world. The agreement is with Twofour Rights, its in-house distribution arm, representing the Group’s extensive catalogue of global programming within the international marketplace. In this new partnership for clip sales, Twofour's library includes hits, such as TV's 'toughest reality show The Jump made for the UK’s Channel 4, all-star The Indian Dream Hotel aka The Real Marigold Hotel for the BBC, in-depth true crime series Born to Kill? and Impossible Engineering. The deal involves worldwide clip licensing.
Web: www.itnsource.com and www.twofour.co.uk
May 10, 2016 The Bridgeman Images offering has added a collection of looping animations from the very early days of visuals, 19th century things known as phenakistoscopes, thaumatropes and zoetropes — original names for processes that brought illustrations to life. All have been digitised, and are offered as footage. The collection is the work of Boston-based Richard Balzer, who for decades has been amassing a huge collection of optical gadgets and their stored visuals.
Web: www.bridgemanimages.com and www.dickbalzer.com
May 6, 2016 Reporting revenue rises, photo and footage marketplace Shutterstock says it has grown its video holding by 62 per cent in the last year, bringing the total number of clips in its offering to over four million. Shutterstock reported first quarter revenues of $116.7 million, increased $19.1 million or 20% as compared to the first quarter of 2015, which it say is “primarily due to a 23% increase in the number of paid downloads, mainly due to new customers, and increased activity by enterprise clients”. Royalties paid to contributors during the quarter were about 29% of total revenue, or approximately $33.8 million.
May 6, 2016 The British Film Institute’s National Archive has received the paper archives of pioneering TV journalist Alan Whicker, a collection that contains meticulous records of one of the most enduring and influential careers in British television history, whose work spanned more than fifty years from the 1950s. The BFI says the archive “of a world renowned broadcaster” includes transcripts of every TV programme he made and gives an insider’s view of some of the key events, social trends and personalities of the 20th century, while fully documenting the changing world of television reportage across more than five decades. Whicker travelled the world at a time when ordinary people didn’t, producing the long-running TV series ”Whicker’s World” which is held in the archives of the BBC and ITV.
May 3, 2016 Independent Beirut-based stock footage company Firehorse ARC and footage marketplace Shutterstock have agreed to a five-year licensing deal for up to 45,000 HD and SD clips from ARC’s archive of Arab and Middle East video content. Brokered through Paul Maidment, founder of Kite Media Consultancy, the deal makes available through Shutterstock many of the clips of places that are no longer accessible because of the trouble in the Middle East, or have been destroyed, such as the heritage sites of Syria
Web: www.shutterstock.com, www.firehorsearc.com and www.kitemedia.co.uk
May 3, 2016 Industry portal Footage.net has added preview clips from Science Photo Library, bringing to 26 the number of searchable motion content library databases from leading footage houses around the world searchable via its global search tool. Science Library, based in London, says it holds more than 40,000 science-related clips.
Web: www.footage.net and www.sciencephoto.com
April 26, 2016 New York-based Historic Films has purchased the video archive of New York Daily News photographer Joseph DeMaria who operated the city's V&P News Service. Armed with high quality video cameras, former Daily News photographers and police radios and informants, the news service team became the first responders to many of the city's news stories from 1985 to 2003. The coverage includes drug arrests, murders, hostage situations, political rallies, bombings and acts of terror and includes extensive 9/11 footage. Historic is presently digitizing and logging the material.
April 26, 2016 As a sign of how technology continues to change the footage industry, London-headquartered ITN Source is no longer offering tape or DVD formats for standard delivery of ITN footage, rather it is providing a fully digital delivery service. ITN says tapes and DVDs remain available by special request, and some of its partner archives such as ITV are still offering DVD and master tapes as standard, although digital file delivery options for that material are also available.
April 15, 2016 The fast-growing Shutterstock video offering has added the British Movietone Moving Pictures collection, archive footage created from out-takes, back plates and second unit material from cinema features produced at Britain’s Denham, Shepherd's Bush and Pinewood Studios between 1930 and 1960. It includes scenes of landmarks and landscapes throughout the United Kingdom, India, Italy, Turkey, South America and the United States. Shutterstock’s deal is with the collection’s owner, Newsreel Archive Pty Ltd, based in Sydney, Australia, owner of the historic British Movietone Archive which includes the Newsreel Collection represented outside Australia by the AP Archive.
April 15, 2016 Archive Zones, the quarterly publication of trade body FOCAL International, is being scrapped as a 8,000-run printed edition with the magazine going digital via the organisation’s website. The Spring 2016 edition, just published, will be the last that is produced as a hard copy and posted to members of the organisation. Archive Zones was first published 25 years ago, and this year’s Winter Edition will be its 100th. Also, FOCAL, The Federation of Commercial AudioVisual Libraries, is moving its London office from Wembley to Harrow next month.
April 15, 2016 A non-commercial web portal is being launched next week by the United States Department of Defense allowing visitors to to discover, explore, and access the department’s visual media archive. The website is being launched by Wazee Digital, a Denver-based company that, as T3Media, was in December 2013 awarded a US government contract to provide digitization, metadata augmentation, curation, and storage services for film, video and still image formats dating back to the 1930’s. Images of Freedom will provide access to a library of more than three million images and video segments captured by the US military. It will be demonstrated at NAB, the National Association of Broadcasters event in Las Vegas
Web: www.ImagesofFreedom.com and www.wazeedigital.com
April 11, 2016 Footage licensing house ITN Source has signed a partnership agreement with Chinese image agency Visual China Group, which recently acquired the Corbis Images business. ITN Source says the move will enable it to “to build closer relationships with clients and the creative industries in the region and will enhance its distribution capability” in mainland China and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. A selection of ITN’s stock footage clips are being uploaded onto Visual China Group’s two web sales platforms, with more content from the ITN Source archive collections accessible to Visual China Group via an interface into its on-line offering. As part of ITN Source’s ongoing digitisation programme, footage from across Asia has been prioritised for selection adding to the over 2.8 million archive news clips, programmes and film titles dating back to 1896 that are available online. The archive is digitising over 20 hours of new content every day.
Web: www.motionchina.com, www.vcg.com and www.itnsource.com
April 8, 2016 Effective May 2, Bill Gates’ Corbis business and website will no longer be accessible as Getty Images takes over marketing the collection in a deal with Visual China Group which recently acquired Corbis Images. Not all Corbis content is to be migrated to Getty, instead what Getty describes as “the most popular content” from Corbis’ imagery, video and archive collections will be moved into Getty Images offering along with the material of many of Corbis’ image partners.
April 8, 2016 UK footage house Screenocean that manages clip sales for British television companies Channel 4 and Channel 5 as well as offering material from Clips & Footage, Shed Media and other collections, has a reverse representation deal with New York-based Historic Films. Historic will newly represent all Screanocean material in North America, and Screenocean will handle Historic footage in Europe.
Web: www.screenocean.com and www.historicfilms.com
(The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries)
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February 25, 2016 Photo, music and video marketplace Shutterstock reports full year revenues for 2015 of $425.1 million, increased $97.2 million or 30% as compared to the full year 2014, due mainly to a 17% increase in the number of paid downloads, many to new customers, as well as from a 10% increase in revenue per download driven by growth in both on-demand offerings and enterprise sales. It predicts revenues growing to $495 - $510 million this year. Working with a growing community of over 100,000 contributors, Shutterstock says it currently has more than 70 million images and nearly four million video clips available via on-demand and subscription licensing models. At year end it had a cash hoard of $228m..
February 25, 2016 Leading footage marketplace Pond5 is launching what it calls “the media-asset world’s most effective artificially intelligent visual search engine” — a facility that streamlines media discovery and search utilizing next-generation algorithms to view and analyze videos, photos, and sounds. For media owners, it automates the task of adding searchable keywords to media files, by recommending a list of hyper-specialized keyword tags generated by tool that generate the best possible keywords for media content; for licensees, it makes the process of finding the exact media file required faster and easier based on keywords, visual similarity, and trends from the collective community. Along with the launch, Pond5 is introducing two new tiers of subscription plans, offered at a 50% discount for a limited time. Buyers can purchase assets as they go, or sign up for a Pro Membership plan for $49 a month or $349 a year with five downloads per month, or a Premium Membership plan for $89 a month or $599 per year with tea downloads a month.
February 10, 2016 Photo and video marketplace Shutterstock has an exclusive multi-year syndication deal with leading lifestyle, fashion, art and entertainment content creation agency BFA. The arrangement provides access to BFA photographic and video material from major events in fashion and entertainment to Shutterstock Premier customers, a group that includes global marketing communications companies and publishing houses. The offering includes an archive of more than 1.7 million editorial assets. A privately owned company with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, BFA will continue to offer its content for purchase through its own website. Shutterstock claims a growing community of over 80,000 contributors adding hundreds of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 70 million images and three million video clips available.
Web: www.shutterstock.com and www.bfa.com
March 10, 2016 A media release from photo and video marketplace Shutterstock says it will be offering nearly two million video clips from the AP Archive to its US clients later this year. The arrangement is part of a three-year deal that also involves AP’s daily global photo and packaged video output, and its photo archive. All images and footage will be available in the United States only and licensing will be restricted to editorial usage.
Web: www.shutterstock.com and www.aparchive.com
March 8, 2016 Short-listed nominees for the annual awards of FOCAL International, the Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, include three for the organisation’s Footage Library of the Year award. They are New York’s Historic Films Archive and two British companies, Huntley Film Archives and the Kinolibrary. Thirty three productions are nominated, three in each of the eleven “best use of” stock or archival footage categories, mainly produced in Europe or North America, but include one from New Zealand. Other categories include Best Footage Employee, Researcher of the Year and Best Restoration or Preservation Project or Title. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in May.
Full details: www.focalint.org
March 8, 2016 In an internal re-organisation, UK tv news producer ITN is boosting its non-news client facing operations by creating a two-division structure, the commercial arm dividing itself into four entities. One of them, Digital Content Services will include the footage licensing and syndication operation ITN Source and will be run by Andy Williams, presently Managing Director of ITN Source. ITN CEO John Hardie is quoted as saying he wants to boost production revenues and reduce dependence on the broadcast news operation for which ITN is best known, with the USA being a main target for increased business.
Web: www.itn.co.uk and www.itnsource.com
March 6, 2016 NBC News Archive Sales is advertising for a Account Manager, the primary business contact for NBC News Archive Sales clients who would be responsible for sales targets and briefed to grow assigned accounts while developing new customer relationships. The advertisement says the role requires knowledge of news and archival content and applicants should have a minimum fives years experience in footage licensing. An understanding of rights and clearances and a working knowledge of digital media asset systems and video formats is required.
March 2, 2016 One of the most important newsreel collections of the last century, British Pathé, is back into British hands for footage licensing purposes worldwide. For more than 25 years, WPA Film Library of Chicago has held rights to market the collection in North America, having spent over a million dollars in the 1990s in transferring to digital video the 90,000 individual items held in the 3,500 hours of 35mm film that make up the collection. It was part of a deal struck with the British corporation Parkfield Entertainment in 1991. In the UK, from 2003 to 2009 the archive was represented in non-NTSC territories by ITN Source. In 2008, British Pathé Ltd became an independent archive marketing its own footage, initially in non-North America terrirories. Earlier this year it announced that the North American rights held by WPA Film Library had become non-exclusive and it would be offering material for licensing in North America. It has now taken back exclusive rights. Richard Goldthorpe, 34, who was appointed to oversee British Pathé’s fledgling North American licensing service in 2014 is now responsible for the entire North American market. WPA has removed all British Pathé material from its on-line offering, omits the British Pathé collection from archive sources identified on its web portal, and sent a note to licensees to in future communicate directly with British Pathe in London.
Web: www.britishpathe.com and www.wpafilmlibrary.com
February 10, 2016 Footage house Historic Films has added material from the syndicated music television show It’s Showtime at the Apollo that was filmed on the stage of the legendary Apollo Theater in New York between 1987 and 2006. The 360 weekly episodes presented live performances by some of the most popular black musicians, singers and comedians of the day as well as emerging talent. All of the programs have been restored, digitized and logged for research on the Historic Films website.
February 9, 2016 The first of 16 on-line marketing trends reported in an assessment of trends by photo and footage marketplace Shutterstock reports “moves to social media have caused some brands to shorten video assets into lightweight chunks that can be viewed in a tween-sized attention span.” It adds: “However, it’s already becoming clear that brands that invest in extended-length videos, or even short films, enjoy added rewards for the extra production value. Moët & Chandon, JetBlue, Johnnie Walker, Canada Goose, American Girl,and Lagavulin all released long-form video content in Q4 of last year, aiming to provide audiences with quality content that could captivate even fickle online viewers.” The report also spotlights payments to celebrities “upwards of $230k” for single social media posts promoting brands or products. The full report of the 16 trends that the company says “will shape the digital marketing scene in 2016” is available on the Shutterstock website. Shutterstock offers over 70 Million stock photos, vectors, videos and music tracks via its on-line portal.
February 6, 2016 Software giant Adobe, licensor of the popular professional desktop video editing program Premiere Pro, which extended its image licensing add-on into video in January, has added 100,000 native 4K assets to its video offering, saying Ultra High Definition is “increasingly becoming the new standard for video production.” The collection already included over one million video assets and over 45 million images and graphics. Adobe software, Premier Pro CC and motion graphics and visual effects toolset After Effects CC, were recently upgraded to include native format support for editing 4K-to-8k footage.
February 6, 2016 British footage licensor ITN Source is opening its footage library to filmmakers worldwide, offering free access to content for those taking part in the ITN Source Short Film Competition 2016, being organised in association with UK documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest and Audio Network. The entrants are asked to produce a one-minute short film using footage from ITN Source and music from Audio Network. The top three films, selected by a judging panel, will be screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June and the winner, voted for by the festival’s attendees, will be presented with a cheque for one thousand UK pounds at the festival awards evening.
Web: www.itnsource.com and www.sheffdocfest.com
February 1, 2016 Footage trade organisation FOCAL International says it has received 191 submissions from 17 countries for its 2016 Awards that celebrate the use and preservation of archive footage. Included are archive-heavy productions such as those featuring Amy Winehouse, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando and Kurt Cobain, all vying for a place in the final nominations. FOCAL received “an unprecedented” 12 nominations for the Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award. A team of over 50 international jurors are already viewing their respective submissions and FOCAL will be announcing a final shortlist in the 16 categories in the second week of March. FOCAL also received “an unprecedented” 12 nominations for the Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award. FOCAL has announced the winner of its annual Lifetime Achievement Ward, this year going to film preservationist Robert Gitt who served as Preservation Officer at the UCLA Film and Television Archive from 1977 to 2005 where he was actively involved in the preservation and restoration of hundreds of classic Hollywood films, both silent and sound. FOCAL, the Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Archives International, holds its annual awards presentation ceremony in London in May
January 28, 2016 Several footage houses have upgraded their web presence for 2016. ABC Library Sales, part of the commercial arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, has an improved web presence offering licensing access to the Corporation’s footage, audio and stills and to programme sales. The licensing division of France's National Audiovisual Institute, INA, has a redesigned web portal with new graphic design and ergonomics, and what it calls “more intuitive navigation” and access. INA, founded in 1975, with a remit to collect, preserve and share France's audiovisual heritage, offers licensing from more than a million hours of motion content. Boston-based WGBH Stock Sales has an updated and redesigned stock footage and licensing website with footage search, the browsing of selected digitized interviews, access to educational content and a search facility covering the entire catalog of WGBH programs. London-headquartered Bridgeman Images, which specialises in fine art cultural and historical material, has a new website feature allowing researchers to download preview clips.
Web: www.abccommercial.com/librarysales, www.inamediapro.com/eng, www.wgbhstocksales.org and www.bridgemanimages.com
January 28, 2016 London’s Clips and Footage that last year appointed Screenocean to represent its digitised and video holdings in the market place, has further appointed Huntley Film Archives to handle its 16mm film collection. With more than 80,000 titles in its catalogue, Huntley is one of the largest independent film libraries in the UK. Clips and Footage has closed its London office, with all enquiries being channelled through Screenocean, which markets UK’s Channel 4 TV programme archive and other collections from Channel 4’s London headquarters.
Web: www.screenocean.com, www.clipsandfootage.com and www.huntleyarchives.com
December 10, 2015 The AP Archive has new representation deals with CCTV, the video news agency of China Central Television, and with NewSource Globo, the news and broadcasting services agency of Brazilian TV network Globo. Founded in 2010, CCTV+ releases around 80 news stories a day producing more than 3,000 hours of journalistic content each year while Globo’s archive goes back 50 years and is the largest audiovisual library in South America.
January 27, 2016 The most prolific producer of content for public television in the US, Boston-based WGBH is partnering with archive music footage leader Reelin’ In The Years Productions for the exclusive licensing representation of WGBH’s music footage and recordings. The deal involves more than four decades of music and music-related material produced by WGBH between 1968 and 1995, much of it not seen since the original broadcast. Since its first television broadcast in 1955, WGBH has produced many programs featuring popular music. Perhaps best known is the James Brown concert at the Boston Garden in 1968, the day after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King. Many other unique performances and interviews that litter the the WGBH Media Library and Archives are included in the deal. In addition to 20,000 hours of music footage, the Reelin' archive houses over 6,000 hours of in-depth interviews with 20th century icons of film and television, and of politics, music, comedy, literature, art, science, fashion and sports.
Web: www.wgbhstocksales.org and www.reelinintheyears.com
January 22, 2016 Bill Gates-owned Corbis, for more than two decades the biggest competitor to Getty Images in the photo licensing business, has sold up to a Chinese company, which is making all Corbis’ imagery and motion content available to Getty for licensing outside China. Corbis announced the sale of its content licensing business and assets to Unity Glory International, an affiliate of VCG, a leading Chinese visual communications and new media business. Shortly afterwards Getty said it is deepening its “long-standing partnership with Visual China Group” to take on the exclusive distribution of Corbis content outside of China. Corbis imagery, video, and historic archival content will shortly be available alongside the existing Getty Images collections of almost 200 million creative and editorial images and videos. Under the terms of the agreement, Unity Glory will own and manage the Corbis Images, Corbis Motion, and Veer licensing brands and all their associated content. The sale does not include the Branded Entertainment Network, Splash, or Greenlight, Corbis’ rights clearance and representation business. Over the coming months, Corbis Images and Corbis Motion content will be migrated to gettyimages.com where it will become available alongside existing content. Corbis says the sale of Corbis Images accelerates the company's transformation into an entertainment advertising business with a particular focus on product integration, providing global brands and media agencies with end-to-end access to film, TV, digital and celebrity product placement opportunities. Bill Gates founded Seattle-based Corbis in 1989. Quoted in the Financial Times, Gary Shenk, Corbis’ chief executive, said the company’s image business was profitable but facing “secular challenges”. The price paid by UGI, incorporated in September last year, has not been made public. Following the sale of its image assets, Corbis Entertainment will be rebranded in the coming months, and its other businesses within the division will operate under the new brand name.
Web: www.corbismotion.com and www.gettyimages.com
January 7, 2016 ITN Source, which already represents material from the US-originated Fox Movietone newsreels, has added the British Movietone collection to its offering for North American footage licensees. The British Movietone library has been estimated at around 80 million feet of film and includes silent film from the Henderson collection (1895-1929), British Movietone cinema newsreels (1929-1984) and footage from the United Press film library (1960-1963). Early material is black and white, but the collection includes colour news footage from the days of black and white television. The collection was shot in 35mm, is fully digitized and is offered in standard definition with a high def transfer option. With the acquisition of the British Movietone rights, ITN Source now has the largest multi-newsreel footage offering in the business including the collections of Gaumont Graphic, one of the first cinema newsreels (1910-1932), Empire News (1926-1930), Gaumont British (1929-1959), Universal News (1930-1956), British Paramount (1931-1957) as well as Fox Movietone (1928-1963). The British Movietone collection is also marketed by the AP Archive and ABCNews VideoSource and from Australia by Newsreel Archive Pty Ltd.
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