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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. Web: www.bfi.org.uk
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
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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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