Edited by: John Flewin
Sunday October 23, 2016

News and Information for the Stock and Archival Footage Industry

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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.


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
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
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, travelled the country filming various summer music festivals encompassing a diverse range of American music genres.


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.


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.


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 houses 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.