BBC & GETTY SIGN FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS
Nov 23, 2022
The BBC, through its commercial arm BBC Studios, and Getty Images have renewed their partnership to commercially exploit BBC video imagery. The five‑year deal sees Getty Images continue in its role as the exclusive global distribution partner of BBC Motion Gallery, the global content organisation's film and video clip sales business.
BFI PRESERVES NETFLIX MATERIAL
Nov 10, 2022
Netflix, which has an annual UK production budget of $1bn, has become the first streamer to have its series and films preserved in the national archive collection of the BFI (British Film Institute). Twenty-six productions reflecting the diverse communities of contemporary Britain are being digitally preserved in the archive. Netflix is marking its tenth anniversary of UK operations.
SHUTTERSTOCK TEAMS WITH FILMPAC & INCREASES REVENUES
Nov 3, 2022
Shutterstock has a new a tie-up with Eugene, Oregan, based FILMPAC, a specialist stock footage and music boutique company that offers 100,000 video assets across 15 curated collections. The new material is being absorbed in Shutterstock and Pond5’s on-line offerings that now boasts 27 million videos. Reporting third quarter earnings, Shutterstock highlighted a revenue increase of 5% to $204.1 million.
ROW IN UK OVER QUEEN ELIZABETH COMMEMORATION FOOTAGE
Sep 27, 2022
The UK’s Guardian newspaper reports that the country’s tv channels are in a battle with the monarchy over who controls the historic record of Queen Elizabeth II’s commemorations. Buckingham Palace has reportedly insisted broadcasters could only retain an hour of footage for future use. The BBC, ITV and Sky News have been given a deadline to produce a 60-minute compilation of clips they would like to keep from ceremonial events held across the 10 days of mourning for the Queen. The newspaper says the royal household will then consider whether to veto any proposed inclusions.
The vast majority of other footage from ceremonial events will then be taken out of circulation.
EARLY SUBMISSIONS OFFER FOR FOCAL AWARDS 2023
Sep 25, 2022
Industry body FOCAL International has opened its submissions process for Production and Researcher of the Year categories for its 2023 International Awards. The Awards celebrate the best use of archival footage across the creative industries, from advertisements and short productions to cinematic features. Submissions for the Restoration and Preservation, Footage Company and Footage Person of the Year categories will all open shortly. Early Bird entries submitted before December 16 are offered a 10% reduction on entry fees.
GLOBAL OFFERS NEWLY DIGITIZED HOLLYWOOD IN 4K
Sep 20, 2022
Global Image Works has newly transferred a 16mm vintage Hollywood and Los Angeles collection to 4K. The archive includes early movie premieres, film stars, and the glitz and glam of the early days of Hollywood. Highlights include shots of the original Brown Derby, Sardi’s, movie studio lots, and other famous Hollywood institutions. Also digitized to 4K is a collection of home movies from the acclaimed actress Rose Marie, best known for her role on the Dick Van Dyke show.
CANAL+ ENTERS DIGITIZATION AGREEMENT
Sep 18, 2022
Iron Mountain Entertainment Services has developed a new partnership with the French content producer and broadcaster Canal+ Group to digitize up to 110,000 hours of its tape archive, transforming the imagery into digital content for streaming platforms. The holding is contained in approximately 500,000 tapes.
PBS NEWSHOUR JOINS FOOTAGE.NET
Sep 9, 2022
Footage.net has announced that the PBS NewsHour has joined its platform as a Zap Request partner. The ZAP service allows footage customers to send footage requests to over 50 of the world’s top footage providers simultaneously, providing Zap Request partners with a steady stream of new footage licensing opportunities. www.footage.net
SHUTTERSTOCK REBRANDS EDITORIAL PORTAL
Sep 10, 2022
Shutterstock has rebranded its ‘The Newsroom’ portal to ‘Splash’. Since its inception in May 2021, The Newsroom has offered access to what the company describes as exclusive editorial content. The Newsroom's offering was bolstered by the acquisition of Splash in May 2022, an industry-leading source for image and video content across celebrity, red carpet and live events for over three decades.
GETTY’S FIRST REVENUE STATS SINCE RE-ENTERING PUBLIC SECTOR
Aug 15, 2022
With Getty Images back in the public sector after the successful completion of its business combination last month with CC Neuberger, financial details are back in the public domain via stock reporting requirements. It reports second quarter revenues at $233.3 million, an increase of 4.1% year on year. Creative content revenue decreased by one percent to $146.7m, while editorial sector upped 15 percent to $82.9m. Annual subscriptions income also showed an increase.The number of video clips on offer increased over the last year from 18m to 22m, and video customer activity amounted to 12.2 percent of overall.
FOCAL FOOTAGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
MAY 24, 2022
Trade association FOCAL International has named four shortlisted footage houses vying for its annual Footage Company of the Year award. They are Frame Dealer, a French company offering pre-existing footage and tailor-made shoots; LOLA Clips, based in London and Los Angeles and representing 25 major collections; R3store, a London-based licensing and restoration house; and the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives that finds, preserves and provides public access to moving images made in or about Yorkshire and North East England. The award category is sponsored by Footage.net.
SHUTTERSTOCK ACQUIRES POND 5
MAY 20, 2022
Shutterstock, a US provider of stock photography, stock footage and stock music, has acquired Pond5, the world's largest video-first royalty-free and editorial content holder.
FOCAL 2022 LIFETIME AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED
MAY 19, 2022
The FOCAL International Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022, gifted by the trade organisation’s International executive board, to Bríd Dooley, Head of Archives and Library Services at Irish national public service broadcaster RTÉ. A veteran of the archives of UK news broadcaster ITN and UK breakfast programme maker GMT, she was appointed to lead RTÉ’s television archive project of 2000, before being appointed as Head of Archives and Library services in 2003. She was General Secretary of FIAT/IFTA from 2002-2012. Bríd Dooley will receive her award at the 2022 FOCAL Awards Gala Ceremony in London next month.
HISTORIC BRINGS THE IRA GALLEN COLLECTION TO THE MARKET
May 18, 2022
Historic Films has embarked on a multi year project to catalogue, archive, scan and make available many hours from the Ira Gallen collection. From 1972, Ira resurrected and preserved tens of thousands of vintage television commercials, children's tv shows, Hollywood outtakes and one-of-a-kind television programs. For 25 years he utilised his collection hosting the pioneering New York City public access program Biograph Days, Biograph Nights.
SCREENOCEAN LAUNCHES EDU SERVICE
April 7, 2022
UK-based footage house ScreenOcean has launched a new service, Newsfilm for Education, that gives academic institutions access to raw video coverage of international news and over 1m clips from the Reuters News Archive, which it represents commercially. Screenocean says the service allows for footage that is part of a production to be shared non-commercially online, at exhibitions, events and festivals in order to promote the work of students. Screenocean recently extended its Reuters representation deal by five years.
NATURE FOOTAGE MARKS 20 YEARS ONLINE
April 7, 2022
NatureFootage, launched in 2002 as an online stock footage marketplace, is now representing the work of over 750 leading contributors, its offering including 550,000 curated video clips and more than 6,000 natural species.
ADVENTURE ADDS NEW COLLECTION
Feb 1, 2022
The Adventure Film Archive of Leeds, England, has newly added the collection of Oregon-based Steven Mortinson Film to its growing offering. Based in Portland, Mortinson is a photographer and filmmaker who works predominantly on documentary and commercial content for outdoor and conservation companies across the Pacific Northwest and internationally.
SHUTTERSTOCK UPS ITS DIVIDEND
Jan 25, 2022
New York Stock Exchange listed footage and stock photo portal Shutterstock has declared a cash dividend of $0.24 per share of its common stock, payable on March 17. The new dividend represents an increase of approximately fourteen percent over the previous quarterly dividend.
POND5 CLAIMS VIDEO CLIP RECORD
Jan 20, 2022
On-line provider Pond5, that says it is world's largest online marketplace for royalty-free video, newly claims to be the first stock media company to exceed 30 million licensable royalty-free video clips. With 100,000 video artists uploading 15,000 new videos every day, Pond5 boasts millions more clips than any other stock media provider. In addition to the work of individual providers, Pond5 has deals to offer material from Reuters, the Associated Press and NFL Films.
LOLA ACQUIRES AERIAL LIBRARY RIGHTS
Jan 19, 2022
Footagehouse LOLA Clips has acquired the 4K aerial archive of SoMotion, the archive of pioneering aerial photographer Ben Kelly whose 4K catalogue includes extensive aerials across Iceland, UK and Europe. SoMotion, headquartered in the town of Lewis in Sussex, England, has been shooting Ultra High Def material using drones and helicopters since 2007. Founded in 2015 LOLA has offices in London and Los Angeles and markets a collection that includes material from RAP Entertainment, London’s ITV Archive and other aerial collections.