Thursday May 23 '13
AS REVENUES GROW, SHUTTERSTOCK TO PRIORITIZE VIDEO DEVELOPMENT
May 10, 2013
Stock image and footage portal Shutterstock reports first quarter results showing 36% revenue...
Stock image and footage portal Shutterstock reports first quarter results showing 36% revenue growth and an expanding profit margin, while its royalty free image and video footage library and contributor base continued to expand. The New York-based company says its marketplace now holds 25m images and a million video clips, adding that its plans list its current number one priority as growing its already fast-dveloping footage activities because of "the increasing role video plays in the digital landscape." Shutterstock saw 125,000 new contributor video clips uploaded during the three month period. It operates its web portal in 28 different languages, having recently added four Scandinavian languages, and says two thirds of its $51m revenues came from outside the USA. Downloads of images and clips in the period totalled over 22m with income per download averaging $2.29. In a statement, the company which employs a staff of 262, predicts 2013 annual revenues of $221m - $226m. Web: www.shutterstock.com
WORLD'S "LARGEST" SPORTS VIDEO ARCHIVE GOES ON-LINE
May 7, 2013
IMG Sport Video Archive, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media...
IMG Sport Video Archive, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, has a new online platform allowing on-line access for the first time to what the company says is the world's largest dedicated sports moving image library. The research tool enables customers to search, browse, watch, clip and download coverage of sporting events and moments. It includes the latest available action from Wimbledon, The Open Golf Championship, British soccer's Barclays Premier League, IRB Rugby World Cup and the Australian Open. IMG's client brands, sporting federations, governing bodies and events have their own pages within the site which allows access to full-length coverage as well as highlights of major events. Content has been digitised from its original film, SD and HD formats to be made available online. While priority is being given to uploading the most recent footage, the archive dates back over 100 years. New content will also be continuously uploaded every week with other major sports and federations also coming onboard. IMG Sport Video Archive represents over 40 collections. It is based in London, with worldwide offices, which include New York, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo. Web: www.imgsva.com
GETTY LANDS INDUSTRY ACCOLADE AT FOCAL AWARDS
May 3, 2013
Getty Images won the Footage Library of the Year Award for 2013 at the tenth annual FOCAL...
Getty Images won the Footage Library of the Year Award for 2013 at the tenth annual FOCAL International Awards held in association with AP Archive in London, an event honouring producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in their productions. The Best Researcher award went to UK researcher Miriam Walsh for her work on the cinema release London - The Modern Babylon, while Ronny Temme was awarded for her work as an archivist at the EYE Film Institute in the Netherlands where she is Head of Sales. Producers from the USA, UK, France and Ireland took other awards, with 224 programming submissions coming from 18 countries. Paul Sargent, former Head Curator of the Imperial War Museum, received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, as previously reported. Details: www.focalint.org
FOOTAGE.NET UPGRADES TO CLOUD BASED STRUCTURE
April 29, 2013
Stock footage portal Footage.net has moved its stock footage search and screening platform to...
Stock footage portal Footage.net has moved its stock footage search and screening platform to a high-performance, tier-three data center. The new, fully scalable, cloud-based hosting solution allows Footage.net to deliver faster response times, significantly improving its overall site utility and user experience. Additionally, the company says, the secure, cloud-based infrastructure enhances Footage.net's ability to provide world-class footage research and screening tools on a continuous, uninterrupted basis. Web: www.footage.net
NEWSPAPER HIGHLIGHTS BBC ARCHIVE PROBLEMS
April 12, 2013
According to London's Guardian Newspaper, the demand for archive footage of the late Lady...
According to London's Guardian Newspaper, the demand for archive footage of the late Lady Thatcher has exposed problems with plans to make the BBC's new headquarters tapeless. BBC News staff were reported to have had to ferry tapes across London in taxis or by the London Underground or pay to get outside companies to get videos converted to digital because of the distance between its news operation and its archive tape store. The BBC is converting its archive to digital but it is not due to be completed for another couple of years. Full story: www.guardian.co.uk/media
FOOTAGEMARKETPLACE SCHEULED NEXT MONTH IN LONDON
April 12, 2013
Following last year's full day event, and a similar event in New York in November,...
Following last year's full day event, and a similar event in New York in November, footageMarketplace is to return to London on May 16. To be held again at the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the trade show is scheduled to include over 25 stock footage libraries, including Getty, Alamy, Bridgeman Art Library, ITV Sport, Framepool, BBC Motion Gallery, ITN Source, Corbis, Huntley Film Archives and Screenocean. Web: www.footageMarketplace.com
FORMER GETTY EXEC LAUNCHES ZODIAK CLIPS & TEAMS WITH SKYWORKS
April 8, 2013
Zodiak Rights, the international division of Zodiak Media, is launching a new archive...
Zodiak Rights, the international division of Zodiak Media, is launching a new archive division, Zodiak Clips, an on-line clips exploitation initiative which aims to monetize short form content from across the group as well as third parties. Zodiak Clips has secured a deal with the world’s largest aerial HD stock footage provider, Skyworks, whose footage is regularly used by leading broadcasters including Discovery and National Geographic. Filmed in HDCAM SR video, Skyworks’ aerial HD stock footage archive is the largest of its kind in the world. Zodiak Clips will also represent short form content from Zodiak Rights and Zodiak Media’s world-renowned portfolio. The extensive library features HD and SD sequences from Zodiak Media’s 45 production companies, including award-winning wildlife filmmakers, Mona Lisa Collection plus Bullseye, IWC Media and RDF Television. Zodiak Clips will also represent global brands, such as Guinness World Records and third-parties including RTL 2, newsgathering archive The Conus Collection and time-lapse and aerial footage specialist INP Media. The operation is headed by former Getty Images exec Sandra Coelho who joined the London-based company in October. Web: www.zodiakclips.com
WARNER OFFERS SUBSCRIPTION ARCHIVE SERVICE
April 8, 2013
Warner Archive has launched a new streaming service called Warner Archive Instant offering...
Warner Archive has launched a new streaming service called Warner Archive Instant offering hundreds of what it describes as "rare and hard-to-find" movies and TV shows culled from the Warner Bros. library, which includes programming from Warner, MGM, RKO, New Line, Monogram, Allied Artists and Lorimar. Warner Archive Instant is a digital streaming subscription service priced at $9.99 and is available in the USA only. Web: instant.warnerarchive.com
ALAN PURWIN COLLECTION LAUNCHES NEW RF OFFERING
April 8, 2013
Regarded as one of the top film pilots of his generation, Alan Purwin, owner of Hollywood's...
Regarded as one of the top film pilots of his generation, Alan Purwin, owner of Hollywood's Helinet Aviation company and its ShotOver Camera systems, has teamed with businessman Steve Gatena to found Californian company VideoFort. The new stock footage operation was conceptualized and incubated by Gatena as a class project at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Purwin, who becomes Executive VP of the new company, has contributed to programs like BBC's Discovery Planet Earth, and films like Michael Bay's Transformers, Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean, James Cameron's True Lies, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, and Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. His collection contributes many hours of material to VideoFort, which is launched on-line with over 50,000 High Definition clips, all offered as royalty free with prices staring at $49 per clip. Chief Exec and President Gastena says the company aims to add 10,000 clips a month. Web: www.videofort.com
NHNZ LANDS GAME FISHING COLLECTION
April 8, 2013
NHNZ's stock footage archive Moving Images has secured exclusive rights to market...
NHNZ's stock footage archive Moving Images has secured exclusive rights to market action-packed game fishing footage from Matt Watson's Fishing Show. Watson, who catches game fish such as marlin in unusual ways, is reported to include in his exploits catching fish from jet ski and surfboard, and in one instance catching a black marlin by diving upon it from a helicopter. His show, originated in New Zealand, has featured on Discovery and Animal Planet channels. The collection of over 1,500 clips features a wide diversity of the Southern Ocean's target species - on the hook and in the water - including Kingfish, Marlin, Tuna, Groper and Snapper. Web: www.nhnzmovingimages.com
ITN SOURCE SUPPLIES ICONIC FIGURES BIOG PROGRAMS
April 5, 2013
ITN Source is providing material for a series of hour-long biographical documentary programmes...
ITN Source is providing material for a series of hour-long biographical documentary programmes backgrounding some of the most iconic figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. The programmes will be launched at next week's MIPTV, the world tv programming marketplace at Cannes, France. The 12-part series is produced for World Wide Entertainment by ITN Productions. World Wide Entertainment has been distributing high-quality finished programmes for more than 15 years. Last year the brand was acquired by a consortium led by formats house Global Agency. This deal marks the first time the company has commissioned its own programming. With subjects ranging from statesmen to royalty, religious leaders to sportsmen, high-quality documentary footage is interspersed with expert analysis to provide in-depth biographical portraits of subjects including Queen Elizabeth II, Nelson Mandela, Pope Benedict XVI, John F. Kennedy, Prince William and Kate, Muhammad Ali, Bill Gates, Richard Branson; David Beckham, and controversial sportsmen Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods and Oscar Pistorius. Web: www.itnsource.com
PAUL SARGENT GETS FOCAL LIFETIME AWARD
April 5, 2013
Industry body FOCAL International has named Paul Sargent, former Head Curator of the Imperial...
Industry body FOCAL International has named Paul Sargent, former Head Curator of the Imperial War Museum, as the 2013 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. FOCAL, the Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries, says for more than 30 years Sargent played a significant role in the British content industry, leading the commercial access team of the Imperial War Museum's Film Archive. In his work at the Musueum, he promoted the commercial use of the Film Archive collection, balancing the requirements of commercial users with both needs of film preservation and the wider priorities of the museum. Sargent also served on the FOCAL International Executive for many years and initiated significant training programmes. He retired from the Imperial War Museum in 2012. The FOCAL awards, which also feature achievement in the use of stock and archival footage across 18 production categories, are sponsored by the AP Archive and presentations will be made at a ceremony in London on May 2. Web: www.focalint.org
SCREENOCEAN NEWLY REPS NEWS AGENCY VIDEO
April 5, 2013
London footage house Screenocean is newly representing the video archive of news agency The...
London footage house Screenocean is newly representing the video archive of news agency The Press Association. Stretching back to the 1990's and containing over 80,000 videos, the agency's video archive covers news, sport, royalty and entertainment shot by a network of over 70 video journalists. Screenocean says it already has over 60,000 clips on line, with new content being added daily. With a minimum of 10 packages added each day, new Press Association content is available from the archive within 24hrs of its original broadcast. Web: www.screenocean.com and www.pressassociation.com/Video
FOOTAGE.NET & ITS CLIENT MEMBERS AT NAB
April 2, 2013
Footage.net will be an exhibitor at this year’s NAB Show, set to take place this year April...
Footage.net will be an exhibitor at this year’s NAB Show, set to take place this year April 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several Footage.net client members are participating as Footage.net promotional sponsors, including ABCNEWS VideoSource, Global ImageWorks, HBO Archives, NBCUniversal Archives, StormStock and WPA Film Library. NAB is world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. This year it has more than 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and more than 1,600 exhibitors. The Footage.net exhibit will be located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Lower South Hall, Booth SL15813. Web: www.footage.net and www.nabshow.com
FOCAL CLAIMS VICTORY IN UK COPYRIGHT STRUGGLE
March 28, 2013
Industry body FOCAL International says its team lobbying for caution in a bill before the UK...
Industry body FOCAL International says its team lobbying for caution in a bill before the UK Parliament which threatened to disturb copyright on film and motion material has won a major argument. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill was headlined to boost business confidence and includes clauses to modernise the UK's copyright framework. FOCAL has applauded the British Government's tabling of an amendment to exclude films and photographs from the scope of the an important clause in the new legislation. According to FOCAL, a Parliamentary statement has made it clear that "the safeguards we require are now Government policy." FOCAL, the Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries, is headquartered in London, and its campaign to change the bill was backed by a number of major footage licensors. Web: www.focalint.org
FOOTAGE.NET ADDS ABC NEWS CLIPS
March 27, 2013
Footage.net, the stock, archival and news footage search portal, has added preview clips from...
Footage.net, the stock, archival and news footage search portal, has added preview clips from ABCNEWS VideoSource, the stock footage licensing division of ABC News. Based in New York, VideoSource offers a collection spanning from 1896 to the present which includes footage from the libraries of the Associated Press and British Movietone News. Web: www.footage.net and www.abcnewsvideosource.com
ITN SOURCE PICKS UP UK MORNING TV CATALOGUE
March 19, 2013
UK headquartered footage house ITN Source is newly licensing material from the archive of...
UK headquartered footage house ITN Source is newly licensing material from the archive of British independent television's lead early morning shows, Daybreak and Lorraine, and from the back-catalogue of breakfast tv franchise holder GMTV.Twenty years of interviews and content feature political and entertainment figures including prime ministers David Cameron, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown on the Daybreak and GMTV sofas, and Hollywood A-listers. Also in the collection: Presenter Eamonn Holmes' famously awkward "dead-eye" interview with illusionist David Blaine, coverage of big award ceremonies and live performances from Take That, Westlife and Amy Winehouse. ITN Source has represented the ITV catalogue since 2003, and is currently working to identify key titles from the back catalogue to digitise and make available online. Web: www.itnsource.com
FOLKWAYS LEGACY RECORDINGS NEWLY AVAILABLE AT GLOBAL IMAGEWORKS
March 19, 2013
New Jersey-based Global ImageWorks has a deal to represent the Smithsonian Folkways...
New Jersey-based Global ImageWorks has a deal to represent the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, comprising more than 45,000 music and sound recordings created worldwide, from the 1930s onwards. The Smithsonian Folkways mission is the legacy of Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document "people's music," spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. Asch, who is described on the AllMusic website as "one of the most important non-musicians in the history of 20th century music" donated the collection to The Smithsonian in 1987. Web: www.globalimageworks.com
VIDEO RF MARKETPLACE POND5 ACQUIRES PIXMAC
March 6, 2013
Footage marketplace Pond5 which, with almost 1.5 million video clips on-line, claims the web's...
Footage marketplace Pond5 which, with almost 1.5 million video clips on-line, claims the web's largest collection of royalty-free stock video footage, as well as stock photos, illustrations, and other media, has acquired Pixmac, a stock imagery network based in the Czech Republic. With the acquisition, as well as adding Pixmac content of photos and illustrations, Pond5 expands its on-line offering into 20 different domains in 17 languages with support for multiple currencies. Pond5 was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Geneva and the Czech Republic. Based in the Czech Republic's capital, Prague, Pixmac was launched in 2008 and says it has an artist community of over 6,000 photographers and illustrators. Web: www.pond5.com and www.pixmac.com
ULTRA HIGH DEF STOCK PORTAL OPENS FOR BUSINESS
February 27, 2013
Footage Search, home of NatureFootage, OceanFootage, AdventureFootage and 3DFootage portals,...
Footage Search, home of NatureFootage, OceanFootage, AdventureFootage and 3DFootage portals, has launched UltraHDfootage stock footage web site, representing cinematographers shooting 4K and 5K Ultra HD stock video.
With more than 4x-8x the resolution of standard HD, the new collection aims to be a source for content catering to the expanding Ultra HD marketplace. The company says dedicated Ultra HD channels have already launched in Europe and are being developed for media markets around the world. It adds that with the unveiling of several Ultra HD TV models from each of the leading television electronics manufacturers this year, it is anticipated that this format will quickly become an industry standard for digital displays and commercial video decor applications. Web: www.ultrahdfootage.com