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News and Information for the Stock and Archival Footage Industry
Edited by John Flewin
UK SKY LAUNCHES CONTENT WEB PORTAL
- Feb 14, 2024
The UK’s Sky TV has a new web presence covering a host of what it calls “content services,” including its well-established clip sales division. The footage licensing team offers news, sport and entertainment material from more than 20 years of coverage.
ITN UNEARTHS ED MURROW INTERVIEW AFTER 66 YEARS
- Feb 10, 2024
The ITN Archive has unearthed an extensive and rare interview with legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. Working with London film lab and digital facility Cinelab. The vinegar-syndromed film interview has been unseen since broadcast in 1958, and covers early opinions on LBJ, JFK, UK/US relations, the H bomb and a host of anecdotes. ITN footage is licensed through Getty Images.
UK FILM & TV SPEND HAS UPS AND DOWNS
- Feb 2, 2024
The latest official figures published by the British Film Institute’s Research and Statistics Unit show that in a year in which film and high-end TV production was impacted globally by the Hollywood strikes and a tv advertising drop-off, it continued to generate billions to the UK economy. The combined spend by film and high-end television production during 2023 reached £4.23 billion, 32% down on 2022 but almost level with pre-pandemic levels.
NEW FOCAL AWARDS SUBMISSION DEADLINE
- Feb 1, 2024
The organisers of the FOCAL International Awards that is scheduled to be held the on June 20 at London’s Church House in Westminster have revised submissions deadlines in some categories. The new deadline for the production, researcher and restoration and preservation categories is February 28. The trade body's awards honour the exceptional use of archival footage across creative sectors.
SHUTTERSTOCK UPS SHARE DIVIDEND AFTER PROFIT GROWTH
- Jan 30, 2024
New York Stock Exchange-listed royalty free house Shutterstock has announced an 11 per cent increase in the dividend paid to shareholders. Giving details, the directors say the new dividend of $0.30 per share is an increase of three cents per share on the previous award, adding that the increase is representative of “the growth we have experienced in our operating profitability and cash flow”. Shutterstock markets a collection of 52 million video clips alongside a holding of photos and other media.
GL0BAL IMAGE WORKS UPDATES ON THE WEB & ADDS AUDIO
- Jan 25, 2024
New Jersey-based Global Image Works has a new-look website and has introduced an archive of audio recordings that includes over 300 interviews with figures from the world of rock, soul and pop including music executives, engineers and record producers, the earliest from the 1890s. The privately-owned archive says the new web interface integrates search capabilities through footage, photos and audio collections.
ADOBE ADDS MILLIONS OF 4K CLIPS
- Jan 25, 2024
Adobe’s image subscription service, previously dominated by High Definition footage, has added 15 million 4K videos. The subscription service starts at $30 a month for an annual plan, a deal that gives publication access to 10 images a month.
UK’S CHANNEL FOUR FACES AD DROP OFF
- Jan 22, 2024
Britain’s Channel Four TV is reported to be laying off 15 per cent of its staff, some 250 employees, and has reduced its programming budget, in the face of a major drop off in tv advertising. Its chief executive says the industry is in “market shock” territory. The channel that is Government-owned but funded by advertising reports an income drop off of between 8pc and 9pc last year compared with the previous year.
VIDEO AD SUCCESS FOR STORM STOCK
- Jan 8, 2024
The owner of footage house Storm Stock, Martin Lisius, drives an Acura MDX SUV when storm chasing to add material to his ever increasing holding of weather footage. In August last year he completed a self-produced video commercial about the vehicle, a work entitled Acura MDX “Storm Chaser”. Now he has won the award for Best Commercial at the World Film Festival at Cannes.
HISTORIC UPGRADES ITS WEB PRESENCE
- Jan 4, 2024
US footage house Historic Films has a new-look website that the company says is “streamlined, technically more efficient and visually more appealing” than its predecessor. Historic’s Anthea Carr worked with Adam Putter and his team at Bad Math in Toronto over the the design and usability aspects. New features include the ability to export research data structured for use in project spreadsheets, search results that use language understanding to correct misspellings and keyword autocomplete giving users a list of similar result possibilities.
ORCHARD CLIPS TEAMS WITH AI INNOVATOR
- Nov 30, 2023
London-based Orchard Clips, which specialises in footage from and about the Middle East and North Africa, has a new content marketing agreement with Veritone, Inc., an innovative technology company designing what it describes as “human-centred AI solutions”. Orchard says the deal will “enhance content licensing opportunities in North and South America.”
UK TV ADVERTISING SLUMP HITS PROGRAMMING
- Nov 29, 2023
The UK’s Channel 4 tv, which spent a record £730m on original and acquired productions last year, has cut back on commissioning to stretch its budgets after what it calls “the dire state of the traditional UK TV ad market.” The state-owned broadcaster channel’s chief executive has said the UK TV industry is reeling from “the worst advertising downturn in 15 years”, forcing C4 to consider tapping into emergency funding.
DEATH OF A TV NEWS FOOTAGE EXEC
- Nov 29, 2023
A funeral has been held for Chris O’Hearn, who began the transformation of AP Archive into one of a leading news footage collections, has died suddenly at the age of 57. He was a director on the executive board of FOCAL from May 2004 to September 2005. and had a passion for news footage that stemmed from his early career as a TV journalist in his native Australia and then at Sky News in London. Chris joined AP in 1995 after its launch as an international TV news agency, holding senior newsroom roles in London and then New York. In 2001, he switched to a business role in London as Head of Content Development which included streamlining operations in the AP Archive and laying the groundwork for later digitisation.
PA VIDEO COLECTION FINDS AN AGENCY HOME
- Nov 26, 2023
British privately owned stock photography agency Alamy has taken on board the PA Media Video Collection (the video arm of the Press Association news agency). The collection offers a curated archive of 43,000 clips encapsulating UK current news, sports and entertainment.
SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR FOCAL AWARDS 2024
- Oct 18, 2023
Footage industry trade body FOCAL International has announced the opening of its submission period for its yearly awards competition. The FOCAL International Awards celebrate the best use of archival footage across the creative and cultural industries, acknowledges the best examples of archive restoration and preservation practice as well as honouring the people and companies that make up the industry.
GETTY EXPERIENCES REVENUE DROP-OFF
- Aug 30, 2023
Getty Images' income dropped off in the second quarter of 2023 compared with the same period last year. In an interim report, the company says its revenues of $225.7 million declined 3.3%. Creative revenues of $141.3 million were down 3.7% year over year while editorial revenues of $80.3 million were down 3.2%.
NHNZ NEWLY OFFERS CLIPS FROM 5,000-FOOT TIBETAN PLATEAU
- July 13, 2023
The library of New Zealand wildlife production company NHNZ Worldwide has added new footage from the Tibetan Plateau. At 5000 meters above sea level the company’s cameras captured material of the plateau’s only species of snake, the Hot Spring Snake, in action amongst the volcanic springs. The library also newly hosts content of the continent’s fastest animal, the Tibetan antelope, and clips of a giant Tibetan bear along with cubs and footage of Tibet’s only primate, the Tibetan Macaque.
MOTOR MUSEUM LAUNCHES ON YOUTUBE
- July 11, 2023
The British National Motor Museum has established a YouTube site for its commercial operation, Beaulieu Film and Video. The collection has material from 1900 onwards and comprises of around 26,000 items. Significant collections include those of Ford, Vauxhall, the Rootes Group, the Metropolitan Police, the AA and Dunlop as well as a wide range of motoring-related topics including home movies, promotional films, motorsport, record breakers, racing cars, production cars, prototypes, concept vehicles, trucks, motorcycles and buses.
BRITISH PATHE UPGRADES TO E-COMMERCE SOLUTION
- July 10, 2023
British Pathe is extending its partnership with UK digital asset management company Capture to launch a new website. After utilising elements of Capture’s rights and licensing capabilities for several years, Pathe is upgrading to a full all-in-one visual media management and eCommerce platform. Pathe, which represents an archive of more than 220,000 films, says the new arrangement "really drives efficiency in our day-to-day operations".
SCREENOCEAN TO BE PART OF REUTERS NEWS
- June 30, 2023
UK footage house Screenocean has become part of Thomson Reuters in a deal to acquire Screenocean’s parent company, media asset management company Imagen Ltd. The business will be operated as part of the Reuters News division of Thomson Reuters.