BRIDGEMAN NEWLY REPPING IMAGES OF WAR
July 11, 2017
The UK-headquartered Bridgeman Images’ footage division has an exclusive deal with archive company Images of War to represent its footage collection with material dating from 1900 to the end of the Gulf War of 1992. The collection includes over 14 hours of footage from the World War I, including some of the Battle of the Somme, and extensive footage of almost every campaign and theatre of war from the World War II. It also includes footage from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, of the Cold War and of the first Gulf War, Desert Storm. From the periods between years of war, the archive holds hours of social and political footage from the 20th Century including subjects like JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King Jr, and Elvis Presley. Images of War was previously represented by ITN Source. Bridgeman says it will be digitising and cataloging the footage over the coming months.
RIGHTSMITH TAKES FRAMEPOOL OUT OF FINANCIAL TURMOIL
June 30, 2017
Less than a year after its creation, new footage house Los Angeles-based RightSmith has acquired European stock footage leader Framepool which recently got into financial difficulties. The deal was brokered through insolvency administration law firm Pohlmann Hofmann Insolvenzverwalter Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft which successfully sold Framepool’s business operations and secured all jobs of the company in its Munich headquarters as well as those in its international subsidiaries. Established in 2001, Framepool claims 3,500 active customers worldwide. RightSmith is led by former T3 Media executive Mica Imamura, with strategy overseen by Jackie Mountain, also a former T3 Media executive, working with former Corbis, BBC, and Getty staffers.
BRITISH PATHE IN AWARDS LIMELIGHT
May 30, 2017
UK newsreel footage house British Pathé has landed FOCAL International’s Footage Library of the Year award, presented at a ceremony in London. Pathé’s recent initiatives cited included the launch of its own on-line on-demand subscription channel British Pathé TV that offers an extensive range of archive-based full-length documentaries, interviews, and classic movies and its collaboration with the Irish Film Institute to restore and preserve key elements of Ireland’s filmed heritage in high definition. Last year Pathé’s YouTube channels generated some 52 million viewings. It was the 14th year of FOCAL’s awards programme and saw a total of sixteen awards handed out recognising achievements in the use, presentation and preservation of archive motion material.
GETTY LAUNCHES ITN LICENSING SERVICE
May 11, 2017
The deal between the UK’s Independent Television News and Getty Images for the latter to exclusively market ITN’s 60-year archive of worldwide tv news coverage has gone into action with Getty initially adding more than 330,000 ITN clips to its editorial motion material offering. Searches reveal over 8,000 clips in a royalty sub-collection, over 7,500 in a category entitled war and conflict, 28,000 in entertainment, over 10,000 in crime and murder, nearly 11,000 in international news, and over 72,000 in UK news. A Getty gateway into the ITN collection has been established on its UK web url.
SHUTTERSTOCK REVENUES UP
May 9, 2017
Visual marketplace Shutterstock that presently offers 132 million images and 6.9 million motion clips reports first quarter revenues up 12 per cent to over $130m, with download numbers and revenue per download both increased.
ALL CHANGE FOR IMG’S SPORT MEDIA ARCHIVE SERVICE
April 26, 2017
Sports, events and talent management company IMG has relaunched its sport media archive service as IMG Replay, and established a new web portal under that name. IMG Replay manages, markets and distributes footage and archive programming from around the world, working with sports federations, governing bodies and events such as ATP Media, European Tour, International Olympic Committee, PGA of America, Premier League, The R&A, Wimbledon and World Rugby. The archive is comprised of more than 400,000 hours of content dating back more than 100 years, including match footage, interviews, programming, and ISOs, available in 4K, 3D and HD.
POND5 TEAMS WITH ADOBE STOCK
April 26, 2017
Marketplace Pond 5 has a new partnership with Adobe to supply clips for its Adobe Stock subscription content service available to users of its creative software. Pond 5 says the deal will give its contributors access to “a whole new market of video-production and editing professionals at a premium price”.
PATHE MOVES INTO GERMAN DIRECT LICENSING
April 25, 2017
British Pathé has launched a new licensing service in the German-speaking world, reclaiming licensing rights in German speaking countries. The collection has previously been represented by German independent documentary company LOOKS TV. The move comes as British Pathe extends its policy of reclaiming direct licensing rights following last year’s return to the North American market. The German market is being handled from Pathe’s London office by archive licensing and production veteran Simon Witter.
FRENCH DOCU MAKER LANDS FOCAL LIFTIME AWARD
March 7, 2017
FOCAL International, the Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, has announced that pioneering producer-director Serge Viallet is to receive the annual FOCAL International Award for Lifetime Achievement, to be presented at the fourteenth annual FOCAL International Awards, to be held in London in May. The Award is a gift of the FOCAL International Executive, as a “mark of gratitude for Serge's dedicated and exhaustive support of the footage archive world through his prodigious body of work”. Viallet studied film at the Ecole nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière at Saint-Denis Cedex, north of Paris. Originally shooting fiction films he turned to documentaries in 1985. After working for ten years with Médecins sans frontières, he directed numerous documentary films in East Asia and won FOCAL awards for his work and use of archive material in 2008 and 2009 . He has been a lecturer at the University of Paris since 2012.
ANNUAL REVENUES RISE AT SHUTTERSTOCK
March 2, 2017
Releasing full-year earnings details, image and motion materials marketplace Shutterstock says its revenues increased by 16% to $494.3 million compared with the previous year, income from operations increased 12% to $45.8 million and net income increased 67% to $32.6 million. It reports paid downloads up by 14%, revenue per download up one percent, its image collection grew 63% to over 116 million images and its video collection expanded 68% to over 6 million clips.
VIDEOBLOCKS TOPS 100 MILLION DOWNLOADS
March 1, 2017
On-line marketplace VideoBlocks, a subscription-based provider of royalty-free stock video, says it has reached its 100 millionth download since its founding in 2011. The stock media platform currently includes over four million studio-quality creative assets, including membership libraries of over half a million HD clips, vectors and sound effects. Since launching as a contributor marketplace in 2015, VideoBlocks, based in Fairfax County, Virginia, says it has given back more than $5 million to its creative community by providing 100 percent commission to content creators.
AP IN ROYALS YOUTUBE LAUNCH
March 1, 2017
To coincide with the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the British throne, Associated Press has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to archive coverage of both the British royal family and royalty from around the world. Using footage from the recently acquired British Movietone collection, the new channel contains over 3,000 videos, many exclusive to AP.
VINTAGE AIRLINER FOOTAGE PAYS OFF FOR INDEX
February 28, 2017
Vintage aircraft footage from the 35mm colour film archives of London footage house Index Stock Shots has been licensed to two period productions set in the nineteen fifties. Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply”, pending UK release in March 2017, a story about the later life of billionaire Howard Hughes, features a Lockheed Super Constellation in TWA colours taking off and landing at New York International, now JFK Airport. The shot was scanned to 4K by Pinewood Digital. A Vickers Viscount of BEA at London Airport, scanned to 2K by TKone, appears in Series 1 of Netflix’s “The Crown”, as does period footage of London’s Westminster.
SCREENOCEAN NEWLY MARKETING REUTERS TV LIBRARY
January 26, 2017
The Reuters Television Library, recently shed from the ITN Source stable, is newly being marketed by Screenocean, the London stock footage house that represents clips from programmes made for UK TV Channels 4 and 5. Screenocean, established in 2009 as an off-shoot of digital asset management company Imagen, had already grown its offering by adding the collections of UK’s Clips and Footage and independent UK production houses. The Reuters collection is one of the world’s major news holdings based on the activities of Visnews, the international tv news agency that had bureaux worldwide through the 1970s and 80s and Reuters own camera coverage since 1993 when it bought out Visnews partner owners, the BBC and NBC. In addition to the contents of both the Visnews and Reuters Television news holdings, the collection includes major 20th century newsreels Gaumont Graphic 1910-1933, Empire News 1926-1930; Gaumont British News 1929-1959, Universal News 1930-1949, British Paramount News 1931-1957 and earlier unbranded footage from 1896 onwards. Screenocean has established dedicated access to the Reuters catalogue through its web portal leveraging the parent company’s video platform to deliver fully automated transactional and fulfilment services.
FRAMEPOOL UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP EXPANDS IN CHINA
December 9, 2016
Footage and production company Framepool, founded in 2001 by German producers and which has operated under the slogan “operated by filmmakers for filmmakers”, has become a subsidiary of US publicly-traded company Broadside Entertainment, formerly Emaji. Based in Irvine, California, Broadside is headed by media entrepreneur Christopher Petzel whose corporation Broadside Capital is an investment banking, advisory and private equity firm with a focus on the entertainment and media industries. In the short time since the share acquisition, Framepool has entered into an agreement with ImageChina to represent its one-million clip holding in that territory and as a result of the agreement Framepool has launched a Chinese-language version of its website. Framepool's market expansion into China is supported by the program "Export Bavaria 3.0 – Go International" of the German state of Bavaria, where Framepool remains headquartered.
GRINBERG COLLECTION BEING DIGITIZED & ADDED AT FOOTAGE.NET
December 7, 2016
The Sherman Grinberg Film Library, said to be the oldest and largest privately held film archive with over 40 mostly US newsreel libraries covering the period from 1895 to 1957, is digitizing its collections, held mainly on 35mm film, to 4K, and has signed up with FOOTAGE.net. The collection includes the Paramount’s "Eyes of the World" silent newsreels, 1927 - 1929, and the talkies "Eyes and Ears of the World”, 1930 -1957. It also includes the entire American Pathé newsreel library, the oldest US newsreel collection active from 1895 to 1956. Sherman Grinberg is scanning its own film, using an in-house operation to handle its nitrate material at its West Coast offices. Digitised footage is being added to the database available through FOOTAGE.net.
FOCAL APPOINTS JOB-SHARE GENERAL MANAGERS
December 2, 2016
FOCAL International has appointed two execs to job-share the role of General Manager following the retirement of Anne Johnson. Mary Egan, formerly an Executive Board Member of British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies and Sales and Marketing director at the Press Association Images is joined by Madeline Bates, archive associate at Creativeskillset and an experienced film festival planner.
ITN SOURCE TO CEASE OPERATIONS AS GETTY TAKES OVER NEWS COLLECTION LICENSING
November 10, 2016
ITN Source, the archive licensing division of UK news broadcaster Independent Television News and one of the busiest of news footage houses with a world news collection going back to 1955, is to cease operations from mid next year. It is handing over licensing to Getty Images and dropping third party archive representations, including that of Reuters tv news footage. The thirty staffers in the archive division are, according to ITN, “at risk of redundancy” and “have been informed and a consultation period is underway.” Getty says it will create specific ITN collections to house the archive, which consists of 400,000 digitised and ready-to-license video clips and over 600,000 clips which will be text searchable and supplied on demand via an offline workflow. The collection will be updated daily with current news footage from 24 hours after being first aired. ITN Source’s cutting of its ties with third party content owners leaves those owners with the task of finding a new way to the market for their footage. As well as Reuters Television they include Fox News and Fox Movietone and Britains’s ITV, the largest commercial programme production house in the UK which has operated for fifty years and produces 3,500 hours of original programming every 12 months. Headquartered in London, ITN has offices in New York and contacts in Paris, Tokyo and Johannesburg. ITN says the change over will happen mid next year and, in the meantime, ITN Source will continue licensing activities..
RIGHTSMITH, NEW LICENSOR ON THE BLOCK HITS THE ROAD RUNNING
November 9, 2016
Active for the first time, new footage house Los Angeles-based RightSmith has landed representation of stock footage from Universal Studios, offering material at a new licensing portal and is exp[ected to make several new collection announcements soon. While headquartered in California, RightSmith, a private company backed by venture capital, also has operations in London, Tokyo and Sydney and is being launched by a group of industry veterans. Chief Exec is former T3 Media executive Mica Imamura. Strategy and global aggregation is in the hands of Jackie Mountain, also a former T3 Media executive, who has been joined by other former Corbis, BBC and Getty staffers, with industry leaders in advisory roles. The RightSmith team is in on-going talks with other rights holders, and a deal has already been done to market Australian international newsreel Cinesound Movietone. RightsSmith’s licensing operations are backed by digitization, metadata and storage services. The newly acquired Universal footage, shot originally on 35mm film, is offered for licensing on formats up to 4K in AppleProRes 4444 format. From Tokyo, RightSmith has a deal to market in the Japan-Australia region Shutterstock’s Premier License service and represents the T3 Media stable, now known as Wazee Digital, in the same region. Web: Corporate: corporate.rightsmith.
PRODUCERS LIBRARY REPS ENTERTAINMENT NEWS COLLECTION
November 4, 2016
Los Angeles-based Producers Library newly exclusively represents the footage of London-based entertainment news agency BANG Showbiz, a company that has furnished entertainment and celebrity-themed news footage to media outlets worldwide since 1997. Its material focuses on premieres, press conferences and other celebrity-related events in London and elsewhere. All material was shot in high definition.