FOCAL MOVES FROM PRINT TO THE DIGITAL WORLD
June 12, 2018
Industry trade association the Federation of Commercial Audio-Visual Libraries International has ceased publication of its quarterly journal Archive Zones, first produced in 1988. The final edition, just out, charts the progress of the journal through “the formative years FOCAL”. Looking ahead, Federation General Manager for Outreach, Madeline Bates, says a “dynamic and engaging platform” that “embraces the digital world” is at the planning stage.
FOCAL ANNOUNCES 2018 LIFETIME AWARD RECIPIENT
April 26, 2018
At the age of 89, a pioneer of the footage industry, British cinematographer Gerry Weinbren has been awarded the FOCAL International Lifetime Achievement Award. An independent film maker, he founded Index Film & Television Library in the early 1970s to preserve production elements, and to license footage from them, at a time when few such resources were available. He has remained at the forefront of the sector anticipating what were then future trends such as HD and 4K. A champion of 35mm film, he has eulogised the value of a format the he says is ideally suited to a library, one capable of matching ever higher resolution demands of present and evolving technology. The lifetime ward is gifted annually by the executive board of FOCAL, the Federation of Commercial AudioVisual Libraries International, to an individual who has contributed to and supported the footage archive industry within their career and through the body of their work. The award is to be presented at FOCALS annual awards evening in London in June.
BRITISH PATHÉ ADDS HISTORIC REUTERS TV & NEWSREELS
April 26, 2018
British Pathé has signed a deal to represent Reuters’ historic footage filmed before 1980, a collection that includes the newsreels of British Paramount, Gaumont Graphic, Empire News and Gaumont British as well as tv news coverage from Visnews, a London-based international news agency that began as the British Commonwealth International Newsfilm Agency. It operated from 1957 to 1979 and in the UK was closely tied with the BBC, while its opposition tv news agency UPITN served independent television in Britain. Pathé says the deal with Reuters more than doubles the size of its offering. The deal is non-exclusive. ScreenOcean, which represents Reuter TV’s contemporary archive, also has access to the historic material.
SCREENOCEAN LANDS POP MUSIC FOOTAGE DEAL
April 26, 2018
Screenocean has added a new collection, the music collection of The Video Pool, to its offering. The Video Pool operates as a source for urban and top 40 music videos for professional DJs andVJs holds an extensive assortment of music videos spanning more than 30 years, including 1980s pop and 1990s hip-hop, containing classic hits as well as lesser-known material.
GETTY TO REP NEW ZEALAND TV FOOTAGE
April 22, 2018
New Zealand ’s three-channel commercial television channel, TVNZ has signed an exclusive partnership deal with Getty Images to license and distribute its video clips.
HISTORIC NEWLY OFFERS “LONGEST-EVER” LUTHER KING INTERVIEW
February 13, 2018
Through the efforts of Jane Klain, Director of Research at the Paley Center for Media’s New York Facility, a lost in-depth 90-minute interview with Martin Luther King Jnr. is newly available for licensing. Producer and host of the groundbreaking interview show Open End, David Susskind conducted the long-form interview with King in 1963 just after the Birmingham March and during the height of the Civil Rights movement. Historic Films, which represents the Susskind archive, says the work is believed to be the longest filmed interview of King in existence. Not seen since its initial broadcast in 1963, the two-inch master tape was discovered by Klain at the University of Wisconsin, where a portion of the Susskind archive is housed.
SCREENOCEAN HAS BAFTA ARCHIVE LICENSING DEAL
February 1, 2018
London footage house ScreenOcean has a new partnership with BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, to represent its archive of prestigious award ceremony events, exclusive lectures with industry insiders, interviews, plus unique red carpet and behind the scenes footage of BAFTA-winners and nominees since 1978. With over 1,000 clips already available online, material from this year’s awards, to be held on February 18, will be available on the night. ScreenOcean also markets Reuters News Archive, and material from UK tv Channels 4 and 5, Warner Bros Television Productions UK, in addition to the collections of Clips & Footage and Cover Images.
BRITISH PATHE RE-RELEASES “TIME TO REMEMBER”
Dec 5, 2017
British Pathé has re-scanned its landmark 1950s series Time to Remember in High Definition and re-released all 39 episodes via its online on-demand channel, British Pathé TV. Discovered some years ago in the British Pathé vaults, this series was re-edited by the BBC into a highly-acclaimed abridged version which was screened by the BBC in 2010. The latest release features the original unabridged programming, all 30-minute episodes collectively covering the period 1896 to 1945, from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee to the allied WWII victory in 1945.
NEW IN NORTH AMERICA FOR SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Nov 11, 2017
London-based footage and photo house Science Photo Library has appointed Nan Halperin as its Business Development Manager for North America. Halperin, who has experience with ITN Source and Screen Ocean, has more than 10 years experience in content licensing.
GETTY SIGNS TECH INDUSTRY VETERAN TO HEAD GLOBAL SALES
Nov 15, 2017
Getty Images has announced the appointment of Pamela Woehrle as its new Senior Vice President of Global Sales. A technology sales veteran with more than 25 years’ experience, Woehrle joins after 33-year IBM career, and will head Getty Images’ global sales team, responsible for driving revenues. She joins the company’s Executive Committee, overseeing strategic direction and expansion.
KINOLIBRARY PICKS UP REVEL GUEST’S COLLECTION
Nov 2, 2017
London-based footage house Kinolibrary is newly representing the archive of filmmaker, journalist and author Revel Guest whose independent and documentary filmmaking in the UK and elsewhere includes footage of iconic personalities and communities within music, theatre, film and art. Her collection, Transatlantic Films, is an HD archive exampled by work with Marc Bolan and Rod Stewart, and travelling the world with Placido Domingo.
VIDEOBLOCKS HITS 100 MILLION DOWNLOADS
Oct 5, 2017
On-line marketplace VideoBlocks, a subscription-based provider of royalty-free motion stock, says it has reached its 100 millionth download since founding in 2011. The platform 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.
ADOBE STOCK TOPS UP TO OVER FOUR MILLION VIDEO ASSETS
Sep 14, 2017
Adobe Stock says its customers now have access to over four million HD and 4K video clips directly within creative cloud video workflows available via its editing software Premiere Pro. Additionally, some hundreds of professionally-created motion graphics are to be added. Adobe Stock’s offering has grown to over 90 million assets available, including photos, illustrations and vectors, the company says in publicity around its appearance at the annual IBC industry exhibition in Amsterdam.
POND5 ADDS ROYALTY FREE ARCHIVAL COLLECTION
Sep 14, 2017
Footage marketplace Pond5 has added an archival collection to its royalty-free footage offering saying it is “one of the most comprehensive video libraries of historical moments and everyday life from the past 100 years, including rare footage spanning the 20th century, from major global events to authentic scenes of everyday life.” Much of the material is from the public domain Universal Newsreel held at the US National Archives, and there is other material sourced from German-based footage house Framepool, home movies and other collections with the majority of the digitized material available in HD format. Pond5 says its total offering of some eight million video clips is based on the work of 60,000 filmmakers and creators in over 150 countries. Pond5 is a venture-backed company funded by Accel Partners and Stripes Group with offices located in New York, Dublin, and Prague.
BRIDGEMAN PREVIEWS NEWLY AT FOOTAGE.NET
Sep 12, 2017
Bridgeman Footage a division of Bridgeman Images, specialist in the distribution of fine art, cultural and historical media for licensing, has made its preview imagery newly available through the Footage.net search portal. Bridgeman Images represents over 2,000 image suppliers including museums, galleries, artists, stately homes, photographers, private collections, libraries, universities, auction houses and archives. Founded in the UK over 50 years ago, Bridgeman Images has offices in London, New York, Paris and Berlin.
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.