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.
FRAMEPOOL ADDS RARE CUBA DRONE FOOTAGE
November 1, 2016
Footage house Framepool has an deal involving two cinematographers to exclusively market drone footage shot on Cuba, a country with some of the strictest rules on the use of drones. What usage is allowed has to be sanctioned by the island’s Government. Framepool is now marketing more than 220 Cuba drone clips shot in either HD or 4K.
SHUTTERSTOCK TEAMS WITH AM STOCK-CAMEO
November 1, 2016
Shutterstock has an exclusive three-year agreement with Los Angeles-based AM Stock-Cameo to market more than 60,000 HD clips from its collection. The AM Stock-Cameo library founded in 1988 to monetize second-unit Hollywood footage broadened its holding when it purchased one of Hollywood's best known independent stock footage libraries of the time, the Cameo Film Library, in the year 2000. Founder Chris Angelich has recently shot footage for over 75 television series, feature films, and commercials shooting on both 35mm film, High Def and 4K, and the work of other cinematographers is now included. Web www.shutterstock.com and www.amstockcameo.com
REELIN’ LANDS TOP VINTAGE EURO MUSIC SHOW MATERIAL
October 31, 2016
Footage house Reelin’ In The Years Productions that specialises in material featuring musical artists, entertainers and history makers, has acquired the rights to the Dutch music program Countdown that was on-the-air for 16 years from 1977 to 1993, and broadcast in 18 European countries, making it what Reelin’s says was “one of the most successful music shows in the history of television”. The archive contains over 3,000 hours of musical performances, interviews and concert appearances by the greatest rock, R&B, pop, new wave and rap/hip-hop artists of the era, including: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, U2, Michael Jackson, The Police, David Bowie, Beastie Boys, George Harrison, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, Run-DMC, Depeche Mode and Culture Club.
MAMMOTH DROPS HIGH DEF RF PRICES
October 31, 2016
Colarado-based Mammoth HD Footage Library has reduced the price of its royalty-free high def material by an average of 40% with collections now marketed at between $125 and $195, and individual shots at between $25 and $50. Mammoth also licences 4K material and rights-managed clips in both formats.
ITN SOURCE ADDS 20 MILLION STILLS ALONGSIDE ITS FOOTAGE
October 12, 2016
ITN Source has a partnership deal with newly-formed Cover Images, a stills agency whose collections are headed-up by the entertainment and news archives and live feed of WENN, World Entertainment News Network, to offer its clients tailored access to over 20 million still images. WENN has been operating for over a quarter of a century and has a worldwide staff team exceeding 60 and hundreds of freelance photographers and journalists providing a global entertainment news and photos service. The Cover Images collections also contain images and footage from other international collections and agencies that include Mirrorpix and Topfoto, both of which are exclusive to ITN Source via Cover Images.
FOCAL CALLS FOR 2017 AWARDS SUBMISSIONS
October 4, 2016
Footage industry trade body FOCAL International has opened the submissions phase of its annual awards with a call for creative professionals worldwide to submit work for consideration in one of 15 award categories. Now in its 14th year, the awards showcase the creative use of stock, library and archival footage by producers, directors and production companies worldwide, as well as contributions made to the global production community by archives, film libraries, researchers and technicians, and the work done to restore and preserve historic film and video assets. The deadline for all productions premiered in 2016 is set for December 1, although those involved in productions premiered later in the year can request a late entry. Awards will be presented at a London ceremony on May 25 next year.
PRODUCERS LIBRARY OFFERS MEDIEVAL BATTLE FOOTAGE
October 4, 2016
Los Angeles-based Producers Library has recently uncovered second-unit outtakes from Errol Flynn’s last swashbuckler, 1955’s The Dark Avenger, a movie that was released in the US as The Warriors. The Dark Avenger was filmed at Elstree Studios in England, using a castle originally built for MGM’s 1952 production of Ivanhoe. The colourful footage includes knights in battle, establishing shots of the castle, archers, jousting and drunkenness. Producers Library has scanned the 7,500 feet of 35mm Eastmancolor CinemaScope negative to 4K.
HISTORIC REPS TWO SERIES FROM WNET ARCHIVES
October 4, 2016
New York’s Historic Films is newly representing material from two tv series held in the archives of the city’s public television station WNET. Black Journal was a public affairs television program created at WNET in 1968 to address issues facing African-American communities with film crews traveling to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans and Ethiopia. The show won Emmy, Peabody and Russwurm awards. The second is the late 1960s series Sounds of Summer hosted by Steve Allen, travelled the country filming various summer music festivals encompassing a diverse range of American music genres.