Canterbury Anifest is the South East’s largest annual animation festival. It’s a great community event that invites people of all ages to come and experience the magic of animation; allowing them to get involved with something out of the ordinary. With its range of workshops, masterclasses, talks and films, it has something for everyone. Anifest also caters for specialists and those in the industry, featuring national and international awards, and guest speakers from some of the biggest names in animation.
Fantastic news here from premium factual content producer and distributor Barcroft Media who have made a series of experienced executive, editorial and production hires ahead of Barcroft TV’s forthcoming move into providing long form video content and the launch of new online video channels.
New recruits to the London editorial team new Features Reporter Emma Lowe previously of The Daily Mail, and two new Live Content Researchers; Mark Hodge and Rebecca Lewis. Mark is a former social media consultant and Huffington Post blogger and Rebecca was previously at Yahoo! Also joining is former CNBC Video Editor Kyle Waters. Finally former Bizarre magazine news editor Alix Fox joins as Head of Social Media. Alix also presents Barcroft TV’s weekly round up show ‘Top 5 Shorts’.
Alex Morris, formerly head of digital at Barcroft Media has been promoted to Creative Director, overseeing content and partnerships across the business.
The editorial team’s restructure sees internal promotions with Jack Fletcher promoted to Head of Content from Assistant Editor (News), and former Senior News Reporter John Balson rising to News Editor.
Former ITV production manager and online strategist Adam Mudditt has been appointed as the company’s Head of Video Production with a remit to manage the video production team and enable Barcroft TV to increase its output across multiple new online video channels. Adam will also be managing distribution schedules and processes.
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Singapore based royalty-free stock animation, video footage agency MotionElements has announced the launch of its improved search engine featuring new powerful visual similarity search technology to help stock media buyers find relevant content faster.
They say: VisualSearch is a visual similarity search engine technology that allows users to find content with a heavier emphasis on visual cues.
At launch, VisualSearch in MotionElements allows its buyers to narrow down search results to the most visually relevant clips by providing a reference image. Buyers can also start a keyword search and use one of the results as a reference to further filter the search. This allows buyers to find content with fewer pages indexed compared to a standard keyword search.
Mark Sun, Co-Founder of MotionElements explains “What sets us apart is that, on top of our extensive video footage library, we also have a huge selection of stock animation and After Effects templates. This often places a heavy burden on having the correct keywords to describe, for example, animated video backgrounds with keywords like Swirly Lines or Curvy Wave”.
He further explains that, “Our new VisualSearch bridges that gap. The visual nature of the search overcomes the various language and semantic limitations inherent to keyword searches. This effectively globalizes search for all languages, which in turn gives our Artists confidence that their content can be found by buyers with less emphasis on the keywords”.
• VisualSearch (In partnership with Pixolution) in MotionElements is currently launched as a Beta feature. Further improvements are to be implemented as more users become acquainted to the new search feature.
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YouTube music administration service AdRev has announced the appointment of Brian Felsen as company President. Felsen will drive strategy and growth as well as develop new products for AdRev.
They say: “Brian is a trusted and seasoned leader who consistently delivers results. He’s uniquely qualified to take the helm with his understanding of the space,” said Ryan Born, CEO of AdRev. “I’m confident in Brian’s intuitive feel for the needs of artists, publishers and labels, and in his ability to leverage our technology to create exciting new revenue opportunities for rights holders and content creators.”
“I’m extremely pleased to be joining the AdRev team – to be a part of the second fastest-growing media company in the U.S.,” said Brian Felsen, president of AdRev. “After years of helping hundreds of thousands of independent musicians and authors distribute their works, I’m delighted to now work at the nexus of music and YouTube, which is where the industry is going and where I can best help content creators get paid doing what they love.”
Prior to this appointment, Felsen was the President of CD Baby, the world’s largest distributor of independent music, and the founder of BookBaby, which distributes the works of thousands of writers worldwide.
• Assets under AdRev management include the production music libraries of Universal Publishing Production Music, Warner/Chappell Production Music, Extreme Music (Sony/ATV), Selectracks (BMG), 5 Alarm Music (Imagem); master recordings of Universal Pictures Film Music, including Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”; songs recorded by bestselling artists Eminem, T.I., Creedence Clearwater Revival, Imagine Dragons, Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Wu Tang Clan, Two Steps from Hell, Celldweller, Dino Merlin; and YouTube stars Kurt Hugo Schneider, Mack Z and comedian Kat Williams.
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StormStock founder and cinematographer Martin Lisius has published a new book titled “The Ultimate Severe Weather Safety Guide,” which is currently available as an e-Book on Kindle and Nook, and in paperback. It is scheduled to be released on iBook, which will feature many dramatic and beautiful storm footage clips captured by Lisius.
“I wrote the book to save lives,” Lisius said. “I used the knowledge I’ve gained from being around severe weather the past 40 years, and shared it as insight for the reader. It’s not just a list of safety tips, but an in-depth explanation of how people can best protect themselves, and their families, from tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning and other hazards.”
• The new book is available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The iBook will be offered in the Apple iTunes Store in August.
• In addition to the guide, Lisius has rereleased his award-winning documentary “The Chasers of Tornado Alley,” which will be available for download from the iTunes Store next week.
London based content licensing agency Screenocean has secured a deal with Channel 5 to become exclusive clip sales agent for the channels audiovisual catalogue. The deal, which was finalised on August the 4th.
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David O’Hare, formerly of Zodiak Clips and Getty Images will be heading up a new international licensing division for LA based viral video clip licensing agency Jukin Media from their new London offices.
They say: Jukin is the industry leader in licensing user-generated video clip content – caught-on-camera moments, extreme sports, fail videos, pets and wildlife videos – to nearly every major network and cable station in the US, as well as top digital publishers, advertising agencies, brands, and production companies; the company views overseas business as a prime opportunity for expansion.
“We’re already licensing our content to media companies all over the world, but having a presence on the ground in Europe will drive our continued growth,” said Jonathan Skogmo, Founder and CEO of Jukin Media. “David and his London team will be instrumental in expanding our reach and penetration to the international
Spotted on the Netflix site
UK Photo and Electronic Assets Manager – Contractor, Netflix, London, GBR
We are looking for an entertainment photo editor with a strong knowledge of photo and video for TV/film productions, project management, talent relations, and archiving. This position will also assist with electronic press kits, cataloging, and distribution. This job will reside within the London-based Original Series Publicity team and report to the Director of Originals Series Publicity in the United States.
To be successful in this role, you must be able to strategically plan and execute on multiple projects at once. You must be extremely well organized, creative, a succinct communicator, a team player and thrive in a fast-paced environment. You must be self- motivated, possess integrity and able to work autonomously.
Here at Netflix, we don’t have rules and regulations. We hire adults who act responsibly on the resources and freedom they are given to do their work, and we expect high performance in return.
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Multi stock media licensing agency Pond5 has raised $61 Million from investment houses Accel Partners and Stripes Group.
Pond5 say: ‘The funding is the first institutional investment for the company and will be used to fuel global growth, hiring, and product development.
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Spotted on abc 17 news site
JOB DESCRIPTION: The chief photographer’s duties include setting the standard for the staff in acquiring news video in the field. This includes an aggressive approach to covering spot news, shooting video, conducting interviews, running live shots and using other multimedia tools to gather content for nightly newscasts and the station’s online ventures. Duties will also include maintaining the company’s electronic news gathering equipment and fleet of news vehicles at its facilities in Columbia and Jefferson City. The successful candidate will be expected to function within the framework of a research-driven news department that emphasizes source cultivation, enterprise reporting and breaking news. Employee must have the flexibility to work in the modern newsroom and could be called upon to beat report, produce, web edit, etc.
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