Launched: Reeldeal curated stock video store – ’7000 stock footage clips for content marketing’

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London based stock footage and video production company Reeldeal has launched its new ecommerce platform reeldeal.tv This is the first time its entire video library of more than 7000 carefully curated stock footage clips has been available to purchase from a single website.
“We wanted to offer our clients the whole package, premium stock footage and bespoke video productions from one centralised location. That is now possible with our new website”, said Erwin de Boer, Founder and Creative Director of reeldeal. “The crafted and curated video content is easy to find and licence giving clients an affordable video marketing solution in this fast growing industry. We will add exciting new features during the year and grow our video library with more engaging and storytelling stock footage content”.
Key features include:
• Search for footage by keyword, category or collection making it easy to find the right video content to tell your story.
• Curate your favorite clips using the light box feature to make your final video selection easier.
• Mobile friendly browsing.
• Safe ecommerce transactions via PayPal.

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ITN Source signs China Central Television footage

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ITN Source has signed a representation agreement to license CCTV+ news archive footage worldwide.
The footage focuses on regional and international news content, produced by CCTV’s own newsgathering team, covering a combination of current political, social, economic and cultural hard news as well as human interest stories unique to China.

• The archive is digitising over 20 hours of new content every day, constantly uncovering new, rare and unseen material.
ITN Source China compilation
ITN Source SE Asia compilation

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Barcroft TV passes 1M YouTube subscribers – US market leads growth with UK second

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Barcroft TV’s YouTube channel created by independent UK hybrid linear and digital TV producer / distributor Barcroft Media is celebrating the landmark achievement of acquiring its 1 millionth subscriber.

Here are the stats from Barcroft: “The past 12 months has seen Barcroft TV reimagine the news video genre and dominate the factual space on YouTube by celebrating ‘the amazing side of life’. The channel has experienced an incredible popularity surge over the past year with an increase of 571,638 subscribers since 1st April 2014, representing a 155% year on year growth*. YouTube viewers watched a total of 917,265,329 minutes of Barcroft TV content±.
Barcroft TV’s biggest territory is the US, representing 31% of all subscribers. The UK is the second biggest market with 6% of subscribers followed by Canada (4%), Brazil (3%) and Germany (3%). Barcroft TV’s YouTube subscribers are split 64% male/ 36% female.”
“We’re really proud that such a committed global audience continues to grow, enjoy and share Barcroft TV. We’ll continue to listen to our community and bring them of the content they love including new long form documentary series, new strands and more remarkable mini docs showcasing ‘the amazing side of life’” said Sam Barcroft, CEO of Barcroft Media.
YouTube viewers from around the world are subscribing to Barcroft TV at the rate of around 70,000 per month, tuning in to a diverse range of viral content with videos from the natural history world, such as ‘Caught on Camera; Snake Devours Crocodile After 5 Hour Battle’ (41m views), sitting alongside jaw-dropping real life stories, including ‘Professional Twerker; Jessica Vanessa’ (14m views) and ‘Florida Woman Keeps Bengal Tigers in her Garden’, (8m views)

Barcroft Media researches, produces and distributes at least five incredible, exclusive factual mini-docs per week in house for the channel in a format that regularly sets the popular news agenda around the world through its viral content and social sharability. Social interaction has also led to the introduction of long-form content to Barcroft TV. The creation of the ‘Barcroft Docs’ strand was a result of audience engagement and following a series of licensing deals with partners including ITV Studios and Off The Fence, full-length documentary series are now regularly aired on the channel.

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License Ready: Rare 1960s Beatles Home Movies

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Cracking new footage covering the Beatles together through rare home movies now available from Kinolibrary.
‘Continuing with the amateur theme, this month we’re putting the spotlight on some incredibly rare home movies within our collections, featuring none other than the Fab Four. These include home movies shot by members of the Beatles entourage.’
View and license here

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Attend: Documentary Preservation Summit – NYC

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PRESENTED BY DOC NYC AND THE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION – “Documentary films capture vital moments of history and culture that are at great risk of being lost if we don’t pay greater attention to their preservation. This keynote panel is aimed at film lovers who want to better understand why classic documentaries become unavailable and what’s being done to address the crisis in preservation. We’ll unveil new details of the IndieCollect film documentation and preservation campaign funded by the Ford Foundation that seeks to be part of a positive change in independent film preservation.”
Get it here

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ITN Source Short Film Competition – create from the archive = win £1000

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ITN Source has launched a competition which encourages filmmakers to create a one minute film using footage from its archive. The ITN Source Short Film Competition, in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Audio Network, offers a £1,000 prize to the winner, while the top 3 entries will get to see their short film on the big screen at Sheffield Doc/Fest, 5-10 June 2015.
Entrants must create a one-minute film using solely archive footage from ITN Source and music from Audio Network. The film must use at least 10 archive clips but there are no other creative constraints and the judges are looking for an original, visually arresting piece.
“We are passionate about archive footage and believe in its ability to tell impactful stories. Archive is a powerful tool that can inspire, enhance and develop a narrative – so we decided to challenge the creative production industry to create an original short film using solely archive footage. On anything at all. I can’t wait to see the results!” Simon Wood, Head of UK Sales, ITN Source.
Full details and to get creating here

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FOCAL annual footage industry awards – Shortlist announced

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‘Culled from a record-setting 265 submissions from 24 countries, FOCAL International announces the shortlist for its annual footage industry awards, celebrating achievement in the use of stock and archival footage across 17 production categories.Tickets for the gala Awards ceremony, in association with AP Archive, on 21 May 2015, are now available.’

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ACSIL: Stock footage business UP 40% FROM 2011 SURVEY

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The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL) in America has reported on it’s third ACSIL Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies (AGS3)
They say: ‘The third ACSIL Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies (AGS3), published on February 28th, reports a rapidly growing business for companies who have set up dedicated units to market and sell footage. The $550MM global business represents a 40% increase from 2011, when the market was estimated at $394MM.’
‘The 167-page report, by the Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL) and Thriving Archives, provides 50 pages of analysis and 101 charts that visualize results from the 53 questions asked in the survey, conducted over a two-month period in late 2014 and completed by a group of 90 stock footage companies. The analysis covers 11 separate categories, including: Business Conditions; Company Types; Footage Holdings; Headcount; Order Processing; Order Volume; Digitization; Customer Types; Pricing; Marketing; and Threats & Opportunities.’
Full details here

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ITN Source signs with Shutterstock editorial arm for Still images

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ITN Source, the footage licensing division of ITN, has formed a global partnership agreement with Shutterstock owned London editorial photo agency Rex Features. The deal will enabling ITN Source to license Still images in order to complement their extensive footage library.
The agreement marks the first time that ITN Source has chosen to partner with a specialist in the Stills sector and both companies believe the partnership creates a compelling Stills and Footage offering that will help to simplify the sourcing and licensing process for their clients.
As part of the agreement, ITN Source will be creating and supplying over 100,000 ITN stills to the Rex Features collection, covering a whole host of iconic news events captured over the last 60 years.
Andy Williams, Managing Director at ITN Source, says: “When we began looking at the Rex Features Stills archive, we were all struck by the synergies with our footage and the opportunities this would present for our clients in the broadcast sector. We are delighted with the success of the UK trial and are excited at the potential of rolling this out to our clients globally.”

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FOCAL International Award for Lifetime Achievement – Raye Farr

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Raye Farr, former Director of the Steven Spielberg Film And Video Archive and of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, is to receive the FOCAL International Award for Lifetime Achievement on 21st May in London. Detail

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