Attend: Documentary Preservation Summit – NYC

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

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.
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FOCAL annual footage industry awards – Shortlist announced

‘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

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.’
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ITN Source signs with Shutterstock editorial arm for Still images

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

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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Newstag signs Bloomberg video news package – worldwide rights

Stockholm-based, crowd-curated news service Newstag has announced an agreement with global business news and information provider Bloomberg. The deal grants Newstag worldwide rights to Bloomberg’s business and features video news packages for use on their mobile and web platforms.
Newstag CEO and Founder, Henrik Eklund, says: “Bloomberg is a world leader and innovator in the arena of international business and financial news. Having an opportunity to work with them to revolutionise the way in which audiences consume news is both inspiring and exciting.”
Newstag is designed to enable users to create their own personalised ‘tagstream’ – or TV Channel – sharing the stories that they care about among their social networks.
“Bloomberg’s premium-quality video content brings business news, and the people behind it, to life,” said Josh Rucci, Global Head of Sales for the Bloomberg Content Service. “We are delighted to partner with Newstag. They offer an interesting and dynamic platform to distribute our award- winning, global business and features video which covers subjects from technology to innovation in the energy, transportation and luxury goods sectors, to a broader audience.”

• Bloomberg’s media operation includes more than 2,400 news professionals working from 154 bureaux around the world who publish stories across the web, connected and mobile devices, television, radio and print magazines.

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Reuters and TIMA partner – offering location, studio and logistical support for broadcasters

    Reuters and TIMA, a global content service provider, have announced a major new global partnership designed to offer location services including studio facilities and logistical support to broadcasters and online media outlets.
    They say: “Reuters-TIMA Location Services combines Reuters unparalleled global editorial content, seen by over a billion people every day, with TIMA’s cutting-edge technology and considerable experience of service delivery for the international media industry.”
    The new service, created in response to the increased demand for live content in a shifting media landscape, will form a vast news and editorial network providing every aspect of newsgathering facilities and support services.
    It will combine invaluable local knowledge with strategically placed broadcast and satellite resources in regional hubs. The service will launch at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on 22nd February 2015, where live positions overlooking the red carpet will be provided to clients. …All explained in the video above ↑

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Snapchat launches ‘Discover’ an in-app Editorial newscast

Snapchat – the quick chat messenger board app – have launched a new News service for users. … ‘Snapchat Discover’ is a new way to explore Stories from different editorial teams. It’s the result of collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first. This is not social media.
They say: Social media companies tell us what to read based on what’s most recent or most popular. We see it differently. We count on editors and artists, not clicks and shares, to determine what’s important.

Discover is different because it has been built for creatives. All too often, artists are forced to accommodate new technologies in order to distribute their work. This time we built the technology to serve the art: each edition includes full screen photos and videos, awesome long form layouts, and gorgeous advertising.

Discover is new, but familiar. That’s because Stories are at the core – there’s a beginning, middle, and end so that editors can put everything in order. Every edition is refreshed after 24 hours – because what’s news today is history tomorrow.

Discover is fun and easy to use. Tap to open an edition, swipe left to browse Snaps, or swipe up on a Snap for more. Each channel brings you something unique – a wonderful daily surprise!
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Pond5 releases new look site – includes 75,000 Public Domain media clips

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Royalty-free video footage platform Pond5 have launch their new look website which includes a Public Domain Project, ‘the first library of free public domain content designed specifically for media makers.’ The initial collection includes 10,000 video clips, 65,000 photos, thousands of sound recordings, and hundreds of 3D models.

“For years, all of this amazing public domain content has been locked up and inaccessible to the average media maker,” said Pond5 cofounder and CEO Tom Bennett. “They deserve better. Our Public Domain Project empowers media makers to take advantage of this incredibly rich library that’s rightfully theirs.”
The collection includes 5,000 never-before-seen video clips, digitised directly from the National Archives outside of Washington D.C. Other video highlights include George Meliés’ 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, along with footage from the 1952 Helsinki Olympic games, the World Wars, NASA rocket launches, and the International Space Station. Speeches from historical figures like Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy can be heard in the collection’s recordings, along with full performances from composers like Beethoven and Chopin.
Designed especially for media creators, the library’s enriched, standardised metadata allows users to easily search for content via aesthetic and technical qualities. In addition, footage sequences have been broken down into individual shots, saving video editors countless hours of work. Everything is instantly shareable and embeddable in social media and throughout the Web.
Based in New York, with offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Prague, Czech Republic, Pond5 recently raised $61 million from Accel Partners and Stripes Group. It currently employs a global team of over 80 people.

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