Newstag opens in Cairo – multilingual team to operate crowd-curated news service 24/7

Newstag – the Stockholm-based crowd-curated news service – is opening a subsidiary in Cairo, Egypt to handle all its incoming video news content. The six-strong Cairo-based team will be responsible for handling, verifying and tagging stories as they arrive in one central location from all over the world. The multilingual team will operate round-the-clock handling thousands of stories each week from seven continents in as many time zones.
The multinational team is made up of editors from around the world who have chosen to be based in Cairo for their work in journalism and media. They will also provide bespoke production and post-production services in Egypt and the region as a whole.
Newstag is opening a subsidiary in Cairo, Egypt_Cityscape
“Cairo is booming again: Egypt is at the crossroads of East and West and there are so many talented individuals in this city. This megapolis with its tens of millions of inhabitants is a great centre from which to understand the world in a more nuanced way. This is at the heart of Newstag’s philosophy,” says CEO and Founder, Henrik Eklund.
Newstag’s pioneering and innovative approach to sharing news through social media will bring together video news stories from professional content producers around the world, including AP, AFP and Reuters.
The opening of the Cairo bureau follows a $1.3m investment into Newstag from a group of private and institutional investors. In recent months, the company’s rapidly expanded its network of commercial and content partners as it gears up to launch its application.

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Film producer: ‘I’m donating all my 4K UHD footage to the world’

Film producer Frederick Tschernutter has donated his entire stock footage archives to the global community.
The content has been filmed with RED One and Epic cameras in resolutions up to 5K. The content is released in its RAW format, including the ability to extract millions of single frames for any use.
They say: The content features amazing landscapes, cityscapes, time-lapses, slow-motions and objects that can be used in any commercial or private production. Special credits to his fellow filmmakers Theodoros Nikolaides, Helmut Strasser and Ronan & Richard Saretta that have been involved in shooting this content.
The entire archive can be previewed on YouTube (IRIS32FREE) and than downloaded directly through a link in the description of the content.

• About Frederick Tschernutter: Frederick is a serial entrepreneur who is advocating for a fully digital economy and disruptive concepts in media distribution, lowering the entry barrier for young and independent film makers and media professionals at large.

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Job: Moving Image Manager – British Library London

spotted on The British Library careers pages

Moving Image Manager
Salary range is £25,452 – £28,977 per annum
Full time
Fixed Term Contract to 31st March 2015
St Pancras, London

This is an exciting opportunity to help support moving image collections at the British Library.

Your key duties will involve managing our Broadcast News service of current television and radio news programmes, helping to implement onsite digital delivery of archive video, and working with our curators to manage a growing collection of moving images on news, theatre, pop music, oral history and ethnomusicology.
Full details and to apply here

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Reelin’ In The Years Productions exclusive representation Sir David Frost archive

Reelin’ In The Years Productions and Paradine Productions have announced that RITY is now the exclusive agent for clip sales worldwide for Paradine’s rights to The Sir David Frost Archive.
They say: For over 50 years, Sir David Frost conducted thousands of in-depth interviews with the world’s leading politicians, celebrities, musicians and comedians which were aired by numerous broadcasters around the globe, and Paradine controls the rights to a majority of those productions. Some of the many highlights of this distinguished archive are interviews with world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, The Shah Of Iran, Mikhail Gorbachev, Yitzak Rabin, Benazir Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher, Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and nearly 30 hours of the now legendary interviews with President Richard Nixon filmed only two years after he resigned from office. Additionally, there are interviews with personalities such as Clint Eastwood, Muhammad Ali, Jodie Foster, Rock Hudson, Warren Beatty, The Bee Gees, Jane Fonda, John Travolta, Elton John, Bill Gates, Martin Scorsese, Paul McCartney, Sean Penn and a moving 70 minute introspective interview conducted with the late Robin Williams in 1991.
Wilfred Frost, one of Sir David Frost’s three sons said, “I am delighted we are partnering with David Peck and Reelin’ In The Years Productions on clip sales of Dad’s archive. We met and interviewed many potential partners, and David and his team were the perfect fit. There is an extraordinary opportunity here, and I am confident Reelin’ In The Years will help us make the most of it.”

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StormStock supplies tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, and blizzards footage for new BBC series

StormStock has provided footage for three-part BBC weather series ‘Wild Weather with Richard Hammond‘ due to air BBC1 December.
StormStock provided over 5 minutes of its spectacular imagery including tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, and blizzards. Much of the material was shot by founder Martin Lisius on Super 35mm and HD, including dramatic views of rotating supercell thunderstorms and twisters racing across the US Great Plains. The episodes include “Wind – The Invisible Force,” “Water – The Shape Shifter,” and “Temperature – The Driving Force.” Lisius worked with Oxford Scientific Films who co-produced the program with Terra Mater Factual Studios.

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New footage uploads: Kinolibrary – seedy 60s Soho, a 70s Hamburg tattoo parlour..

Research and footage clip company Kinolibrary are online with loads of new footage arriving at their offices.
Including seedy 60s Soho at night, a 70s Hamburg tattoo parlour, rare news rushes from the 95 Brixton riots, Polish beatniks and Liam Gallagher getting lairy … View a selection of their favourites via their Youtube Playlist

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Call for Entries: FOCAL International 12th global footage awards – Deadline Dec 1

‘The FOCAL International Awards, presented in association with AP Archive, celebrate achievement in the use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms plus its restoration. Producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production over the last year are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Awards for best archive researcher, library and restoration work are also up for grabs.’
Details and to enter here

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Job: Video Producer – The British Museum

***this job is now closed*****
spotted this on the the BM jobs page
‘It’s an exciting time to join the Digital and Publishing team as they look to deliver a new digital strategy that will collapse the boundaries between external audiences and visitors to the Museum. As the Video Producer for the top tourist attraction in the UK, you will contribute to implementing change within this rapidly modernising and world-renowned setting.
The Video Producer will be responsible for creating, producing, directing and editing the short-form video programming formats which will sit at the heart of our new portfolio of web, mobile, social media and big data-driven products.’

Key areas of responsibility:
• Generating a steady output of video material on aspects of the British Museum’s work and Collection, its curatorial expertise and activities in the world on a variety of platforms
• Devising new video programming formats: creating concepts for short-form video formats, and shooting test versions for trial in our social and marketing channels
• Working with our data teams to measure the impact of those concepts, and then optimising the format for scale out into ongoing programs
• Generating frameworks: building frameworks and processes for the production of video in the Museum and enabling staff to self-serve production in formats such as Google Hangouts
• Working with the Head of Creative – Broadcast, Head of Creative – Digital, Editorial Managers and other creative team members to develop mixed-media social media content formats and testing and optimising them for release in our digital channels

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People: Mats Ekholm now CTO at crowd-curated video news service Newstag

Newstag_logo Video expert Mats Ekholm joins Newstag as CTO 2
Crowd-curated video news service Newstag has appointed Mat Ekholms as CTO in a move to support the company as it develops its innovative approach to news sharing through social media.
Besides managing development teams, as a programmer Ekholm has built systems including the APTN video net and the JPEP encoding technology, used for secure and efficient encoding of box office films and digital cinema.
Ekholm says: “I’m glad to be joining Newstag at a stage where we can innovate at rapid speed. Newstag is set to handle video in a way not seen before and it’s a great challenge for me – I hope we’ll have a chance to make a real difference, not only from a digital perspective, but for the world as well.”
Newstag CEO, Henrik Eklund, has described Ekholm’s appointment as a valuable development: “We’re extremely proud and happy to have Mats join our growing team of high calibre professionals in our quest to change the media landscape. Mats’ experience of working with fast moving time-sensitive video for large corporations is of immense value to us – he’s a true innovator of video technology.”
The announcement follows an investment of $1.3m into Newstag from a group of private and institutional investors. In recent months, the company’s rapidly expanded its network of commercial and content partners as it gears up to launch its application later this Autumn.
Newstag will bring together video news stories from content producers around the world, including AP and Reuters, as well as brands and NGOs. The ‘mobile-first’ service will enable users to create personalised video newscasts on their smartphones, tagging news, brands and NGOs to create relevant and customised feeds to consume and share with their peers through social networks. Newstag’s logo – the twelve sided figure or dodecahedron – reflects the multi-faceted nature of news in the 21st century and our relationship with it in today’s complex world.
CEO and Founder, Henrik Eklund, was AP’s Director of Digital Partnerships and Distribution in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia. Before joining AP, Henrik was the founder and CEO of Kamera – one of the world’s leading mobile and online distributors. Prior to Kamera, Eklund founded PAN Interactive, one of Europe’s leading game publishers and distributors.

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Event: Canterbury Anifest 27 Oct – 2 Nov ‘the magic of animation’

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.

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