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!
On Apple
On Android

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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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People: Danielle Bennison-Brown appointed Director of Video Content of Condé Nast Britain

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↑ Danielle Bennison-Brown has been appointed Director of Video Content of Condé Nast Britain

In this newly created role, Danielle will be working with the brands to create an exciting schedule of programming for a combination of digital platforms. In addition to her remit for Condé Nast Britain, the role will include input for key Condé Nast International markets.
Wil Harris, Head of Digital who announced the appointment commented “Video content is a key strategic opportunity for Condé Nast, and Danielle will be heading up a dedicated central video team to work alongside our editorial and commercial teams to develop high quality video content. Danielle has enviable creative experience which has delivered proved commercial success, and it’s great news she’s joining us,”
Danielle starts her new role on 12th January was previously Global Head of Video for i-D magazine, now part of Vice, where she launched their video offering which quickly became a significant success.
Danielle added “Condé Nast has long understood the value of creating truly premium editorial. With some of the world’s most respected media brands, Condé Nast is perfectly positioned to make an equally meaningful impact in video. It’s an incredible opportunity and I couldn’t be more excited to join the team.”

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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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