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.”
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
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.
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!
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.
↑ 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.”
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.
“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.
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.
spotted on The British Library careers pages
Moving Image Manager
Salary range is £25,452 – £28,977 per annum
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