ACSIL and Thriving Archives Launch New Footage Industry Survey

ACSIL and Thriving Archives today announced the launch of the ACSIL Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies 4 (AGS4), their fourth survey of the global footage business. The 47-question survey is being conducted online, and all footage companies worldwide are invited to participate.

The online survey is open now through August 13, 2018, and can be accessed here.

ACSIL and Thriving Archives have worked together to publish three previous AGS reports – the first in 2007, the second in 2011 and the third in 2015 -- achieving strong industry support and participation in each effort. Since publication, all three AGS reports have been widely used and highly valued by business leaders both inside and outside the footage industry.

Like it’s predecessors, the AGS4 is designed to take a snapshot of the global stock footage industry, track evolving trends and examine how footage companies operate, market and serve their customers, providing footage industry leaders with strategic, practical information to help them compete more effectively.

“As the news, marketing and entertainment sectors become defined by their video content, the footage industry experiences enormous growth and rapid change,” said Matthew White, Executive Director of ACSIL. “This fourth survey of industry trends and activities will provide a long anticipated snapshot of the new dynamic in footage licensing. We expect to learn more about our businesses in this survey than in all the others combined.”

The AGS4 questionnaire has been fully updated to collect data on the current footage market, with a focus on the impact of digital media marketplaces and new customer types. The results of the online survey will be published before the end of the year.

“The footage industry has made massive strides since we published our first survey back in 2007,” said David Seevers, president of Thriving Archives and principal author of the AGS series. “Footage companies have been steadily digitizing and moving online, with many of the leading companies blazing a trail into ecommerce, and we’ve updated our survey to reflect these changes and capture these shifts.”

To ensure that all proprietary information remains completely confidential, the survey collects no identifying information on individual respondents. Participants who complete the online survey will be eligible to receive a complimentary summary report and a 50% discount on the purchase of the final report.

Anyone interested in taking the new survey should click here to get started. go to 

Revisit the End of a Turbulent Decade at Global ImageWorks

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The waning years of 1960s were a time of great upheaval, and Global ImageWorks' has dug deep into their archive of photos and footage to capture the turbulent conclusion of a momentous decade.

Making Strides - 1968

1968 was a year of seismic social and political change. Vietnam became the first televised war; revolutions developed throughout Europe; and famine struck Africa. The Summer of Love turned sour and the world shifted. The United States reeled from the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, increasing civil rights protests and the rise of the Black Power Movement. The sci-fi series Star Trek broadcast America’s first televised interracial kiss between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner, further pushing the racial boundaries that divided the nation. The year ended with notable strides that not only rocked the nation, but helped transform the world.

Click here to see the evolution of the United States in Picture

Making Change - 1969

In 1969 we saw great innovations and change. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became instant household names as the nation watched the astronauts take their first steps on the moon. In November, the largest anti-war protest in America took place in Washington, DC; The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam. Simultaneously, engineers were making technological advancements. The invention of RFC processes changed the course of the internet’s future and how we communicate.

Click here to view the changing country through video


Making History - 1970 

Revolution and Rock n' Roll; 1970 was the beginning of a new era. The King himself, Elvis, visits President Nixon; Apollo 13 makes a safe landing on Earth; and four boys from Liverpool call it quits. Change was inevitable. The first Earth Day was established as our society began taking note of its environmental impact. Anti-litter campaigns were everywhere as citizens became more and more aware of the nation’s pollution.

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Get Set for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Clips from NBCUniversal Archives

The 21st FIFA World Cup starts on June 14 in Moscow, Russia. Thirty-two teams will play 64 games across 11 cities, each vying for the championship. The opening game will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, pitting Russia against Saudi Arabia. The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930, following the success of the Olympic Football Tournament. Because the voyage from Europe to Uruguay was so long, only four European teams were able to attend the first tournament, France, Belgium, Yugoslavia, and Romania. Uruguay triumphed, winning 4-2 against Argentina in the finals.

This year, favorites to win include Brazil (who has won five tournaments, more than any other team) and Germany, the defending champion. Iceland and Panama will be making their first Cup appearances. Missing from the roster will be a few big names—including Italy, Chile, and the United States—who didn't qualify.

As anticipation for the World Cup mounts, take a look at footage of fans, soccer stadiums, and more at Let the games begin!

INA Footage Featured in Films Nominated for 2018 FOCAL Awards

Footage from INA's vast footage archives featured prominently in many of the films nominated for this year's FOCAL Awards, including:

  • No Intenso Agora (Brazil - videofilmes produções artísticas ltda) 
  • The Defiant Ones (USA - HBO Entertainment and Silverback 5150 Pictures in association with Alcon Television Group)
  • My Generation (UK - Raymi Hero Productions/XIX Entertainment) 
  • Dolphin Man (Greece, Canada, France - Anemon Productions,Storyline Entertainment Inc. & Les Films du Balibari)
  • Ferrari: Race to Immortality (UK - Artemis Films), The Vietnam War(USA - Florentine Films)

INA is one of the largest footage source in the world. For our professional clients, the Ina MEDIAPRO website provides a free access to over 1.6 million hours of digitized video and audio “treasures”. Don’t hesitate to reach out for your future project!

To Celebrate 50 Years Of Thames, Fremantlemedia Archive Digitizes The Iconic Televison Catalogue

To celebrate 50 years since the launch of Thames Television, FremantleMedia Archive is delving into their collection and making thousands of classic and limited clips available digitally for the first time since broadcast. Over the coming months, Fremantle Archive will add thousands of hours or Thames footage to the ThamesTV YouTube channel.

Thames Television first broadcast on 30th July 1968 and has played a prominent role in the history of British Television. The channel was renowned for its memorable documentaries, iconic entertainment shows and legendary in-depth interviews and gained unprecedented access to some of history’s most unforgettable moments. With thousands of hours’ worth of content available, including the earliest documentaries such as This Week with the iconic episodes Say it Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud and  Prague - No Surrender and an array of candid interviews from some of the biggest icons of the century, including Bing Crosby, Sylvester Stallone, and David Bowie to name a few, the catalogue includes footage that hasn’t been seen on screen since its originally broadcast.

With so many hidden gems within the archive, FremantleMedia are on a mission to digitize the entire catalogue. With over 6,000 hours across all genres already digitized, from historical documentaries such as Korea: The Unknown War, to the iconic 90’s British travel series, Wish You Were Here, the iconic footage is instantly becoming available to 21st century audiences.

As well as the entire Thames catalogue, FremantleMedia Archive is home to an extensive collection of iconic and cutting-edge international television shows. The archive is packed full of classic entertainment footage from some of the best-loved gameshows of all time, The Price is Right and Family Feud and event television titles such as The X Factor, American Idol and Got Talent.

IDA Awards 2018 Submissions Period Now Open

The submissions period for the 34th annual IDA Awards is now open to any documentary, non-fiction or factual program completed and/or been broadcast or publicly released between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

ABCNEWS VideoSource Award

Archival filmmakers should make sure to submit their work for the ABCNEWS VideoSource Award for the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary. The award includes a $5,000 cash honorarium and research time at the ABCNEWS VideoSource facility in New York.

"News footage" is defined here as factual footage, contemporary or historical, shot for use in context such as newsreels, news specials, magazines or nightly news. "Integral component" is defined here as footage that is central to the structure, meaning and impact of the work.

Entries in the Feature category are eligible for this award.

LA 92, a feature documentary about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, directed by Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin, won the ABC News VideoSource Award at the 2017 IDA Awards, held December 9, 2017. Consisting entirely of archival materials, "the film looks at the events of 1992 from a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day."

Submission must be made by July 9, 2018 at 5:00pm. For more information, find out more about awards and the complete rules and regulations here.

British Pathé Signs Deal to Represent Reuters Historic Footage

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British Pathé has signed a major deal to represent Reuters historic footage filmed before 1980. The agreement brings together two of the greatest newsreel collections in the world, more than doubling the content British Pathé has to offer, increasing the total number of film items to 208,000 and the date range covered to 1980. All the clips are available to view on from today. 

Alastair White, Chief Executive of British Pathé, said: “It is extremely exciting to be uniting two of the world’s great archives by combining Reuters’ rich and prestigious collection prior to 1980 with our own. The depth and breadth offered by Pathé News and Reuters historical archive establishes British Pathé as the “go to” place for anyone looking to license historical video content.”

The deal encompasses complete, fully-digitised collections from early cinema newsreels from 1910 to 1959, including Gaumont Graphic, Empire News Bulletin, British Paramount, and Gaumont British, as well as Visnews content from 1957 to 1979. 

The newsreels, cinemagazines and documentaries feature highlights from the late-19th and 20th centuries such as the Titanic setting off from Belfast, the Russian Tsar and his family, the suffragettes in their battle for the vote, the evacuation of Dunkirk, the women workers in Britain’s factories during the wars, the coronation of Elizabeth II, decolonisation and independence on the continent of Africa, the Beatles taking the world by storm, Vietnam, Watergate, and Thatcher’s rise to power. 

In addition, quirky items look at the lives of ordinary and extraordinary individuals, with their eccentric inventions, cooking techniques, hairstyles, and innovative fashion designs. Travelogues chronicle the history, landscapes, and customs of foreign lands. 

Media professionals have access to free archive research and can download free low-resolution files for use as screeners. The original film reels for both collections are available for HD transfers. 

British Pathé have ensured that licensing from such a broad collection will be just as quick and easy as it always has been. Aside from having a wealth of new material from which to choose, the process for licensees will be exactly the same. 

Alastair White says, “The archive may have grown, but the company and its culture remains very much the same. At our heart, we’re a small, boutique business and we take pride in having an experienced staff that knows the archive inside out and interacts with customers personally throughout the licensing process.”

It was in part due to an attention to customer satisfaction that the company was awarded the coveted “Footage Library of the Year” prize for the second time at the 2017 FOCAL International Awards.

The combined strength of these collections, together with the continuation of a high level of service, makes British Pathé the first port of call to anyone wishing to license moving images from the birth of film through the first eight decades of the 20th century. 

Visit to explore the British Pathé and Reuters historical film collections. Customers can begin licensing Reuters content from British Pathé immediately. 

For further information, please contact British Pathé on +44 (0)20 7665 8340 

or email

Reelin' in the Years Adds 2,000 Tapes from the Brian Linehan Archive

Reelin' in the Years President David Peck inspects the newly arrived Brian Linehan collection.

Reelin' in the Years President David Peck inspects the newly arrived Brian Linehan collection.

For over twenty-five years, beginning in 1973, Brian Linehan interviewed the most celebrated and influential stars and creative personalities in Hollywood. The programs he hosted, City Lights and Linehan, were broadcast across Canada and have not been seen since they first aired. In late 2015, Reelin’ in the Years Productions was honored to sign a deal to represent his archives. As with many collections, trying to get all the material in one place has not been easy and the team at Reelin’ in the Years had to dig through many different vaults in Canada to locate the master tapes as well as many of the raw camera tapes.

Five weeks ago they received over 2,000 tapes that had been sitting in a storage facility north of Toronto and were in danger of being destroyed, and have spent the last five weeks transferring and cataloging over 1,300 of the tapes. The tapes are on many different formats, from 2-Inch quad to 1-inch, Betacam and Umatic, which take a lot of care to ensure that they play correctly and to get the best transfer. Reelin’ in the Years was able to transfer all the material in their office except the 2-Inch quad tapes, which needed to be handled by David Crosthwait at DC Video.

“It’s such a joy to discover footage that has been lost for decades and to make them available for filmmakers for the first time,” said David Peck, president of Reelin’ in the Years. “One of the many unique items we uncovered was an interview with Donald Sutherland, John Landis and John Belushi promoting the movie Animal House in 1978. John Belushi rarely ever did interviews so this was a very special find.”

To date, RITY has transferred and cataloged thousands of interviews with actors, actresses and directors from not only the Brian Linehan Archive but David Frost, Merv Griffin, Rona Barrett, Fred Saxon and many others. If you are doing a doc on anyone related to Hollywood from the 1950s to the early 2000s chances are they have an interview with that person.

Footage Directory Set and Ready for Distribution at NAB 2018

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With just under 170 listings from a wide range of leading footage companies, the first edition of our new Footage Directory is set and on-track for distribution at the upcoming NAB Show, which kicks off on April 9. Our goal was to create a useful introduction to the footage industry for creative professionals, and we're anticipating a very positive response from NAB attendees.

Our NAB exhibit will also feature a diverse group of promo partners, including ABCNEWS VideoSource, AP Archive, Bridgeman Images, FootageBank, Global ImageWorks, INA Mediapro, Reelin’ in the Years Productions and WPA Film Archive. It is a strong set of footage companies and highly representative of the quality and scope of footage collections available for search and discovery on

If you did not get a chance to list your footage company in this edition the Footage Directory, take heart. Based on user response, we will most likely expand the directory concept in the near future into a more comprehensive footage industry handbook. So please make sure to create and update your listing in our online directory at If you have a current listing in our online directory when we publish the next edition, you will definitely be included. 

If you would like a copy, please let us know.

1968 - 50 Years Later at NBCUniversal Archives

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1968 was a year of progress, protests, untimely deaths, and new beginnings in the United States. Americans were literally soaring to new heights with the success of the Apollo 8 moon landing. On Christmas Eve, astronauts Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and Frank Borman became the first human beings to travel to the moon, and the lunar surface was broadcasted on television for the first time. It was a rare joyous event during a year of so much tragedy.

In January, Americans had faced a deadly surprise attack by the North Vietnamese on over one hundred cities and outposts in South Vietnam, called the Tet Offensive. The event was a strategic victory for the North, and resulted in heavy casualties on all sides. News coverage of the violent Tet Offensive shocked the American people, and the conflict is seen as a turning point in the war, as enthusiasm and support back home began to diminish.

Later on, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, two of the nation’s most prominent leaders, were assassinated within months of one another. The death of Dr. King, the most prominent face of the Civil Rights movement, furthered the rift between black and white Americans and led to unrest in many U.S. cities. The death of RFK led to uncertainty among the Democratic Party. At the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, a wave of violent protests between antiwar demonstrators and police forces took place. The disturbances were broadly publicized by the mass media, with some cameramen and reporters being caught up in the violence.

To view, download and license footage from this monumental year, go to: 1968 at NBCUniversal Archives

Celebrity Footage Wraps up their 25th Awards Season with Extensive Oscar Night Coverage


Oscar Sunday was a huge night for CelebrityFootage. They covered the exclusive Vanity Fair Oscar Party, the Elton John AIDS Foundation Party and the Academy Awards red carpet arrivals. CelebrityFootage has been a recognized leader in the entertainment and stock footage industry for over 30 years, and they always have a premium spot behind the red carpet photographers to ensure their b-roll footage is clean and unique.

They were able to capture rare footage of award winners Allison Janney, Gary Oldman, and Sam Rockwell posing with their Academy Awards at the Vanity Fair party. In addition to the many award shows over the last two months, they also covered numerous movie premieres such as Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time. 

Footage is always uploaded directly to their website and available for download the night of the event to ensure media outlets get the footage they need to meet their strict deadlines. Staff is always on hand to handle personalized requests.

To check out their amazing footage, make sure to visit

50 Years Ago - The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. from NBCUniversal Archives

It was April 4, 1968 and Martin Luther King Jr. was in Memphis, Tennessee, to march with the city's striking sanitation workers. That evening, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed.
King, born in Georgia in 1929, had spent more than a decade fighting for civil rights. He was instrumental in the success of the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, and the march from Selma to Montgomery. His work had been dangerous and grueling. King had almost died from a stab wound, his home had been bombed, and he had been jailed over twenty times though the years. Nevertheless he persisted, and in 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1964 and 1965, he watched President Johnson sign the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts into law.

In honor of MLK, NBCUniversal Archives has assembled highlights from his life and his work in the civil rights movement.
To view, download and license this footage, go to: Martin Luther King, Jr. at NBCUniversal Archives.

FootageBank Tackles Mixed Martial Arts

In January, FootageBank produced a series of MMA fights and training sequences to offer its clients a fully-released solution to their extreme fighting needs. The footage features The Silver Bullet and The Spartan, two Los Angeles based competitive MMA fighters, more familiarly known as Dima and Christos.

Dima and Christos punched, kicked, tussled, and flung sweat all over Cary Hubbs (FootageBank’s Prague-based cinematographer), as he captured the action on two Canon C300 Mark II cameras. This full-released footage adds a timely and exciting option for all productions and complements FootageBank’s increasing sports playback collection which also includes released soccer, hockey, football, basketball, and much more.

Get Adventurous with Global ImageWorks

Feeling adventurous? Let Global ImageWorks take you there...With photos and footage from Global ImageWorks, the world is yours! Take a drive on the coast of 1970's French Riviera or a road trip down an American highway.
Click here to view their Photo collection.
Don't stop there...GIW's selection of scene settings images range from Route 66 to a picturesque Iranian village. Their footage and photos are not just glimpses of the past and present, but stories waiting to be told. 
Click here to see photos of our world, both past and present.
Find what inspires you...Whether it's the unique signage of a 1960's drive-in, fall foliage or other worldly destinations, a search on our website will get there. to Showcase Leading Footage Companies & Industry Directory at NAB

Six prominent footage companies have signed on so far to take part in’s 2018 NAB exhibition, set to take place April 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Current participants include Bridgeman Images, FootageBank, Global ImageWorks, INA, Reelin’ in the Years Productions and the WPA Film Library. More footage companies are expected to sign on soon.’s NAB exhibit will also include their new directory of footage companies, which is currently in production and includes listings for over 175 footage companies. The printed directory will be distributed for free at NAB 2018.

“This will be our sixth time exhibiting at NAB,” said David Seevers, chief marketing officer. “It’s a huge event with over 100,000 attendees from all parts of the production industry, many of whom are interested in learning about our site, our footage partners and the footage industry in general. That’s why we always invite our footage partners to take part in our exhibition, and that’s why we’re publishing our footage industry directory and making it available at the show.”

The 2018 NAB Show is set to take place from April 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The booth will be located in the South Hall, Lower, #SL8907.

2017: A Year in the Footage Business

2017 was an exciting, eventful year in the footage industry. A large number of high-profile archive-based documentaries were released throughout the year, and archival docs did very well at all the major award ceremonies. While increased demand for footage benefited many suppliers, two major footage houses, ITN Source and Framepool, either ceased operations or changed hands, and their transitions sent shockwaves throughout the industry. Change was afoot among various footage industry trade groups as well, with new management at FOCAL and a for-sale announcement at Visual Connections. Overall, a few things became clear in 2017: the audience for archive-based programming is strong; competition among footage suppliers is intensifying; and industry stakeholders are adapting to a shifting business landscape. 

Archive-Based Programming

A prominent slate of high-profile archive-based docs premiered in 2017 across all major cable networks, PBS, Amazon and Netflix, as well as in theaters. These films, some years in the making, others produced on the fly, showed the depth and versatility of the archival form, tapping both commercial and newly uncovered sources.

“There’s been a renaissance of big, premium archive projects, driven in large part by OTT,” said Matt White, executive director of industry group ACSIL and a co-producer of The Beatles: Eight Days a Week. “Audiences love archives. It really resonates with them and that is why you are seeing the likes of Netflix and Amazon competing for these prestige projects.”

Standout archive-based docs from 2017 include The Vietnam War (PBS); Long Strange Trip (Amazon); Five Who Came Back (Netflix); Jane, released in theaters on October 20, 2017; LA 92 (National Geographic Channel); Oklahoma City (PBS); Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time (Showtime); and The Great War (PBS).

Support for archive-based programming has grown over the last few years, as broadcasters and subscription video on demand services like Netflix and Amazon have recognized the value of original premium non-fiction programming with marquee subject matter and built-in audiences.

“A few years ago, I was at a conference where several non-fiction producers said, ‘archive docs are dead’,” said veteran documentary filmmaker Tom Jennings. “That really made me mad because I felt like, I haven’t finished watching all the archive I want to see yet! I think what happened during the past year is people realized that archive is as close as you can get to the truth of a story.  Today, everyone wants to see video or hear audio of an event to prove that it actually happened.  If there’s no video, it’s almost as if something isn’t real.  In a very weird, oblique way, we can probably thank our smart phones for the resurgence of archive shows. If an event has images attached to it, people will believe it.  Extrapolate that out to moments in history.  I think audiences want to see what the real people involved in a story were like, what life was like for them, how people behaved, dressed and talked.  If you can show the real thing, and do it in a way that’s entertaining, people will watch and say, ‘wow’.”

Big Award Wins for Archive Docs

Archive docs had a huge presence at all the big awards ceremonies this year. OJ: Made in America, an archival opus, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Of the other four nominees, two were archive-rich films: I Am Not Your Negro and 13th.

At the Emmys, LA 92 won for Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking; OJ: Made in America won for Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program; and 13th won one Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, and another for Outstanding Writing For a Nonfiction Program. The Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, won for Best Research.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week The Touring Years won the Grammy for Best Music Film, as well as two FOCAL Awards - one for Best Use of Footage in a Music Production, and another for Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release.

LA 92 won the ABC News VideoSource Award at the 2017 IDA Documentary Awards.

News from the Suppliers

Many footage providers reported positive results throughout 2017.

"2017 has been a very encouraging year for the footage licensing industry - both in witnessing the continued, meteoric rise in consumption of footage and in the rejuvenation and recognition of the importance of archival content,” said Ed Whitley, president, North & South America America, at Bridgeman Images, and president of trade group ACSIL.

That said, not every footage company had a great year.  Two high-profile footage suppliers, ITN Source and Framepool, either ceased independent operations or changed hands.

ITN Source, one of the world’s leading footage suppliers, closed its doors in June and entered an exclusive multi-year distribution partnership with Getty Images, shifting “over one million clips spanning more than 60 years of iconic news footage” to Getty’s global distribution platform.

Framepool, the German-based international footage agency established in 2001 by Stephen Bleek, was sold through bankruptcy proceedings in Germany to RightSmith Group, a Los Angeles-based footage agency with foreign subsidiaries in Japan, Australia, and the UK. The newly established German subsidiary, “Framepool RS GmbH” assumed Framepool’s business operations with all employees and over 95% of the footage portfolio with retrospective effect as of June 1st, 2017.

Both ITN Source and Framepool were significant players in the footage business, and the news of their altered circumstances was a source of concern throughout the global footage community, highlighting the increased competitive pressure brought about in large part by the rise of online marketplaces such as Shutterstock, Pond 5, VideoBlocks and, most recently, Adobe Stock, which has caused many footage companies to lower license fees and rethink their distribution strategies.

And while more industry consolidation is possible if not likely as traditional footage suppliers reckon with these new competitive realities, the realignments of 2017 also created new distribution opportunities for independent footage suppliers, a parallel trend that may continue to play out over the next few years.

The changeover at ITN, for example, freed up two very important archives, ITV and Reuters, both of which made representation deals with smaller independent footage suppliers. ITV struck representation deals with both LOLA Clips and Reelin’ in the Years Productions, and Reuters partnered with Screenocean. These developments are arguably positive for the footage business as a whole, as they empower independent footage houses and enhance the overall diversity of suppliers in the market.

“There’s no doubt that Screenocean has benefitted from ITN’s closing, but we have to work hard to maintain profitability and, at the same time, deliver a quality global service,” said Tony Blake, Screenocean chairman. “Scale is the challenge for the footage industry, we’ve seen a few large aggregators come and go in recent years, demonstrating it’s not just about adding more and more collections. Screenocean has the advantage of being partnered with Imagen, the best media platform developer in the business, add that to our unique offering of independently branded representations, and we offer an unambiguous choice for all our customers.”

Over the summer, ITV struck two representation deals in North America, making LOLA Clips its exclusive footage distributor for the overall ITV Collection in North America, and granting Reelin’ in the Years Productions exclusive representation in North America of ITV’s musical footage holdings.

“ITN Source’s relatively abrupt departure left a lot of opportunity for LOLA and many other independent archives,” said Dominic Dare. “Our existing knowledge of the ITV catalogue, as well our longstanding relationships with the personnel left behind by ITN, were critical factors in landing the ITV representation deal. Our goal now is to ensure that the ITV collection is appreciated for what it is – an outstanding gem.”

"We are honored to be able to exclusively represent ITV's vast music archive here in North America,” said David Peck. “The ITV music footage archive houses thousands of performances spanning six decades including iconic moments, from The Beatles at The Cavern Club in 1962 to the Sex Pistols debut on TV in 1976. Now with ITV's music footage, along with our 20,000 hours of music footage spanning 90 years and 7,000 hours of in-depth interviews with the 20th century’s icons of film and television, politics, comedy, literature, art, science, fashion and sports, Reelin’ In The Years is one of the industry's leading sources for footage of musical artists, entertainers and history makers."

The acquisition of Framepool was a huge step forward for RightSmith, a relative newcomer to the footage industry, which also represents The Amazing Race collection and the NBC Universal collection.

“We’re excited to be growing, expanding accessibility and offering unique collections like Framepool,” said Jackie Mountain, RightSmith president. “We think it is good for the industry and for buyers to have more options as opposed to seeing premium content available from just a few providers.”

Trade Groups and Expos

Change was in progress at the main footage trade organizations throughout 2017, including FOCAL, ACSIL and the stock media expo company Visual Connections, as each group sought to respond to the shifts in the footage industry. 

FOCAL Under New Management

2017 was a year of transition at FOCAL with Madeline Bates and Mary Egan joining the company as co-General Managers, bringing their charismatic leadership and wide-ranging experience within the media sector, covering education, production and commercial activities, to ensure FOCAL celebrates and champions the use of archival footage across all forms of creative platforms.  Over the last twelve months they have introduced new networking opportunities such as ‘Breakfast with the Archives’, which allows members to showcase their collections and connect with archive researchers, producers and other content-creators.  FOCAL also continued to hold the researchers’ educational workshops, the Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture as well as the prestigious FOCAL Awards.  Both Madeline and Mary attended various media conference in the UK, North America and Europe to promote the work of FOCAL members, ensured engagement and the support the wider media industry. 

2018 will be an exciting year with the FOCAL Awards moving to a new location, The Troxy, a Grad II-listed Art Deco venue in London, together with the launch of the Awards entry database system and online jury portal, which streamlines the submission process. Plans are also afoot to identify better ways to help support new people looking to join the industry as well as how FOCAL can support the professional development of those already working in it. FOCAL is continuing to protect the creative industry through their advocacy work with the UK government in addition to working closely with other global organisation to share ideas and objectives to better support our community.


ACSIL, which held it’s Footage Expo in 2015 and 2016, pushed pause on the event in 2017 and focused on partnerships and panel presentations. “We focused 2017 on a year of partnerships, engaging with other associations to create and moderate panels to discuss the footage industry,” said Ed Whitley, ACSIL president. “2017 was a defining year for ACSIL as it saw the launch of both our new branding and our new website which has given the association a fresh and contemporary look."

Visual Connections Discontinues

Visual Connections, which has held annual stock media expos for the last decade, announced that “the current owners will not be organizing expos after New York 2017,” and are “seeking a buyer that will want to continue the expo program. They are keen to facilitate a prompt sale to ensure that at least a New York expo takes place in 2018.”


Sadly, 2017 saw the passing of long time archivist and footage savant Stephen Parr of San Francisco-based Oddball Films and the San Francisco Media Archive. A longtime member of the San Francisco avant-garde arts scene, Stephen died on October 24, 2017 at the age of 63. His family and Oddball staff are working together to ensure “a productive future” for both Oddball and the San Francisco Media Archive, and, as of this writing, Oddball continues to operate and fill footage orders. A video of his memorial, held before a standing-room only crowd at San Francisco's Roxie Theater, can be seen here.

HOsiHO Aerial Stock Collections Available on Getty Images

HOsiHO is proud to have been chosen by Getty Images and to have its highly-curated aerial stock footage distributed at this unprecedented level.

"This new visibility for our fresh and mostly French collection should bring us not only more sales, but overall more new images submitted to our growing worldwide collections by more talented aerial cinematographers," said Sami Sarkis, HOsiHO’s general manager (and himself stock-shooter for decades).

"This agreement with Getty Images is a wonderful opportunity to bring HOsiHO’s best images under the eyes of the most active and diverse buyers and is experienced as a great reward by our contributor community who worked hard with us to build this original and unique collection," Sarkis added.

HOsiHO's aerial footage is mostly shot by drones (UAV) in 4K. Always legally. The agency represents the work of more than 150 professionnal photographers and cameramen based not only in France, but worldwide. 

Sony Pictures Selects Getty Images as Exclusive Global Distribution Partner for Stock Footage


Getty Images is now the exclusive distribution partner for stock footage from Sony Pictures. The distribution agreement will see over 160,000 clips originally filmed under the Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, and Sony Pictures Television banners reach an even larger audience through Getty Images’ industry-leading global platform and expert international sales team, servicing nearly one million customers.

Sony Pictures represents the world’s largest collection of stock video produced by a major motion picture studio. The collection offers unparalleled access to more than 40 years’ worth of the highest quality studio produced HD, UHD, 4K, and 35mm stock footage available anywhere in the world.

Clips of stunts, pyrotechnics, and other extremely difficult-to-produce footage are included, as well as some of the industry’s best aerials, establishers, day/night matching shots, process plates, transportation, playback, landscapes, animals, modern military footage and more. Footage will initially be available in HD with future contributions focused on growing the 4K library.

“With video becoming the fastest growing content format today, it is more important that the wide variety of content needed to create engaging videos is made available, which is why we are excited to add Sony’s high-quality content to our expanding visual content portfolio,” said Peter Orlowsky, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Strategic Development at Getty Images. “The expansive Sony Pictures stock footage collection will enable our customers all over the world to connect more deeply with their audiences.”

“The breadth and depth of the Sony Pictures stock footage library is unmatched in Hollywood, and we are thrilled to make this high-quality content available to Getty Images’ global audience,” said Jason Lambert, Executive Director of Content Licensing at Sony Pictures. “Getty Images has the scale, expertise and distribution footprint to ensure our video archive reaches the widest possible audience.”

The Amazing Race Collection Now Available Exclusively at Framepool RS for All Licensing Purposes


High-quality aerial and drone footage, POV shots and more from thousands of locations across six continents from the Emmy Award-winning TV show. Enjoy the geographic variety and cinematographic excellence of locations such as Tanzania, Australia and the Swiss Alps — just to name a few. 

Since 2001, and over the course of 28 seasons, the TV series has consistently captured the beauty and drama of every location on which it has been filmed. Along the way, it has earned 15 Primetime Emmy awards, notably for Cinematography and Picture Editing. 

The Amazing Race is famous for its spectacular locations. Shot in all six continents its unquestionably one of the richest video archives in terms of geographic variety and cinematographic excellence. 

See the Amazing Race Highlights or experience the whole collection by going to Keyword AmazingRace


Producers Library Unearths Rare 1968 Footage of Robert F. Kennedy

Robert Kennedy shakes hands with Cesar Chavez as Dolores Huerta looks on

Robert Kennedy shakes hands with Cesar Chavez as Dolores Huerta looks on

Hollywood-based Producers Library has unearthed in its vaults rare footage of Robert F. Kennedy’s visit to California in 1968. The spectacular footage captures Kennedy’s visit with president of the United Farm Workers (UFW), Cesar E. Chavez, along with co-founder of UFW, Dolores Huerta, when Chavez broke his 25 day long hunger strike in Delano, CA on March, 10 1968. Among other highlights is captivating footage of Kennedy’s presidential campaign visit to the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles in March 1968, as well as footage of his speech during the star-studded “Kennedy for President” fundraising gala at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on May 24, 1968, just a week before his assassination.

These historic events were captured in vibrant 16mm color, much with sync sound, and have now been scanned at 2K resolution. The newly available footage totals nearly 5,000 feet and runs over 2 hours and 15 minutes. It joins Producers Library’s already existing 2 hours of RFK footage and is available immediately, coinciding with the upcoming 50th anniversary of his death.

For information on licensing, pricing and to view the clips, visit or contact Producers Library at, or call them at 818 752 9097.