Screenocean Wins "Footage Company of the Year" at the 2019 FOCAL Awards

The Screenocean Team at the 2019 FOCAL Awards

The Screenocean Team at the 2019 FOCAL Awards

The prestigious “Footage Company of the Year” award, recognizing Screenocean’s success in innovative search, delivery and retrieval of content was collected during the FOCAL Awards’ dinner at the Troxy in London.

The FOCAL International Awards is the premier program recognizing the researchers, technicians and producers that access, maintain and use archival footage. Honors were presented in three categories – Production Awards, Restoration and Preservation and Personnel Awards. Finalists were selected by a diverse group of judges and, from that group of finalists, one winner from each category was awarded.

Founded in 2009, Screenocean has continually developed their One Search platform, powered by Imagen, to provide easy, self-serve access for researchers to content and images in one place and make the unfindable, findable.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized at this year’s FOCAL International Awards,” said Ali Blake, General Manager of Screenocean, who was part of the team to receive the accolade at the ceremony in London. “Footage Company of the Year is what all organizations aspire to. The award is a testament to Screenocean’s passionate and dedicated team who deliver world-class content to a global client base of film makers, producers and curators.”

For more information the FOCAL Awards, please visit Submissions for the 2020 awards will open later this year.

Jane Fish, Senior Curator, Imperial War Museums, Wins FOCAL's "Footage Person of the Year"

Jane Fish, Senior Curator for Film at the Imperial War Museums Media Sales and Licensing, was named “Footage Person of the Year” at the 2019 FOCAL Awards, held on June 20th in London. sponsored the award, and we sat down with Jane after the celebration to find out more about her work at the IWM. Congratulations on winning the “Footage Person of the Year” award at this year’s FOCAL Awards. That’s quite an honor.

Jane Fish: Thank you. I was surprised and delighted to receive the FOCAL “Footage Person of the Year” Award, which I see as an award for all of us in the IWM Film Curator team – myself, Fiona Kelly and Helen Upcraft - as I could not have achieved the work cited without the support of my colleagues.

FN: To start, can you tell us a bit about the Imperial War Museums?

JF: Imperial War Museums, or IWM as it is known, is a unique organization – a UK national museum set up in 1917 to record everyone’s experience of war, both civilian and military, and to commemorate the sacrifice of all sections of society. From its beginnings, IWM included film amongst its collections and as such is one of the oldest film archives in the world. IWM’s remit was extended to cover the Second World War and later conflicts and is the repository for British official films. IWM is an international authority on conflict and its impact, focusing on Britain, its former Empire and the Commonwealth, from its origins in the First World War to the present day.

FN: What type of content is in IWM collection?

JF: The IWM film collection is an exceptional archive reflecting the history and remit of the museum, with substantial collections of British official films (unedited material produced by cameramen of the British Army, RAF and Admiralty, official newsreels and test and instructional films produced for government ministries), material covering the Cold War and more recent British military involvement, a matchless collection of unique amateur films, fascinating foreign collections and well as collections from various organizations including the newly digitized NATO film collection.

FN: As Senior Curator, what is your primary role at the IWM?

JF: I have been working with the IWM film collection for more than three decades and throughout this time I been involved in access to the collection and am always very pleased to help users research and understand the wealth of primary historical material held by IWM and available for use. I also have a specialist interest in amateur filming and have been involved in many productions using amateur footage from our collection. My current role sits within IWM’s new Media Sales and Licensing Team, with core responsibility for the development of our film commercial offer, while continuing to assist and advise users of the film collection. I am also supporting the alignment of our film offer with the commercial offer for the IWM’s renowned images collections and the lesser known IWM Sound collection, to provide more coordinated access to these three IWM media collections, all of which are invaluable resources for program makers.

FN: Over the past 12 months, you have been a driving force for change within the IWM Film Archive and the way in which it delivers a service to its commercial customers. Can you talk about some of the changes you have implemented and how this had made the IWM more relevant and competitive?

JF: IWM is partly funded by the UK Government, but relies on donations, sponsorship, volunteers and income from commercial activities to support its work. The film commercial offer is one of these activities and it is important for both IWM and our users that we constantly review and improve this offer. One of the recent changes has been our ability to supply HD content direct to our users, which been a significant improvement in our service to our customers.

FN: One of the specific reasons you were nominated for the “Person of the Year” award was your role in “enhancing the design and functionality of the IWM Archive website based on researchers’ needs.” That sounds very exciting. Can you talk a bit about the development of the website? How is the new site helping you work with customers?

JF: Yes, we have also recently upgraded our IWM Film website , which is specifically designed for our commercial users. The upgraded site has better functionality and an improved and swifter process for adding newly digitized films as well as new themed clip-reels to help users navigate our collections and articles and news items to engage our users.

FN: You’ve undertaken a “major digitization of the collection.” That sounds daunting! Can you tell us more about the digitization project? How far along are you in digitizing the IWM collection? Do you think it will ever be fully digital? What are the biggest challenges?

JF: IWM has an ongoing project to digitize its collection, including film, but has to work within its funding. Digitization is one of the biggest challenges for IWM - the film collection is over 23,000 hours of material, with currently less than 10% digitized and available online. IWM is, however, committed to the digitization of the film collection and more material is digitized daily and we have recently completed a large project with NATO - digitization the NATO film collection, held at IWM and available for licensing via IWM.

FN: You have been “reviewing the archive’s terms and conditions.” Have you been able to streamline them and make them more commercially oriented?

JF: IWM releases material for commercial use under specific conditions which reflect IWM remit as well as the source and content of the material. The current version of the terms and conditions needed updating not only for ease of use but also to include more recent legislation and new IWM policies designed to meet the needs of our users – for example, colorization of original black and white film.

FN: Business has been good for many historical and editorial archives over the last few years. Has that been your experience at the IWM? What would you say is driving customer demand for your images?

JF: Not surprisingly, considering the nature of our collection, anniversaries are always an important factor for users of the IWM film collection – with considerable demand for the First World War anniversary commemorations and more recently the 75th anniversary of D-Day. We have also seen a rise in demand for our amateur collections reflecting a growing interest in the unique and unusual images that amateur film can offer.

FN: What keeps your work IWM interesting and challenging?

JF: I appreciate the privilege of working with such important primary historical documents and the responsibility to ensure users understand the nature of our collection. I am keen to make our remarkable collection more widely known and understood, so am always available to talk with researchers and development producers about projects. Despite working with the IWM film collection for many years, I enjoy the challenge of responding to a new and unusual request, which might require research of non-online documentation.

YouTube Recognizes British Pathé with Gold Creator Award for Exceeding 1 million Subscribers

Alastair White, CEO of British Movietone, with YouTube Gold Creator Award

Alastair White, CEO of British Movietone, with YouTube Gold Creator Award

The number of subscribers to the British Pathé YouTube channel has now surpassed 1 million. In recognition of this landmark achievement, YouTube has presented British Pathé with a prestigious Gold Creator Award.

The British Pathé YouTube channel now has more subscribers than the YouTube channels for ITV, Channel 5, UKTV and the Daily Mail combined.

Alastair White, the CEO of British Pathé said, “British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world, but we have proved that age is no barrier to success in the digital era by achieving 1 million subscribers. We’re now averaging 800,000 video streams every single day on YouTube and it is wonderful that YouTube itself has recognized this success and presented us with this award.”

British Pathé released its entire historical newsreel archive of 82,000 films on YouTube in 2014. Making headlines at the time, it was the largest single upload in the platform’s history and even featured as a segment on Have I Got News for You.

But, for Alastair, the real prize has been the enthusiasm shown by the general public: “We’re delighted that so many people have shown such an interest in this historical resource. It’s a treasure trove of twentieth century life and culture and it is brilliant that new generations are discovering it online.”

Rediscovered Kent State Footage Available at Historic Films

The Kent State student protest and subsequent shootings of May 4, 1970 were a tragic and defining moment of the early 1970’s anti-Vietnam War student protests and counter culture.

The repercussions of this event spawned many subsequent protests and even an era and reved the pressure up in Washington to stop this very unpopular war. The event inspired musician Neil Young to write the era defining anthem Ohio recorded and performed by Young and his group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Student Larry Shank captured several of the Kent State demonstrations with his handy Super 8mm camera. These films have recently been re-discovered and are now available for licensing at Historic Films. Click here to see highlights of this footage.

Alternate Beat TV, an Archive of Rock Interviews, Available at Historic Films

Alternate Beat TV was born from the love of music. Started in Cleveland, OH in 1987 when Patrick Wilbraham, musician, introduced Tom Common, video director, to John Latimer, music business professional and together the three sat down and scripted a rough idea for a new show. Common’s background in television combined with Latimer’s contacts in the music industry was a perfect combination for something new and fresh.

The first band that Latimer lined up was the Psychedelic Furs when they performed at the Blossom Music Center near Cleveland, Ohio. After that, it became obvious that this was a viable venture.

Some notable interviews include: The Ramones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Echo and the Bunnymen, Concrete Blonde, The Sugarcubes, The Replacements, New Order, The Smithereens, The Bodeans, Adrian Belew, Faith No More, Crowded House, Jerry Harrison, Love and Rockets, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Alarm, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and many more.

The Alternate Beat archive is now available for licensing through Historic Films. Click here to see some highlights from the show.

Amalie R. Rothschild Music Photo Archive Now Available at Global ImageWorks


From 1968 to 1974, Amalie Rothschild was a freelance photographer based in New York City, specializing in music photography. She also worked with the Joshua Light Show at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East Theater where she was the unofficial house photographer. Her amazing collection of music photography is available now for licensing through Global ImageWorks.

She was on staff at the 1969 Woodstock Festival and photographed the 1967 Cannes Film Festival, the 1969 Newport Festival, Tanglewood 1969 and 1970, Bob Dylan and The Who at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, The Who's 1969 US premier of "Tommy," the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden 1969, Bob Dylan’s 1974 tour and many other music events.

Amalie's rock music photo archive of around 20,000 pictures remains a major part of her professional life through licensing for books, magazines, CD & music packaging, film, television, museum exhibits and other media.

To search Amalie’s photos visit: and search for “Amalie.”

NBC News Archives Marks 50th Anniversary of Manson Family Murders

In August of 1969, members of the Manson Family would commit two of the most notorious murders of the 1960s.

On August 8, followers of Charles Manson set out for Beverly Hills, where they murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others at her home on Cielo Drive. The next night, Manson and company set back out, killing Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in Los Feliz.

Five months passed before the Manson Family was connected to the crimes. When the Tate-LaBianca trials finally began, the proceedings were marked by wild outbursts on the part of the Manson Family—followers camped outside the courtroom, shaved their heads, and carved Xs into their foreheads as an act of allegiance. Manson tried to attack the judge. Finally, after nine long months, all were convicted of their crimes.

In advance of the 50th anniversary of this infamous historical episode, NBC News Archives has assembled a collection of news coverage surrounding the event and subsequent trial.

LOLA Clips Expands Music Offerings with Eagle Vision Partnership

LOLA Clips has added a huge new catalogue to its rapidly growing slate of partnerships with Eagle Vision, part of the Universal Music Group. Eagle Vision is a leading producer and distributor of music based documentaries and high quality live concerts, covering all genres from Jazz, Blues and Soul to Pop and Rock.

"Eagle Vision is delighted to be collaborating with LOLA clips," said Eagle Vision's Harry Irving. " Sandra and Dom know the archive world inside out and their enthusiasm has been clear to see from the outset. In a fast developing market with a growing array of broadcast platforms providing new opportunities for film makers, we look forward to bringing our leading catalogue of Music related footage to new clients globally."

LOLA’s Sandra Coelho, who spearheaded the deal, said “I’ve wanted this catalogue for LOLA as it not only adds to our increasing music catalogue but it cements LOLA Clips as one pf the most comprehensive sources of rights managed content anywhere in the world. We love this industry and our goal is to provide the highest quality material to our new and extremely loyal clients alike, the best service, material and experience out there.”

LOLA, based in both London and Los Angeles, represents an expanding portfolio of footage collections, including StudioCanal, and, in North America, clips from the UK’s ITV.

Now Streaming: Studio 54

It’s hard to believe that Studio 54 was open for only 33 months. And that it’s founders, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, had almost no experience in the nightclub business when they launched their era-defining disco on the west side of Manhattan in 1977. Studio 54, from director Matt Tyrnauer, chronicles this brief but dazzling period when Studio 54 was the unrivaled superpower of New York’s nightlife scene and throngs of people waited outside every night, hoping to get past the velvet rope.

The story is told mainly from the perspective of Ian Schrager, the more introverted of the two partners, and fleshed out with archival footage, photos and print media elements from the time. The filmmakers cast a wide net for archival elements, with close to 100 archival sources credited, and made excellent use of never-before-seen archival footage shot by Susan Hillary Shapiro and Glenn Albin - both NYU film students at the time – who had shot footage inside Studio 54.

Both from Brooklyn, Schrager and Rubell met as undergrads at Syracuse University and recognized in each other a kindred spirit, forging a deep, lifelong bond based on their common roots and shared ambition. 

“From the beginning, they had this intuitive understanding that they were getting out,” said Norma Kamali, the fashion designer and Schrager’s former girlfriend. “And they were going to do something big together.”

The film, which marks the first time Schrager has spoken at length about his time at Studio 54, is very much about their friendship, and a certain kind of once-in-a-lifetime moment that they recognized and exploited. Rubell, who died of AIDS in 1989, is clearly missed. “I’m lucky that I had one of those friendships,” Schrager says toward the end of the film. “Not many people do.”

Though the pair had some experience running dance parties, Studio 54 was their first nightclub. But if Schrager, then 29, or Rubell, then 33, had any fear or hesitation about diving in, they didn’t show it. Once they found their venue, in an old theater in what was then a seedy part of Manhattan, they jumped headlong into renovations and were ready for business in six weeks. Unable to secure a liquor license prior to opening, they used a series of one day catering permits for most of the club’s first year.

Schrager and Rubell were prodigious promoters, sending out “thousands of invitations” and relentlessly working celebrity connections to build buzz in advance of opening. And it clearly paid off as the club was mobbed from the first night on.

“Something happened from that first night opening party,” says musician Nile Rogers in the film. “The message was sent out. It was like, boom. This was the spot.”

“They invited the people that everyone else wanted to be in a room with,” says Sandy Linter, a Studio 54 regular.

The pair seemed to understand the burgeoning obsession with celebrities in a way that few others did at the time.  They knew from the start that celebrities would bring publicity to the club. But what quickly became apparent was that Studio 54 could become an engine of celebrity culture, making everyone more famous, or at least feel that way, and feeding the insatiable appetite for celebrity news.

“There was this paradigm shift away from reading about crime and sports heroes and people became fascinated with celebrities. It was the beginning of the age of celebrity,” Schrager says. “We were there at the right time and we rode it for all that it was worth.”

Their gift for scene making, attracting celebrities and risk-taking propelled their meteoric rise and ultimately led to their downfall, which began with an IRS raid in 1978 and ended with convictions for tax evasion in 1979. While the initial tip to the IRS came from a disgruntled former employee, many people still believe that an ill-considered remark from Rubell in a New York magazine article, in which he said that “only the Mafia does better but don’t tell anybody,” attracted the attention of the feds. Either way, resentment against the club and its owners had been building since the club opened.

“They thought they were so important that they could do anything,” says Steven Grimes, a writer and Studio 54 regular. “But people started to get angrier and angrier at Steve Rubell and Studio 54 because they couldn’t get in.”

Though the two would serve only part of their sentence in federal prison, their incarceration marked the end of the Studio 54 era. Once out, they moved into the hotel business, becoming part owners in Morgans Hotel and the Royalton, both in Manhattan, and launched the 1980s nightlife institution, Palladium. The two are credited with originating the boutique hotel trend, which Schrager would build into a global empire following Rubell’s death.

Studio 54 is streaming now on Netflix.

Footage Industry Now a $570 Million Business, Says Newly Released ACSIL Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies

Netflix, other Streaming Services Fund Footage-Rich Programming, Largest Source of New Revenue for Footage Licensors

Report Available Now

The fourth survey of the footage licensing business from ACSIL and Thriving Archives examines current business conditions, key trends and best practices within the footage industry. Results highlight market stability, confidence in future growth and shifts in customer demand.

The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL) and Thriving Archives announced today the release of the ACSIL Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies 4 (AGS4). ACSIL and Thriving Archives have worked together to publish three previous AGS reports, achieving strong industry support and participation in each effort. Like it's predecessors, the AGS4 provides a snapshot of the global stock footage industry, tracks evolving trends and examines how footage companies operate, market and serve their customers, providing footage industry leaders with strategic, practical information to help them compete more effectively.

The AGS4 is now available to for $950. Click here to buy and download a copy. Click here to read the Executive Summary of the AGS4.

Assessing the overall health and well being of the footage industry has been a top research priority since the inception of the AGS series. Based on the performance of the 84 companies within the 2018 dataset, which represent 20% of the estimated 415 footage companies in operation currently, the footage industry is in solid shape, with total industry revenue now estimated at $570 million, a 3% increase over the 2015 estimate of $552 million.

“While we did not find significant growth in the dollar value of the overall industry, we did find that the mood had shifted on many key topics, and individual companies appear to be more stable, confident and optimistic,” said Matt White, ACSIL executive director.

Highlighting this sense of optimism, the majority of companies said that their revenues had increased over the last two years; that demand for footage was up; and that they expect their revenues to grow over the next several years. Conversely, only 37% believe that production budgets have gotten smaller. All of these findings represent improvements over previous years.

“Another key takeaway from our current survey is that while footage companies have rallied to integrate the tools and benefits of the digital revolution, many long-standing business practices have endured,” said David Seevers, president of Thriving Archives and the principal author of the AGS series. “And while online media marketplaces are now fixtures in the footage licensing business, they do not appear to have displaced the older, more traditional footage licensing operations, which seem to be co-existing with these technology driven powerhouses.”

While traditional buyers such as such as “independent producers” and “broadcast networks/commercial TV” remain leading customer types, newer categories such as “SVOD Services,” (which includes Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.) increased the most in terms of overall importance to 2018 companies’ billings, followed by “independent producers” and “ad-supported streaming services,” underscoring the growing importance of these newer streaming services, as well as their future potential.

The AGS4 is based on an anonymous 47-question survey completed by a group of 84 stock footage companies, launched in mid-July 2018 and running through late September 2018. During this roughly two-month period, multiple attempts were made to contact as many footage providers as possible and make the existence of this survey known to the industry at large.

The 191-page report includes 85 pages of detailed analysis and 90 full-color charts visualizing results from the 47 questions asked in the survey. The report covers 11 separate categories, including: Business Conditions; Company Types; Footage Holdings; Headcount; Ecommerce & Order Processing; Order Volume; Pricing; Licensing Practices; Customer Types; Marketing, Customer Development & Growth; and Threats & Opportunities.

The AGS4 is now available to for $950. Click here to buy and download a copy. Click here to read the Executive Summary of the AGS4.


The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the interests of the stock footage community. Our members are the world's leading providers of stock and archival footage. ACSIL members represent and license high quality clips and unique deep content. We service traditional markets such as advertising, film, television and home entertainment while also working with a full spectrum of non-traditional, new and reinventing markets like book publishing, museums, educational vendors, video gaming, internet apps and beyond. Since its inception in 2003, ACSIL has focused on developing a professional network for its stock footage library members as well as negotiating benefits on our members' behalf. ACSIL sponsors multiple stock footage based initiatives including: gathering data on the global stock footage market, forming a Code of Practices committee to lead discussions about new licensing paradigms and monitoring shifts in domestic and international copyright law. ACSIL also reaches out to meet the needs of the production community. We sponsor events, host panel discussions and present seminars on a wide range of footage industry subjects. Whether it's sharing best practices for footage research or talks about licensing and rights clearances, ACSIL is there to support the production community. If you are interested in having ACSIL speak to your group or organization, please contact us so we can make the necessary arrangements.

About Thriving Archives

Thriving Archives works with footage companies to develop and execute marketing and business development strategies. Thriving Archives also produces market research reports on the global footage licensing industry and partners with companies providing services to the stock footage industry. In partnership with ACSIL, Thriving Archives has produced the ACSIL Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies 2007 (AGS1), 2011 (AGS2) and 2015 (AGS3). In 2009, Thriving Archives published the Footage Customer Survey: Non-Fiction USA, an in-depth study of the attitudes and perceptions of footage customers from the documentary film/non-fiction program making community in the United States.

Press Contacts:

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Executive Director


(301) 920-4054

David W. Seevers


Thriving Archives

(415) 609-7642

Elizabeth Klinck Receives Academy Board Tribute for Achievements in Archival Research

Janice Tufford and Elizabeth Klinck at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Awards in March.

Janice Tufford and Elizabeth Klinck at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Awards in March.

Archive researcher and producer Elizabeth Klinck received an Academy Board of Directors Tribute at the 2019 Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Awards at the end of March.

“Elizabeth Klinck is the filmmaker’s secret weapon",” said producer Janice Tufford in her introduction at the awards ceremony. “In her role as Archive Producer, she’s worked on hundreds of films. She’s renowned for her ability to forage in the far corners of the world to find just the perfect image or piece of music. The directors and producers who come calling for her services -- everyone from Sarah Polley to Werner Herzog -- attest that their films are incomplete without her presence.”

Some of notable projects Klinck has worked on over her thirty year career include Werner Herzog's Into the Inferno; Thorsten Schütte's Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words; Barry Arvich's Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story; Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell; Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir's Innsaei; and Neil Diamond's Reel Injun.

Klinck has has contributed to Emmy, Peabody and Academy Award-winning films and has herself been nominated for an Emmy Award in the craft of research. She has won the 2014, 2015 and 2017 Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research from the Canadian Screen Awards. In 2015 she won a Prix Gemeaux for her work on Apocalypse World One and in 2010 she won a Gemini for Best Visual Research for her work on Reel Injun. She has also won a Yorkton Golden Sheaf, been nominated on three occasions for Best Visual Researcher at the FOCAL Awards in the United Kingdom and was honored with the FOCAL International Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. She is also the founding chairperson of the Visual Researchers' Society of Canada.

“Elizabeth is one of the unsung heroes of Canada’s screen industry,” said Tufford. “Because of her tireless work, her legendary skills and her courtesies to all, she is respected and adored by countless colleagues in this country and throughout the world. She’s a stellar human being and quite simply ‘a national treasure’.”

Bill Banks's Hollywood Stills Available at Producers Library


Back in Hollywood's heyday of the 50s and 60s, legendary photographer and cinematographer Bill Banks captured all the glitz and glamor of the stars at their premieres, industry events, and all-night parties. Producers Library exclusively represents Banks's collection and is now making more than 1,000 still photographs of Hollywood available for licensing. Banks's work is brimming with candid shots showing Jerry Lewis cracking up Frank Sinatra, Richard Nixon and Bob Hope comparing noses, and Don Rickles hamming it up.

In addition to those funnymen, Banks managed to capture Jayne Mansfield in her usual stunning form and comically chowing down on a slice of pizza, along with the odd couple of Kim Novak and Vampira dining together at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Banks also shot numerous photos of beloved African-American entertainers such as Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, and Lionel Hampton palling around with guests. Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, JFK, Anthony Quinn, Doris Day, John Wayne, Liberace, Conrad Hilton, Charlton Heston, Robert Wagner... the list of celebrities that Bill Banks photographed is seemingly endless.

Whether it was snapping photos of the 30th annual Academy Awards arrivals at the Pantages Theater in the heart of Hollywood, the world premiere of Peyton Place at the Beverly Theater or wild partygoers in garish costumes at the annual Halloween bash thrown by Sy Devore, "the man who dressed the Rat Pack", Banks documented everything the era had to offer.

The black and white and color negatives have been digitized to 1200 DPI and now join Producers Library’s vast archives of Hollywood and entertainment history.

For information on licensing, pricing and to view the clips, contact via or 818 752 9097.

Reelin' in the Years Moves Into Photos

Pete Townsend

Pete Townsend

After decades of exclusively dealing with footage, Reelin’ in the Years has expanded their business to include photos (strictly pertaining to music-related artists). While opportunities to rep music-related photos have come up throughout their 20-year history, RITY always turned them down, opting to focus on footage. Their views changed recently when they were offered a number of stunning photo archives to represent, and, based on their vast knowledge of music and the size of their existing footage archive, they realized that they were in a unique place to offer both footage and photos.

Currently, the RITY photo archive is quite extensive, spanning the 1950s - 2000s, and will be growing rapidly as they are add more and more images from world-class photographers. Additionally, they’re working on launching an online database where customers will be able to view and download low-res photos. In the meantime, please send requests for projects directly to nnn. If they have photos that fit your needs they will send you lo-res watermarked copies free of charge. Stay tuned for more news over the next few weeks.

Now Streaming: The Inventor - Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, premiered on HBO this past Monday, March 18. The film, produced and directed by Alex Gibney, tracks the rise and fall of the biomedical company Theranos and its charismatic founder Elizabeth Holmes, who sold the world on the idea that hundreds of tests could be performed on a single drop of blood, taken painlessly by finger stick and analyzed automatically using a proprietary testing device called the Edison.

About the size of a microwave oven, the Edison was designed to be deployed locally to pharmacies, doctors' offices, and, ultimately, private homes, allowing people to obtain regular, low-cost screenings for all manner of disease. Theranos would upend the medical testing industry and become the Apple of health screening. It was an audacious plan with a huge potential upside.

With this story in hand, Holmes secured nearly $900 million in venture capital and packed her board with big names like Henry Kissenger, George Shultz and General Jim Mattis. By 2014, the company had grown to 800 employees and reached a value of nearly $9 billion, making Holmes, its largest shareholder, the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire.

The only problem was that the Edison never really worked and, following the publication of John Carreyou’s investigative report in the Wall Street Journal in October 2015, the company’s failures, and Holmes’s elaborate efforts to hide them, were becoming widely known. By 2018, Theranos was out of business and Holmes, along with Sunny Balwani, the former president of Theranos and Holmes’s boyfriend, were charged with multiple counts of fraud by the Department of Justice.

Gibney makes excellent use of existing footage of Holmes prowling the halls of Theranos’s glass-walled office building, as well as clips from her countless public appearances. Again and again, we hear her lay out her vision for the company - from the TED stage, in media appearances, in corporate pep-talks, even sitting for a promotional video directed by documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, in which she quotes Yoda - “there is no try, there is only do.”

Throughout the film Holmes remains a mystery. Was she a true believer in over her head? Is she pathological liar? A sociopath? An old-school scammer dressed up in a Steve Jobs costume? Regardless of her motivations and mental condition, she was clearly able to pull a whole lot of people at the highest levels of finance, government and business into her vision. As Gibney says in a voiceover early in the film, “to understand what happened, it pays to look past the price of the stock to the value of the story. This compelling tale of divining hundreds of diseases from a drop of blood was a testament to the imagination of the inventor.” And the credulity of everyone else , he might have added.

Georgina Angless Joins British Pathe as Business Development Exec for North and South America

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British Pathe has appointed Georgina Angless to oversee its North American licensing service. She takes over from Richard Goldthorpe, who had handled North American enquiries since British Pathe launched there in 2015. She will also act as British Pathe's first business development executive for South America as the company looks to explore that untapped market.

Georgina has a background in photography, studying the art form at the Edinburgh College of Art and contributing to Elle Magazine and Culture Label, among others. From there, she expanded into image licensing, acting as a Key Account Manager at Getty Images, a Picture Researcher at the Tate, and Head of UK Commercial Image Sales at Bridgeman Images.

"Georgina will be crucial to solidifying British Pathe's presence in North America, a market we're still relatively new to," says Alastair White, CEO of British Pathe. "But she will be building our South America strategy from scratch."

He continues: "Georgina has extensive experience in all aspects of the industry, from archive research to managing a licensing sales team to having her own photographs licensed. She can offer a fresh perspective on our activities with an aim to establishing British Pathe as the go-to resource for anyone in the Americas in need of archive footage. We're very happy to welcome Georgina to our team."

For her part, Georgina is excited about the challenge that lies ahead of her. "I am delighted to be taking care of British Pathe's clients in North and South America and I look forward to meeting producers, broadcasters and researchers in the industry there. I believe my background in licensing puts me in good stead to deal with client requests and I can't wait to delve further into the British Pathe archive to see what it has to offer."

For further information, please contact British Pathe on +44 (0)20 7665 8343 or email

The British Pathe archive is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in historical and cultural significance. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, science and culture. It is an invaluable resource for broadcasters, documentary producers and archive researchers worldwide. British Pathe also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 120,000 items from the news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1979.

NBC Looks Back at Evolution of Civil Rights Movement

In honor of Black History Month, NBC News Archives is taking a look at the evolution of civil rights in America. From the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 to the Black Lives Matter movement of today, NBC News has followed history as it has unfolded. Our new collection, Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, highlights interviews with crusaders from the 1950s and 1960s and emphasizes the ongoing nature of the struggle.

In 2013, Jesse Jackson reflected on the ongoing relevance of the Civil Rights Movement. “There is an unfinished task of searching for equality,” he said. “We’ll go back to work. That’s all. I mean, it’s the struggle that’s come full circle.” This interview with Jackson is one of over a hundred firsthand accounts collected for Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, a multimedia project of Comcast NBCUniversal and the Equal Justice Initiative. Voices captures their unique perspective as eyewitnesses to both the Civil Rights Movement and its ongoing legacy, who see today’s fight for civil rights within the context of a much longer battle.

Now Streaming: Conversations with a Killer - The Ted Bundy Tapes

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes premiered on Netflix on January 24, 2019, 30 years to the day after Bundy was executed in Florida. Directed by Joe Berlinger, the four-part series, which consists primarily of archival footage and interviews with key players in the investigation and media coverage at the time, is anchored by excerpts from a series of taped interviews that journalist Stephen Michaud conducted with Bundy in 1980 while he waited on death row. Bundy, who maintained his innocence until shortly before his execution, was initially evasive in the interviews. Desperate for a breakthrough, Michaud suggested that Bundy approach their conversations as something of an “expert witness,” encouraging him to tell his story in the third person. “It was like I had unlocked an avenue for him to finally tell this story, without saying anything that could be taken to court,” Michaud says in the film. “And off he went.”

The series positions Bundy within the shifting social currents of the 1970s, when violent crime was on the rise, the concept of a serial killer was new and mass-murderers like Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy and David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) terrorized the nation.

“In the 1970s, the phenomenon of serial murdering was brand new and absolutely frightening,” says Michaud. “The term serial killer didn’t exist. The fact that somebody could murder and murder and murder and could get away with it for a long time and be undetected, it really unnerved people.”

And nobody was more unnerving than Bundy. “Ted stands out because he was an enigma,” says Michaud. “Clean cut, good looking, articulate, very intelligent. Just a handsome young mild-mannered law student. He did not look like anyone’s notion of somebody who could tear apart young girls.”

"Ted Bundy is the quintessential American enigma," Berlinger said in an interview with Refinery29. "He taps into our most primal fear: that you don't know, and can't trust, the person sleeping next to you. People want to think those who do evil are easily identifiable. Bundy tells us that those who do evil are those who often people we know and trust the most."

Berlinger makes excellent use of archival footage, immersing the viewer in time and place, capturing the growing dread as Bundy’s killing spree continues unabated and illustrating Bundy’s increasingly fevered mindset.

The film also succeeds in showing what the country was like before the advent of modern news-gathering, communication and law enforcement technologies. With little ability to share information and collaborate, even neighboring police jurisdictions were left to pursue their investigations in relative isolation, a gap Bundy understood and exploited as he made his way across the country.

An Interview with Westdoc Online Founder Chuck Braverman

Veteran film and TV producer Chuck Braverman was kind enough to chat with us recently about Westdoc Online, his year-old online interview show. Over the course 22 episodes, he's spoken with many leading filmmakers, including Tim Wardle, Anna Zameka and Steve James, and covered a wide range of topics of interest to the documentary film community. Episode #5, in which he delves into the nitty-gritty of footage licensing, should be of particular interest readers of this site.

Westdoc Online founder chuck braverman.

Westdoc Online founder chuck braverman. Please introduce yourself and tell us what you’re working on.

Chuck Braverman: I am a long time filmmaker having directed dozens of episodic shows, some movies for television, a feature film, and many non-fiction documentaries. For years I had my own production company in Los Angeles, and we produced a large variety of films for tv networks, corporate clients, commercials, and docs. I am currently working part time teaching an advanced filmmaking class at Cal State University Northridge, and have half a dozen eclectic projects in different stages of development

FN: When did Westdoc launch?

 CB: The original Westdoc Conference was started in 2010 with my friend and business partner (producer/distributor) Richard Propper. We produced the live conference in Santa Monica and then L.A. for six years for non-fiction and reality filmmakers. I launched Westdoc Online in December of 2017 as an experiment to see if I could take some of the best elements of our original conference concept online live to interview and discuss non-fiction filmmaking with participants around the world. This would be live and available free to everyone.

FN: What are your goals for the project?

CB: I want to stimulate more thought and conversation about documentaries with the people who produce, direct, and distribute the docs and everyone who love movies. I would like to achieve a critical mass audience that makes this concept commercially viable.

 FN: Who is your target audience and what will they learn from watching your interviews?

CB: The target audience includes filmmakers and the people who watch documentaries and other forms of non-fiction. I hope this will help to open up the world of non-fiction and will stimulate more interest in documentaries. I believe that of the 500 or so feature films that were released this year in the states, some of the very best were docs that could compete on every media platform with the better known and publicized studio and indie fiction films.  Four of this years short listed Oscar docs grossed over ten million each at the theatrical box office.

FN: What have you learned about the documentary business from doing these interviews?

CB: I have learned that documentary filmmakers are eager and open to discussing their films and how they were produced. It also seems to be the best of times, and the worst of times for docs. The big players are commissioning more and more with fewer producers. This is a pattern that I have seen before and the first time filmmaker has a higher bar to jump over.

 FN: How do you pick your interview subjects?

CB: I pick my subjects by what interests me and what I think will interest others. I have a very strong sense of curiosity and want to know everything I can about docs and the people that make them. Of the 160 feature docs that were submitted to the Academy this year, I had three of the 15 films and the directors that made the short list on my series and could have had a couple more, but I wasn’t that crazy about some of the favorites.

 FN: How many episodes have you produced?

 CB: To date I have produced 22 episodes and they are all available online for free on the site.

FN: In one of your interviews, Ondi Timoner said that this is the “golden age of documentary.” Do you agree? Why/Why not? What is driving the interest?

 CB: I agree with Ondi and the reason is simple. Some of the docs being made today are every bit as good as any 50 million dollar fiction feature film. The audience doesn’t care if it is a doc as long as it is a good story, and entertains.

FN: What are some of the biggest challenges your subjects are facing today?

 CB: Today, as always, getting financed is the biggest challenge for most filmmakers. Should this film be commissioned by a network (with all the accompanying challenges, or acquired (probably for less money and a risk), or a co-pro which means you have to sell it the film more than once with no guarantees.

 FN: Who are some of the filmmakers you have interviewed so far? Any favorite episodes/interviews?

CB: My favorites so far include Tim Wardle, the director of the Oscar short listed Three Identical Strangers; Anna Zameka, director of the short listed Communion; RaMell Ross, director of the short listed Hale County, This Morning, This Evening; Frank Stiefel, Oscar winner for the doc short Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405; Marina Zenovich, director of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind; and Steve James, director of Hoop Dreams and the Oscar nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.

FN: What are some of the best documentaries you have seen lately?

 CB: The Last Race directed by first timer Michael Dweck is stunner. Beautifully shot and very immersive. Disappointing that his distributor didn’t get into the Oscar race sooner and with more of a push to get this film noticed. (That is a whole other topic of discussion about promoting docs for the awards circuit.) Hale County, This Morning, This Evening is an art film/doc masterpiece. A different kind of doc. They Shall Not Grow Old from Peter Jackson is an incredible breakthrough in technology and a surprisingly emotional experience. And Three Identical Strangers tells a great story in dramatic and compelling format.

 FN: What makes for a great documentary film?

 CB: The three most important elements are; story, story, and story.

 FN: We are of course very interested in the role of archival footage in documentary filmmaking. Have any of the filmmakers you’ve interviewed talked about their use of archival footage?

 CB: Episode #5 was all about licensing clips and archival footage. It featured a stock footage house, producer, the head of stock footage association, and an IP attorney. I believe that archival footage is a very important part of documentary filmmaking and the more knowledge we have about licensing footage from various sources, the better.

 FN: How has Westdoc evolved over time?

CB: In the beginning of Westdoc Online was more about multiple people from different locations live on the web. Over time, I have concentrated more on one on one interviews and less have been live. From a technical point of view, I have learned more about live streaming and the hardware and software needed to put on a professional series.

FN: What’s next? Where would you like to go from here?

CB: I am planning a pilot experiment producing an episode with myself and a guest reviewing docs that are available online. We’ll see what happens.

New 4K Collections at Global ImageWorks

Global ImageWorks has a variety of new 4K footage in stock, including gritty “breaking-news” style footage of riots, disasters and accidents; spellbinding footage of world cities, aviation, NASA, and much more from the 1950s onward, all transferred from the original film to 4K; and historic travel footage now available in 4K from the original film print, including footage of world destinations as they were decades ago. For authentic footage of points around the globe, this collection is a trip back in time. For more information, please contact GIW's in-house collection expert, Morgan Strong, at

British Pathe Launches New Site for VOD Service

British Pathé has this week launched a new website for its online video-on-demand service “British Pathé TV”. The channel has been completely redesigned for 2019 and features additional content. British Pathé TV targets viewers other streaming services can’t cater for, focusing on specialist audiences such as history buffs, royal watchers, cinema aficionados and train enthusiasts. It is designed to complement the existing British Pathé newsreel archive (which remains free-to-view on the main British Pathé website). Visit to explore the full-length documentaries, interviews and classic movies that the revamped subscription service has to offer.