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Archival footage group ACSIL elects new co-presidents

The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL) - an archival footage organization - has elected HBO Archives director Max Segal into a third term as co-president, alongside co-president Clara Fon-Sing of NBC News' archives sales and strategy.
April 30, 2014

The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL) – an archival footage organization – has elected HBO Archives director Max Segal into a third term as co-president, alongside newly-inducted co-president Clara Fon-Sing of NBC News’ archives sales and strategy.

Segal will lead the U.S. group in developing its profile internationally, while Fon-Sing looks to lead a strategy group addressing industry developments and business models that will influence commercial archives. Both will serve two-year terms.

ACSIL has also hired WPA Library founder Matthew White as its executive director. White served as the first president of ACSIL, and has also worked in senior positions with National Geographic Ventures and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

He replaces Jill Hawkins, who acted as ACSIL’s executive director since its founding in 2003.

“As the only organization in the U.S. representing footage licensors, we are in a unique position to shape the future of our business and define our role in the evolving digital media economy,” said co-president Fon-Sing in a statement. “ACSIL provides an international industry forum to help us all navigate the challenging and also exhilarating transformation of our core business activities.”

White added: “I can’t think of a more important time for ACSIL, as video use is accelerating at an exponential rate. Our members hold the invaluable motion picture records of the human story, from the first moving images captured in 1894 to the extraordinary HD and 4K cinematography that is documenting our world today.”

Segal and Fon-Sing were elected during ACSIL’s general meeting on March 26, along with WPA Film Library’s Diane Paradiso as secretary and WGBH Boston’s Alison Smith as treasurer.

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