Getty Images to lay off 300 staff

With second quarter results expected to be down, major stock footage supplier Getty Images is scaling back.
July 12, 2001

Until recently, the news about Getty Images was almost always that the Seattle-based stock footage supplier had grown…again. The company has been expanding at a rapid pace, primarily through the acquisition of other libraries such as one-time competitor Visual Communications Group, which Getty purchased last year (see RealScreen April 2000). But, after announcing an expected second quarter drop in revenues of four percent, Getty appears to be scaling back. The company says it plans to bring down operating costs by reducing staff from 2,300 to 2,000 (about 13%).

In a prepared statement, Getty co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein attributed the drop to a ‘weaker than expected economic environment’ in both the domestic and international markets. However, not everyone agrees with his assessment.

David Fishbein, president of L.A.-based Fish Films Footage World, theorizes that Getty’s revenue decline has more to do with its size than the market. ‘I don’t doubt that their sales are down because of how gigantic they are. This is not meant to be that big a business… I’m not saying that business hasn’t slowed down a little bit, but when it slows down a little, these monster companies feel it much more than the independents do.’

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Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).