UK net ITV has kicked off a massive search for lost TV footage. From the 1950s through the ’70s it was common for show masters to be taped over to conserve expensive tape stock, whether it was Beatles footage, Doctor Who shows or Monty Python precursor At Last the 1948 Show. The results of the search will air in the form of an ITV series, Raiders of The Lost Archive. Check out the net’s most wanted at: www.itv.com/lostarchive.
The UK’s ITN Source picked up a Mobile TV award at MIPCOM for its short-form series On This Day in History, which uses 90-second videos to tell daily stories from footage libraries dating back to 1896.
In early October, Corbis chief exec Steve Davis told the London Times that the organization has turned an operating profit for the first time, thanks to a 16% increase in revenues in the first half of 2006.
Munich’s Framepool is celebrating its fifth anniversary this November by opening two offices: one in London and another in Paris. Vanessa Lewis (former sales manager at Getty Images) will handle the UK store, while Jean-Charles Pentecouteau (Framepool’s senior account manager for France and Benelux since 2004) will hold the fort in Paris.
Nat Geo Digital Motion has partnered with Denver motion imagery licensing/management company Thought Equity, which will see the company become Nat Geo’s exclusive online distribution partner.
Seattle-based Corbis has acquired the Australian Picture Library, a leading Aussie image company, further extending the Corbis brand Down Under.
In Colorado, Mammoth HD has added 33 new collections, including a Thailand series, New York City’s Columbus Circle series and an expanded Ocean Life collection. The new additions bring the total online collection to 378 titles.
In Seattle, Getty Images and Discovery Communications have teamed up to bring the cableco’s nature and wildlife film collection to online customers. Getty becomes the exclusive distributor for Discovery FootageSource, and will also handle Discovery Channel Images’ collection of stills.
Venice’s FootageBank HD has signed an exclusive deal to rep Innovision Optics Footage. The agreement gives FootageBank HD exclusive rights to custom high-speed and macro footage created in HD and shot with two Innovision systems: the Cine SpeedCam and the HD Probe.
Getty has added the AP Archive to its film collection. The acquisition strengthens Getty’s offering of both historical events and iconic personalities. Getty also recently added rights-managed collections from dick clarke productions, as well as new collections from BLOOMimage and FilmDisc.
Corbis recently named Adam Brotman as VP of licensing ventures. Before joining Corbis, Brotman was founder and former CEO of PlayNetwork Inc.
Oregon’s Artbeats have added two new HD collections to the catalog: Southwest Monument Aerials and Southwest Scenic Aerials. Both titles were captured using the Gyron Eagle Camera system, and bring the total number of HD collections at Artbeats to 157 (out of a total of 427 titles).
ITN Source has simplified its rate card to further help customers service their own orders.
Corbis has struck a deal with Playboy Enterprises, becoming the first external licensee to handle the media giant’s imagery for commercial use.
Royaltyfreestore.com has launched, offering 45 HD and SD collections via DVD.
In Kent, Moving Image has been appointed to manage and represent the Wessex Film and Sound Archive, a specialist regional repository based in Winchester. The Wessex archive features footage of everything from Sir Robert Baden-Powell and his future wife Olave Soames to Cold War propaganda films.