Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pond5 Launches the Public Domain Project With 75,000 Free Media Clips

The collection includes 10,000 free video clips, all formatted in 4K or Full HD

NEW YORK, Jan. 20th, 2015. Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for royalty-free video footage, announced today the launch of the Pond5 Public Domain Project, the first library of free public domain content designed specifically for media makers. The initial collection includes 10,000 video clips, 65,000 photos, thousands of sound recordings, and hundreds of 3D models.

“For years, all of this amazing public domain content has been locked up and inaccessible to the average media maker,” said Pond5 cofounder and CEO Tom Bennett. “They deserve better. Our Public Domain Project empowers media makers to take advantage of this incredibly rich library that’s rightfully theirs.”

The collection includes 5,000 never-before-seen video clips, digitized directly from the National Archives outside of Washington D.C. Other video highlights include George MeliĆ©s’ 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, along with footage from the 1952 Helsinki Olympic games, the World Wars, NASA rocket launches, and the International Space Station. Speeches from historical figures like Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy can be heard in the collection’s recordings, along with full performances from composers like Beethoven and Chopin.

Designed especially for media creators, the library’s enriched, standardized metadata allows users to easily search for content via aesthetic and technical qualities. In addition, footage sequences have been broken down into individual shots, saving video editors countless hours of work. Everything is instantly shareable and embeddable in social media and throughout the Web.

Based in New York, with offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Prague, Czech Republic, Pond5 recently raised $61 million from Accel Partners and Stripes Group. It currently employs a global team of over 80 people.

About Pond5
Pond5 is the world's most vibrant marketplace for media makers, offering the web's largest collection of royalty-free stock video footage, as well as millions of photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, Adobe After Effects project templates, and 3D models. Disrupting the traditional stock agency model with an open, dynamic marketplace, Pond5 invites media makers from all over the world to submit their own content and set their own prices. Contributing artists earn 50% on each sale - significantly higher than traditional players. Submissions are curated by the Pond5 team, and made available for immediate preview, purchase and download. All content is licensed under a simple royalty-free license that provides customers lifetime, worldwide usage rights across all media. Visit www.pond5.com.







Saturday, January 17, 2015

Shutterstock to Acquire Rex Features, Expands Focus on Editorial Imagery

LONDON and NEW YORK, January 15, 2015

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of commercial digital imagery and music, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Rex Features, the largest independently owned photographic press agency in Europe.

Rex offers media companies and advertisers images and videos that capture the world around us, including a live feed of tightly edited celebrity, entertainment, sports and news images and videos, along with access to a multi-decade archive of iconic images. With Rex’s editorial expertise and Shutterstock’s technical prowess, the combined companies plan to bring a comprehensive offering to market across both editorial and commercial content.

“The acquisition of Rex Features marks our substantive entry into editorial imagery — a new market for Shutterstock with significant potential and many opportunities to better serve global media companies,” said Jon Oringer, Shutterstock founder and CEO.

With offices in London and Los Angeles, Rex serves thousands of customers, including many of the world’s leading magazines, websites, newspapers, agencies, and broadcasters.

“Given Shutterstock’s volume leadership in commercial imagery and Rex’s history of meeting customers’ editorial needs, we are excited about what Rex and Shutterstock can accomplish together,” said Larry Lawson, Managing Director of Rex Features.

The purchase price is approximately $33 million, substantially all of which will be paid in cash. The company expects to update its 2015 financial outlook for the impact of this transaction when it reports fourth quarter 2014 earnings.

About Rex Features

As one of the world's leading independent photographic press agencies and picture libraries, Rex Features has an international reputation as a premier source of images and features for the world's media - be it personalities, news and features, sport, travel, business, animal, humour, lifestyle, fashion, music, historical or creative stock images.

Every day Rex Features gathers many thousands of new images from all around the world and supplies them to professional clients in all media sectors. Rex Features’ editors work 24/7 providing a comprehensive service of topical material.

Rex Features has offices in London and Los Angeles, and partner agencies in over 40 countries. www.rexfeatures.com

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Statements in this press release regarding management's future expectations, predictions, beliefs, goals, intentions, plans, prospects or strategies including, without limitation, statements regarding Shutterstock's business strategy and future product offerings, the ability of the acquisition to deliver value to our customers or prospects, and the growth and potential of the editorial imagery market, may constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors including risks related to any unforeseen changes to or the effects on liabilities, financial condition, future capital expenditures, revenue, expenses, net income or loss, synergies and future prospects; our inability to continue to attract and retain customers and contributors to our online marketplace for commercial digital imagery; our inability to successfully operate in a new and rapidly changing market and to evaluate our future prospects; competitive factors; assertions by third parties of infringement or other violations of intellectual property rights by Shutterstock; our inability to increase market awareness of Shutterstock and our services; our inability to continue expansion into international markets; general economic conditions worldwide; our ability to successfully integrate Rex Features and the associated technology and achieve operational efficiencies; and other factors and risks discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as in other documents that may be filed by Shutterstock from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of such risks, uncertainties and factors, Shutterstock's actual results may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. Shutterstock is providing the information in this press release as of this date and assumes no obligations to update the information included in this press release or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

About Shutterstock, Inc.

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 70,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 47 million images and 2 million video clips available.

Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, London, Paris and San Francisco, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media agency; Offset, a high-end image collection; Skillfeed, an online marketplace for learning; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital asset management service for businesses.

For more information, please visit www.shutterstock.com and follow Shutterstock on Twitter or on Facebook.





Shutterstock to Acquire PremiumBeat, A Leading Provider of Royalty Free Music

NEW YORK and MONTREAL, January 15, 2015

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of commercial digital imagery and music, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire PremiumBeat, a leading provider of exclusive, high-quality music and sound effects for use in videos, films, television, apps, games, and other creative projects.

Given the rising importance of video and interactive content, creators around the world increasingly seek affordable, high-quality music to bring their projects to life. Earlier this year Shutterstock set out to make licensable music accessible to any business with the launch of Shutterstock Music; the acquisition of PremiumBeat will help to accelerate this mission. PremiumBeat works with leading composers to offer a high-quality library of exclusive music to the world’s best businesses, including advertising and media agencies, as well as Fortune 500 companies.

“We are excited to add such a complementary business in PremiumBeat, with a fast-growing customer base and an extraordinary collection,” said Jon Oringer, founder and CEO of Shutterstock. “We understand the intersection between music and video and believe that music licensing will benefit from the same, strong market demand we are capitalizing on with video.”

Shutterstock recently surpassed the milestone of more than one million video clips licensed.

“We share the same vision as Shutterstock to support video editors, marketers and content creators around the world as they tell engaging stories,” said Francois Arbour, CEO of PremiumBeat. “We are excited to leverage Shutterstock’s global reach and leadership in video licensing. Advancing forward together provides tremendous benefit to our customers, our musicians and our team. It really is the perfect fit.”

With offices in Montreal and Dallas, PremiumBeat will continue under the leadership of Francois Arbour, who will expand his responsibilities to lead music globally for Shutterstock and focus on further growth.

The purchase price consists of initial consideration of approximately $32 million in cash. Additional consideration is payable upon the achievement of certain operating and financial goals through 2018. The company expects to update its 2015 financial outlook for the impact of this transaction when it reports fourth quarter 2014 earnings.

About PremiumBeat

PremiumBeat is a curated royalty free music service that provides exclusive, high-quality tracks and sound effects for use in new and traditional media projects, including videos, films, apps, games, and television programming. www.premiumbeat.com

Safe Harbor Provision

Statements in this press release regarding management's future expectations, predictions, beliefs, goals, intentions, plans, prospects or strategies including, without limitation, statements regarding Shutterstock's business strategy and future product offerings, the ability of the acquisition to deliver value to our customers or prospects, and the growth and potential of the editorial imagery market, may constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors including risks related to any unforeseen changes to or the effects on liabilities, financial condition, future capital expenditures, revenue, expenses, net income or loss, synergies and future prospects; our inability to continue to attract and retain customers and contributors to our online marketplace for commercial digital imagery; our inability to successfully operate in a new and rapidly changing market and to evaluate our future prospects; competitive factors; assertions by third parties of infringement or other violations of intellectual property rights by Shutterstock; our inability to increase market awareness of Shutterstock and our services; our inability to continue expansion into international markets; general economic conditions worldwide; our ability to successfully integrate PremiumBeat and the associated technology and achieve operational efficiencies; and other factors and risks discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as in other documents that may be filed by Shutterstock from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of such risks, uncertainties and factors, Shutterstock's actual results may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. Shutterstock is providing the information in this press release as of this date and assumes no obligations to update the information included in this press release or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

About Shutterstock, Inc.

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 70,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 47 million images and 2 million video clips available.

Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, London, Paris and San Francisco, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media agency; Offset, a high-end image collection; Skillfeed, an online marketplace for learning; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital asset management service for businesses.

For more information, please visit www.shutterstock.com and follow Shutterstock on Twitter or on Facebook.




Getty Images Presents Year in Focus 2014 Exhibition

January 12, 2015 • Company News, Getty Images Gallery, Photojournalism

New exhibition showcases the defining images that encapsulate 2014

Year in Focus 2014 on display at Getty Images Gallery, London on Thursday 22 January, 2015 through to 11 February, 2015.

Monday 12 January, 2015, London: Getty Images is excited to announce the launch of a retrospective exhibition, Year in Focus 2014 – a stunning curation of 60 of the defining images that encapsulate the global news agenda and events of 2014.

In 2014, Getty Images’ award-winning photographers covered more than 16,000 news events, 28,000 sports events and 50,000 entertainment events, delivering award-winning imagery to news rooms and media publishers around the world. Year in Focus 2014 captures the best of the best, showcasing 2014’s most important moments in the world of news, sport, entertainment and archive anniversaries and obituaries.

Featured are powerful news images from the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Air Malaysia’s passenger jet crash, the ongoing conflict in Syria and the Hong Kong protests. Stunning moments from the Cannes Film Festival, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup are showcased, alongside poignant imagery remembering the life of comedian Robin Williams and the Fall of the Berlin Wall on its 25th anniversary.

Speaking on the moving exhibition, Getty Images, Vice President for News, Hugh Pinney says: “In 2014 we have seen imagery from all corners of the globe – powerful and extraordinary photos documenting global and local stories. This unprecedented curation provides a chance to step back and take a look at the defining moments of the year and we are delighted to be able to open this exhibition up to the public for the very first time.”

To view a selection of the imagery that will be on display, click here.

Year in Focus runs from 22 January to 11 February, 2015 and admission is free. Getty Images Gallery is situated in central London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus. Opening hours are from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, 12.00 to 5.30pm Saturday.

About Getty Images Gallery

Getty Images Gallery is London’s largest independent photographic gallery and was founded in 1996. Located on Eastcastle Street, just a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus, Getty Images Gallery showcases stunning exhibitions on a regular basis. The majority of the imagery on display in the Gallery is taken from Getty Images’ archival and contemporary libraries and is available to buy as fine art prints in a variety of sizes and framing options.
www.gettyimagesgallery.com

About Getty Images

Getty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication, with over 170 million assets available through its premium content site www.gettyimages.com and its leading stock content site www.istock.com. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media. Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life. For company news and announcements, visit press.gettyimages.com, and for the stories, innovation and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends http://stories.gettyimages.com. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gettyimages , Twitter at https://twitter.com/GettyImages, or download Stream, our free consumer app, to view and share the world’s best imagery.







Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stock Photography Sales Statistic December 2014

This is my stock photography sales statistic for December 2014. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.


These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for December 2014:
  1. DepositPhotos
  2. Zazzle
  3. Shutterstock
  4. iStock
Another disappointing month .... Somehow it doesn't look like that I will recover fast from whatever happened with Shutterstock last October. December is normally my best month, but it didn't turn out like it this time. Also Zazzle was not as good this Christmas season as it was in the last few years. Overall December shrunk 2% compared to November and was down an astounding 21% compared to December 2013. My yearly income only increased by 5%. It was the best month ever for DepositPhotos, and Pixoto.





(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)






Monday, December 15, 2014

Adobe to Acquire Fotolia

Acquisition to Deliver Vibrant Image and Video Marketplace for Creatives Worldwide

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Fotolia, a leading marketplace for royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video, for approximately $800 million in cash. Fotolia will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud, providing current and future Creative Cloud members with the ability to access and purchase over 34 million images and videos, significantly simplifying and accelerating the design process. The acquisition of Fotolia cements Creative Cloud’s role as a vibrant marketplace for creatives to buy and sell assets and services as well as showcase their talent to a worldwide audience. Adobe also plans to continue to operate Fotolia as a standalone stock service, accessible to anyone.

“The acquisition of Fotolia will reinforce Creative Cloud’s role as the preeminent destination for creatives,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “Creative Cloud is becoming the go-to marketplace for the creative community to access images, videos, fonts and creative talent, through critical creative services like Fotolia and our new Creative Talent Search capabilities.”

With over 3.4 million members, Adobe Creative Cloud features the world’s leading desktop tools, an array of complementary mobile apps, training content, creative assets and services and ready access to a dynamic community. Creative Cloud is transforming how creatives find inspiration and deliver their best work -- and the value of Creative Cloud is increasing all the time through product updates and new capabilities like Creative Talent Search. Following the completion of the acquisition, Adobe expects to integrate the delivery and purchase of stock assets into Creative Cloud.

“Becoming part of the Adobe family is a dream come true for the Fotolia team and will accelerate our vision to become the best place for artists to build a business and the ultimate destination for designers to find stunning creative work,” said Oleg Tscheltzoff, founder and CEO of Fotolia.

Founded in 2004, with offices in New York, Paris and Berlin, privately-held Fotolia is owned by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., TA Associates and management. Fotolia currently operates in 23 countries and has websites in 14 languages.

The transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of Adobe’s fiscal Q1 2015, is subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The potential financial impact to Adobe of this transaction is not reflected in financial targets Adobe has previously provided, or new targets disclosed as part of Adobe's financial results, released on December 11, 2014. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently. Upon close Fotolia CEO, Oleg Tscheltzoff, will continue to lead the Fotolia team as part of Adobe’s Digital Media business.

For more information on Fotolia and the creative community, see: http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2014/12/building-a-vibrant-marketplace-for-the-creative-community.html

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This press release includes forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including risks and uncertainties related to Adobe’s ability to successfully integrate Fotolia’s stock content service into Creative Cloud. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including statements regarding: the ease of use of any future Adobe stock content service, the functionality of the service’s commerce system, plans for integrating the service into Creative Cloud and other anticipated benefits of the transaction to Adobe; the ability of Adobe and Fotolia to close the announced transaction; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. These risks, uncertainties and other factors, and the general risks associated with Adobe’s business, could cause actual results to differ materially from those referred to in the forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Adobe and are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Adobe's SEC filings. Adobe does not assume any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements or other statements included in this press.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.





Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The world’s largest online stock photo agency Alamy today announces exciting new features for its successful mobile app Stockimo


• The app now includes popular web tool IFTTT, a brilliantly simple way to help users optimise work flow and save time. E.g. ‘any picture I upload to Flickr also upload to Stockimo’.

• Users can now upload news imagery straight to the Alamy live news feed and get their images in front of global news outlets, broadening Stockimo’s appeal to another strand of the photographer community.

• The app now has a ‘customer likes’ feature, which gives live feedback on which images are popular with customers - what they like and what they’re buying.

• The latest release also includes helpful information if an image is rejected.

This will be the 3rd edition of the app following initial updates in the summer to introduce social media sharing and enhanced captioning and tagging tools.

Alan Capel, head of content: “This new release takes Stockimo to a new level. It’s a direct response to ideas and requests from our creative and insightful user base. Stockimo makes sense to its users because it's in sync with the changing landscape of mobile photography.”

Alamy is a technology led business so its emphasis has been on developing a user focused app. Stockimo downloads continue to grow month on month, powered by word of mouth across the photography community. The Stockimo app has recently been shortlisted as a finalist in the lifestyle category of the ME awards.

In just 9 months the Stockimo collection has reached 95,000 photos and is on target to reach 100,000 by the end of the year. Rachel Wakefield, head of sales, says: “This style of candid photography is extremely sought after, so the Stockimo collection has been welcomed by all our customers. Adding live news will boost the collection and have a special appeal for our editorial customers.”

About Alamy:

Founded in 1999, Alamy revolutionised stock photography by creating the world’s first open, unedited collection of images. With over 50 million images Alamy is the world's largest independent agency for news, stock and video imagery. It supplies thousands of designers, marketing departments, news desks, and publishers with imagery produced by the best professional and amateur contributors around.

Alamy provides the most comprehensive choice of imagery, supported by excellent customer service and a fast and simple online experience. Alamy is proud of its fair and ethical business model. It aims to be the first port of call for buyers and suppliers of imagery. It has a friendly and helpful approach. And it shares the rewards with its suppliers with fairness and transparency. Alamy’s business is underpinned by a philanthropic ethos.

See about Alamy for more information.

About Stockimo:

Stockimo is the free app that turns your smartphone photos into cash. Use Stockimo to upload your photos to Alamy, the world’s largest website for picture buyers, where images sell from $5 to $20,000. Stockimo is an app for creative people who take photos using their mobile phones, want to make some money and showcase their work to a global audience.

Shoot what you love and be as creative and adventurous as you like. Submit photos of interesting places and people and the of-the-moment stuff that documents the world. Opt in to stockimonews and share your breaking news shots too. What you take is up to you!

Key features of Stockimo

• It’s free
• Unlimited uploads
• Very simple to use
• Upload filtered images, including photos taken with other apps (Instagram, Hipstamatic, etc)
• Images get rated by photo experts
• Upload live news photos
• Find out what customers like in the apps live feed
• Plugged in to IFTTT to make workflow even easier
• Available on iPhone, IOS 7 or above

How Stockimo works

• Upload your smartphone photos.
• Describe each image with a caption and tag key features and concepts.
• Submit and get your photos rated.
• If your photos are accepted, they’ll go on sale at Alamy.com and its distribution network.
• The app will tell you when your photos sell.
• You’ll get paid your share every month if you’ve made over $10.
• You keep the copyright, your photos stay on Alamy to sell again and again.