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Articles from April 2004

Great Quarter For Getty Images

By Jim Pickerell | 2067 Words | Posted 4/23/2004 | Comments
Getty Images reported record first quarter revenue of $156.5 million, a 20.1% growth over the $130.3 million earned in Q1 2003, and 16.4% growth over the $134.4 million in sales in Q4 2003. They benefited significantly from currency exchange rates, but even excluding this benefit revenue still grew by 11%.

Fashion Sells Basics

By Jim Pickerell | 433 Words | Posted 4/16/2004 | Comments
Some lessons for stock photographers farom the fashion industry. Are the high fashion, edgy looks the best sellers in clothes or pictures, or is it really about basics?

PictureArts Acquires Nonstock

By Jim Pickerell | 693 Words | Posted 4/16/2004 | Comments
PictureArts has completed an agreement to acquire Nonstock and will establish an East Coast office in the Nonstock offices in New York. Currently PictureArts has two RM brands -- FoodPix and Botanica -- and the RF brand, Brand X Pictures. This acquisition probably makes Picture Arts the 4th largest image seller headquartered in the U.S.

Alamy Exceeds One Million Images

By Jim Pickerell | 463 Words | Posted 4/13/2004 | Comments
Alamy Images has announced that they have more than one million RM and RF images available for licensing from over 175 agencies and 2,500 plus photographers. This represents a 33% growth in content since this time last year.

PicScout Image Recognition

By Jim Pickerell | 895 Words | Posted 4/13/2004 | Comments
PicScout image recognition software and Image-Tracker is now being used by Zefa and Masterfile to identify unauthorized uses. The technology searches commercial areas of the web for images and compares them with a database of images supplied by the agency. It can detect images that have been cropped, resized or colorized.

Random Thoughts 77

By Jim Pickerell | 756 Words | Posted 4/13/2004 | Comments
This issue has stories on Media Bakery being temporarily off-line; Central Stock going out of business and selling assets on E-Bay; Corbis giving away Apples; and a new Photoshop magazine from Dynamic Graphics.

Random Thoughts 76

By Jim Pickerell | 1565 Words | Posted 4/5/2004 | Comments
This issue has stories on a Fire at Panoramic Images, Corbis Partners With InfoSpace Mobile, ImageState Staff Changes, AbleStock Adds Partners, and Index Stock Imagery Names Portuguese Distribution Agent.

Comstock Sold To Jupitermedia

By Jim Pickerell | 1005 Words | Posted 4/3/2004 | Comments
Jupitermedia Corporation has acquired all the assets of Comstock for $20.85 million in cash. Jupitermedia had gross revenues of almost $47 million in 2003, but only $4 million of that was for licensing rights to stock photos and illustrations. It is believed that Comstock's current gross annual revenue is about $10 million.

WireImage And The NFL

By Jim Pickerell | 1301 Words | Posted 4/3/2004 | Comments
The NFL has offered WireImage a three-year contract to take over management of its NFL photo archive that will cost WireImage at least $500,000 per year in payments to the NFL. Observers think the deal is too heavily weighted in favor of the NFL and WireImage is expected to make a counter offer.

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Jim Pickerell launched his career as a photographer in 1963. In 1990 he began publishing a regular newsletter on stock photography. In 1995 the information was made available online as well as in print and was gradually expanded to a daily service. Click here for Pickerell's full biography.

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