Boughn Moves Again

Posted on 1/19/1999 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)



January 19, 1999

Artville, the Madison, WI based subsidiary of The Image Bank has named Ellen Boughn

to the position of Vice President-Photography. She will be charged with expanding

Artville's existing photography product line of royalty-free imagery.

Prior to this position, Ms. Boughn was with Definitive Stock in Seattle for a few months,

and before that she served as Director of Content at Corbis Images. She also held the position

of Product Manager for Workbook Online, a web-based resource for stock imagery.

In the late 1970's Ms. Boughn founded After-Image, a Los Angeles-based stock photography

agency known for its highly creative content. She sold her company to Tony Stone Images

in 1990 and subsequently held the positions of President at Tony Stone Images-Los Angeles

and Member, Borad of Directors, at Tony Stone Images-London.

Miles Gerstein, President and Publisher of Artville sees exciting challenges ahead for

Boughn and says, "Artville is already known for the quality of its illustrations. Now

our task is to expand the scope of our photography collection. Ellen brings a creative

vision and a wealth of experience to her new position. Her knowledge of the market is

second to none. We are looking forward to seeing her put her stamp on our new photography


Boughn says, "I believe that the combination of Artville's strategic position in the

marketplace and the visual resources of The Image Bank is an unbeatable one."

Leaving Definitive

It is unclear why Boughn's tenure at Definitive Stock was so short. Michael Carpenter,

President of Definitive Stock said in December, "Ellen Boughn joined Definitive Stock

[in August 1998] to help build

international distribution and expand the collection of rights-protected

images. Her considerable experience has and continues to prove valuable to

Definitive Stock in these and other areas. After getting a taste for

entrepreneurship again, Ellen decided to launch a new consulting business

with Definitive Stock as one of her premier clients. Both Definitive Stock

and Ellen agreed that she could fulfill her goals with Definitive Stock under

these terms and still have the ability to work with other companies and

exercise greater personal freedom."

It is our understanding that Boughn's consulting efforts for Definitive ended with

her hiring to a full time position by Artville.

Royalty free companies need a continuing flow of good images. The suppliers

of such images find it much easier to work with such organizations when they feel

the person they are dealing

with is someone with experience in the stock photography business, someone they can

trust and someone who will have some concern for their interests as well as the interests of

they company employing them. That is why Ellen Boughn is in such demand.

Copyright © 1999 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-251-0720, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

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