Corbis And AP Sign Cross-Distribution Agreement

Posted on 8/23/2011 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

The Associated Press and Corbis Images have announced a comprehensive cross-distribution partnership that provides customers access to more than 10 million images covering an unparalleled range of breaking news, sports and entertainment, archival and creative images.

The strategic alliance combines the strengths of two of the world's leading imagery sources. AP Images, the commercial photo licensing division of The Associated Press, will make available to Corbis thousands of breaking news, sports, and entertainment images each day and more than 5 million archival photos. AP, a not-for-profit cooperative headquartered in New York, has won 30 Pulitzer Prizes for its photography. Corbis will make available through AP more than 5 million of its world-leading collection of creative, documentary, archival, fine art and current events imagery. Together, AP and Corbis will provide the market with a comprehensive, end-to-end editorial offering across all subjects and industry verticals.

"Putting together AP's award-winning collection of breaking news and other editorial photography with Corbis' extraordinary collection of creative and historical imagery provides a perfect marriage of choice for our customers," said Tom Curley, AP president and CEO. "It means unprecedented access to the most far-reaching, complete collections available anywhere."

"Corbis believes in the future of the media business, and our partnership with The Associated Press marks another major milestone in our company's commitment to providing customers with the most compelling and differentiated content offering in the market today," said Corbis' CEO, Gary Shenk. "Corbis now provides not only the broadest selection of breaking news, sports and entertainment content, but an unparalleled collection of archival imagery spanning the entire history of photography."

Under the agreement, Corbis images will be available on AP Images' portal,, and AP photographs will be available on the Corbis website at These collections will be available on the two sites beginning in early October to customers in the United States.

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