MEGA Agency Signs Global Licensing Deal With Newscom

Posted on 8/30/2016 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

The Mega Agency is launching with an archive of 30 million images after signing a ground-breaking agreement with Newscom, the world’s largest multi-agency archive of digital images.
Mega founder Kevin Smith said the deal with Newscom, which adds more than 50,000 new images and other content assets daily, was great news for clients globally – and promised more big announcements in the coming weeks.
The Mega/Newscom agreement means that vast numbers of images from select Newscom partners will complement Mega’s own global content.

Mega, preparing for launch with offices across the US, Europe, and Australasia, will offer direct sales in multiple territories across the world, meaning more money in the pockets of the people it most values, contributors, said former Splash News owner Smith, who has promised to shake up the agency world.
“Quite simply, Newscom’s archive is second to none,” he said.

“Being able to offer clients our own exciting new content, complemented by Newscom’s extensive archive, and new deals we’ll be revealing shortly, means we’ll hit the ground running.

“Moreover, we’re proud to be partnering with such an innovative and forward-thinking company. I believe Mega and Newscom are a perfect match. This really is just the beginning of the Mega revolution.

“The message we keep getting from both photographers and clients is that they want something new – an alternative to what’s already out there. And that’s exactly what we’ll bring to the table.”

In total, Newscom, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, boasts an archive of more than 130 million images, videos, infographics and text content from hundreds of the world’s top publishers and content creators.
Newscom is owned by Mainstream Data, Inc., which is the world leader in providing sophisticated digital asset management platforms and dominates the global distribution of multimedia content for information companies.
“Newsom uses the latest in content-delivery technology to provide up-to-the-second news and visuals to thousands of customers in 106 countries,” said Scott Calder, the company’s President, CEO, and founder.
“New content is added around the clock from around the world, insuring that Newscom customers have access to the latest news, the freshest images, and the world’s most compelling stories.”
Mega CEO, Tom Tramborg, a former Senior Director at Getty Images, said: “We are extremely delighted with this partnership, which will help us achieve our ambitious goals for rapid top-line and profit development.
“With the satisfactory execution of our pre-launch plan, a number of exciting partnerships under way and our imminent global launch, we maintain very optimistic of our ability to truly disrupt the market."

Last week Mega announced that experienced agency hands Paul Tetley, David Leigh and Karlo Pastrovic would be part of the Mega team.
Tetley, previously VP Global News and Entertainment at Corbis, will be Mega's Chief Operations Officer; Leigh, a former News and Foreign Editor at the Daily Mirror and Assistant Editor, News, at the Daily Express, in London, will be Chief Content Officer; and Pastrovic, who most recently served on the photo desk at the New York Daily News, joins Mega as Photo Editor.

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