Press Releases 24

Posted on 8/25/2006 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)



August 25, 2006

Discovery Selects Getty Images to Distribute Footage and Photography

Getty Images, Inc. and Discovery Communications have announced that Discovery has chosen Getty Images as the exclusive distributor for its vast collection of stock footage from Discovery FootageSource. In addition to bringing this film content to a broad market for the first time in Discovery's history, Getty Images is also a key distributor of Discovery Channel Images' high-quality nature and wildlife photography.

Both the film and photography collections feature a wide array of subjects including animals, nature travel, technology and industry to be used by visual communicators worldwide.

"Our rich stock footage collection and unique photography capture some of the natural world's most amazing moments and captivating scenery," said Peter McKelvy, Vice President, Footage and Music Services, Discovery Production Group, Discovery Communications. "The availability of our stock footage collection at represents an exciting new chapter for our business. This offering allows us to open our prized collection to new avenues of use through the best distribution platform available today."

"We're thrilled to be the exclusive provider of many hours of high-value footage about our planet and its inhabitants," said Karen McLaughlin, Director of Image Partner Development, Getty Images. "Discovery's remarkable footage is well-suited for customers across all market segments. At the same time, customers needing still photography now have access to a broad range of high- quality originals in a variety of formats, including panoramic."

Still photography from Discovery Channel Images is available online at ( Customers may select images that are well-captioned, including Latin names for each animal species. Styles are consistent across collections and available in medium, large and panoramic format.

The footage collection, Discovery FootageSource, will be made available online later this month at (

Lonely Planet and Navman Create Interactive Online Travel Guide

Lonely Planet Images has joined forces with satellite navigation pioneer, Navman,
to create a travel guide.

This month, Navman's website will launch thousands of NavPix™ images, provided by Lonely Planet Images. The photos hold unique geographical data which enable satellite navigation to select the most appropriate image for each location.

This development in picture research, combined with Navman's iCN700 device is a huge step forward for travellers, who can now be guided to destinations across Europe, knowing the exact location and what to expect upon arrival.

Incorporating the latest photography from Lonely Planet Images and up to date travel information from their guidebooks, Navman has created thousands of NavPix™ snapshots of various tourist attractions - hotels, shops, restaurants, and more
- across 19 major cities including London, Paris, Milan and Madrid, to name just a few. All NavPix™ photos can be downloaded onto a device from the Navman Web site, and include up to 100 words of information provided by Lonely Planet. NavPix™ combines a picture of a place with its exact geographical coordinates.

This content is free to download from from (

"We're thrilled to be working with Navman," said Miranda Duffy, Business Development Manager at Lonely Planet Images. "This development in satellite technology illustration allows travellers to locate a specific destination and get information about what they will find once they get there."

"Our photographers at Lonely Planet Images are travel experts. The style of images they've supplied for NavPix™ is un-staged and natural which avoid clichés and focuses on capturing a wide range of destinations in the independent spirit of Lonely Planet."

Prash Vadgama, president of the Consumer Navigation Group at Navman said: "Working
hand in hand with Lonely Planet has been an exciting journey. Combining our mapping information with their local knowledge, this new package provides users with everything they need for an exciting, stress-free trip."

Photolibrary Acquires ABPL Food File

Photolibrary has announced a further expansion with the acquisition of Anthony Blake Photo Library (ABPL) - the UK's leading specialist in food and drink related images. Founded by Anthony Blake, the library now holds over 200,000 images, representing the work of 100 food and drink photographers.

From fast food to haute cuisine, from paddy fields to supermarkets - ABPL covers absolutely everything relating to food and drink from every corner of the world. The collection offers an extensive choice of photographic styles; from simple 'cut-outs' to beautiful still-lifes and evocative location shots.

Glenn Parker, Photolibrary Group CEO, says: "ABPL is another unique addition to our group. The freshness of the imagery and the passion with which the collection has been put together sets it apart and Photolibrary Group is excited to be able to offer our customers this incredible range of modern, unique photography."

ABPL Managing Director Clare Parker says "Photolibrary's acquisition of ABPL is exciting news. Being part of such a dynamic and well-resourced group will mean that we can open the collection to an international market, achieve the full digitization of the library, and further enhance our services to clients. We look forward to delivering these considerable benefits to both our photographers and customers. ABPL has always enjoyed a strong reputation for the unrivalled depth and quality of our images and for ensuring strong client satisfaction. The Photolibrary Group shares this focus, together with our passion for inspirational imagery. Photolibrary's energy and dedication to creativity, will ensure that ABPL continues to serve up the freshest food images available." Partners With has struck a deal with which includes two major features - both for and its customers. The first feature involves the use of photographs in the Template Monster webpage templates, which is a bonus for buyers of these premium templates. The second feature provides a 10% bonus on all purchases from for any Template Monster customers who make a purchase from Template Monster from August 14, 2006, for the duration of the current partnership agreement.

The agreement stipulates that each time a template is sold, the owners of the copyrights of the images embedded in the template will be paid according to the usual Fotolia pricing policy and licence agreement. Settlements are to be made at the end of each month.

"We can be proud of our partnership with They are as interested in quality, service, and value for customers as we are. We hope our mutual customers appreciate the rewards of this new partnership." - says David Braun CEO of Template Monster.

"We are proud to offer our library of professional images to Template Monster and customers for web design. We are excited to collaborate with the number one template site in the world. As a Fotolia partner, Template Monster will now have access to the fastest growing database of images from artists and photographers around the world. It is our hope that this alliance will bring more designers to Template Monster and increase revenue to the thousands of Fotolia artists." says Oleg Tscheltzoff, President of

Adobe Adds Collections

Adobe has introduced new collections of images enhancing the Adobe Creative Suite 2 with over 850,000 royalty-free stock photographs from the most well-known industry providers, including Getty, Corbis and Jupiterimages.

To answer the need for quick access to globally-relevant images, graphic designers using the Suite can now utilize new collections from Banana Stock, Tetra and four new Getty collections: MedioImages, Photosindia, Redchopsticks, and Glow, all of which focus on cross-cultural imagery.

Adobe Stock Photos now includes 21 image collections and 18 image galleries to ignite creative inspiration. Since its introduction a little over a year ago, the Adobe Stock Photos service has nearly quadrupled its image offerings to support designers working under tight deadlines who need an efficient way to quickly find the perfect image that complements their design and communicates the right message.

Euro RSCG, the world's fifth-largest global agency, with 233 international offices that specialize in advertising, marketing services, interactive, healthcare, and corporate communications, uses Adobe Stock Photos to search all the major supplies at once from directly within its favored Creative Suite applications.

Corbis Appoints Co-Directors of Outline

Corbis has announced the appointment of co-directors of photography of Outline, a preeminent global celebrity photography agency.

Lisa Diamond, who was most recently the director of Artist Relations and a founding member of Outline, will be responsible for developing and recruiting Outline talent on the East Coast and in Europe and working out of the New York office.

Sherrie Berger, who began her career as the West Coast department head for ABC Television's photography department, will be responsible for recruiting new photographers on the West Coast and in Asia and will be located in the Los Angeles office.

Marcus Benkwitz Becomes New Plainpicture Partner

As of August 1st 2006, Marcus Benkwitz takes on his new role as company partner in the international photography library Plainpicture.

The former Photonica Sales Operations Manager teamed up with Plainpicture, the high end creative photo agency earlier this year as Sales Director in their Hamburg headquarters. He brings with him a wealth of experience gained from developing both the German and Danish markets for Photonica and Iconica.

Marcus Benkwitz will now lead the daily business operations with his
plainpicture partners Astrid Herrmann, Valentin Alscher and Roman Härer.

Copyright © 2006 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 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


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