Agencies/Distributors

Image Source Partners With Luxy Images

By Jim Pickerell | 313 Words | Posted 4/16/2018 | Comments
Image Source has announced a new strategic partnership with high end brand, Luxy Images to deliver a bespoke (customized) image service direct to clients in Europe at www.imagesource.com.

Silverhub and Wonderhatch Combine Editorial Assignment Operations

By Jim Pickerell | 292 Words | Posted 4/16/2018 | Comments
SilverHub Media Group, which has become a vibrant new player in the editorial and assignments space since its launch in 2016, today announces that it has combined its editorial and assignment brand, SilverHub, with Wonderhatch, a freshly launched photographic and film assignment business.

Blend Images To Close Operations

By Jim Pickerell | 1448 Words | Posted 4/13/2018 | Comments
Blend Image, at one time the leading stock photo production company in North America, has announced to its image creators that it is “winding down” operations, “trying to negotiate deals that might provide members with the option to move their content without having to resubmit it,” and making plans to otherwise return content  by October 2018.

Masterfile Still Has Trouble Paying Current Royalties

By Jim Pickerell | 964 Words | Posted 4/12/2018 | Comments
Some Masterfile contributors report that the BIA restructuring of the company last year hasn’t solved Masterfile’s financial problems. Once again the company is falling behind on paying current royalties on new sales. I asked Steve Pigeon, CEO of Masterfile, for clarification and an explanation of the problems. The following are his answers.

Increased Use Of Certain Keywords

By Jim Pickerell | 731 Words | Posted 4/10/2018 | Comments
Over a billion searches are conducted annually on Gettyimages.com. Getty often provides information on a few search terms that are being used more frequently this year than in the previous year. Recently, they provided the following list and the percentage increase in 2017 compared to 2016.

Getty Retiring Thinkstock

By Jim Pickerell | 808 Words | Posted 4/9/2018 | Comments
Getty Images has announced that it will be retiring Thinkstock.com in mid-2019 and taking steps to transition Thinkstock customers over to Getty Images and iStock. Getty says this move will make way for a newer and overall improved experience for Thinkstock customers on Getty Images and iStock.

Dreamstime Files Suit Against Google

By Jim Pickerell | 739 Words | Posted 4/2/2018 | Comments
Dreamstime has filed a sweeping lawsuit against Google in California federal court alleging anticompetitive and discriminatory antitrust law violations as well as on-going breaches of contract, in order to use its monopoly position in online search to benefit its business partners – Shutterstock, and of late Getty Images – while leaving other stock photo sellers out in the cold.

500px Marketplace In Transition

By Jim Pickerell | 456 Words | Posted 3/30/2018 | Comments
Now that 500px has been sold to VCG it appears that the 500px Marketplace is in transition. Major contributors to Marketplace are receiving notices that their agreements will be terminated effective June 27, 2018. It is not clear that Marketplace will cease all licensing of imagery at that time, but that appears to be the case.

New Search Term Needed - Used

By Jim Pickerell | 900 Words | Posted 3/23/2018 | Comments
If stock agencies really want to help their customers the most important thing they could do is make it possible for customers to search for just those image that have been previously “Used.” The biggest problems facing customers today is too much choice. Only a very small percentage of the images in the major agency collections are ever licensed, but customers have no way to distinguish the used images from those that have never been used.

iStock Exclusive or Multi-Agency Non-Exclusive?

By Jim Pickerell | 734 Words | Posted 3/21/2018 | Comments
I’ve been asked by an iStock exclusive contributor with more than 10,000 images in the collection if he should go non-exclusive and put his images with multiple agencies. This contributor has been regularly adding new images, but his gross revenue has been steadily declining month by month.

Photography: The More Things Change...

By Jose Azel | 1488 Words | Posted 3/19/2018 | Comments
In Aurora Photos latest newsletter to contributors President and Founder José Azel offered insights on the current state of the stock photo industry that are worth every stock photographer considering

UK Football Association Selects SilverHub and Shutterstock As Photographer and Distribution Partners

By Jim Pickerell | 561 Words | Posted 3/16/2018 | Comments
The Football Association (FA), the governing body of English Football, has announced that it has awarded SilverHub Media UK Ltd. (SilverHub) and Shutterstock, Inc. an exclusive multi-year agreement to cover photography, distribution, and syndication services around key events and activities.

Shutterstock Expands Leadership Team

By Jim Pickerell | 493 Words | Posted 3/13/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock, has announced the expansion of its leadership team with three hires over the last six months. David Petts as Chief Revenue Officer, Lou Weiss joins the company as Chief Marketing Officer and Lisa Nadler, who joined the company in 2017, as Chief Human Resources Officer.

More 2018 Visual Trends

By Jim Pickerell | 666 Words | Posted 3/12/2018 | Comments
I have been looking at some of the Visual Trends 2018 reports. I hope they are helping customers because I don’t think they are doing much for image creators. Take Getty’s trend report which evidently came out of the UK office. They say, “our Creative team analyzed 1 billion searches and 400 million imagery downloads on GettyImages.com, studied advertising trends, and examined pop culture shifts to predict three defining visual trends of 2018.

Photo Sales Trends In China

By Dimmy Ran | 1836 Words | Posted 3/5/2018 | Comments
Every six months Dimmy Ran, Creative Content Director of HelloRF, a subsidiary of ZCOOL, prepares a detailed analysis of the search behaviors and sales trends of their Chinese customers. This information is sent to HelloRF contributors with the hope that it will help then create more competitive stock image content. While this information is specific to Chinese customer demand, it may also have relevance to customer demand in other countries around the world.

Growing Revenue At Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 820 Words | Posted 2/27/2018 | Comments
A Shutterstock investor asked me recently, “What can Shutterstock do to grow revenue?” He went on, “worldwide, the number of customers willing to actually pay for the images they use seems to be flat, not growing. Shutterstock cut prices In 2017. Downloads were up less than 2% compared to 2016. Meanwhile, they added enough new images to grow their collection by 46% in 2017 compared to 2016. Art directors say the size of the collection is making it harder, not easier, for them to search and find what they need. AI doesn’t seem to be solving the search problem."

VCG Acquires 500px

By Jim Pickerell | 522 Words | Posted 2/26/2018 | Comments
Visual China Group (VCG) announced on Monday, February 26th that it has acquired 100% of 500PX, INC. (500px) shares through its wholly-owned subsidiary, VCG Hong Kong LTD. 500px is one of the leading online visual creative communities in the world, founded in 2009 and based in Toronto, Canada. With more than 13 million professional and hobbyist photographers from over 195 countries and regions, the 500px community has produced over 120 million unique images diversity and creative trend. 500px is renowned globally for its community, image licensing, and custom photography.

Shutterstock’s Average Price Increases: What Do They Mean?

By Jim Pickerell | 946 Words | Posted 2/23/2018 | Comments
The numbers Shutterstock put out yesterday got me thinking. Is it really possible for the average price per download to steadily rise in a year when they have introduced new 10 and 50 image packs at lower costs to the customers?  Do the download figures really mean the customers are using more of every category of imagery?

Depositphotos Launches The Focused Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 312 Words | Posted 2/23/2018 | Comments
Depositphotos, a global stock photography, stock footage and editing tools provider, has launched the Focused Collection, a marketplace of more than 400,000 premium images by selected artists which have previously never been available on stock photography platforms. The company partnered with 500px, Image Source Premium, Westend61, StockFood, MintImages and other major agencies to bring to life this collection of rare and authentic images, aiming to serve the needs of editors, websites, advertising agencies and corporate clients.

Shutterstock 2017 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1072 Words | Posted 2/22/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q4 2017 revenue of $151.8 million up $21.7 million, or 16.6% on a constant currency basis, compared to $130.2 million in Q4 2016. The revenue was also up $10.7& million from Q3 2017. Revenue per download averaged $3.33 per image, an 11% increase over Q4 2016. About 27% of revenue, or roughly $150.4 million, was paid out in royalties to contributors.

Shutterstock Invests In ZCool, Sells Webdam

By Jim Pickerell | 357 Words | Posted 2/22/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced that on January 4, 2018, the Company invested $15.0 million in convertible preferred shares issued by Zcool Network Technology Limited ("Zcoolto”). Zcool's primary business is the operation of an e-commerce platform in China whereby customers can pay to license content contributed by creative professionals. The platform has nearly six million registered users. Zcool has been the exclusive distributor of Shutterstock creative content in China since 2014.

Getty Images Announces Partnership With Google

By Jim Pickerell | 785 Words | Posted 2/9/2018 | Comments
Getty Images and Google have announced an agreement that includes a multi-year global licensing partnership, enabling Google to use Getty Images’ content within its various products and services. “This agreement between Getty Images and Google sets the stage for a very productive, collaborative relationship between our companies,” said Dawn Airey, CEO, Getty Images. “We will license our market leading content to Google, working closely with them to improve attribution of our contributors’ work and thereby growing the ecosystem.”

Anthony Harris Leaves Image Source: Christina Vaughan Returns As CEO

By Jim Pickerell | 268 Words | Posted 2/8/2018 | Comments
As of January 31st Anthony Harris has stepped down as CEO of Image Source and Christina Vaughan has returned to the CEO position. In 2015 Christina turned over her leadership of Image Source to Mr. Harris, but remained a small shareholder. She moved to the position of CEO at CueSongs, and oversaw the initial deployment and beta testing of the new CuePro platform, which won the Technology Strategy Board competition in 2014 and received a substantial grant to develop its “Frictionless Music Licensing for Online Broadcast”.

IPA, Independent Photo Agency Acquires Photofoyer

By Jim Pickerell | 92 Words | Posted 2/8/2018 | Comments
IPA, Independent Photo Agency, one of the most important Italian photo agencies, has announced the acquisition of Photofoyer, which specializes in interior design and architecture photography. The purpose of the acquisition is to start a strategic project for the expansion of IPA’s creative sector, increasing its operations both at the European and extra-European context.

Footage In 2017

By Jim Pickerell | 2076 Words | Posted 2/5/2018 | Comments
If you’re interested in news about the stock footage industry you ought to be reading the Stock Footage Newsroom blog. In a recent edition David Seevers of Footage.net has provided a very detailed report on the highlights of what happened in the stock footage business in 2017. Footage.net If provides serious footage researchers with the opportunity to search across 30 of the world’s top stock footage archives with a single search, enabling researchers to find better content and save time. Footage.net also offers powerful tools for locating hard-to-find stock footage and simplifying the footage search process.