ACSIL Announces CLEAR Panel For Meet-Up

Posted on 10/16/2018 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

ACSIL, Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors, has provided more information about the ACSIL and CLEAR panalists for its West Coast Footage Meet-Up in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 2pm to 7pm. The event will be held at Getty Images, Los Angeles, 6300 Wilshire Blvd, 16th Floor.

For more about Meet-Up see here. Attendance for footage buyers is free. All attendees must register.    ?Register at:


Moderator, Matthew White, Executive Director, ACSIL
Panelist, David Seevers, President, Thriving Archives   

Those of us involved in licensing footage make critical decisions year-on-year.
  • Do we invest in building an internal research team to collaborate with filmmakers and researchers or do we put our money into digital platforms that provide self-serve mechanisms for the creative community?
  • Do we offer footage with rights complications (with underlying music, celebrity, union rights, etc.) or do we filter out that material and only provide footage that is rights cleared and royalty free?
  • Is it worth transferring old analog television shows and film to digital files or do we let them remain in their analog state and wait for the right customer to come along and invest the money in digital migration? 
  • Do we answer phone calls or push everything to our website? 
  • Do we offer rush services for masters and licenses? 
  • Do we charge fees for such services? And for many of the larger media companies with massive audiovisual archives, there is a more existential question:  is there an economic reason to maintain a staff that services third-party producers or do we stop responding to producer queries and put our investments into other parts of the company with more promising economic returns?
To get answers to these questions, footage licensors rely on the ACSIL GLOBAL SURVEY: a report on the economics and trends in the footage industry.  Our first survey was conducted in 2007.  Our most recent survey has just closed and the results will be published as apart of ACSIL’s kick off in 2019.  But you don’t have to wait that long. The very first look into the survey’s results will be revealed during this special presentation at ACSIL’s Los Angeles Footage Meetup.


“CLEAR Association Inc., is proud and excited to present our impressive panelists whose combined experience in entertainment, exceeds 100 years.  All seasoned veterans in their respective specialties, they will discuss topics ranging from, “The Pros & Cons of Searching Stock Websites to Script Clearance & Fair Use.” Aida Yohannes, Events Director, CLEAR Association Inc.


Suzy Vaughan, Esq. has been involved with research and legal rights clearance since 1981 when she was on staff at "Entertainment Tonight."  She received a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School and has a solo practice law firm, specializing in entertainment, intellectual property and music law.  She wrote a paper for the Entertainment Law Journal at Loyola on fair use. After working as a freelance clearance administrator on such TV programs as "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, " "Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders," and "The Stuntman Awards, she founded her own company in 1988 and has been assisting producers with research and clearance of clips, talent and music ever since.  She has worked on programs for Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand and Motown as well as Robin Williams and Comedy Central.  For the last 10 years, she has also specialized in Copyright & Title Searches & Legal Opinions as well as Script Clearance Reports and Art Department Clearances.


Gregory D. Fein literally grew up in television spending his early years attending his father’s show tapings and wandering the lots of 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and Columbia sneaking onto sets like Blade Runner and Mash. Two days after earning degrees in Communications and Economics at the University of California San Diego, he was on set in Palm Springs working on his father’s pilot The Sony Bono Celebrity Cooking Show. Since then, Greg has worked steadily on shows like, Sightings, Real TV, World’s Most Amazing Videos, The Showbiz Show with David Spade, and managing the rights and clearances for 10 seasons of Comedy Central’s TOSH.0.

?Roger C. Memos has worked in the television industry as an archival researcher, clearance specialist and producer for over 30 years.  He started his career at Entertainment Tonight and went on to produce on talk shows and variety specials. In 2005, he won a Daytime Emmy for producing on the reality series “Starting Over.” As a clearance specialist, he has worked on game shows, (“Hollywood Game Night”, “The Wall”), talk shows, (“The Suzanne Somers Show,” “The Megan Mullaly Show” such reality shows as “Shark Tank” and many award shows such as “The Daytime Emmys.”   Roger’s expertise and skill lie in the area of doing film clearances on film tributes for award shows like “The Billboard Awards,” “The American Music Awards” and “The Golden Globes.”


The Association of Clearance and Research Professionals is a non-profit 501c6 business league and educational organization of approximately 100+ members in the Los Angeles area and throughout the USA. Our members conduct the content research and provide the rights and clearances administration for a great many of the television programs and feature films you watch every day.  We provide business networking opportunities, educational seminars and group forums to share resources, information and further the common interest content research and intellectual property administration. We also serve as a portal for the entertainment industry to find qualified and experienced research and clearance professionals.

Copyright © 2018 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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