The MEGA Agency Launches “The Mega Cloud”: Actively Seeking Contributor Archives

Posted on 7/2/2018 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

The Mega Agency, a leading provider of news, sport and entertainment content, is now giving photographers a quick, easy and efficient way to upload their digital archives. The initiative has been launched to add rich editorial content to Mega’s existing archive of more than 30million images and daily production of 10,000 images.

“The Mega Agency is on a recruitment drive – for archives,” said Kevin Smith, Mega’s Founder and President.

“Our ambitious goal is to build a highly curated archive with more than 200 million images within the next two years.



“Whether it’s a picture of a celebrity on the beach in Hawaii or Mexico, a forgotten collection of rock music icons or galleries of iconic news pictures, Mega wants to be the perfect place to store your work.

“For too long the compelling collections of hard working photographers have been lying dormant in the archives of old photo agencies and gathering dust.



“The Mega Cloud will provide a safe haven for the treasures of photographers around the world – and we have a pipeline of exciting new projects that we hope will breathe new life into this historic content.

“It seems almost daily there is a headline in our trade press about another iconic agency going into bankruptcy, or changing hands, but rarely safer hands as far as photographers knowing who to trust with their lifetime’s body of work.

“In this ever changing media environment photographers need to know that their archives are securely stored, curated and readily available to customers.



“Our mission is to provide our global customers with the most comprehensive editorial offering in the business – and that means adding to our already ever-expanding content offering.

“Make sure your life-time’s work is in the hands of an agency where you know it will be safe and continue making money for you for many years to come.

“With some struggling agencies going into liquidation or administration, you can never be too careful. Be smart - and move your archive to an agency built for the future,” Smith continued.

Mega has partnered with Mainstream Data, Inc (MSD) to build the Mega Cloud service. Mainstream is the world leader in providing sophisticated digital asset management and content-licensing platforms, dominating the global distribution of multimedia content for premier information companies.

“Mega has fundamentally disrupted the content licensing business as they have grown exponentially in a matter of months,” said Scott Calder, the company’s President, CEO, and founder.

“Mainstream has provided Mega with the applications, tools and workflows to make it possible for them to execute on their plan to literally bring a world of compelling media into their archive.

“All new collections will be onboarded at scale, categorized, keyworded and be available for customers to download and license within days,” Calder continued.

8 Easy Steps


Mega has provided photographers with 8 easy steps of how to start the archive uploading process.? 

1 - Contact Mega at nepuvir@zrtn.tybony with a short message explaining details about your archive – size, number of files, number of sets, what type of content (news, sports, entertainment), highlight outstanding content and where the files are currently situated (either with a company or stored personally).
 
2 - A Mega photo editor will review your submission and make contact with you if there is interest on our part in taking it on.
 
3 - Sort and categorize your archive. Photographers can store archives on multiple devices and hardware so ensure it is stored in one location. Back up your files on an external hard drive or cloud based service so it it is easily accessible.
 
4 - Arrange sets of images into folders and do not be afraid to edit. Less is more in this case. We don’t need 10 frames of the same shot so be ruthless in how you edit your pictures down.
 
5 - Be certain your images are in a jpeg format and make sure all edited files have the same standardized and high quality metadata – including headline, caption and date
 
6 - Mega will write digital scripts to transfer the metadata from your files into Mega’s IPTC information. Mega will also allocate your own unique code to each file to ensure that if a sale is made – the cash flows back to you
 
7 - Mega will upload all your files to our vast digital network within two weeks, barring any technical complications. Our sales teams will be on standby to then pitch your archive to potential customers.
 
8 - Ensure that submitting content to Mega does not contravene any existing relationships you may have with content companies.

Be prepared. Be Smart. You never know what is around the corner.


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 www.selling-stock.com, 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: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  

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