Some weeks off the blog and a lot of stuff to work out:
- Index Stock modifies its Image Search System (Link)
- Getty Images selling the footage of Universal Studios (Link): "Universal Studios, part of NBC Universal, is the first major motion picture studio to have its footage searchable via its own "portal" on a leading imagery site. At the Getty website, Universal is now offered as a search category alongside Archive Films and Image Bank. Getty says the new alliance represents "a significant step forward in the strategic development of Getty Images film, which has grown over twenty percent for the past three consecutive quarters" (John Flewin/Footage.info, no direct link available; John Flewin is to the footage industry what Jim Pickerell is to the stock photo industry, and far apart from that - how to say - questionable E-Data-thing last year at the CEPIC).
This corresponds to rumours that some traditional photo portals are starting to add footage sections to their websites. I wrote about that earlier: after Visual Search and Middleware Technology (Communication Server/OpenGate) the next big step will be the convergence of stock photos, footage, TV clips and mobile image and video content in one place. Some people were requesting the link to a formerly mentioned article, here we go: "Stock footage: Look no further than the newly organized, digitized and revitalized stock footage industry".
- Getty plans ot acquire Photonica/Iconica for $51M (Link); read the brilliant PDN-review here: "Getty's Acquisition Of Photonica Gets Mixed Reviews" (JDFoore) and "Getty acquisitions position it on fast-growth track" (Business Journal)
- a21group reports QI 2005 financial results (Link)
- Jupitermedia buys GoodShoot (Link)
- "Analysis #15--Six Trends That Will Change the Industry" (Bahar Gidwani)
- Randy Taylor explains the success story of StockPhotoFinder.com (Link)
- Bruce Livingstone, CEO/istockphoto.com, interviewed by Sam Decker
- Imagestate has signed a distribution deal with Hachette Filipacchi Photos
- "Industry Analysis: Are Digital Cameras Impacting the Stock Image Market?" (CP/Heidi Tolliver-Nigro)
Posted by Andy