Streaming Video and the 'Golden Age of Archive Licensing'
Recently, we had the chance to speak at the DMLA’s annual conference regarding the impact of Netflix and other streaming services on the footage business. Our presentation addressed three main questions. First, whether streaming video on demand (SVOD) services, taken collectively, now comprise the dominant customer base for footage licensors. Second, if the SVOD's are now the leading customers for footage, whether we can expect their position to endure. And third, whether the streamers are adhering to long-established footage licensing conventions. In advance of our presentation, we spoke with a number of footage executives to get their first-hand perspectives on the evolution and status of this key market sector. Based on those conversations, as well as other research and analysis, it appears that the SVODs have become the leading client cateogy for footage companies, that they will remain so for the foreseeable future and that, while Fair Use is on the rise, the streaming platforms are not driving this trend.

Riotsville, U.S.A., Wins the IDA's ABC News VideoSource Award
Riotsville, U.S.A., will take home the ABC News VideoSource Award at the 38th Annual IDA Documentary Awards, set to take place on December 10, 2022 at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles. The ABC News VideoSource Award is given each year for the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary.

Riotsville, U.S.A., edged out four other exceptional nominees to win this year’s ABC News VideoSource Award, including Downfall: The Case Against Boeing; Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets; Love and the Constitution; and The Price of Conflict. Winners for all other categories will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Book Your Tickets Now for FOCAL's Members Day
FOCAL's annual Members Day and Christmas/Winter Party is set for December 7 at St. Paul's Cathedral. Full event tickets include four panel sessions, plenty of networking opportunities, breakfast, lunch, tea/coffee throughout the day followed by Christmas party with two drinks, food and one free raffle ticket to win exciting prizes such as:

  • 2 Tickets to the FOCAL International Awards (FOCAL International)
  • 5 Minute Helicopter Tour to Two with Bubby - Red Letter Days (UV&S)
  • 2 Tickets for the London Eye (Screenocean)
  • 2 tickets for the Coronation Street Studio Tour (ITV Archive)

and many more...
Ticket price starts at £55. Click here for more information.

Now Streaming: The US and the Holocaust
The U.S. and the Holocaust, a three-part, six-hour documentary series streaming now on, examines America’s failure to take action in the face of one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. While evidence mounted that the Nazi’s persecution of European Jews was building toward a genocidal catastrophe, leading figures both within the US government and the society at large stood against Jewish immigration to the US, effectively blocking all but a fraction from escaping the nightmare of Nazi occupied Europe. Directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, the series combines first-person accounts of Holocaust witnesses and survivors, interviews with leading historians and writers and powerful archival footage to “tackle a range of questions that remain essential to our society today, including how racism influences policies related to immigration and refugees as well as how governments and people respond to the rise of authoritarian states that manipulate history and facts to consolidate power.”

INA Now Representing Urban Sports Footage from Hurricane
Hurricane, a group specializing in urban sports, has entrusted INA with the distribution of clips from its urban sports competitions, such as skateboarding, BMX and rollerblading.  The FISE (Festival International des Sports Extrêmes), which originated from a student project, has become the third largest sporting event in France and the first urban sports event in the world. This collection currently consists of 221 clips that cover the period from 2016 to 2021. Some are interviews after the event, mainly in French & English, others capture the best moments of the sports competitions.

CNN Covers the U.S. Midterm Elections as Control of Congress Hangs in the Balance
With correspondents, anchors and producers deployed across the country to bring audiences on-the-ground details from key battleground states, CNN delivered the most comprehensive and clear election results and analysis of any network throughout election night and into the morning. Click the link below to request CNN’s special coverage of the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections.

Experience the Iconic Hawker Hurricane at IWM Duxford
Get up close with aircraft on display at IWM Duxford and go behind the scenes and into the cockpits as experts draw upon a vast collection of film, photography and objects. Primarily overshadowed by the Spitfire, the Hawker Hurricane is one of the most iconic aircraft of the Second World War.  
Learn more about this hero of the Battle of Britain on IWM’s YouTube channel and click here to view the archive clips featured. | |