Getty Images, the world leader in visual communications, and Visual China Group (VCG)[000681.SZ], a leading Chinese visual communications and new media business, today announced a global distribution partnership which will see customers globally benefit from an unprecedented content offering. The existing Getty Images collection of almost 200 million images spanning creative and editorial, stills and video, contemporary and archival, is expanding to include Corbis imagery, video and historic archival content. This content will be available to customers in China via the VCG platform and to the rest of the world via Getty Images’ global sales teams and industry-leading website, gettyimages.com.
Under the terms of their agreement with Corbis, VCG will own and manage the names and trademarks associated with the Corbis Images, Corbis Motion and Veer licensing brands, and will be responsible for the licensing of all images associated with these brands in China and around the world. This includes the renowned Bettmann and Sygma Archives, but does not include Corbis Entertainment (to be rebranded) and Splash.
As the most trusted and esteemed source of visual content in the world, Getty Images is always innovating to bring its customers the most comprehensive offering of diverse and high quality content in the market. The addition of Corbis content to Getty Images’ industry-leading collection means Getty Images now offers customers an unprecedented breadth and depth of gold-standard content across creative and editorial, stills and video, and contemporary and archival.
Getty Images is the trusted partner to a network of over 200,000 contributors and 330 prestigious image partners, including NBC Universal, BBC Worldwide and AFP, and is pleased to now represent Corbis content as well.
Further, VCG has been exclusively distributing Getty Images content in China for over a decade. This collaboration will further strengthen the long term partnership between these two companies in the visual content sector.
Corbis will be focused on building and growing its entertainment advertising business under a different brand. The sale does not include the three Corbis Entertainment businesses – the Branded Entertainment Network, Splash and Greenlight, its rights clearance and representation business.
Corbis Entertainment will be rebranded under a new name in the coming months.
Nothing changes immediately for you today. You can continue to find and purchase content using your existing Corbis and/or VEER account, and you can continue to work with your current sales representative.
VCG and Getty Images will immediately begin work to migrate Corbis content and will complete the migration as quickly as possible to ensure a seamless transition for customers, contributors and other partners. During the transition, the content will continue to be available via Corbis websites and sales staff. VCG and Getty Images will provide more details on this process and timeline in the coming weeks.
Over the coming months, we will begin migrating Corbis content over to Getty Images where it will become available as new collections. This means that customers will be able to easily filter their searches to see only the migrated Corbis content, or to view it alongside Getty Images’ existing collections if you prefer. We will share details of the new collections in the coming months.
For now, nothing changes – Corbis and Corbis Motion customers can continue to access their content via the existing websites. VCG and Getty Images will contact customers in the coming months to share more details about the transition of content from Corbis Images and Corbis Motion to gettyimages.com.
For now, nothing changes. Veer customers should continue to access their content via the Veer.com website. During the transition period, VCG and Getty Images will evaluate opportunities to improve the value and benefits for Veer customers, and will reach out to customers with more details in the coming weeks.
• A complete content offering, expanded and unified service, standardized terms and a simplified experience via one website.
• An unprecedented offering representing almost 200 million images and combining the premium content of Corbis and Getty Images across creative and editorial, stills and video, and contemporary and archival.
• Even more of the highest quality content all in one place – the best of historical photography brought together, combining Getty Images’ renowned Hulton Archive, the largest privately held archive globally with an estimated 80 million images dating back to the beginning of photography, with the Sygma and Bettmann Archives. The Bettmann Archive is one of the most significant historical collections of images in the world comprised of more than 11 million photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries.
• Corbis content with pricing for every budget level on gettyimages.com, from truly unique Prestige imagery to royalty-free imagery that will be available for purchase via UltraPacks with simple licensing and built-in savings.
Expertly curated content from Corbis creative stills, Corbis Motion content and Corbis archival and documentary content, inclusive of the prestigious Bettmann and Sygma archives, via the gettyimages.com website.
Getty Images will focus on integrating Corbis content, and contributors and image partners that it does not already represent, to create an even broader offering of content across creative and editorial, stills and video, and contemporary and archival housed all in one place at gettyimages.com.
New York – 6 November 2017: Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, today announced that Bill Shapiro will join the company as Editor and VP of Consumer Media. Based in New York, Shapiro will be responsible for establishing Getty Images as a leading consumer image destination on the web, leveraging the company’s 20-year legacy of stunning imagery, excellence in search engine optimization and best-in-class technology.
The appointment marks another step in support of the company’s strategy to extend its core B2B licensing business and establish new opportunities within the consumer market. Shapiro will have editorial oversight of Getty Images’ consumer platform, and will be responsible for delivering big-impact stories to the 97 per cent of visitors to gettyimages.com that come to admire, share and engage with the world’s best imagery.
“I am thrilled that Bill is joining us as our new Managing Editor for our Consumer Division,” said Dawn Airey, CEO, Getty Images. “Bill has unparalleled experience of building preeminent editorial destinations. Combine that with his passion for imagery and brilliance as a wordsmith, and I know we have someone who will drive our early consumer content to a worldwide audience who will be surprised, delighted and engaged with imagery that moves the world”.
Bill Shapiro, Editor and VP of Consumer Media, Getty Images, said: “I’m excited and honored to join such an iconic media brand as Getty Images and look forward to helping the brand position itself to more deeply engage and connect with consumers. I’m thrilled to bring both my creative and business expertise – as well as my love of photography — to this role, helping the brand refine its consumer strategy; finding new ways into the hearts and minds of consumers.”
Shapiro joins from Fast Company magazine where he served as Director for Editorial and New Business Enterprises. Before that, Shapiro spent 18 years at Time Inc. where he had a diverse career including as the editor of LIFE magazine, and as the founding editor of LIFE.com. He has worked in senior editorial positions in the magazine business for twenty years, is a curator of fine-art photography and an established author.
From socialites holidaying in Italy to the elite enjoying the Chantilly Racecourses, previously unseen photographs from the archive of legendary lifestyle photographer are available as fine art prints sold exclusively at Getty Images Gallery and photos.com
NEW YORK – 6th November 2017 – Getty Images, home to the Slim Aarons Collection, has released a set of previously unseen photographs by the legendary lifestyle photographer. The fifteen colourful photographs, which capture the hedonistic life of socialites in the fifties, sixties and seventies, are the first in a series of biannual releases planned by Getty Images. Collectors and aficionados can purchase these stunning new discoveries, alongside hundreds of other iconic Slim Aarons photographs, as limited edition prints from the Getty Images Gallery or as fine art wall décor through photos.com.
Known for what he concisely described as, “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places,” Slim Aarons documented high society and European aristocracy over a career lasting nearly half a century. Welcomed into exclusive homes, yachts and resorts around the world, his photographs provide a glimpse into a golden age of wealth, privilege, beauty and leisure. A WWII Army photographer, Slim went on to shoot assignments for Life, Holiday, Vogue, Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar from 1947 to 1993. He died in 2006 aged 89.
On the decision to bring these new images to light, Lia De Feo, Getty Images Vice President & General Manager Consumer Prints, commented: “Slim Aarons is a Getty Images Gallery and photos.com best-selling artist. Many of his works, such as Kings of Hollywood andPoolside Gossip, are familiar and popular midcentury icons. Slim’s collection is owned and housed by Getty Images and remains mostly unseen. We felt the time was right to meet the public demand and further explore the collection. Our dedicated team of experts hand-selected these fifteen photographs and will be continually rolling out more for years to come.”
Getty Images has been the official repository and exclusive licensor of the Slim Aarons Collection for more than two decades. The Getty Images Gallery offers open edition prints starting at $110 as well as limited edition and estate-stamped Slim Aarons premium prints starting at $1,320. Photos.com offers framed and unframed fine art décor prints on paper, canvas, acrylic or metal, all in a variety of sizes and ranging from $96.
Getty Images Creative Bursary will foster new generation of commercial photographers to realise creative potential; Submissions now open for global funding
London – 19 October 2017: Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, today announces the new Getty Images Creative Bursary, to support the development of the next generation of commercial photographic talent. The $40,000 annual bursary will support emerging photographers in the creative field, enabling them to realise photographic projects – ideas that without funding, may otherwise not get off the ground.
Founded with the aim of enabling emerging photographers to break into the commercial photography industry, Getty Images Creative Bursary asks photographers to submit a project proposal and visual brief, in support of their creative idea. Applicants have complete creative freedom and can submit ideas across the photography spectrum, from ground-breaking conceptual shoots, to creative portraiture, or more traditional stock. The Bursary supports the next generation of talent, meaning recipients must be 30 years or under, or have been pursuing photography as a professional career for less than three years. Three recipients will be selected every quarter, 12 per annum, with judges awarding bursaries equating to $10,000 per quarter.
“At Getty Images we place great importance on cutting-edge creative photography, trends and art-direction, yet we recognise that breaking into the industry is difficult; it takes considerable time and financial resource to realise and fund this kind of boundary-pushing imagery,” said Andy Saunders, Senior Vice President, Creative Content at Getty Images. “Yet in today’s digital age, it is vital as an industry that we continue to attract and nurture emerging commercial industry talent.”
Saunders continues, “This new Bursary is a dream project of ours – we are committed to supporting and fostering photographic talent, and are looking forward to working with a diverse group of young and emerging photographers, helping to enable their creative vision.”
In addition to receiving the funding, photographers will be offered the opportunity to license their awarded work through GettyImages.com, with 100 per cent of royalties from these projects going back to the photographers themselves. Following this, recipients will also be offered the opportunity to join Getty Images’ contributor network where they can license previous and future work with Getty Images, on a separate and traditional contributor contract.
Interested photographers are encouraged to apply from today with the first bursaries granted this coming December and thereafter each quarter.