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ACSIL Footage Expo, New York, June 9

Join me on June 9th at the 2nd annual ACSIL Footage Expo, “where the world’s essential footage organizations meet up with media’s top players and visionaries.”

I’ve been closely tracking a renewal of interest in the History genre by factual channels. The recent focus on dramatic reenactments has broadened to include specials that use the archive in fresh, creative ways to retell stories about unforgettable people and events.

ACSIL’s Footage Expo is the valuable gathering where stock and archival footage specialists come together with producers and content buyers.

Following is ACSIL’s press release:


ACSIL is the trade association for the global footage industry, and its members control the essential motion imagery of our time:

  • Some of us are really big with high end digital workflows and offices worldwide;
  • Some are specialists with expertly crafted motion experiences;
  • Some are units of the globe’s major news and media companies;
  • Some are governmental departments; some nonprofit;
  • Some hand-crafted collections of rare and esoteric cinematic experiences.

In short, we are the organizations who have set up offices to work directly with the creative community.

We have invested in:

  • Digital imagery and digital workflows,
  • Film & video restoration and preservation,
  • Descriptive metadata and algorithmic finding aids,
  • And in the artists and filmmakers who capture iconic events and landscapes.

And our members own rights to the most celebrated moving imagery ever produced on earth.

The ACSIL FOOTAGE EXPO 2016 is anchored by these major sources of footage: news archives, contemporary HD cinematographers, natural science & behavioral specialists, historical motion picture archives dating back to 1895, pop- and high-culture rights holders, animation and graphic artists, celebrity footage, dash-cam operators, time-lapse specialists, international shooters, etc. etc.

This is where we strut our stuff, engage our clients, and extend our reach.

This is our second Expo, and we have a wonderful space in midtown Manhattan: the ballroom of the historic Prince George Hotel, built in 1904. (map).

  • We will be hosting a variety of sessions on today’s footage dynamic in creative, commercial, and educational media.
  • It will be an unforgettable day, and a memorial to the moment when footage started to drive all communications.
  • If you are engaged in work that involves video, you belong here.


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Founded in 2003, The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the interests of the stock footage community. Our members are the world’s leading providers of stock and archival footage. Find our more at




Sunny Side of the Doc
La Rochelle, France

What the Video On Demand Boom Means for Documentaries
Wednesday, 22 June

  • Established channels everywhere report that they are losing viewers to online video services.
  • Netflix original documentaries are opening Sundance and winning Academy Award nominations.
  • Amazon is launching documentary channels as well as commissioning originals.
  • Niche players like CuriosityStream are racing to market, and so are regional VOD services like Australia’s STAN.
  • In this session, a panel of SVOD market participants will first define the VOD market, and then analyze the Opportunities, Success Factors & Deal Terms across the VOD sector. 
  • The experts will respond to questions from Sunny Side delegates on key topics such as how to work with these new players and what they are looking for on the international market.
  • The analysis will uncover the success factors across the online video landscape.


  • Elizabeth Hendricks North & PeterNorth, CuriosityStream
  • David Royle, Smithsonian Networks
  • Moderator: Peter Hamilton
  • Producer: Laura Longobardi