A leading provider of video platform and footage licensing services - Thought Equity Motion - will be granting ten complimentary registrations to History Makers 2011 for qualified North American visual researchers.
Various archive organizations, including FOCAL International, the Visual Researchers' Society of Canada, and ASCIL, will participate and help promote the program among their members.
Thought Equity Motion uses its advanced technology platform and rights development services to increase the value of video content rights, and its integrated cloud-based service in used with licensing strategies to enable rights holders to generate new value from digital content.
"We are pleased to be offering this program for the visual research community," said Kevin Schaff, CEO and Founder of Thought Equity Motion. "Visual researchers play a critical role in the documentary production process, so getting their insight is vital for the future of the industry. History Makers' commitment to exploring issues facing the use of archives makes it a great forum where this collaboration and education can take place."
"As an industry leader in creating new models for archival preservation, digital access, and distribution, Thought Equity Motion is an ideal fit as a partner for this year's summit," continued Bill Nemtin, Executive Producer of History Makers. "Our focus for 2011 is squarely on the future for History, Current Affairs and Non-Fiction production, and Thought Equity Motion's technologies focusing on "smart content" metadata and footage licensing are an exciting example of how the industry is evolving in response to the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing media landscape."
Leading representatives from participating archives organizations also expressed their excitement at the launch of this new program for visual researchers.
"ACSIL has always viewed archival and stock footage libraries as partners with documentary storytellers," said Max Segal, Co-President of ACSIL and Director of HBO Archives. "For the past three years, History Makers has embraced the need to bring both sides together as one community. We are thrilled to be working very closely together on compelling panels that will bring strong value to all attendees, especially those reaching out to visual researchers - the frontline for all documentarians."
History Makers is the key international forum for commissioning editors and program makers creating some of the world's best programming in History, Current Affairs and Non-Fiction. In partnership with nextMEDIA, Canada's premier digital media event, History Makers industry sessions bring speakers who represent the latest programming trends, innovations in technology, and expansions of digital and high-definition services. Current thinking and trends which inspire the world's best programs and program creators are presented in high-profile keynote addresses, master classes, debates and workshops. In addition to the formal program, this event is characterized by the constant activity of meetings where new projects are pitched, discussed and launched.
Thought Equity Motion will honour the ten selected recipients at a breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at 8 a.m. during the History Makers summit at the Marriott Marquis in New York. Thought Equity Motion is also a Bronze Sponsor of this year's summit.
Thought Equity Motion works with more than 400 rights holders globally, including BBC Motion Gallery, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, National Geographic, The New York Times, and the NCAA.
Through its Web platform and global sales force, the company licenses sports, news, entertainment, editorial, and creative content to the world's leading producers in advertising, film, television, publishing, and interactive media.
Headquartered in Denver, Thought Equity Motion has a digital refinery in Laramie, WY and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Sydney, Toronto, London, and sales partner offices in Paris and Mumbai.
History Makers 2011 is an Achilles Media conference.