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Sarah Fix Inspires Us

Courtesy of Visual Connections Blog

Sarah Fix, Creative Director of Blend Images and current President of PACA/DMLA, pulls from a wide pool for her creative muse.

My go to sources for inspiration are: Kinfolk Magazine, Monocle magazine, Zite app., and I know this sounds like a shameless plug but the Blend Images blog has fine art contributors that have daily posts about new artists that are fantastic.

Kinfolk_Vol7_CoverI get fixated on specific subjects that take me down various paths for inspiration. I’m a huge Mid-Century modern fan and a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy.

We asked Sarah about her wishlist for the holidays: Wishlist for Xmas — Sebastião Selgado: Genesis photo book. I had the opportunity to see the prints in person at the International Center of Photography, NYC in October. If I can’t get an actual print, the book is the next best thing!

If Santa is feeling generous I’ll take a Donald Wexler home in Palm Springs… I’ve been really good.

Sarahcolor2014Sarah Fix, VP Creative and Member of Blend Images, LLC, is responsible for overall creative direction, marketing and photographer development. She began her career in stock photography in 1993 at Westlight and held prestigious posts at Corbis, Brand X and PictureArts before joining Blend Images. Sarah is currently serving as President of PACA/Digital Media Licensing Association and has lectured extensively about commercial content creation and stock library production in the United States and abroad.  

Only 5 more days before PACA 2014 Conference increase!

The PACA/Digital Medial Licensing Association’s Conference Program continues to build with sessions focused on helping you build and grow your business!  You won’t want to miss out on this great educational and network opportunity.  Registration rates go up on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.  Register today

Finance Session:                                                                                                                             

Investing for Growth: Options in Venture Capital and Private Equity

Access to capital is paramount for taking your business to the next level. Now more than ever venture capital firms and private equity groups are eager to invest in digital media licensing companies. Learn from our panel of seasoned investment professionals how to present your company to potential investors, identify investment partners well suited to your growth strategy, and how to close your first round of funding. 1 hour with 1/2 hour question period.

Moderator: Rick Leckrone, Blend Images

Panelists:
• Brett Hickey, Star Mountain Capital
• Laura Sachar, Starvest Partners
• John Frankel, ffVC
• Andy Yang, 500px.com

See you in October!

PACA Welcomes our Newest Members

The Membership Committee has been busy bringing new companies into the Digital Licensing Media family.  We are very excited to welcome them into the association!  Hope to see many of these new faces at the Annual Conference in October in NYC!

Corporate Sponsor:

Digimarc:  www.digimarc.com  Digimarc is the global leader in protecting author rights and book revenue, utilizes digital watermarks and web crawling technology to trace and remove pirated content across the Internet

General Members:

500px:  www.500px.com  Leveraging the photo community at 500px, with over 4 million professional photographers worldwide, 37 million data-backed photos, and dedicated research teams. 500px Prime is committed to helping creatives find and license the perfect image.

LiveItWell:  www.liveitwell.com  A small start-up to manage internet marketplace of still images made available for licensing and distribution.

PhotoAbility:  www.photoability.net  Stock Image Library featuring Inclusive Images of People with a Disability engaged in Travel, Leisure and Lifestyle activities. 

International Member:

Steven Sklifas Photography:  www.stevensklifas.com  This specialised Image Stock Library exclusively features the extensive and unique image collection of leading Mediterranean Heritage Photographer Steven Sklifas.  Stevens’ Archive library is one of the largest private collections in the world that represent Mediterranean Heritage.

Associate Members:

Karen Dsilva  Email: karen@karendsilvacreativeservices.com

Paul Melcher Email: pmelcher@gmail.com

 

 

Juli Cook, EVP of Corbis Images, Joins PACA Board

PACA, the Digital Media Licensing Association, is pleased to announce the addition of Juli Cook, Executive Vice President of Corbis Images, to its Board of Directors. Cook will fill a vacant seat as Member-at-Large and brings a depth of business acumen that will be an instant boost to PACA’s Executive team.
6_juliAs the EVP of Corbis Images, Cook is responsible for leading global strategy and execution of Corbis Licensing in content categories that include News, Sports and Entertainment, Commercial content and Motion. She served as Vice President of Product Management at Washington Mutual prior to joining Corbis in 2005. At WaMu, Cook lead the charge for developing new products and services for retail bank customers. Previously, she held management roles at Deloitte Consulting and Sotheby’s.

Cook moves into the spot vacated by Elena Flanagan-Eister, CEO of Depositphotos, who stepped away from her position as Member-at-Large to become PACA’s Vice President. Eister’s experience in the tech sector will aid all the efforts PACA is undertaking in this area.

The new PACA Board is preparing for a late-July retreat in New York City where the focus will be on establishing goals for the 2014-2016 term.

PACA 2014 Conference Registration is Open

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We excited to announce that registration is now open for the 19th Annual PACA Conference! We’re returning to New York City, one of the United States’ most vibrant, artistic, and populous cities. The City That Never Sleeps is the perfect setting for PACA, the Digital Media Licensing Association, in our continued efforts to bring innovation, inspiration, and information to our industry. Mark your calendar for October 19-21, 2014.

We’re making your trip to NY a cost-effective one by having two great events together! We will be teaming up once again with Visual Connections to bring you a 4-day event with the opportunity to network with both industry partners and clients. We’ll kick things off with a PACA Reception the evening of Day 1, the PACA Conference on Days 2 and 3, and Visual Connections on Day 4.

PACA is known for its excellent educational program, and we are already lining up exceptional speakers and panelists for this year’s event. The meeting will take place at the Altman Building, a historic landmark and private event venue in the heart of Chelsea.

Register early here to get the best discounts!

Keep checking http://www.pacaoffice.org/conference.shtml for the latest program information.

For more information contact Cathy Aron, PACA Executive Director, at execdirector@pacaoffice.org

We’re looking forward to seeing you in October!

PACA’s Sales Webinar

In May PACA held its first webinar focused on sales strategies.  It was a tremendous success, despite a few technical glitches.  Those who attended were rewarded with some juicy tidbits of advice from some of the industries most respected sales professionals.

The panel consisted of Leslie Hughes from Visual Steam, Candice Murray for Condé Nast and Sonia Wasco from Grant Heilman Photography.

We’ve worked out the the technical problems and will be announcing our next webinar soon.

You can see the notes and view the power point presentation from the webinar here.

A Change in Leadership

PACA, the Digital Media Licensing Association, announced today a change in leadership. Steve Spelman, incoming PACA President for the 2014 to 2016 term, made the decision to resign from his position as incoming President after leaving Corbis.

“Due to changes within the sales team in the New York office, I will no longer be working at Corbis, and as a result, I felt it best to resign as President of PACA,” Spelman said. “PACA is an extremely valuable and important part of our collective industry and my involvement over the years has been very rewarding. I look forward to rejoining PACA in the near future.”

The nominations committee quickly nominated and the board unanimously elected Sarah Fix of Blend Images as the new President of PACA. Sarah Fix was serving as Vice President on the current executive board and served as Secretary in the previous term. As VP Creative and member of Blend Images, LLC, Fix is responsible for overall creative direction, marketing, and photographer development. She began her career in stock photography in 1993 at Westlight, and has held various management and director level positions at Corbis, Brand X Pictures, and PictureArts before joining Blend Images.

“Steve Spelman will be deeply missed in his role on the Executive Board,” Fix said. “I am already rolling up my sleeves, working on a strategy and speaking with members. I look forward to working with our Executive Director Cathy Aron and an executive board that represents a variety of different types of agencies.”

The PACA 2014 to 2016 Executive Board also includes Julie Zentmaier of Science Source Images as Secretary, Chris Carey of Minden Pictures as Treasurer, past President Nancy Carrizales of Animals Animals/Earth Scenes, and four members-at-large, Geoff Canon of Masterfile, Keren Sachs of Shutterstock, Karl Schatz of Aurora Photos, and Elena Flanagan-Eister of Depositphotos.

PACA 2014-2016 Board Takes the Reigns

PACA’s new Executive Board begins its term of office tomorrow, May 1, 2014.  As we turn the gavel to our new President Steve Spelman and his new officers, our sincere thanks goes to the outgoing board, especially to Nancy Carrizales, PACA President.

Board positions require countless volunteer hours by these PACA members. This association would not exist without their time and efforts:

Outgoing Board:

President:  Nancy Carrizales, Animals, Animals/Earth Scenes
Secretary:  Sarah Fix, Blend Images
Treasurer, Karl Schatz, Aurora Photos

Members at Large:

Geoff Canon, Masterfile
Steve Spelman, Corbis
Lanny Ziering, Superstock

Past President: Robert Henson

Incoming Board:

President:  Steve Spelman, Corbis
Vice President: Sarah Fix, Blend Images
Secretary:  Julie Zentmaier, Science Source Images
Treasurer: Chris Carey, Minden Pictures

Members at Large:
Geoff Canon, Masterfile
Elena Flanagan-Eister, Depositphotos
Keren Sachs, Shutterstock
Karl Schatz, Aurora Photos

Past President: Nancy Carrizales, Animals, Animals/Earth Scenes

There are many Committee Chair positions still available and many committees that need members.  Please contact Cathy Aron at execdirector@pacaoffice.org to volunteer!

 

PACA is Pleased to Welcome our Newest Members

We are excited to receive these new companies into our membership. Please reach out and help acknowledge our new members.  Just one call from an existing member can really help them feel welcome.

Corporate:

PhotoShelter

PhotoShelter helps people and organizations who are passionate about their photos do more with them. From creating beautiful websites and securely backing up their best images to building an audience and selling photos online, PhotoShelter is trusted by over 80,000 enthusiasts, freelancers, and established pros worldwide. What sets us apart are over 100 professional-grade features and cutting-edge technology that we’ve evolved with photographers in mind since 2005. With PhotoShelter, any photographer can take their online presence to the next level — and get back to doing the shooting they love to do.

Phone: 212/206-0808
Email: amy@photoshelter.com
Website: www.photoshelter.com

General Members:

GraphicaArtis

GraphicaArtis is one of the mostly highly curated, visually compelling collections of vintage graphics and fine art available for licensing. Its thousands of works are relevant to both the commercial and editorial markets, and are of the highest visual and technical quality. Images are carefully selected by editors with decades of licensing experience, giving GraphicaArtis the licensing potential of a collection many times its size.

Works include a wide range of visual media – pop graphics of the 40s and 50s, antique prints and posters of the 19th and 20th centuries, vintage photography, historical subjects, and fine art from all periods. Decades in the making, the collection features work from dozens of sources, and continues to grow monthly.

Phone: 206/999-3204
Email: graphicaartis@gmail.com
Website: www.graphicaartis.com                                                                                                         B2B Contact: Sue Hartke, graphicaartis@gmail.com

Griffin Museum of Photography

A nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the art of photography. Through our many exhibitions, programs and lectures, we strive to encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of the visual, emotional and social impact of photographic art. The museum maintains the archive of our founder Arthur Griffin.

Phone: 781-729-1158
Email: paula@griffinmuseum.org
Website: www.griffinmuseum.org

Sandra G Arts & Photography

Sandra is primarily a Nature & Architectural photographer who captures images of quiet and serene places that provide a feeling of calm, peace, and solace; or mystery and intrigue.

Based off her life experiences and beliefs, Sandra feels, people need a quiet and peaceful place to go in order to remain balanced and focused. Her images take you to those places without leaving the comfort of your home or even your workplace.

Phone: 904-673-6154
Email: sandrag8506@aol.com
Website: http://sandrag.smugmug.com

Image Embedding

PACA’s mission has always been to support a healthy and sustainable market for licensing the use of photographic images, as well as to encourage and support innovative ways for photography to be legally used in the rapidly changing marketplace.  Clearly, models for licensing of photography have had a difficult time keeping pace with changes brought on by the Internet, social media, and the blogosphere.

Recently, Getty Images announced embedding technology that they believe can address a significant source of unauthorized use.  Getty Images’ embedding technology allows the free use of millions of images for “non-commercial” use by bloggers and other editorial websites.  While it is too early to forecast the impact of this new offering from Getty Images or other similar embedding technologies from Stipple, IMGembed, and others, PACA recognizes the need for new approaches to address the proliferation of infringing uses.

PACA believes from the perspective of the industry and photographer communities that there are intriguing opportunities as well as significant concerns from embedding technologies.  These technologies could potentially reduce infringing uses as well as generate new revenue for copyright holders, but there are still many questions to be answered including Getty Images’ definition of “non-commercial use” which appears to allow, not only use in personal blogs and websites, but also in a broader editorial context.  Also unclear is how any revenue from advertising or data monetization will be shared with copyright holders.  PACA also believes it is important for the industry to understand how Getty Images will enforce its terms of service, and what other benefits photographers would derive from the extension of free use.

As businesses explore new solutions to the rapid and revolutionary changes in the way people consume media,  PACA believes its role is more critical than ever to represent our collective interest in protecting the rights of content owners, in refining copyright law, and in educating creators and users in support of an ethical and sustainable marketplace.  As a forum and industry body, PACA will continue to support and promote a dialog around image embedding and other new business models.