epa and Shutterstock Sign Global Distribution Deal
NEW YORK, October 31, 2016
Shutterstock, Inc., a leading global provider of imagery and music, today announced it has inked a deal with the european pressphoto agency b.v. (epa) to distribute its unique collections of visual content globally.
Beginning in January 2017, Shutterstock’s editorial customers, which include some of the largest media companies and publishing houses, will be able to license epa’s daily image content from around the world and beginning in March 2017, Shutterstock customers will have access to epa’s archive of over four and a half million images.
“epa is one of the leading news photo agencies in the world,” said Ben Pfeifer, SVP of Business Development. “Their highly motivated team has built one of the most remarkable networks of photographers globally and delivers some of the most respected news images available, which are regularly used in leading media outlets. We are delighted to be able to add this extraordinary collection to our platform and make it available to our customers.”
Founded in 1985 by seven major Western European photo agencies, epa went global in May 2003, expanding its European network of photographers to a worldwide operation. Headquartered in Germany, today the organization adds more than 1,500 press photos on a daily basis to the epa database. epa has regional editorial desks in Bangkok, Cairo and Washington, D.C.
“Shutterstock has one of the most advanced distribution networks in the world, and we are very pleased to be able to work with them in the interest of a wider and deeper reach and commercialization of our award winning daily news photo coverage,” said Jörg Schierenbeck, epa’s President and CEO. “Shutterstock’s sales support will drive future growth for epa and its continued global reach.”
Shutterstock, Inc., directly and through its group subsidiaries, is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 140,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds hundreds of thousands of images each week, and currently has nearly 100 million images and 5 million video clips available.