Dissolve introduces the Liftoff collection — footage fueled by passion

March 29, 2016

Premium collection available exclusively at Dissolve

Stock footage and photography company Dissolve is pleased to introduce Liftoff, a thoughtfully assembled footage collection drawn from the professional and personal work of talented filmmakers and production studios.

The Liftoff collection includes footage originally shot for a variety of projects — commercial spots, narrative films, documentaries, travelogues, and experimental cinematography. In other words, not necessarily shot for stock. The result is a stylish collection of cinematic work.

“Our customers are major advertising agencies, film studios, and production houses. They need exceptional content for their film and video projects,” says Brian Novy, director of sales for Dissolve. “The Liftoff collection delivers that — exclusive video content from fresh filmmaking talents who are bringing a cinematographer’s eye to stock.”

The collection is born of Dissolve’s Liftoff program, which it has been offering to exclusive contributors for two years. Qualifying footage must first adhere to a few criteria, including having all releases and meeting overall quality and style standards. Dissolve’s in-house production team then edits, color grades, and creates the metadata for the video clips, at no cost to filmmakers.

“Our team reviews hundreds of hours of footage,” says George Georgeadis, Dissolve’s manager of products and creator of the Liftoff program. “We edit only the most useful and inspiring scenes into royalty-free and rights-managed clips our customers can license for their own work.” Currently, there are more than 30,000 video clips, with thousands more being added every month.

The Liftoff collection distills the personality and passion of its creators into an essential post-production resource that’s ready for use in commercial work. And it’s available exclusively from Dissolve.

See the Liftoff collection

About Dissolve

Dissolve is a stock footage and photography company founded by industry veterans from Getty Images, Corbis, Fotolia, iStock and Veer. We’ve been around for almost three years, building a high-quaility, closely curated collection of footage and photography. We recently surpassed 1 million video clips, including about 150,000 clips that are exclusive to Dissolve. Videos we’ve created with our footage as marketing promotions have earned four Vimeo Staff Picks, and our videos have received coverage on such sites as Mashable, Wired, FastCo, Buzzfeed, Devour, and Digg. See what we’re all about at dissolve.com.

WGBH Boston and Reelin’ In The Years Productions Partner to License Music Footage

(Boston, MA) —WGBH, the largest producer of content for public television, and Reelin’ In The Years Productions, the world’s premier footage source for musical artists and entertainers, today announced an exclusive licensing representation deal for WGBH’s music-related footage.

The deal will include more than four decades of material produced by WGBH between 1968 and 1995, much of which has not been seen since its original broadcast. The footage is part of the WGBH Media Library and Archives and will be made available through Reelin’ In The Years Productions (RITY).

“We are excited to have our music collection represented by such an experienced and trusted music licensing service,” says Alison Smith, associate director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives. “Reelin’ in the Years Productions recognizes the historic value of this footage and how to bring it forward to new audiences.”

Since its first television broadcast in 1955, WGBH has been the source of hundreds of award-winning news, documentary and drama programs, many of them featuring popular music. Perhaps best known is the James Brown concert at the Boston Garden in 1968, the day after Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. was killed. WGBH filmed and broadcast the three-hour performance live at the request of Boston Mayor Kevin White in the hope of keeping residents at home and the city calm. It is credited with helping prevent riots which other cities were experiencing.

Other notable performances that will now be available through RITY, feature soul music artists who appeared live on WGBH’s public affairs TV series Say Brother (now Basic Black), including Gladys Knight & The Pips, David Ruffin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Carla Thomas, Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, Smokey Robinson, Sly & The Family Stone, Isley Brothers and The Parliaments (featuring the earliest known footage of George Clinton). Other unique programs in the archive feature performances and interviews with artists such as James Taylor, Buddy Guy, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Big Mama Thornton, Taj Mahal, Bobby Blue Bland, George Thorogood, New Edition, Nancy Wilson, Eartha Kitt, B.B. King, J. Geils Band, Frank Zappa, and Tony Bennett.

In 1993, WGBH produced, in association with the BBC, a 10-part documentary mini-series series called Rock & Roll which traced the history and evolution of rock and roll music, from its rhythm and blues, country, gospel and jazz roots in the early 1950s, through the advent of folk, rock, soul, heavy metal, glam, funk, punk, and reggae, to the emergence of rap in the 1980s. WGBH saved and preserved all 80 of the raw interviews they filmed (ranging from 45-90 minutes in length). The archive contains a “who’s who” of notable artists being interviewed including songwriters and producers who rarely sat down for interviews. Artists include Little Richard, Ike Turner, Scotty Moore & DJ Fontana, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, George Clinton, Wilson Pickett, Robbie Robertson, Jerry Lee Lewis and producers such as Berry Gordy, Jerry Wexler, Lieber & Stoller, Rick Hall, George Martin, Gamble & Huff, Phil & Marshall Chess, Tom Dowd and Jeff Barry. Sadly, many of these great artists are no longer alive, but thanks to this archive the stories of their significant contribution to the history of popular music can be seen and heard.

“To represent the performances and interviews from this major archive is truly a great honor,” says RITY founder and president David Peck. “The WGBH holdings feature many one-of-a-kind performances and interviews — it’s the rediscovery of a great American treasure.”

RITY has begun the process of cataloguing the WGBH music footage and making it available for clips to be used in documentary productions.

About Reelin’ in the Years Productions

For more than two decades, Reelin’ In The Years Productions has been recognized as a world leader in music footage with an archive of over 20,000 hours spanning 90 years. Now, with their representation of The Merv Griffin Show, The Sir David Frost Archive, Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation’s Archive, The Rona Barrett Archive and numerous other extensive libraries, Reelin’ In The Years can license over 6,000 hours of in-depth interviews with the 20th century’s icons of film and television, politics, music, comedy, literature, art, science, fashion and sports, filmed between 1962-2012. The archive is searchable at www.reelinintheyears.com

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and oversees Public Radio International (PRI). As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors. More info at www.wgbh.org.


David Peck, Reelin’ in the Years Productions

Alison Smith, WGBH Boston


Sep 21, 2015

Distributor Off the Fence has funded a new ten part series called Top Tens of Warfare to be made in collaboration by two separate businesses within ITN.

The programmes will be the first time that ITN Productions, ITN’s in-house production unit, and ITN Source, the footage licensing division of ITN, have worked together on a project to produce a programme series.

The 10x60min series, to be sold globally, will bring the stories of war as seen through archive footage straight from the battlefield. It aims to identify and rank the most influential, and most iconic features of war, examining how technological advances have changed warfare from the First World War to modern-day conflicts.

Each programme covers a theme, such as ‘Battles’, ‘Leaders’, ‘Inventions’ or ‘Aircraft’. The series will look at modern warfare including battles such as the Somme and Stalingrad. Major war leaders will also be examined such as Mao, Churchill and Roosevelt. World-leading experts will contribute to each episode to provide vital commentary, context and analysis.

Ian Russell, ITN Productions head of international programming, said: “We will profile the iconic technologies of war, from the legendary Spitfire fighter to the Stealth Bombers of the second Iraq conflict - revealing war’s greatest heroes and villains, its leaders and tyrants, the most epic battles, the most powerful weapons and the military inventions which went on to change the way we live.”

Simon Wood, ITN Source UK Head of Sales, said: “This is a unique collaboration for ITN Source and shows what can be achieved when archive, producer and distributor pull together in the same direction both creatively and economically – in an era of fixed-rig and reality TV, its exciting to know that large scale, archive led pieces seem to be coming back into favour and finding a market, and we are looking forward to developing a slate of projects like this in future.”

Mark Dee-Shapland, VP of Sales & Co-Productions at Off The Fence: “ITN Source has an incredible archive of material from the last 100 years of history put to film. In our discussions with ITN Productions it became clear that they were the perfect partner for us to create series tailored to the requirements of our international clients. We are excited at the prospect of further collaboration between Off The Fence and ITN.”

The programme is the result of an ITN initiative to create cross-collaboration between the production and archive businesses. The model enables distributors to test the market while distributor, production company and archive business share in the profits once the cost of making the series is covered.

Top Tens Of Warfare is supported by the ITN Source archive, a world leading resource of over 1 million hours of footage. It incorporates 20 major picture archives, ranging from the contemporary such as ITN, ITV, Reuters and Fox News to the historic such as British Paramount and Fox Movietone. It also includes stills images from Rex Features which are incorporated into the programme.

Press contact: Laura Roberts, ITN Head of Press laura.roberts@itn.co.uk +44 (0)20 7430 4825

About Off the Fence

Off the Fence is the leading global non-fiction content company of global scale and reach, producing and distributing exceptional programming.
Our independent spirit and personal approach enables us the flexibility and dynamism to deliver the best for our partners. We bring a bespoke and commercially-savvy approach to our global business and have a deep understanding of local markets.

Off the Fence Distribution acquires, sells and deliverspremier non-fiction programming, representing independent producers and key broadcastpartners. Our catalogue now stands at over 6000 hours of diverse content across Lifestyle,  Wildlife, Travel & Adventure, People & Culture, Science & Technology and History genres.  We pride ourselves on our long-term partnerships and have exclusive distribution arrangements with Smithsonian Channel, WEtv, IFC Films, and Nuvo TV.
Off the Fence Productions makes award-winning programming and films that give a fresh perspective on human stories, and celebrate and explore the natural world around us. We have created over 400 hours of content for broadcasters including MTV, BBC, Channel 4, MSNBC, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery and The Weather Channel. The creative team has been recognised by more than 80 awards, including Royal Television Society, Emmy, Golden Panda and Grand Teton.
Over the past 20 years Off the fence has grown from its roots in Amsterdam and has become a global operation with presence in the UK (London, Bristol), USA (Los Angeles, New York), South Africa (Cape Town) and Germany (Mainz).

Off the Fence is a Realscreen 100 company, and Off the Fence Productions ranked no.5 in the Top 30 True Indies in the 2014 Broadcast Indie Survey, and took the no.1 position in the top producers of ‘Popular Factual’, as well as no.8 in the Top True Independents, 2014 Televisual Indie Survey.

About ITN Productions

ITN Productions is ITN’s bespoke production hub producing creative and commercially valuable content for the broadcast, corporate, commercial, and digital sectors. Clients include major UK and international broadcasters such as ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Smithsonian, A+E, History and Discovery. International commissions include Discovery series Killer Instinct by Chris Hansen, Campus Killer Santa Barbara for A & E US & C4, Asian Tsunami: The Deadliest Wave for Smithsonian and The disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 for over 20 international broadcasters. UK commissions include political panel show The Agenda on ITV, Harrow – A Very British School on Sky1, Young Vets on BBC2, Paul Connolly Investigates for Channel 5, and a contract to produce Dispatches for Channel 4.


About ITN Source
ITN Source is the footage licensing division of leading news and multimedia content provider, ITN.  ITN Source syndicates on-the-day and archive content to a global customer base. Its content spans multiple genres including news, drama, celebrity, environment, music, comedy, wildlife, natural history and film. ITN Source represents archive footage from ITN, Reuters, ITV Studios, Fox News, Fox Movietone and ANI, amongst many others. ITN Source has offices in London, New York, Paris, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo as well as numerous agents across the globe.

More information can be found at www.itnsource.com