ACSIL West Coast Footage Meet-Up

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Getty Images, Los Angeles

6300 Wilshire Blvd, 16th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90048


3 Panels, 3 Perspectives, 1 Networking Event, 100% Footage

2 pm - 3 pm             Meet and Mingle with the Archives

3 pm - 6 pm             Engage with Panels by ACSIL, CLEAR, & IDA (Descriptions Below)

5 pm - 7 pm             Network at our Reception



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Space is limited and registration is required!


  • Attendance for footage buyers is FREE 

  • Attendance for non-ACSIL Member Footage Licensors is $100 

  • Each attendee must register

  • Space is limited, so a reservation will be required to secure your space

  • FREE Valet Parking



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Space is limited and reservation and fee payment are required!


  • $250 for ACSIL Members

  • $500 for Non-ACSIL Members

  • $450 for BAPLA and DMLA Members


  • 4 x 4 rectangular table with linen, chair, and table sign

  • No AV is provided, but exhibitors can bring their own laptop or monitor that must sit on the table

  • Electricity and internet access provided

  • No deliveries

  • Stand up signs allowed with size and carriage restrictions.

  • Space is limited, and your reservation will not be complete until payment is made via emailed invoice

  • FREE Valet Parking 



Adobe     Bridgeman Images  Getty Images    Global Image Works   Huntley Film Archives  INA     NBC News Archives   Prairie Pictures, Inc.   Reelin' In The Years Productions    RockHouse Images Vimeo, Inc.    WGBH Educational Foundation    WNET



Do not park in the building or you will be charged. Validated parking is located at the 6346 Wilshire Outdoor parking lot.


Attendees and Exhibitors are responsible for their own accommodations, but Getty Images recommends the following hotels:




ACSIL PANEL:  SNEAK PREVIEW:  ACSIL GLOBAL SURVEY 2019 in partnership with Thriving Archives

Those of us involved in licensing footage make critical decisions year-on-year.  Do we invest in building an internal research team to collaborate with filmmakers and researchers or do we put our money into digital platforms that provide self-serve mechanisms for the creative community?  Do we offer footage with rights complications (with underlying music, celebrity, union rights, etc.) or do we filter out that material and only provide footage that is rights cleared and royalty free?  Is it worth transferring old analog television shows and film to digital files or do we let them remain in their analog state and wait for the right customer to come along and invest the money in digital migration?  Do we answer phone calls or push everything to our website?  Do we offer rush services for masters and licenses?  Do we charge fees for such services?  And for many of the larger media companies with massive audio visual archives there is a more existential question:  is there an economic reason to maintain a staff that services third party producers or do we stop responding to producer queries and put our investments into other parts of the company with more promising economic returns?


To get answers to these questions, footage licensors rely on the ACSIL GLOBAL SURVEY:  a report on the economics and trends in the footage industry.  Our first survey was conducted in 2007.  Our mt ost recent survey has just closed and the results will be published as apart of ACSIL’s kick off in 2019.   But you don’t have to wait that long!  The very first look into the survey’s results will be revealed during this special presentation at ACSIL’s Los Angeles Footage Meetup.


Moderator:  Matthew White, Executive Director, ACSIL

Panelist:  David Seevers, President, Thriving Archives


Thriving Archives works with footage companies to develop and execute marketing and business development strategies. Thriving Archives also produces market research reports on the global footage licensing industry and partners with companies providing services to the stock footage industry. 


ACSIL’s, Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors, panel will bring leaders from the world’s most important archives to discuss the challenges and successes of stock footage industry, and provide attendees with a sneak peak of the upcoming ACSIL General Survey 4 (global view on footage industry).



CLEAR PANEL: The Pros & Cons of Searching Stock Websites to Script Clearance & Fair Use  

“CLEAR Association Inc., is proud and excited to present our impressive panelists whose combined experience in entertainment, exceeds 100 years.  All seasoned veterans in their respective specialties, they will discuss topics ranging from, “The Pros & Cons of Searching Stock Websites to Script Clearance & Fair Use.” Aida Yohannes, Events Director, CLEAR Association Inc.

Suzy Vaughan, Esq. has been involved with research and legal rights clearance since 1981 when she was on staff at "Entertainment Tonight."  She received a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School and has a solo practice law firm, specializing in entertainment, intellectual property and music law.  She wrote a paper for the Entertainment Law Journal at Loyola on fair use. After working as a freelance clearance administrator on such TV programs as "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, " "Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders," and "The Stuntman Awards, she founded her own company in 1988 and has been assisting producers with research and clearance of clips, talent and music ever since.  She has worked on programs for Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand and Motown as well as Robin Williams and Comedy Central.  For the last 10 years, she has also specialized in Copyright & Title Searches & Legal Opinions as well as Script Clearance Reports and Art Department Clearances.    TOPICS - FAIR USE, TITLE SEARCHES & SCRIPT CLEARANCE


Gregory D. Fein literally grew up in television spending his early years attending his father’s show tapings and wandering the lots of 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and Columbia sneaking onto sets like Blade Runner and Mash. Two days after earning degrees in Communications and Economics at the University of California San Diego, he was on set in Palm Springs working on his father’s pilot The Sony Bono Celebrity Cooking Show. Since then, Greg has worked steadily on shows like, Sightings, Real TV, World’s Most Amazing Videos, The Showbiz Show with David Spade, and managing the rights and clearances for 10 seasons of Comedy Central’s TOSH.0.   TOPICS - PROS & CONS OF SEARCHING STOCK WEBSITES & CLEARANCE DELIVERABLES

Roger C. Memos has worked in the television industry as an archival researcher, clearance specialist and producer for over 30 years.  He started his career at Entertainment Tonight and went on to produce on talk shows and variety specials. In 2005, he won a Daytime Emmy for producing on the reality series “Starting Over.” As a clearance specialist, he has worked on game shows, (“Hollywood Game Night”, “The Wall”), talk shows, (“The Suzanne Somers Show,” “The Megan Mullaly Show” such reality shows as “Shark Tank” and many award shows such as “The Daytime Emmys.”   Roger’s expertise and skill lie in the area of doing film clearances on film tributes for award shows like “The Billboard Awards,” “The American Music Awards” and “The Golden Globes.” TOPICS – IDEAL TIMEFRAME TO CONSULT WITH CLEARANCE PROFESSIONALS/ BALANCING RIGHTS & LICENSE FEES 


The Association of Clearance and Research Professionals is a non-profit 501c6 business league and educational organization of approximately 100+ members in the Los Angeles area and throughout the USA. Our members conduct the content research and provide the rights and clearances administration for a great many of the television programs and feature films you watch every day.  We provide business networking opportunities, educational seminars and group forums to share resources, information and further the common interest content research and intellectual property administration. We also serve as a portal for the entertainment industry to find qualified and experienced research and clearance professionals.


IDA PANEL:  How Documentary Filmmakers Work with Archival Footage 
Documentary filmmakers who are using archival footage have reached an all-time high. Directors are using archival for storytelling in many innovative ways, yet they still rely on archival footage to make the historical material come alive in the present. This rich discussion from the filmmaker's perspective about working with archival footage and licensors will feature clips from their films. 


  • Laurens Grant, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution; Jesse Owens

  • Lyn Goldfarb, Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race;

  • California and the American Dream

  • Johanna Demetrakas, FEMINISTS: What Were They Thinking?, Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche 


Moderator: Claire Aguilar, Director of Programming and Policy, IDA


IDA, International Documentary Association, has created a community of the world’s best documentary makers that are ushering in a “golden age” of archival footage use in production, looking to researchers to make a deep dive into archives for the best and most unique footage, and pushing for more flexible clearance deals. This panel will explore how documentary artists are producing their projects, working with archives, finding footage, and getting footage cleared now.