's take on 2017: A Year in the Footage Business

2017 was an exciting, eventful year in the footage industry. A large number of high-profile archive-based documentaries were released throughout the year, and archival docs did very well at all the major award ceremonies. While increased demand for footage benefited many suppliers, two major footage houses, ITN Source and Framepool, either ceased operations or changed hands, and their transitions sent shockwaves throughout the industry. Change was afoot among various footage industry trade groups as well, with new management at FOCAL and a for-sale announcement at Visual Connections. Overall, a few things became clear in 2017: the audience for archive-based programming is strong; competition among footage suppliers is intensifying; and industry stakeholders are adapting to a shifting business landscape. Read's take on 2017.

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