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The Associated Press wins trio of awards at 2014 Focal International Awards

1 May 2014

AP wins FOCAL International Award for “Best Footage Library”

The Associated Press has been awarded the 2014 FOCAL International Award for Best Footage Library. The result was announced last night at a ceremony and gala dinner in Central London, the winner having been chosen exclusively by archive researchers and footage users.

The AP Archive, the film and video archive of AP, is one of the world’s most important audio-visual archives of news, social history, sports and entertainment. It contains more than 1.7 million global news and entertainment stories dating back to 1895, and hours of new footage are added daily. The platform allows online downloads and licensing of footage, while offering a range of specialist features to enable customers to search, organise and share research.

In 2012, AP embarked on a major project to digitise its vast archive film and videotape assets, and a new state-of-the-art web platform was built to host the newly digitised footage, enabling easy access for professional footage users. Although the project was commercially driven, it has also ensured the preservation of unique footage of some of the most important events in history, for the benefit of future generations.

The platform also provides access to AP’s strategic content partners which includes the iconic British Movietone collection, offering a huge range of British and international footage dating from 1895 to1986.

“We are very proud of our archive, which is an incredible visual document of the people and events that have shaped the last century and reflects AP’s heritage in frontline news,” said AP Director of International Archives, Alwyn Lindsey. “Winning this award is testament to what we have achieved with it. It is an industry leading platform that offers customers access to the widest array of digital news and historical footage available. The FOCAL International Award is especially important as the winner is chosen by the customers, the greatest endorsement that we could wish for.”


AP wins FOCAL International Award for archive digitization project

An ambitious archive digitization project earned The Associated Press a 2014 FOCAL International Award. The winner of the ‘Best Archive Restoration / Preservation’ category, AP Archive, the film and video archive of AP, worked with Prime Focus Technologies on the project, which was entirely self-funded and involved the digitization of AP’s vast film and videotape assets to the highest specifications.

Prior to the project over 90 percent of the film was only available on film or videotape. Now AP Archive content is easily accessible via a new state-of-the-art web platform where footage can be downloaded in seconds.

The collection documents the events and people that have shaped the modern era, and the project has ensured that some of the most significant moments of history are easily accessible for online viewing or download by customers. The project has also preserved this unique footage for the benefit of future generations.

The digitization project took two years to complete and was steered from AP’s London office. A logistically complex process, Prime Focus Technologies created a sophisticated workflow involving teams in London and Bangalore, India, to deliver to AP a suite of different files for online viewing, offline editing and archiving.

“Winning this award is testament to the work we have put in to our archive collection. We have been on the frontline of breaking news for over 160 years and, as a result, have a stunning collection which has to be preserved for future generations,” said AP Director of International Archives, Alwyn Lindsey. “We have so much significant and unique footage that digitizing the archive had to be a top priority and we also wanted to ensure that we could make the content easily accessible to our customers, wherever in the world they may be. Now, they can view all our archive content online and easily download it via the website, which has been designed around their exact workflows.”

AP’s Jenny Hammerton named footage employee of the year at FOCAL International Awards

The Associated Press’ Jenny Hammerton has been named ‘footage employee of the year’ at the 2014 FOCAL International Awards, the world’s most prominent archive footage business Honors. The awards, which celebrate the best use of archive footage and recognise those that work within the archive industry, were announced last night at a gala dinner and ceremony, hosted by history presenter Dan Snow.

Hammerton, who has been working for AP Archive, the film and video archive of AP, for over five years and who has worked in the industry for more than 15 years, was nominated by AP customers for her expertise, commitment and passion; both for the industry and the work that she undertakes. Described as having ‘in-depth knowledge’, ‘acute research skills’ and ‘great instinct’, she is part of the UK sales desk and handles key broadcast accounts.

The AP Archive contains over 1.7 million global news and entertainment stories dating back to 1895. More stories are added every day and a recent Digitization project, which took two years to complete, has ensured the preservation of unique footage of some of the most important events in history for the benefit of future generations.

“We have invested heavily in our archive business with fast digital access to all of our amazing footage being a priority,” said AP’s Director of International Archives, Alwyn Lindsey. “However, we have never lost sight of the fact that it’s people who make a business successful and it’s wonderful that someone like Jenny is recognized by the industry in this way. She is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated, and feels passionately about our customers. This award is a fitting tribute to the contribution that she makes.”

A list of all the winners can be viewed here: http://www.focalint.org/focal-international-awards/2014/the-focal-international-awards-2014 

Laura Imregi
AP Archive
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