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FOCAL International Autumn activities

15 November 2008

FOCAL Researchers Meeting

Regular FOCAL International Researchers meetings have been re-instated and are proving popular. One hosted by BBC Motion Gallery, was on the subject of Public Service Rights presented by representatives of the main UK broadcasters. This subject will also be covered at the next Libraries meeting and briefing notes on the whole matter will go on the FOCAL website in due course.

(Left) David Peck - CEO Reelin' in the Years
Reelin'in the Years - the world's largest music footage library - hosted the the most recent Researchers meeting which concerned music rights. A subject which fills many with horror, Kate Griffiths, Clearance Matters (right) and Gary Welch of the MCPS (left) made it all seem so easy!
The event attracted a good attendance, including leading music archive researchers from BBC Music Entertainment who have worked on many in depth series including: Folk Britannia, Dance Brittania, Brasil Brasil, Imagine: The History of the Guitar. (L-R Kathy Manners, Kal Dhillon, Jeannie Clark)
A full report will be in the next issue of Archive Zones.


Many FOCAL International library members were represented at the recent MIPCOM event in Cannes - either exhibiting or as "walkers". Hosting the perennial FOCAL International reception, grateful thanks went to Michelle Waldron, Director of Marketing & Communications (far right) with colleagues, National Geographic Digital Motio
FOCAL's administrators were busy promoting the organisation, its services and of course calling for submissions to the FOCAL International Awards 2009. L-R FOCAL International's Anne Johnson and Julie Lewis discussing FOCAL membership with Jacques de Suze (middle)
(L-R) David Terpstra and Claire McDonald of Realscreen with Diane Rankin who has since left Realscreen for a new career as Head of Acquisitions with Cineflix.
(L-R) New FOCAL member, consultant Kesavan K. Kandadai with Chris Higgs, MD ITFC and colleague Liz Clarke, Sales & Marketing Manager ITFC.
L-R Georg Hodek (CEO ISIFA Image Service), Ladislav Svestka (BDM Sales ISIFA) and Dr Stephan Bleek (CEO Framepool)