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FOCAL International Forges New Links at MIPTV

1 April 2004

In haste to be included in FOCAL International's new Members Directory, which will be launched at the Picture Buyers Fair in May, FOCAL International secured a number of new members at the recent MIPTV.

Amongst the new footage sales libraries is H24 TV Agency, providing Italian news and current affairs material and unique access to the Vatican.

Laura Guglielmetti, Production Manager, H24 TV Agency.

A number of allied international organisations also joined, thus widening FOCAL International's global reach. The Affiliates now comprise: BAPLA, BIMA, BUFVC, CLEAR, EDN, IAMHIST, IDA, INNA and US Independents.

Representing not only the trade organisation INNA, but also Belgavox, and the new were Phillippe Fannoy and Anne Vive, seen above.

However, the secret weapon used to launch at MIP was Dr Clip, otherwise known as Fred Bernadicou.

UK visitors will also be able to meet Dr Clip at the Picture Buyers Fair 12-13th May in London.

A luxury yacht was the venue for the FOCAL International drinks hosted by Matt White of National Geographic TV & Film Library. It was a valuable opportunity for footage library representatives from all over the globe to get together, amongst them several new faces to ITN!

Simon Wood, Account Manager, ITN Archive joined here by their new Head of Sales for North America, Steve Messere.

Introducing Catherine Laferriere, on the right, who now runs ITN Archive's new Paris office.

Finally, to an old face! Ian Morris seen above is re-joining FOCAL through 3GXmobile Limited. They specialise in delivering content to the mobile phone industry today, and developing strategies for the future.

FOCAL is delighted to have welcomed a number of other leading footage libraries to its membership in recent months: BSkyB, Eagle Vision, Globo TV International, International Paralympic Video Archive, World Backgrounds, CNN and ZDF Enterprises.

In addition to this, FOCAL's membership of leading Facility companies serving the footage content market has been joined by: BT Broadcast Services, i2i Technology, Iron Mountain and TC Soho.

Details of all these companies and those mentioned above, plus the services they offfer, can be found on the FOCAL web Directory and also, soon, in the FOCAL International Members Directory 2004-05.


Anne Johnson or Julie Lewis
Tel: +44 (0)20 8423 5853