28 October 2008
Medicimage, the recently launched online medical, healthcare and lifestyle image library, today (28 October) announced a multi-country sales and marketing alliance with the Photolibrary Group, the fast expanding distribution organization, as the first stage in the formation of its global distribution network.
The agreement gives Photolibrary exclusive rights to market Medicimage content in the United Kingdom and non-exclusive rights in United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand
In addition, Medicimage said it was in advanced negotiations with other companies to expand its network in the United States as well as into South America, Europe and Asia and detailed announcements are expected to be made shortly.
In the UK, Photolibrary will have the rights to sell Medicimage photographic and video content to print and online newspapers, broadcasters, professional medical journals, book publishers, and creative services companies; at the same time Medicimage is committed to continue to expand its current bank of 100,000 images and hundreds of hours of broadcast quality video footage shot on location in hospitals, operating theatres, research laboratories and clinics around the world.
David Davis, chairman of Medicimage, said: “This is a unique agreement which brings together the respective unrivalled strengths of specialist photojournalism and international marketing and distribution of both companies; it also introduces specifically into the UK market, for the first time in many years, a collection of much-needed fresh, original and newsworthy medical images. After considering approaches from various companies we decided to appoint Photolibrary and Oxford Scientific, its UK subsidiary, as our exclusive partners because of their undoubted sales and marketing expertise and a mutual commitment to quality.”
Glenn Parker, chief executive of the Photolibrary Group, said: “Medicimage’s photographers and TV camera teams have created imagery which sets a new industry benchmark for high quality, creativity and newsworthiness and we are naturally delighted to have been selected to represent it exclusively in the UK and also throughout our global office network. It gives our sales teams the opportunity to offer our clients access to one of the most exciting specialist collections to be produced for many years”
The Medicimage collection, which has taken three years and £500,000 to develop, currently covers Alternative Medicine such as acupuncture and hypnotism, Dentistry, Dermatology, Disability, Diseases & Deformities, Emergency Services, Food & Drink, Health, Beauty and Fitness, 24/7 Hospital Life, Laboratories, Life Sciences including stem cell research and infertility, Medical Equipment, Surgical Operations including brain and cancer procedures and endoscopy, Optometry, Paediatrics, Podiatry and Radiology.
In its lifestyle section, Medicimage content covers ageism, alcohol and drug addiction, depression, safe sex, sexual relationships, smoking and suicides.
“The strength of the Medicimage collection is that it will be regularly expanded with new and timely images because our photographers and TV camera people are always on location somewhere in the world” said Davis.
Medicimage Limited (www.medicimage.co.uk)
The company was formed in 2006 by award winning press photographer Stewart Goldstein and his friend David Davis, former financial journalist with The Times and vice chairman of Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations company. To date more than £500,000 has been invested in Medicimage, the first medical library, to be created from scratch by photojournalists, The website address is www.medicimage.co.uk
The company has also established The Medicimage Foundation, (www.medicimagefoundation.org) a non-commercial organisation to enhance medical education and research in largely developing regions of the world.
The Photolibrary Group (www.photolibrary.com)
The Group is a leading global provider of stock images and footage representing over 250 of the world’s leading brands, 2,000+ photographers/cinematographers from around the world and a digital archive of over 5 million images and 2,000 hours of footage.
It has offices in the United Kingdom (London and Leeds), the United States (New York and San Francisco), Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.
Contact for further information
M: 0044 (0) 7831 558 745
Glenn Parker - CEO