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CNN ImageSource Acquires Distribution Rights for AFP Video

26 October 2005

CNN ImageSource, the video licensing division of CNN, recently secured the rights to license daily updates and archival footage from Agence France-Presse to customers worldwide, excluding French language regions, it was announced today.

“AFP is recognized around the world as a definitive source of news and opinion, and we’re delighted to be able to offer its collection to the international production community,” said Kathy Christensen, vice president, News Archives & Research, CNN. “This agreement builds upon our successful representation of U.S. affiliates, expands CNN ImageSource’s coverage to include more news from abroad and kicks off our initiative to develop a broader base of international content providers.”

“AFP enjoys a longstanding relationship with CNN, which this agreement with CNN ImageSource will strengthen,” said Pierre Taillefer, AFP executive news director. “It will provide increased visibility to AFP’s video production, which covers news from France, Europe and the globe, and will allow AFP video to reach TV producers, documentary filmmakers and the educational communities around the world, including the United States.”

Headquartered in Atlanta, and with a London office since August 2003, CNN ImageSource maintains a historic archive of material from more than 25 years of the network’s award-winning coverage and from more than 400 CNN affiliates. Established in 1987, the division handles footage licensing, talent clearance, public display and transcript reprint permissions, and third-party representation deals. Its Web site,, provides easy access to several hundred thousand catalogue records and offers online ordering.

AFP is the world’s oldest established news agency, founded in 1835 by Charles-Louis Havas, the father of global journalism. Today, the agency continues to expand its operations worldwide, reaching thousands of subscribers via radio, television, newspapers and companies from its main headquarters in Paris and regional centers in Washington, Hong Kong, Nicosia and Montevideo. All share the same goal: to guarantee top quality international service tailored to the specific needs of clients in each region.

CNN, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to 14 cable and satellite television networks; two private place-based networks; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; six Web sites, including, the first major news and information Web site; and CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service.


Marea Battle CNN Atlanta + 1 404/588-6510

Claudia Coles CNN London + 44 207 693 0946

Pascal Bourdon AFP Paris + 33 1 44 88 74 0