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CNN Opens Video News Archive Sales Office in London

1 October 2003

CNN ImageSource, the video licensing division of CNN, is opening a London office to build on the growing demand for unique news footage in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. CNN ImageSource has a historic archive of material from more than 20 years of award winning coverage and, with an increasing number of customers based outside the United States, this new development will enable the division to improve their international service to clients.

International stories that have been in high demand from production companies have included CNN's coverage of the Gulf Wars in 1991 and 2003, the terrorist attacks of September 11 , 2001, and the ensuing war in Afghanistan. Popular shots from the news archives include the fall of the Berlin Wall and the uprising in Tiananmen Square when a lone man stopped a row of tanks directly in front of the CNN cameras.

"By operating out of CNN's London offices we open ourselves up for a potential new client base by being available during European business working hours. It will help provide a relevant service within the same time zone as our international clients, improving and developing the support we can offer our customers," said Tony Maddox, senior vice president, CNN International Europe, Middle East and Africa.

CNN has hired Ray Sidwell, former director of library sales for BBC Worldwide in New York, to run the new office. Sidwell will be developing closer working relationships with production houses across Europe, providing customer service within the region. This is the first stage in the international expansion of CNN ImageSource.

About CNN ImageSource

CNN ImageSource, headquartered in Atlanta, USA, is the production world's link to the images and visual history gathered over two decades of cutting-edge news production. Established in 1987, the business has expanded to include talent clearance, still image licensing, public display and transcript reprint permissions, and third-party representation deals. Its newly redesigned website at provides easy access to several hundred thousand catalogue records and offers online ordering.

The United Kingdom office can be reached on +44 (0) 20 7693 1540 or by e-mail at

Contact: Susanna Flood +44 20 7693 0945