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February 2011 - The THP Photo Services announces the implementation of video distribution for its members

Now the THP Photo & Video Services, the software platform developed and administered by age fotostock, which offers IT infrastructure and services to stock photography agencies worldwide, announces that its members will distribute video with the same ease with which they have been distributing images for over 10 years.

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December 2010 - Topic Photo Agency and THP Photo & Video Services expand borders

Topic Photo Agency is the first distributing agency in the Far East using the THP front end as a search engine solution, simultaneously with their own, in Korean. The agency was established in 1992 and has been focused since then on distributing high-end imagery. Over the years, they have created strong alliances with contributing photographers focusing on Asian contemporary lifestyle and oriental subjects. Soon after its creation, the agency started incorporating international collections to its portfolio, by developing relationships with a number of international agencies.

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November 2010 - age fotostock and THP Photo & Video Services add a new image distributor in Argentina to its network

Images Lover was founded less than a year ago by its General Manager, Gladys Figueroa, who has over 20 years of experience in the advertising and stock photography industries. Images Lover started representing the work of a group of local professional photographers and doing its own photo productions.

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October 2010 - age fotostock and THP Photo & Video Services welcome a new agent in Brazil

Easypix is a newly founded image bank in the Brazilian market which distributes Rights Managed and Royalty Free images and video. The owner and CEO, Nelson Molinari Jr., has over 15 years of experience working in the industry for several well established agencies in the country.

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June 2010 - age fotostock and THP Photo Services adopt video footage distribution

age fotostock, has announced the incorporation of video distribution to their line of products. The engine behind the distribution will be the THP, the software and hardware platform administered by age fotostock. The THP distribution model has established the THP as the fastest, most reliable and affordable platform for any company interested in rapidly gaining a presence on the Internet. The video footage will be redistributed to all THP Members just as the images have been distributed for years.

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March 2010 - THP Photo Services welcomes bonne:images to the THP Community

bonne:images emerged as a response to an unmet need in the Swedish market: a stock-photography agency offering commercial images with a Scandinavian flare but a global edge. After considering various technological platforms to support the hosting, file management and administrative tasks, the company has chosen THP Photo Services as the ideal program to offer the best content to its clients and the best management tools to its staff.

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February 2010 - age fotostock and THP Photo Services welcome N-Photos to the THP community

N-Photos is a young company, founded in 2009, which has fully implemented the THP Photo Services technology to their website. At the start of 2010, the agency incorporated age fotostock’s Rights Managed, Royalty Free and Low Budget Royalty Free collections to its portfolio, and is multiplying its business opportunities given by the THP, with a portfolio of high-quality international collections. N-Photos’ website is currently offered in English, but will soon be available in Croatian as well, thanks to the THP’s ability to administer multi-linguistic websites.

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The THP Photo Services announces the implementation of video distribution for its members

February 2011

Now the THP Photo & Video Services, the software platform developed and administered by age fotostock, which offers IT infrastructure and services to stock photography agencies worldwide, announces that its members will distribute video with the same ease with which they have been distributing images for over 10 years.

Alfonso Gutiérrez, CEO of age fotostock, comments, “The THP (Technological Hosting Platform) is gaining momentum despite the current state of the industry and the worldwide economy. During 2010, we have focused on three major strategic and technical developments: the growth of the redistribution model, improving internal functionality and efficiency, and adapting the platform for video distribution. We are confident that all THP members will soon enjoy the benefits”.

During 2010 the THP has also uploaded 3.2 million professionally edited new images belonging to close to 200 different brands, 60 of which are new on the THP. That number also includes the carefully edited work of over 1000 selected, age fotostock photographers that enrich the collections of age fotostock (Rights Managed), Pixtal (Royalty Free) and easyFotostock (Low Budget Royalty Free).

Alfonso Gutiérrez goes on to say, “By adopting cloud and virtualization technologies we have streamlined our computer infrastructure and increased our worldwide reach at a much better speed. These developments increase the opportunities for all those providers and distributors who are ready to adapt to the market demand and ready to grow".

Teresa Alonso, the International Director of age fotostock, comments, “By focusing on and realizing the full potential of the video distribution model, providers and distributors in the THP will benefit from an efficient model that dramatically decreases operational costs, something of utmost importance for business viability in these times of low image prices. By centralizing image and video uploading, providing remote connection to specific providers, and freeing the distributor of many tedious, content management tasks, distributors and providers can focus on their visibility and sales potential". Alonso finishes by saying, “During 2011, all THP members will continue to benefit from the technical advancements the company is constantly developing to make finding the right image, or even the right video, an even faster and easier experience than it is today”.

Topic Photo Agency and THP Photo & Video Services expand borders

December 2010

THP Photo & Video Services, the software platform developed and administered by age fotostock, which offers IT infrastructure and services to photography agencies worldwide, has announced the addition of a new member to the THP platform: Topic Photo Agency from Korea.

Topic Photo Agency is the first distributing agency in the Far East using the THP front end as a search engine solution, simultaneously with their own, in Korean. The agency was established in 1992 and has been focused since then on distributing high-end imagery. Over the years, they have created strong alliances with contributing photographers focusing on Asian contemporary lifestyle and oriental subjects. Soon after its creation, the agency started incorporating international collections to its portfolio, by developing relationships with a number of international agencies.

By joining the THP network, Topic Photo Agency is going one step further in the globalization of its content to meet their clients’ demand. The agency will now have access to over 400 collections from around the world, either through distribution agreements with the providers or redistribution agreements through age fotostock. Moreover, Topic Photo Agency is expanding and strengthening its existing international network and opening the opportunities for synergies with all the members within the THP community.

THP Photo & Video Services is demonstrating the high performance of the technological platform by integrating the solution to those in the existing front end of the current Topic Photo Agency site. Teresa Alonso, Director of International Sales at age fotostock comments: “We have a very good and lasting relationship with Topic Photo Agency as they have been distributing our Royalty Free and Rights Managed brands, Pixtal and age fotostock, for over 10 years. We foresee a very good outcome in this direction the agency is taking to broaden the offer for their clients by adding additional functionality to their website and backend. By adopting the THP system, Topic Photo Agency is opening the door to receiving a vast amount of content, adding power to their website and making their administrative capabilities even more efficient than they already are."

age fotostock and THP Photo & Video Services add a new image distributor in Argentina to its network

November 2010

THP Photo & Video Services, the software platform developed and administered by age fotostock, which offers IT infrastructure and services to photography agencies worldwide, has announced the addition of a new member to the THP platform: Images Lover from Argentina.

Images Lover was founded less than a year ago by its General Manager, Gladys Figueroa, who has over 20 years of experience in the advertising and stock photography industries. Images Lover started representing the work of a group of local professional photographers and doing its own photo productions.

During the summer 2010, Images Lover decided to join THP Photo & Video Services to take advantage of the opportunity to get additional content and to integrate into its recently launched website, the platform’s image storage system, search engine, and file and sales management tools.

By becoming part of the THP, Images Lover is opening a distribution channel in Argentina for the over 400 providers who are part of the THP Photo & Video Services platform. The agency has started by signing a distribution agreement for age fotostock’s own brands: age fotostock, Rights Managed, Pixtal, Royalty Free and easyFotostock, Low Budget Royalty Free.

Gladys Figueroa, General Manager at Images Lover, comments: “It’s a privilege to have been accepted to become part of the THP as a distributing agency in Argentina. The advantages that the platform offers us for growth, plus my experience of over 20 years working in the advertising and stock industry, give us the confidence that we will successfully meet the creative needs of the advertising market segment.”

Teresa Alonso, International Sales Manager at age fotostock, comments: "Images Lover enters vigorously as the unique THP agent in Argentina offering great potential for age fotostock brands and for those of the other THP providers. Images Lover is an agency that is taking a step forward to become more competitive within its market by dramatically increasing its content up to more than 4 million high-quality images. At the same time, the THP Members network keeps growing in the global stock photography market, with its capacity for saving costs and efforts for all members of its community."

age fotostock and THP Photo & Video Services welcome a new agent in Brazil

October 2010

THP Photo & Video Services, the software platform developed and administered by age fotostock, which offers IT infrastructure and services to photography agencies worldwide, has announced the addition of a new member to the THP platform: Easypix from Brazil.

Easypix is a newly founded image bank in the Brazilian market which distributes Rights Managed and Royalty Free images and video. The owner and CEO, Nelson Molinari Jr., has over 15 years of experience working in the industry for several well established agencies in the country.

The company is based in the São Paulo office, and has a trained professional sales team focusing on building strong customer relationships and on providing efficient service and customized support. The Easypix website has an intuitive and user friendly look and navigation, and since it is powered by the THP Photo & Video Services search engine and storage system, it enables fast and efficient image searches and file management.

Nelson comments on the implementation of the THP system: “We are pleased to be part of the THP platform. We are very sure that this system will give us good results as, according to our clients’ feedback, the THP provides one of the best search tools in the industry.”

Teresa Alonso, age fotostock’s International Sales Director comments: "We are so pleased to welcome Easypix into the THP network. Nelson Molinari’s long standing experience in the industry, together with the THP technology, will make it possible for them to compete in a large and demanding market, such as the Brazilian market. The THP Members network keeps growing as a force in the stock photography market and now, more than ever, THP Photo & Video Services keeps focusing on saving cost, time, and efforts for all members of its community, while keeping intact the most valuable of the assets for any company today: the brand identity”.

age fotostock and THP Photo Services adopt video footage distribution

June 2010

age fotostock, has announced the incorporation of video distribution to their line of products. The engine behind the distribution will be the THP, the software and hardware platform administered by age fotostock. The THP distribution model has established the THP as the fastest, most reliable and affordable platform for any company interested in rapidly gaining a presence on the Internet. The video footage will be redistributed to all THP Members just as the images have been distributed for years.

"While we don't see video as a great demand in all our markets yet, we anticipate that soon, clients will be demanding it on a daily basis from their image suppliers. We want to be there when video becomes really popular. Furthermore, THP Members also want to be prepared for this product, frequently anticipated as the substitute of still images. Therefore, we have decided that the time has come to prepare a coordinated offer that will make the THP an attractive system for those that want to quickly become distributors of millions of images and video clips, in both RM and RF." says Alfonso Gutiérrez, CEO of age fotostock.

Video distribution presents some inherent technical requirements for both storage and required bandwidth, which up till now had delayed the incorporation of video. IT technicians of age fotostock said it was a matter of developing the necessary software platform and tools to allow rapid upload of video, in the same way as with images, in a unified format and lossless codec, which makes the buying and downloading process a snap.

“We expect that our THP Members will see this new development as something that positions them to meet the demand for visual content, no matter the media, format or price. The system now offers millions of images in RM, RF and LBRF* and coming soon will offer a centralized subscription model, once the superior technological, software and hardware requirements for the development of video have been completed successfully.” says Teresa Alonso, Director of International Sales.

The video offer and web integration demo, will be presented to THP Members and all interested providers in the forthcoming CEPIC in Dublin.

age fotostock and THP Photo Services welcome Photosindia to the THP Community

March 2010

THP Photo Services, has announced the addition of the Swedish stock photography agency bone:Images to the THP Photo Services community. This newly established Stockholm-based agency was founded in 2009 and it mainly services key creative ad agencies, corporate companies and book publishers in Sweden.

bonne:images emerged as a response to an unmet need in the Swedish market: a stock-photography agency offering commercial images with a Scandinavian flare but a global edge. After considering various technological platforms to support the hosting, file management and administrative tasks, the company has chosen THP Photo Services as the ideal program to offer the best content to its clients and the best management tools to its staff.

Since the implementation of the THP Photo Services platform the agency has incorporated over 200.000 images into its website. The agency is clearly positioned in the Swedish market as a selective provider for the creative community and is carefully taking every step to maintain this philosophy.

Jonas Björkbacka, Director at bonne:Images comments: "Our ambition is to always offer our customers and partners around the world the highest quality in all respects. We aim to establish the best customer oriented agency in Sweden, and then move into the other Nordic countries within 1-2 years. We want to work with the best collections, and the THP Photo Services platform offers us the tools with which we can exceed the most demanding customer's expectations."

Teresa Alonso, Director of International Sales at age fotostock comments: "We are very pleased to welcome bonne:images into the THP Photo Services business community. By choosing the THP solution, bonne:images sets a high standard for many crucial business concerns an independent stock photo agency needs to attend to nowadays : its website's search engine, its content management, its web users' data, and the back-office used by its staff. With the THP, bonne:images has potential access to 11 million hi-res images, quickly, easily and reliably".

age fotostock and THP Photo Services welcome N-Photos to the THP community

February 2010

age fotostock has announced the incorporation of the Stock Photography agency N-Photos, based in Zagreb, to the THP community. N-Photos has also signed an agreement for the distribution of age fotostock’s collections easyFotostock, Pixtal, and age fotostock, and is currently searching for additional content to offer clients in their market.

N-Photos is a young company, founded in 2009, which has fully implemented the THP Photo Services technology to their website. At the start of 2010, the agency incorporated age fotostock’s Rights Managed, Royalty Free and Low Budget Royalty Free collections to its portfolio, and is multiplying its business opportunities given by the THP, with a portfolio of high-quality international collections. N-Photos’ website is currently offered in English, but will soon be available in Croatian as well, thanks to the THP’s ability to administer multi-linguistic websites.

“We are glad to have chosen the THP as our hosting and administrative solution for N-Photos,” says Amir Secerkadic, Director of N-Photos. “All the stock photography material we represent is available 24 hours a day, through a fast and user-friendly search engine, both to our customers and to our sales staff. This is exactly what we needed to be able to really focus on sales and on the beginning of our commercial activity.”

"We are pleased to welcome N-Photos to the international network of distributors for our Rights Managed, Royalty Free and Low Budget Royalty Free brands. We believe our images can work very well in these markets. Moreover, by joining the THP Photo Services Community, N-Photos is embracing a system that provides a very valuable set of tools that will allow them to offer millions of high-quality images easily, rapidly and hassle-free,” said Alfonso Gutiérrez, CEO and founder of age fotostock.

N-Photos has 1.3 million images available on their website and will have access to over 11 million images from nearly 400 providers, should they decide to set up distribution agreements with the image providers directly.


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