Communiqués de presse 2008

December 2008 - THP Photo Services welcomes Denkou and Casa da Imagem to the international network of agencies in the THP

THP Photo Services, the technological hosting platform created and managed by age fotostock, the renowned stock photo agency based in Barcelona, has announced the incorporation of two new members to the platform: Denkou Images of Germany and Casa da Imagem of Portugal.

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July 2008 - age fotostock and THP Photo Services welcome a new Agent in Germany

THP Photo Services, the technological platform developed and run by the well known photography agency age fotostock, that offers IT infrastructure and services to photography agencies worldwide, has announced the incorporation of a new member to the THP platform: Premium Stock Photography from Germany.

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June 2008 - CEPIC 2008: Successful 2nd THP Photo Services Agents' Meeting

THP Photo Services, the software development from age fotostock that offers hosting and marketing services for the stock photography industry, held the 2nd THP Agents’ Meeting on June 4th. This gathering brought together a select group of members of international stock photography agencies that are part of the Technological Hosting Platform that the company started 8 years ago. The meeting took place at the Corinthia San Gorg Hotel in Saint Julian’s, Malta, coinciding with the 2008 CEPIC Congress, and brought together a total 57 delegates belonging to 28 companies from 21 different countries.

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June 2008 - age fotostock and THP Photo Services welcome a new Agent in Bulgaria

THP Photo Services, the technological platform developed and run by the well known photography agency age fotostock, has announced the incorporation of a new member to the THP platform: Flystock from Bulgaria. Flystock has become the first agency in Bulgaria to join the THP platform and to distribute age fotostock's collections.

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May 2008 - THP Members Meeting to be held in Malta

THP Photo Services, the software platform developed and run by age fotostock, will hold a new THP Agent's Meeting, for the members of this strong global image distribution network. The gathering will take place on June 4th at the Corinthia San Gorg Hotel on the Island of Malta coinciding with the CEPIC 2008 conference.

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May 2008 - Kuvapörssi from Finland joins the THP Photo Services Network

Finland's based stock photography agency Kuvapörssi has recently joined the THP Photo Services network becoming this country's second agency using the platform to host and administer operations related to their sales of stock photography.

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May 2008 - age fotostock opens office in Paris

age fotostock, based in Barcelona, Spain has registered a new company in France with an office in Paris. The company, called age fotostock France EURL, will be distributing the age fotostock RM and Pixtal RF image collections, together with many other collections of images that are part of the impressive 7 million professionally edited images from over 250 Providers and more than 1300 photographers.

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March 2008 - age fotostock and Pixtal open up distribution in Singapore through Stock Xchange

age fotostock, the well-known general stock photography agency with offices in Barcelona, Madrid, and New York, and Stock Xchange, the Singapore-based agency specialized in catering to the advertising industry, have signed a non-exclusive representation agreement to distribute the age fotostock and pixtal brands in Singapore.

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THP Photo Services welcomes Denkou and Casa da Imagem to the international network of agencies in the THP

December 2008

THP Photo Services, the technological hosting platform created and managed by age fotostock, the renowned stock photo agency based in Barcelona, has announced the incorporation of two new members to the platform: Denkou Images of Germany and Casa da Imagem of Portugal.

Casa da Imagem has been in business for over 20 years in the Portuguese market, and has recently redesigned their website, now powered by THP technology, in order to offer clients a faster, easier, richer and much more intuitive tool to meet their image needs. Casa da Imagem is considering implementing in 2009 the advanced e-commerce tools provided by the THP platform, which in addition to the storage, content management and reporting capabilities for the agency, also provides online payment functionality, immediate high-res download, and many other advantages for end users.

Teresa Alonso, Director of International Sales at age fotostock, comments "Casa da Imagem has been in business for a long time and has been distributing our own collections, age fotostock and pixtal, in Portugal for more than 14 years. We are very satisfied that the agency has decided to the adopt the THP technology and take advantage of all the features and benefits available to them”.

In addition to this legendary Portuguese agency making a change to the new technology, the newly created agency Denkou Images has also fully implemented the technology offered by THP Photo Services recently. Denkou Images focuses on Royalty Free images. As noted by Joachim Koutzky, one of the owners of Denkou Images, they have selected “what we believe to be the best picture brands from all the royalty free collections available worldwide and the THP provides a tool which allows us to concentrate on what's essential.”

Teresa Alonso´s comments on Denkou’s joining the THP platform are: “ We are glad to welcome Denkou Images to the THP community. By embracing the THP technology, Joachim Koutzky and his team will profit from all of the technical aspects related to image hosting, search engine, and content management that the THP offers to all its members, helping them save time, cost, and efforts, and allowing them to focus on marketing and selling their images in a market with great potential”

Denkou Images and Casa da Imagem both distribute age fotostock´s own collections. Casa da Imagem distributes age fotostock (Rights Managed) and pixtal (Royalty Free), while Denkou, given their specialization in Royalty Free, focuses on distributing pixtal. Further comments from Teresa regarding the distribution of the age fotostock collections are: ”Both age fotostock and pixtal are extremely large, versatile, and diverse collections, therefore they work well globally. However, thanks to cultural and economic reasons, Europe is the geographic region where these collections are performing better. Therefore we are glad to be opening new avenues in the European terrain”.

With the addition of Denkou Images and Casa da Imagem, age fotostock continues to grow the European network of distributors to maximize sales opportunities for its own collections and for the other 333 image producers and providers. Today there are 59 image distributing agencies in the THP newtwork and in 2008 six new agencies have been added (Denkou Images from Germany, Casa da Imagem, from Portugal, StockXchange from Singapore, Kuvaporssi from Finland, Flystock from Bulgaria and Premium from Germany).

age fotostock and THP Photo Services welcome a new Agent in Germany

July 2008

THP Photo Services, the technological platform developed and run by the well known photography agency age fotostock, that offers IT infrastructure and services to photography agencies worldwide, has announced the incorporation of a new member to the THP platform: Premium Stock Photography from Germany.

With the incorporation of Premium Stock Photography to the THP platform, age fotostock strengthens and assures the delivery of its Royalty Free collection, Pixtal, in the German market, and expands the distribution for over 300 providers of images that are members of the THP today. By adding this new distributor in Germany, THP Photo Services is bringing in new sales opportunities to these current suppliers and producers of images, and to the dozens that are becoming part of the network every month.

Premium Stock Photography is positioned as a high end stock photography distributor of Rights Managed and Royalty Free images, covering a wide array of subjects such as Lifestyle, Travel, Nature and Wildlife, and focusing their efforts on top-notch images and customer services. Eric-Silvester Grob, Premium Stock Photography’s CEO comments are: "The THP platform offers us all we need to market our images to our clients in a modern way. Fast, easy to use, cleary structured, always up to date technically... that's what clients like. And the big network of THP members and image providers gives us the opportunity to offer our clients a wide range of first class photography as well as offering our photographers images to clients worldwide. For us, the THP is the perfect way to sell images.”

Teresa Alonso, Director of International Sales of age fotostock, comments: "We are extremely pleased to welcome Premium into the THP network. Premium has been representing our Pixtal collection in Germany for more than four years and has now joined our THP community. We are confident that Eric-Silvester Grob and his team will greatly benefit from all technical aspects related to hosting, search engine and content management that the THP offers to its members. As the network keeps growing as a force in the stock photography market, all these members, which now includes Premium Stock Photography, are saving costs and time, in their efforts of making their business more successful."

Through the THP platform, Premium Stock Photography now offers over 750,000 images through their website accessible in German. Moreover, Premium is in the process of implementing the full e-commerce capabilities package which will provide their clients with additional benefits such as the availability to search and purchase images 24/7 and to pay with credit card. Moreover they can request business accounts that will provide them with VIP services such as the immediate download of hi-res images with special payment arrangements.

CEPIC 2008: Successful 2nd THP Photo Services Agents' Meeting

June 2008

THP Photo Services, the software development from age fotostock that offers hosting and marketing services for the stock photography industry, held the 2nd THP Agents’ Meeting on June 4th. This gathering brought together a select group of members of international stock photography agencies that are part of the Technological Hosting Platform that the company started 8 years ago. The meeting took place at the Corinthia San Gorg Hotel in Saint Julian’s, Malta, coinciding with the 2008 CEPIC Congress, and brought together a total 57 delegates belonging to 28 companies from 21 different countries.

The 2nd THP Agents’ Meeting showed itself to be an excellent place for the exchange of ideas among companies that are distributing images through the THP network, and for discussion regarding the next steps to be taken to generate innovative value for them. Alfonso Gutierrez, General Manager of age fotostock, made an exhaustive presentation communicating current hot issues related to the users of the THP such as the refinements on the THP e-commerce capabilities allowing members to sell all over the world, as well as the research and developments made to further enhance the search engine of the THP web based network.

Another peak of the speech was the presentation of new and sophisticated management and administrative tools that are becoming available on the THP software. Time was dedicated to introduce easyFotostock, a Low Budget Royalty Free engine, for THP members that is going to be opened to the public soon. Also, age fotostock presented “xtreme!!” , a sophisticated collection of images extracted from the close to 700,000 images that age fotostock distributes from its almost entirely exclusive group of photographers.

Alfonso Gutiérrez´ comments on this 2nd THP Meeting were: “We are really pleased with the turnout and feedback we received from the attendees. The continuous advancements that are constantly being made to the THP platform are proving that the THP is giving real Value Innovation to its users.” Value Innovation translates, as described by Alfonso Gutiérrez, “…into a reduction of operational costs and an increased value to the clients. This is our aim as a distributors and producers of images, from one side, and as the creators and managers of the system that makes the THP network possible, from the other side.”

Joining the THP presentation, age fotostock invited Joel Huberson, General Manager of NewPhenix, the French company that develops and markets the state of the art technology that age fotostock and THP Photo Services are using to make the THP search engine even better through the adoption of many NewPhenix linguistic features. Joel Huberson gave an overview of the implications of their technology and the benefits it will bring to the end users, the clients that will visit THP websites in their search for images.

After a very animated and lively Question & Answers session, the group had an exquisite lunch at the Fra Martino Restaurant located at the same 5* hotel where the event took place.

age fotostock and THP Photo Services welcome a new Agent in Bulgaria

June 2008

THP Photo Services, the technological platform developed and run by the well known photography agency age fotostock, that offers IT infrastructure and services to photography agencies worldwide, has announced the incorporation of a new member to the THP platform: Flystock from Bulgaria. Flystock has become the first agency in Bulgaria to join the THP platform and to distribute age fotostock’s collections

With the incorporation of this new member, age fotostock expands the distribution network for its Rights Managed collection, age fotostock, as well as for its Royalty Free one, Pixtal, and for over 300 providers of images that are members of the THP today.

Flystock, a young agency based in Sofia, caters to leading advertising agencies and publishing houses in Bulgaria and neighbouring countries. Ivailo Ivanov, Managing Director of Flystock, comments: “The THP platform gives us the confidence and competitive advantages we have always needed. Looking forward, we can concentrate our efforts and time which we had spent up to now on the technical support of our old website, on marketing and sales. It is also much easier to have new collections of world renown agencies and we are especially proud to represent age fotostock and Pixtal, which have enriched our portfolio. We are sure the website change and the new collections will bring even more success. Our clients are already fascinated by the new look and functionalities the THP brought to our website.”

Teresa Alonso, Director of International Sales of age fotostock, comments: “We are glad to welcome Flystock within the THP community. Flystock opens a new market for us in Bulgaria and increases the internationality of the members of the THP. Ivailo Ivanov and his team will benefit from all technical aspects related to hosting, search engine and content management that the THP offers to all its members. The THP Agents network keeps growing as a force in the stock photography market, and now more than ever, THP Photo Services keeps focusing on saving cost, time and efforts to all members of its community.”

Flystock’s website was in English only, and since the integration to the THP, it is also accessible in Bulgarian which further opens opportunities in this global business. Flystock now has 1.2 million quality stock images fed through the THP on its website, and plans on extending its online offer in the months to come.

THP Members Meeting to be held in Malta

May 2008

THP Photo Services, the software platform developed and run by the well known photography agency age fotostock that offers IT infrastructure and services to photography agencies worldwide, will hold a new THP Agent’s Meeting, for the members of this strong global image distribution network. The gathering will take place on June 4th at the Corinthia San Gorg Hotel on the Island of Malta coinciding with the CEPIC 2008 conference.

The THP members meeting will allow once again to present a solid number of new and improved software developments that includes a state of the art back-end, linguistic tools integration, easy access to Low Budget Royalty Free imagery and more to cope with market changes to different models and pricing while at the same time allowing for a vivid exchange of ideas, future plans and market positioning.

Meetings such as this one to be held in Malta have helped the THP members to truly appreciate the dedication and support that age fotostock has given to the THP Photo Services while the members input has boosted the introduction of changes and the addition of innovative ideas and new developments to the THP platform.

THP Photo Services software created seven years ago has evolved into a community of close to 60 companies worldwide that can enjoy nearly 300 RF and RM image collections from the same number of different stock agencies from around the world and the professionally edited images of more than 1,500 photographers part to conform an impressive database of slightly over 7 million high-resolution files residing on THP Photo Services servers located in Barcelona, Spain, and New York, US.

Furthermore, another group of nearly 70 age fotostock agents receive different levels of support as a result of the Cross Search technology emanating from the THP developments which allows age fotostock to, among other things, massively process and keyword thousands of images in seven languages and upload them to the members websites within a fraction of the time required for other companies to do the same tasks.

The invitation to this meeting has been extended this year exclusively to members that are part of the international distribution network of the THP. After what is expected to be a very intense day, the group will have lunch at the Fra Martino Restaurant at the Corinthia San Gorg where they should be able to continue with the debate among members.

Kuvapörssi from Finland joins the THP Photo Services Network

May 2008

Finland’s based stock photography agency Kuvapörssi has recently joined the THP PhotoServices network becoming this country’s second agency using the platform to host and administer operations related to their sales of stock photography.

Kuvapörssi recently signed a distribution agreement with age fotostock, the well-known general stock photography agency with offices in Barcelona, Madrid, New York and Paris for the representation in Finland of its Rights Managed and Royalty Free collections: age fotostock and Pixtal. Together with the distribution terms of these two collections, Kuvapörssi joined the THP (Technological Hosting Platform), the web-based tool that allows for hosting and management of image assets, and decided to implement it to their systems.

By joining the THP network, Kuvapörssi has added nearly 60 represented collections, tallying up to over 2 million images to their portfolio, to a pool of images that is now searchable through a fast and efficient search engine developed and constantly improved by age fotostock.

Philip Laszlo, Managing Director of Kuvapörssi, comments on the implementation of the THP tool onto their systems: “Together with all the quality brands that we already represent, age fotostock and Pixtal become the perfect addition to our portfolio, which makes our slogan event more real: ”all images – one address”. Furthermore, since the year 2000, we hosted all the images that appear in our web. As our content grew, uploading, deleting, rearranging from one collection to another etc. started being quite cumbersome. The THP will give us more time to actively do what we are supposed to do: sell images.”

Teresa Alonso, Director of International Sales of age fotostock, comments: “We are glad to welcome Kuvapörssi within the THP community, and we are certain that, combined with the benefits of the THP for all technical aspects related to hosting, search engine and content management, the commercial efforts and high market knowledge of Philip Laszlo and his team will result even more profitable. The THP Agents network keeps growing as a force in the stock photography market, and more than ever, THP Photo Services keeps focusing on saving cost, time and efforts to all members of its community.”

age fotostock opens office in Paris

May 2008

age fotostock, based in Barcelona, Spain has registered a new company in France with an office in Paris at Gare de Lyon, Tour de l'Horloge, 4 place Louis Armand, bureau 204, 75012 PARIS. The company, called age fotostock France EURL, will be distributing the age fotostock RM and Pixtal RF image collections, together with many other collections of images that are part of the impressive 7 million professionally edited images from over 250 Providers and more than 1300 photographers. The images are hosted on the THP (Technological Hosting Platform) that age fotostock has developed and continues to efficiently administer today.

"We expect to have this new office operative at the beginning of June, but because of the European vacations period, we don't expect to see it running at full steam before the second part of the year," said Paula Arizmendi, from the Communication Dept. of age fotostock. "Having a physical presence in France", said Paula, "will give the images we distribute, ours and those from all the other providers that have guaranteed us this further distribution, much more exposure and control in a market that is very close to our central office in Barcelona. We are confident that our stock photography knowledge and technological expertise from over 35 years in the industry, combined with our patience, business prudence, and overall pragmatism while developing a new business area will give us a solid foothold in the French market in relatively short time."

age fotostock France EURL will be managed by Magali Tribalet who has been working in the press and stock photography industry in France with a proven track record in sales for the last 8 years. She will be managing this French office together with a growing team of very competent sales people in a similar system to that employed in the company's other offices in Barcelona, Madrid and New York. In addition, the company relies on their own experience in managing different offices, like the one they have been operating very successfully in Madrid, but above all they count on the essential knowledge accumulated after eight years of working in the mature and highly competitive market of the US where barriers to entry are very high. In fact, age fotostock is one of the very few European agencies with full-fledged office in New York, actively selling in the US.

When Alfonso Gutierrez, CEO of age fotostock was asked about the surprising decision to make such an expansive move when the photo market appears to be losing sales due to the low prices and an oversaturated offering, he answered, "I don´t personally think that there is a market contraction in sales, in fact we see completely the opposite if you look correctly at what is happening today in the image marketplace. Digital technology allows different models to coexist, from the very cheap to the very expensive and the client has the prerogative to be able to choose what kind of image or model they want to pay for. There are clients for every business model you can think of. The problem is that many people believe that an Internet model located remotely can meet all of your sales needs. If you are selling cheap images, this could be true, but it´s a different matter when you have to service your clients. Service is what has maintained our offices in business for so long and the best service is one that "…thinks global and acts locally..."

age fotostock France EURL will benefit from the various services that are common to all age fotostock offices from the digital lab, office administration, IT centralized systems, and legal advice to the very proactive age fotostock in-house marketing and graphic design teams housed in Barcelona to actively promote all collections and this new company will also be supported by the qualified research team that has always been critical to finding the right image/collection for the clients.

age fotostock and Pixtal open up distribution in Singapore through Stock Xchange

March 2008

age fotostock, the well-known general stock photography agency with offices in Barcelona, Madrid, and New York, and Stock Xchange, the Singapore-based agency specialized in catering to the advertising industry, have signed a non-exclusive representation agreement to distribute the age fotostock and pixtal brands in Singapore.

Stock Xchange contacted age fotostock for representation of their Rights Managed, age fotostock, and Royalty Free, pixtal collections in an effort to add quality images to meet the ever growing demanding industry in their market. Through this new distribution agreement, Stock Xchange has also joined the THP Photo Services Platform, which will allow the company to distribute half million images from age fotostock and over 96,000 images from pixtal, and will also give them access to nearly 6 million images currently on the THP, should they reach separate agreements with the individual providers.

Jon Tan, Creative Producer & Managing Director at Stock Xchange, comments that “The THP is an amazing solution for our business model. We have finally gotten something that is able to distinguish ourselves in this competitive market and at the same time providing an all-round solution that this market has been craving for. The THP Platform is allowing us to just focus on our forte which is simply sales, marketing and production management.”

Teresa Alonso, International Sales Manager at age fotostock, has the following comments: “This new agreement opens great opportunities for age fotostock and pixtal, as it gives us a brand new direction for our distribution in Singapore. We now have access to a market with great potential in an environment where the technological immersion and e-commerce are remarkably advanced."


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