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Cool Hunting: Firehorse ARC on Shutterstock

A longtime destination for captivating stock imagery, vector files, music and more,Shutterstock constantly seeks out new sources for content not found elsewhere. Their latest exclusive collaborator, Beirut-based production company Firehorse Arc, certainly delivers. Founded by a team of videographers, the company has produced and accrued a catalog of over 45,000 HD and SD one-of-a-kind and thought-provoking videos across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Storytelling is at the core of each piece—yet everything from traditions and historic sites to modern-day daily life fall within their body of works. The five-year-long exclusive licensing deal bolsters Shutterstock’s 80 million+ visual and audio offerings. Most importantly, however, there’s a significance to the videos, demonstrating a beautiful past, changing world and thoughtful future—with highlights ranging from the Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria (filmed in 2005) to a time-lapse of a Harley Davidson motorcycle meet in Kuwait (from 2013).

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Shutterstock: Discover Rare Footage of the Middle East from Firehorse ARC

At Shutterstock, we sometimes have the opportunity to share very special moments in history through our unique and talented contributors. Our most recent partnership with leading independent stock footage company, Firehorse ARC, allows us to do so through hours of rare and exclusive Arab and Middle East video content. Much of this footage captures areas that have been destroyed or rendered inaccessible, such as the heritage sites of Syria.

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Firehorse ARC and Shutterstock strike Exclusive licensing deal

London, April 27, 2016 – Leading independent stock footage company Firehorse ARC and Shutterstock, a leading global provider of imagery and music, have agreed to a five-year licensing deal for up to 45,000 HD and SD clips from Beirut-based ARC’s extensive archive of unique and exclusive Arab and Middle East video content.

Brokered through Paul Maidment, founder of Kite Media Consultancy, the deal offers hours of unique and exclusive content available to producers around the world.

Najat Rizk, co-owner of Firehorse ARC, said of the deal, “We are thrilled to be working with Shutterstock to take our output to a much wider international audience. Our ability to access people and places in the region has resulted in a rare and unique archive. With profound change happening across the Middle East, the demand for footage is unprecedented and Shutterstock enhances our ability to deliver content to global channels and filmmakers.”

Mouna Mounayer, co-owner Firehorse ARC, added, “The body of content we offer has particular significance and resonance right now as many of the clips are of places that are no longer accessible or have been destroyed, such as the heritage sites of Syria. No one will be able to capture these places and the life around them in the same way again. Working with Shutterstock gives a greater number of film makers access to this valuable archive.”

“This is an important archive to bring to a global audience,” said Tom Spota Director of Video Acquisition at Shutterstock. “It is a privilege to be able to offer such diverse and rare footage to film and TV makers around the world. The importance of what ARC has captured on film, before and during the current changes taking place in the Middle East, stands as a powerful record of everyday life and also lost treasures.”

The company’s catalogue offers a rich and varied range of material – covering modern and traditional societies, lifestyle, landscapes, religions, heritage, art, architecture and interviews with people from across the Middle East. Some of the archive’s exclusive content was shot in areas that are today dangerous and largely inaccessible.

Highlights of the clips available include:

Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria – 2005

The destruction by IS of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra took the world by storm.  Firehorse ARC has rare, exclusive and detailed footage of the archaeological site of Palmyra as well as many others under threat in Iraq and across the region.

The Monastery of St. Moses The Abyssinian, Syria – 2004

Before his kidnapping by IS, Italian priest Father Paolo Dall’Oglio spent 30 years reconstructing the 6th Century monastery of St Moses the Abyssinian, making it a centre of interfaith dialogue.  Father Paolo disappeared in Rakka where he was trying to negotiate the release of hostages and broker a truce with Kurdish Militia.

Qom, Iran – 2005

The footage focuses on the beautiful iwan of the Mausoleum of Fatima Masumeh shot when Iran was closed to the west.

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Firehorse ARC

The Beirut based stock footage company is the brainchild of Mouna Mounayer and Najat Rizk, owners of Firehorse, one of the Arab world’s leading production companies with over 20 years’ experience in broadcast factual entertainment. ARC’s vast content library of video clips from the Middle East, Asia and North Africa, spans cultures, religions, history, traditions, heritage, architecture, society and current affairs, and covers more than 20 countries across the region from Saudi Arabia in the East to Morocco in the West. With more than 2000 hours of content, the company’s catalogue offers exceptional insight into the region’s rich and varied landscapes and people.

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK)

Shutterstock is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 100,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds hundreds of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 80 million images and four million video clips available.

Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, Paris, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media provider; Offset, a high-end image collection; PremiumBeat, a curated royalty-free music library; Rex Features, a premier source of editorial images for the world’s media; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital asset management solution for businesses.

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Kite Media Consultancy

Kite Media Consultancy offers strategic thinking, business modelling and sales planning/ outreach to mature and fledgling companies around the world with particular expertise in the curation, development, production, distribution and licensing of digital video content – and all the technology in between.


Monday 20 July 2015 – Firehorse Archive announces the appointment of Paul Maidment of Kite Media, the learning and media consultancy working in the online video content market as our strategy and business development advisor. Under the arrangement, Kite Media will work closely with our management team and advise on three key areas: content management, licensing and distribution and global business development.

Firehorse Archive is a unique resource for filmmakers requiring raw video clips of the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Company directors, Mouna Mounayer and Najat Rizk said, ‘our company Firehorse Films has been making internationally recognised programmes on the Arab world and the Middle East for 22 years. We realised from the beginning that we had unrivalled footage of the region and four years ago we began the process of creating a clip sales arm.’ The archive, which continues to grow, has unique, footage of life in the Arab world and the Middle East covering all aspects of this fascinating region. For the first time this material will be made accessible to, amongst others, the production, creative, corporate and education markets.

On the hiring of Kite Media, Mouna and Najat commented: ‘We built up an archive of thousands of hours of high quality material, which tells the story of what it means to live in this part of the world in the 21st century. Our exclusive video content covers the regions’ rich cultural heritage with its history and traditions but critically we also have material that reflects inner conflicts and the often-turbulent nature of the areas politics. We found ourselves at something of a crossroads where we are all set to show this collection to the outside world but we felt we needed someone with experience to guide us – Paul was the ideal person. He brings a wealth of experience to the table. He has hands-on experience in the telecoms, technology and archive video markets including over 20 years at the BBC’s commercial arm, where he was head of BBC Motion Gallery and BBC Worldwide Learning, licensing digital video content to the media industry.’

Paul Maidment, Director of Kite Media is excited about the opportunity: ‘Having previously worked in the archive industry for almost 10 years I’ve seen any number of video collections but the Firehorse Archive represents a fantastic opportunity to develop a solid production business and take some not-often seen material to the wider world. I wanted to get involved and am delighted that Mouna and Najat have appointed Kite Media. It will be key to find the right partners in technology and sales, and then help give direction to the team to foster growth.’

For further information, please contact:
Mouna Mounayer – Partner, Head of Archive
Email –
Tel – 00961 1 493526

FA facebook logoFirehorse Archive is part of Firehorse Films, a Lebanese production company voted in 2012 by Harvard Business School’s AllWorld Programme as the second fastest growing company in Lebanon. Established in 1993, Firehorse Films pioneered the documentary and factual entertainment strands in the Arab region by making successful and internationally recognised programmes on all aspects of life, society, environment, religion and politics from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The ethos at Firehorse has always been to create finely crafted visual narratives in their programmes and this is reflected in their unique footage archive. Go to or for more information and to view programmes or video clips. Their tagline, “Screens worth watching. Footage worth buying” says it all.

3869 KMlogo-FINAL Kite Media Limited is a London-based company that provides consultancy services to the digital media, corporate, production and learning markets. Kite Media was set up by Paul Maidment, formerly a Director at BBC Worldwide, in December 2014 with the aim of offering commercial advice to those companies seeking to produce, curate, digitise, distribute or licence video-based content.

Saudi Arabia

The economic and political powerhouse of the Arabian Gulf, as well as the birthplace of Islam, the importance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia cannot be underestimated.