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.

Notes for editors:

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.