Corbis Acquires Splash News to Lead the Market with Candid Celebrity Content
SEATTLE, WA and LOS ANGELES, CA (July 20, 2011) – Corbis Images (www.corbisimages.com), a leading visual media provider for the creative community, today announced its acquisition of Splash News for an undisclosed amount. The Los Angeles-based company provides candid celebrity photography and video content to the world’s premiere entertainment print, online and broadcast media outlets.
Since its founding in 1990, Splash News is recognized worldwide as a leading source for exclusive, breaking entertainment news and continues to experience explosive growth as consumer demand for candid celebrity content increases. Splash has more than 3.000 active photographers worldwide in entertainment hubs throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
Splash’s market-leading offering of candid celebrity photography complements Corbis’ extensive collection of exclusive portraiture, red carpet and archival entertainment content. Corbis will now provide the industry’s most robust solution for outlets demanding a full selection of entertainment offerings.
“With the addition of Splash, Corbis will provide our customers the most comprehensive, unique and differentiated offering in the high-growth entertainment sector — from candid celebrity to high-end portraiture to motion,” said Gary Shenk, CEO of Corbis. “Splash photographers consistently capture the most significant celebrity stories around the globe, ahead of the competition. With Corbis’ global sales organization and web platform, we look forward to aggressively expanding the reach of this high-quality offering to our customers worldwide.”
“We are thrilled to join Corbis and will continue to do what we do best – deliver the authentic, breaking content that connects the media with its audience. We look forward to providing Corbis’ customers real-time entertainment content to support their business growth and providing our global network of photographers the ability to expand beyond their current reach through Corbis’ global footprint,” said Gary Morgan, CEO, Splash.
Splash images are regularly featured on top-rated entertainment outlets including; TMZ, the E! News Network and the New York Post. Additionally, the company has delivered some of the industry’s largest scoops and scandals including; Sandra Bullock’s first public appearance with her newly adopted son, the first images of Michael Jackson’s first child, Anna Nicole Smith’s death in 2007 and Tiger Woods’ mistress in 2009.