SOURCE: Future Image

October 16, 2006 08:01 ET

6Sight Future of Imaging Conference Examines New Ways of Monetizing Pictures in the 21st Century

Three Key Trends Driving Explosive Growth of User-Generated Videos, Photos, Visual Blogs and Wikis

SAN MATEO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 16, 2006 -- Any doubts about the value of user-generated visual content, including photos, videos, and image-rich podcasts, blogs and wikis, were all but obliterated with last week's announcement that Google will pay $1.65 Billion for the video-sharing site YouTube. The upcoming 6Sight® Future of Imaging conference (www.6Sight.com) held in Monterey, Calif. on October 24 and 25 will spotlight innovative companies developing new business models to serve content creators and content consumers, and make money in the process. "Monetizing Pictures in the 21st Century" will feature an all-star panel of Kyle MacRae, Founder/CEO, Scoopt; Kyle Mashima, CEO, FilmLoop; Gary Morgan, CEO, Splash News; Evan Nisselson, Founder and CEO, Digital Railroad; and Jeff Reed, CTO/President, Logicalis/Active Symbols, discussing the three key trends are driving the explosion of user-generated content.

The first is the democratization of media production through new technologies that are accessible and affordable: Digital camcorders, digital cameras that have the ability to capture video as well as pictures, and camera-phones with image and video capture capabilities. The flood of easy-to-use visual communication tools is helping to propel a flood of user-generated content.

The second factor is the rise of social networking. Social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Classmates, Flickr, Friendster, hi5, Orkut, CyWorld, and YouTube generate literally tens of billions of page views a month. It's no coincidence that the leading video-sharing sites such as MySpace and YouTube are also among the leading social networking sites. The demographics are key: Currently, two-thirds of frequent social networking users are younger than 24.

The third factor fuelling the explosion of user-generated content is that people, particularly internet-savvy young people, are no longer content to be passive consumers of content. They don't necessarily trust the advertising-dependent, corporate conglomerate mainstream media to tell the whole story or even tell the real story (AKA truth) about what's going on. They don't even trust the major studios to do the right thing with a story -- witness the additional shooting for "Snakes On A Plane" ordered by New Line Cinema to satisfy the blogosphere. They have something to say or something to show about nearly any topic from current events to special interests and hobbies to their own daily lives.

"It's really about connecting," said Tony Henning, Senior Analyst for Mobile Imaging at Future Image, who will moderate the discussion. "Pictures and videos are uniquely powerful tools for people to define who they are, create their persona for the online world, and seek out people with similar tastes."

Other related sessions at 6Sight include:

--  The Future of the Lens. Miniaturized, rugged, low-cost, low-power,
    high-performance technologies such as liquid lenses, specialized software-
    enhanced optics and more will be demonstrated and discussed.
--  Farewell Information - It's a Media Age. Forecaster, strategist and
    author Paul Saffo will discuss how the shift to an economy of creators is
    erasing the distinction between product and service, and potentially
    redefining our shared culture.
--  Content is Still King. CNET Networks Senior Vice President Martin
    Green will unveil the results of a joint Webshots.com/Future Image research
    project investigating the profiles of the content creators who are driving
    the explosive audience growth of online picture and video sharing.
--  The Global Video Revolution. At last, and all of a sudden, consumer
    video has become mainstream -- and it's in the form of the "clip."
    
The full event program and speaker roster are on view at www.6Sight.com. The two-day 6Sight program covers new developments in imaging technology, the emergence of mass-market interpersonal visual communication, and the high velocity of user-generated visual content. It will examine future directions for devices used to capture, display and manage digital images including camera phones, digital cameras, imaging software and more, and focus on the explosion of user-generated visual communications content which is transforming people's lives in the personal, work and community spheres. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear some of the top imaging minds in the U.S. and the world share their perspective and knowledge. Leading edge imaging technologies will be demonstrated, including liquid lenses, specialized software-enhanced optics, nanomotors, new flash and image stabilization technologies, new generations of image sensors and imaging software, high-definition videoconferencing and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with the developers of these technologies in a relaxed environment during the event gala dinner reception at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, while enjoying the world-famous displays of marine life, a program of entertainment in the movie theater featuring outstanding examples of user-generated visual content, and an array of gourmet food and refreshments.

About 6Sight

6Sight (www.6Sight.com) is a two-day executive event focused on the explosive global spread of imaging technology, and its potential for exciting new opportunities to improve people's lives in the personal, work, and community spheres. It is hosted and organized by Future Image, Inc. publisher of The Future Image Report since 1993 and host of the Mobile Imaging Summit executive conferences, and co-hosted by the two leading industry organizations in imaging -- the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) and the Photo Marketing Association International (PMA). The annual event brings together technologists, marketers, futurists, artists, educators, customers and members of the media for a program emphasizing innovative use cases, breakthrough technologies, and creativity. The inaugural 6Sight conference will be held on October 24 and 25, 2006 in Monterey, Calif.

The full program for the 6Sight Future of Imaging event is on view at www.6sight.com/program.html.

About Future Image

San Mateo, CA-based Future Image, Inc. (www.futureimage.com) is the leading independent center of expertise on the convergence of imaging, technology and business. Future Image hosts the 6Sight and Mobile Imaging Executive Summit conferences, and publishes two continuous information services, The Future Image Report which monitors the impact of new technologies on the imaging industry as a whole, and the Future Image MIR (Mobile Imaging Report) which focuses on camera-phones and the intersection of imaging and wireless communications. Future Image also underwrites and publishes primary research studies on the impact of emerging imaging-focused technologies or business trends, and provides consulting services to vendors, investors and large-scale users. Future Image is the official information and research partner of the International Imaging Association (I3A).

About the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A)

I3A is the leading global imaging industry association, driving growth of and setting standards for the photographic and information imaging markets. As the industry focal point, I3A offers a framework and environment where members can quickly find resources to solve critical issues and develop market solutions. Members of I3A work together to find common ground for advancing the industry and to enable better products and services for their customers.

I3A is an accredited Standards Developing Organization, serving as secretariat for the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 42 (ISO/TC42) on Photography, and as administrator for the USA Technical Advisory Group for this committee. Information about I3A can be found on the World Wide Web at www.i3a.org or by phone at 914-285-4933.

About PMA

For 81 years, PMA® has served as an international trade association for the changing needs of the expanding photo imaging industry with more than 20,000 members in 100-plus countries, headquartered in Jackson, Mich. In addition to the United States, there are membership offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Latin America, New Zealand, Russia and the United Kingdom. PMA membership is open to any firm doing a substantial portion of its business in photo imaging retailing, scrapbook and custom framing retailing, processing (digital and silver halide) or service work. Cooperating memberships are held by firms that manufacture or distribute products or services for the imaging industry. PMA provides more than 100 services to its members, and holds the world's largest annual international photo imaging trade show, typically drawing well over 600 exhibitors and 20,000-plus attendees.

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