SOURCE: fizwoz


December 02, 2009 07:15 ET

News Veteran Brian Banmiller Named Chairman of the Board for fizwoz

Pioneering Online Photo and Video Auction Marketplace Lands Star Leadership

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2009) - Online photo and video auction marketplace fizwoz™, Inc. today announced news authority Brian Banmiller will help guide fizwoz's plans for expansion as the company's chairman of the board of directors.

Banmiller brings decades of experience as a national business correspondent for CBS News Radio to his new role. He is also known for his nationally syndicated and award-winning television program, "Banmiller on Business," and his two decades as the business editor and news anchor for KTVU, the Fox affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition, fizwoz unveiled the formation of an advisory board of industry visionaries with leadership, business intelligence, and licensing and monetization experience adding to the wealth of experience in the fizwoz management team.

As a result of the efforts of this new management team, fizwoz is able to attract well-recognized customers such as Weather Central, which will gain breaking weather images for its customers. Other media customers will soon be announced.

"fizwoz is a tremendously exciting opportunity for me," says Brian Banmiller, chairman of the board of fizwoz. "The industry I have served for more than thirty years is undergoing significant change as the shelf-life of news gets shorter and the cost of acquisition goes up. fizwoz is well positioned to not only offer a cost effective alternative to media companies for exclusive content, but also provide the photographer or videographer with a more efficient way to make money with their smartphone images."

In addition to his traditional chairmanship duties Banmiller will assist the company in soliciting media companies to sign up for the free service and promote the media buyer services such as the recently announced fizwoz Assignment Desk.

"The addition of Brian to the company as Chairman of the Board is of global significance for us and I am honored and grateful to have him serve," said Andy Sheldon, founder and chief executive officer of fizwoz. "Brian's in-depth knowledge of how media outlets work and his seemingly limitless roster of media and financial institutional contacts will bring incredible value to the company. It will increase our visibility as a trusted provider of video and photography content to media companies around the globe."

In addition to Banmiller's election to the board, fizwoz has announced the formation of a management advisory board. The board members include:

Andrew Finlayson, currently a Knight Scholar at Stanford, has in the past been a vice president at Fox Chicago and most recently served as a director of online content at the Fox Television Stations group.

Iain Scholnick, chief executive officer of ImageSpan. A visionary and veteran of the Internet and wireless industries, Scholnick brings more than 18 years of technical and operations experience to drive ImageSpan towards its mission of leading the market in licensing and billing automation for media.

Dave Martin, vice president of Digital Media at Ignited. Martin leads the digital media planning and buying efforts for clients such as Universal Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, NBC, Bravo, Oxygen, Syfy, USA, and MSNBC. Martin is a thought-leader in the digital media space, focused on the transition of digital media from the PC to the living room, where targetability and measurability will bring an unprecedented level of value for advertisers who currently struggle with time-shifted and fragmented media consumption.

"Every management team needs a 'go to' set of advisors who have 'been there and done that' in their respective industries," added Sheldon. "It's an endorsement of our business model and approach that we've been able to attract the interest and support of such an accomplished team of advisors."

About fizwoz

fizwoz amasses and distributes the world's broadest current event video and still imagery content captured by everyday citizens on their mobile camera phones. fizwoz makes these images available in an accessible and usable manner -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week -- via an open auction marketplace on the Internet. fizwoz imagery is used for news, sports, entertainment, blogging, personal interest projects and a broad range of contemporary creative purposes. Founded by entrepreneurs Andy Sheldon and Ian Smith, fizwoz products are used each day in traditional and digital media worldwide. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Corporate Contact:
    Andy Sheldon,
    Founder & CEO of fizwoz
    +1 (650) 218 4712
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    Media Contact:
    Donna Candelori-Shotwell
    +1 (650) 222-3030
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