Reuters Adds Photo Staff, Acquires Action Images

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By: E&P Staff

Reuters has hired four staff photographers in the United States.

The hires — which come at a time when there seems to be more staff reductions than additions in the business — include Lucy Nicholson in Los Angeles; Shannon Stapleton in New York; Jim Young, who moves from Ottawa to Washington; and Brendan McDermid, who leaves the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) in Los Angeles to join Reuters in New York.

The moves bring to eight the number of U.S.-based staff photographers Reuters has hired since announcing an expansion initiative in September 2004. In addition to the latest hires, Reuters previously added photojournalists Mike Segar, Rob Galbraith, and Carlos Barria in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, respectively. Entertainment photographer Mario Anzuoni joined Reuters’ Los Angeles bureau in May.

In other news, Reuters has acquired Action Images, the London-based sports photography agency.

AI has an editorial and commercial business as well as an archive of more than 7 million sports images (1.5 million-plus available online) dating back over 50 years.

The deal enables Reuters to expand the sales of its pictures beyond its tradition media-client base into the commercial market. Also, AI will have access to Reuters content.

AI will retain its name, and its founder, David Jacobs, will remain as managing director of AI. Monique Villa, global head of news and pictures at Reuters, becomes AI’s chair. And Philip Kelly becomes AI’s chief executive.

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