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PACA 19th Annual Conference

New York, Oct. 19-21


PACA returns to New York City for our 19th Annual Conference. As the most populous city in the US, NYC is the perfect setting as PACA continues its efforts to bring innovation, inspiration and information to our members and to help move your business forward.

Presentations on where search and visual recognition will be in the future, imbedded imagery, and how academia sees the future of the internet, will be among the many technology sessions planned for the meeting.

We will be teaming up with Visual Connections again to bring you a 4-day event and an opportunity to network with both industry partners and clients. It will feature the PACA Reception on the evening of day 1, the PACA Conference on days 2 and 3 and Visual Connections on day 4.

Venue: The Altman Building, located in the heart of the Chelsea neighborhood in New York's Manhattan borough, will be the venue for this event. There will be limited free table space for networking as well as an area for seminars.

Program: PACA is known for its excellent educational program and we are working on another exceptional lineup of speakers and panels. We promise to allow a little more break time between sessions this year. Look for more information in the next couple of weeks on keynote speakers and panelists.

We've secured rooms at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 37 West 24th Street (at Broadway & 5th) New York, NY for $289 per night for nights 10-17-14 thru 10-24-14. You must reserve you room by 9-17-14 to receive this rates.

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Sunday, October 19
  8:30 AM to
  3:00 PM
PACA Board Meeting Corbis Office
250 Hudson St, Fourth Floor
  3:30 PM to
  5:30 PM
6th International Association Leader's Meeting

Corbis Office
250 Hudson St, Fourth Floor

  7:00 PM to
10:00 PM
Meet and Greet

A casual meet and greet at Pete's Tavern. The first drink is on PACA and we'll be serving some light bar goodies. Drop by and say hello to your friends and meet a few new ones!

Pete's Tavern (
129 East 18th Street NY NY 10003

Monday, October 20 The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St (between 6th and 7th Avenue)
  8:00 AM to
  9:00 AM
Breakfast and Registration
  9:00 AM Sarah Fix, PACA President

Welcoming Message

  9:20 AM Karen D'Silva

Introducing the DMLA Brand roll-out

  9:30 AM to
10:30 AM
Frank Fuchs, OSS Evangelist for Microsoft

Keynote: Copyright in the age of Big Data and the ever-evolving Internet—or Search Isn’t What You Think It Is.

In this session you will hear and learn how the ever-growing world of online, changed a world of countries and local laws into a global endeavor. With seemingly no rules to protect what was and is considered rightfully yours. There is—as of today no final right solution—that is fair for both ends.

But just because the changes the internet brought with it—much like the revolution of printing and moveable type—back in Gutenberg's time. We all have to find a way that makes sense for both ends.

It will take time to get there and only together we can and certainly will find a solution that benefits both sides.

It is a challenge for us as much as it is for you and only by partnering we will succeed. High quality imagery and video are getting more and more essential for time spent on sites—as they fulfill a very basic human desire of esthetic—which leads to more time spent on a given site—which is very important to keep users on your site. A good signal for any search engine—as I tells us the user found what she/he was looking for and if you will a way “back” in time in the world of marketing where just using the right keywords was and isn’t enough.

11:00 AM to
12:30 PM

Moderator: Rick Leckrone

• Laura Sachar, Starvest Partners
• John Frankel, ffVC
• Andy Yang,
• Bruce Chesebrough, TPG Capital

Investing for Growth: Options in Venture Capital and Private Equity

Access to capital is paramount for taking your business to the next level. Now more than ever venture capital firms and private equity groups are eager to invest in digital media licensing companies. Learn from our panel of seasoned investment professionals how to present your company to potential investors, identify investment partners well suited to your growth strategy, and how to close your first round of funding. 1 hour with 1/2 hour question period.

12:30 PM to
  2:00 PM
  2:00 PM to
  3:30 PM

Moderator: Karen DSilva

• Tyler Graham, Author & Twitter Specialist
• Patrick Lor, Dissolve
• Andrew Fingerman, PhotoShelter

Sponsored By: PhotoShelter

Driving Sales and Strengthening Brand Through Social Media

Marketing is an essential part to business today, and one of your most important marketing tools is social media. Like marketing in general, your social media campaign needs to echo your company's position and brand. Your social media voice needs to connect to your audience in an authentic and meaningful way. Your content must be carefully curated in order to engage and expand your company's branding to include an online presence.

Deciding what social media platforms will be most effective can be overwhelming. No longer is this job relegated to the intern. Each channel has a different primary audience with a different emphasis on their type of content. This panel is not your basic introduction to social media.

This panel of experts will be a discussion on integrating your business into a relevant social media strategy. The panelists will discuss their experiences in creating winning social media strategies and how they make various platforms work for their brands.

  4:00 PM to
  5:00 PM

Moderator: Cirina Catania

• Jimmy Olivero, SkyCamUsa
• Scott Braut, Shutterstock
• Evgeny Tchebotarev, 500px

Advancements In Image Capture

Join us as we explore the latest innovations in image capture and formats. From aerial drones to tricked out iPad media recorders and everything you'd ever want to know about the emerging 4K standard. Come discover new ways to economically capture still and footage from a completely new perspective.

  5:00 PM

Sarah Fix, What's going on with our association
Karen D'Silva, Marketing Committee
Leslie Hughes, Membership Committee
Doug Dawirs, PacaSearch
Nancy Wolff, Legal and By-law Changes

PACA Annual Meeting

  7:00 PM to
10:00 PM

Sponsored by Shutterstock

PACA Annual Party

Shutterstock's beautiful office on the 21st floor of the Empire State Building will provide the perfect backdrop for our yearly gathering! Some fun surprises including a photo booth where you will be able to print out your own photos and also email them/share a GIF via social channels!!

Shutterstock Offices
350 Fifth Avenue , 21st Floor, NY 10118


Tuesday, October 21 The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St (between 6th and 7th Avenue)
  8:00 AM to
  9:00 AM
Breakfast and Registration
  9:00 AM to
10:00 AM

Moderator: Robert Henson

• Jan Ole Kjellesvig, YAY Images
• Craig Peters, Getty Images
• Scott Calder, Mainstream Data

Opening New Markets Through Image Embedding

Big changes occurred recently when Getty Images announced that 50 million of their images would be available for free via an embed tool. More than 6 months later, Jonathan Klein mentioned that they were getting 5 Million embed views a day on 60,000 different websites. While offering embed images is not new, it has seen an incredible explosion since we last met. We brought together executives from companies that have a current offering of embedded images so that they can share some of their experience and tell us more about the how, the why and the when.

10:30 AM to
11:30 AM

Moderator: Leslie Hughes

• Greg Odom, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
• Mark Mayer, Moving Image & Content
• Sara Zucke, Nars Cosmetics
• Daniella Nilva, Ogilvy & Mather

Buyer’s Panel: Fresh Perspectives

Hearing from creative professionals is always interesting and valuable. This year's client panel will be no exception. Join us for a lively discussion about content, content licensing, likes and dislikes; needs and wants; and where these creative professionals see the use of stock images going in the future. Our panel is prepared to talk openly about how they and their teams feel about stock—the good, the bad and the ugly. And, their top wishes from their stock agency partners.

11:30 AM to
12:30 PM

Moderator: Jessica Berman-Bogdan

• Clara Fon Sing, NBC Universal News Archive
• Domenick Propati,
• Matt White, ACSIL
• Tom Bennett, Pond 5

Sponsored By: ACSIL

Best Practices in Licensing Motion

A panel on best practices in licensing motion will be presented and sponsored by ACSIL. What's hot, what's not and how does motion differ from other licensing models?

12:30 PM to
  2:00 PM
  2:00 PM to
  3:00 PM

Moderator: Paul Melcher

• Prof. Serge Belongie, Cornell University
• Prof. Kai Barthel, Univ. of Berlin
• Matthew Zeiler, Clarifal

The Future of Image Search and Retrieval

From description to decryption.

The future of photography lies within the photographs themselves. Up to now, we have been satisfied by describing content via sets of keywords and worded description. But, advances in computer technology and algorithm are offering a glimpse into what happens when computers start understanding images as precisely as text. We have brought together a panel of researchers, all from Academia, to talk about the present and future of image intelligence.

  3:30 PM to
  4:30 PM

Moderator: Nancy Wolff, PACA Counsel

• Ann Katel-Martineau, French Attorney
• Sylvie Fodor, CEPIC

What's Hot in Copyright, From the EU to the US

A legal session with French Attorney, Ann Katel-Martineau and our counsel Nancy Wolff will include information on the current status of the lawsuits in the European Union vs. Google and the latest in the Copyright Office's inquiries into changes in the copyright law.

  7:00 PM to
10:00 PM

Sponsored by Blend Images, 500px Prime, Agency Access, Cavan Images, Deposit Photos, SuperStock and the International Center of Photography Museum.

PACA Networking Reception

Tuesday night will be an exciting new event! PACA and sponsors Blend Images, 500px Prime, Agency Access, Cavan Images, Deposit Photos, SuperStock and ICP, will be hosting a PACA Networking Reception at the International Center of Photography Museum. The Sebastião Salgado: Genesis exhibit at the museum and we will be bringing together conference attendees, buyers and photographers for an evening of networking and socializing. This will truly be a one-of-a-kind event that you'll want to be part of. Let's kick off Visual Connections with a great party!!

International Center of Photography Museum
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

More Fun

Attendance Fee and Discount Schedule

Registration is now open. Refer to the table below for prices and expiry dates of advance purchase discounts.

Date PACA Member Affiliate Organization* Member Non-Members
Jul 1-Jul 31 $650 $695 $895
Aug 1 - Sep 15 $695 $745 $995
Sep 16 - Oct 14 $795 $845 $1095
At The Door $900 $950 $1195
Session passes can also be purchased individually. Learn more…

* "Affiliate Organization" include all North American photography and media related trade associations any trade organization that serves the creative community.

Note: All prices USD.

Hotel accommodations not included in conference fee.

20% discount for companies sending three or more attendees.

Cancellation fees apply. No cancellations excepted after August 31, 2014.

Registration is now open for the 2014 PACA Conference


For up-to-date pricing information, click the "Attendance Fee" tab. Hotel accommodations not included in conference fee. 20% discount available for companies sending three or more attendees. Please contact the PACA office for more information. Cancellation fees apply. No cancellations excepted after August 31, 2014.


Centrally located at 37 West 24th Street (between 6th Avenue and Broadway) in Manhattan's fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, the Wyndham Garden Manhattan Hotel Chelsea delivers the energy and culture of New York City. Located in the heart of Chelsea and bordering Midtown, Union Square and Gramercy, this modern high-rise hotel is perfect for weekend getaways, family vacations and business travel. Stroll through the Chelsea neighborhood and marvel at the world-renowned Flatiron Building, a block from the hotel. Our Manhattan hotel is home base in New York City.

Wyndham Garden Hotel

37 West 24th Street (at Broadway & 5th)
New York, NY 10010

Stay Dates:
Friday, October 17, 2014 —
Thursday, October 24, 2014

Must book rooms by: 09/17/2014

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To make a reservation use the button above or call Reservations at +1 212/243-0800 x7022 and say you want to make a booking with the "PACA" group.