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IDA Announces Renewal of Special Member Benefits with Getty Images

By Anisa Hosseinnezhad

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IDA is proud to announce the renewal of partnership with Getty Images and new benefits for IDA members!

As home to the largest privately owned archive in the world, with over 300 million editorial and creative photos, over 11 million video clips, and a full selection of music tracks and sound effects, Getty Images provides an unparalleled and comprehensive look into the past—whether you’re seeking something familiar or something unique.

Getty Images is an invaluable resource whether you are a seasoned filmmaker or have just started! As part of this membership, IDA members receive the following benefits:

  • 15% minimum discount on all applicable photos and video clips 
  • Complimentary online research assistance
  • access to high-res and non-watermarked easy-access comp stock materials [these images and videos are usable for work-in-progress projects’ test or private pitch purposes].
  • A direct point-of-contact who can assist with research and easy-access high-res comp image requests, negotiating licensing fees, compiling licensing paperwork, access to the non-digitized library, other Getty Images products, and any questions related to third-party clearances.

Below, you will find detailed explanations on how to redeem these benefits, as well as how to get in touch with Getty Images’ IDA Member liaison, Darlene Gilbertie.

Darlene Gilbertie, Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Media and Entertainment has been at Getty Images for over 5 years and is considered a production industry expert. Along with her experience at Getty images, she has worked within the entertainment industry for over 12 years.

Here are some frequently asked questions to see if you’re ready to get in touch with Getty Images.


Who can access the Getty Images discount?

To access the Getty Images discount you need to be an active member of the IDA.

I’m an IDA member. How do I access this benefit?

If you're already an active IDA member and would like to utilize the Getty Images  benefits, please email with the subject line “Getty Images Member Benefit Inquiry.”  Anisa will contact you to put you in touch with Darlene from Getty images so you can redeem your discount.

What should I prepare when reaching out to Darlene? How do I know when I’m ready to reach out to Getty Images? 

Filmmakers and content creators who might seek help from the Getty Images Liaison might be in either of the below categories:

  • Filmmakers who are trying to determine how much content exists for a particular subject. We need to effectively conduct an initial search. A very comprehensive list of subjects, people, dates, etc.. The more information we have the better. To open a research request we will need the following info: company name, contact name, email and phone number.
  • Filmmakers who have a list of assets they would like potentially use and need access to hi res materials and a quote to license the content. In this case we need a list of the asset ID numbers (which are found online), the type of rights needed (e,g, all media, festival, digital only, etc.), the distribution territory (e.g. worldwide, North America only, US only, etc.) and the duration (e.g. one month, two years, in perpetuity, etc.). A sense of the general budget is also very helpful. These criteria combined help us provide an effective licensing solution quickly and easily.
  • Filmmakers who are ready to license the material. When the cut is locked, we need a list of the asset IDs used in the final piece and as well as the billing information: company name, contact name, email, phone number and method of payment.

What are comp stock materials? How long may I utilize them for? What are the limits and restrictions?

Comp materials are hi-res, unwatermarked, master files. These are final elements we typically provide after a license is purchased. We have found that filmmakers often lack access to these stock materials during the stage they need them the most: development and funding. Available to IDA members, comp images and videos are usable for work-in-progress projects’ test or private pitch purposes. You may use comps as long as you need. You will never be charged for the use of comp files in testing or private pitches regardless of how long you use them. Once your project finds distribution or you intend to exhibit the project online or at a festival, we ask that you secure a license to ensure that our contributors are compensated for the use of their work in your project.

What are some of the collections or types of media Getty offers that IDA members might not be as familiar with?

It’s often overlooked that Getty Images also represents a significant amount of footage and video – from ABC News, to Archive Films, to BBC Motion Gallery, to ITN, to March of Time, to Sherman Grinberg, to our newest footage partner, MTV B-Roll. For a complete list of our footage and video collections, please click here.

Are there any limits and restrictions for the collection for me as an IDA member?

IDA members are subject to the same overarching restrictions that apply to all our clients. There are some collections which require additional approvals, or cannot be provided as clean comp files or which have license duration limitations. These restrictions are clearly defined on our website and we are always happy to answer specific questions. If an IDA member selects any piece of content which could be problematic in their final project, we will make this information known, present solutions and offer alternative assets.