Shutterstock Discusses Key Issues of AI, DEI and the Future of Video at CEPIC 2023

Premier partner for transformative brands, newsrooms and media companies joins as that Platinum Sponsor of Sofia-Antipolis based congress, the first technopol in Europe.

New York, N.Y., May 1, 2023 – Shutterstock (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global creative platform offering full-service creative workflow solutions and high-quality content for transformative brands, newsrooms and media companies, joins as the Platinum Sponsor of the 2023 Congress of the Coordination of European Picture Agencies Press Stock Heritage (CEPIC). Shutterstock will deliver the keynote address on artificial intelligence and participate in CEPIC panels discussing diversity, equity and inclusion in media, and the latest insights on the future of vertical video. The Congress will be held in Juan les Pins, Antibes, France on May 9 to 12, 2023 at the Palais de Congres. 

“CEPIC has a well-established history as an important voice and authority for the media licensing industry and photo agencies across Europe and the world, which is why we are proud to play a leading role in this year’s congress as the Platinum Sponsor,” said Candice Murray, Vice President of Shutterstock Editorial. “With a broad array of interesting topics currently at the forefront of the media industry, we’re excited to bring the best in the industry to the CEPIC stage to share insights and further inspire photo agencies and their customers to bring visual storytelling to life.”

The annual CEPIC congress brings together key players in the image industry from around the globe to share knowledge and best practices, network, and explore new business opportunities. This year’s Congress is a particularly important gathering for the visual communications industry given the revolution that is taking place in Artificial Intelligence.

“We are delighted to have Shutterstock on board as our Platinum Sponsor for the CEPIC Congress 2023,” said Christina Vaughan, CEPIC’s President. “Their support comes at a critical stage for CEPIC members in a new era of technological advancements in AI, Video and Photography and is testament to the values of this forward-looking global player in our industry as well as a reflection of CEPIC’s relevance in a fast changing world. We look forward to working with them to create an exceptional experience for our attendees.”

Shutterstock is one of the leading innovators in the global photo industry for artificial intelligence, having recently launched its AI Image Generator and Contributor Fund to compensate artists for the role their IP plays in training the generative technology. The text-to-image technology converts prompts into larger-than-life, ethically created visuals ready for licensing and is the latest addition to Creative Flow, Shutterstock’s extensive toolkit specifically designed to power the most seamless creative experience possible.

Prior to the AI Image Generator, Shutterstock also launched The Create Fund as part of its deep commitment to ensuring the content across its comprehensive content marketplace, including content being used to train generative AI tools, is representative of a globally diverse world. Through The Create Fund, Shutterstock provides historically excluded artists with financial and professional support to help close access gaps, fill content gaps, and further diversity and inclusion within its content library and contributor network.

“From how we build our AI technology to our support for diverse artists and our investment in building a diverse content library, our focus is to create products, content, and services that are inclusive and representative of our customers and communities,” said Meeckel Beecher, Global Head of DEI at Shutterstock. “Making lasting change requires partnership, which is why we are proud to partner with CEPIC to bring together leading voices in our industry to share ideas and solutions to topics like DEI that will shape the future of our industry.”

During the congress, Shutterstock will also be hosting a panel to facilitate discussion around the latest trends in video, exploring markets, hosting and distribution options.  

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Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK) is a premier partner for transformative brands, newsrooms and media companies, empowering the world to create with confidence. Fueled by millions of creators around the world and a fearless approach to product innovation, Shutterstock is the leading global platform for licensing from the most extensive and diverse collection of high-quality 3D models, videos, music, photographs, vectors and illustrations. From the world’s largest content marketplace, to breaking news and A-list entertainment editorial access, to all-in-one content editing platform and studio production service—all using the latest in innovative technology—Shutterstock offers the most comprehensive selection of resources to bring storytelling to life.

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CEPIC stands for the Coordination of European Picture Agencies Press Stock Heritage, and it represents the interests of picture agencies and photo libraries worldwide. Founded in 1993, CEPIC has over 600 members in over 20 countries across Europe, and beyond. Its mission is to protect and promote the rights and interests of picture agencies and photo libraries, as well as to foster and develop their activities and services.

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Sylvie Fodor, Executive Director, CEPIC

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