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WEVA & ImageSpan Move to BETA Testing for Bringing New Jobs to WEVA Members
April 22, 2006

Sarasota, FL - The Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA) and ImageSpan, a worldwide automated rights management company, have moved to beta testing of a new automated IT system that will provide local corporate jobs to thousands of WEVA members who will upload video content into the system for distribution.

Over 12,000 shoots for the WEVA membership are currently awaiting the launch of ImageSpan's revolutionary IT system. The Global Power Launch will be held at this year's 16th Annual WEVA EXPO August 21-24, 2006 at spectacular Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

Beta testing of the new "Project StreamLocal" IT system is being conducted now in the southeast in conjunction and coordination with global advertising industry leaders. “The testing involves the shooting and uploading of local and regional brand and product video into the IT system by WEVA members who are assisting in the beta phase,” said WEVA’s Director of Association Communications Dan Argenas.

This new groundbreaking project already heralded by national ad agencies as “a revolutionary new brand and promotional delivery system” is designed to cross license and embed local brand and product video shot by WEVA members into the platforms developed by ImageSpan and its global marketing brand management technology provider.

"With this venture, said ImageSpan CEO Iain Scholnick, “we have the unique ability to provide a flexible, local and national advertising network that addresses the need for brand-consistent and localized advertising content in a seamless and easy-to-use platform. We are very pleased to be partnering with WEVA in this new venture as we have witnessed first hand their members’ dedication to providing a professional video product.”

Working together with WEVA, the technology partners have developed the capacity to provide the consistent sourcing, access, and capture of existing and future local raw video content that will be provided by thousands of WEVA members throughout the U.S. and worldwide. “To put it simply, local video shot by WEVA members will be piped directly into demographic-specific local advertising networks for consumption by major corporate brands,” said Argenas.

WEVA’s new partnership with ImageSpan, announced in March by WEVA International Chairman Roy Chapman at the WEVA Town Meeting in Philadelphia, will generate a brand new source of corporate weekday work exclusively for professional videographers who are members of WEVA.

“Our association’s agreement with ImageSpan will literally revolutionize acquisition and distribution within the video industry worldwide,” said Chapman. “The new job opportunities this brings will expand the market for our members’ skills and open new frontiers into the advertising arena for WEVA International members around the world. We have worked hard over the years to increase the perceived value and ultimate demand for the talent and skills our members can offer to the corporate community and this new partnership has delivered just that.”

Following the completion of current beta testing, the soft launch of this exciting new system is set to begin in early summer.

“Top executives from ImageSpan and worldwide agencies are coming to
WEVA EXPO 2006 this August and bringing new job opportunities for WEVA members with them," Argenas said. "This is the future of professional video’s expansion into IT, mobile, and portable video. It’s what videographers have been anticipating, and WEVA is once again on the cutting-edge, leading our industry.”

Join WEVA now to access valuable WEVA membership benefits that can help you succeed in your business, including job opportunities through the new "StreamLocal" program.

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About ImageSpan

ImageSpan, Inc., is a worldwide automated rights management company and has the ability to embed raw content images, stills, video or audio footage with industry standard Intellectual Property metadata (Rights) to allow the automatic tracking and management of media rights in an automated, on-demand model. ImageSpan allows comprehensive network wide keyword, geographic and demographic search for content, followed by a standard licensing transaction to occur uniformly through out any content distribution network.

About WEVA International

WEVA International is the world's largest trade association for professional wedding & event videographers, and our industry's leading provider of education that's on the cutting-edge. WEVA is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of videographers worldwide through continuing education, technical support, group benefits, advocacy committees, and professional development training. Membership also includes ongoing accreditation, marketing tools, industry resources and global networking at the annual WEVA EXPO the industry’s largest convention and trade show of the year.

For more information about WEVA International membership and industry-wide events including Wedding & Event Video Expo August 21-24, 2006 at the spectacular Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, contact the association at 941-923-5334 or email: info@weva.com

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