NEWS AND NOTES
Most cell phones only display the number of the person you're calling or the person calling you. Sony Ericsson's new T68i and P800 phones do all that and quite a bit more. The T68i features a color screen that can display images taken by the CommuniCam MCA-20, a small accessory camera offering VGA quality that attaches to the phone for quick and easy shooting on the go. Utilizing MMS-messaging, photos can be emailed or sent to other MMS-messaging equipped phones.
Sony Ericsson's P800 features a color display screen and built-in camera. Photos can be stored in the phone's photo album or emailed to PCs. Users can even send images via MMS-messaging to similarly equipped cell phones. The P800 can also download and play video clips, and offers an organizer and viewing capabilities for Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files.
FotoWire Hooks Up With Konica, Kodak Canada
Konica-equipped photo labs now offer customers the ability to upload images to the web for printing and pick-up at their local lab. Using the FotoWire infrastructure, customers need only download the client software at KonicaOnline.com and they're ready to go.
FotoWire will also be providing a solution for Kodak Canada's Image Check Members Print Service.
FotoWire's services allow for branded client software (the front-end application used to upload images) and their own customized product and services offerings. FotoWire currently has over 140 member labs online in 24 countries around the world.
MotoPhoto Partners to Protect Children
MotoPhoto has joined with MSN (Microsoft), MetLife, Canon, Imagery Concepts, the Iams Company, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and The National Safe Kids Campaign to participate in M.I.L.K. (Managing Information on Lost Kids), a nationwide program aimed at aiding in the recovery of missing and exploited children.
M.I.L.K. incorporates an electronic Child ID form that resides on the user's PC. Should a child become lost or missing, with just a click, their Child ID can be printed or sent via email to the proper authorities and forwarded to NCMEC. Every six months, users receive an automatic reminder to update their child's photo free of charge at participating MotoPhoto locations.
MotoPhoto will help by providing, for free, the necessary
digital photograph and Kids Owner's Manual software, which contains
the Child ID and other safety information from NCMEC and the
National SAFE KIDS Campaign. This will enable families to quickly
respond with the appropriate information if their child should
become lost or missing.
PMDA honored three photographic industry leaders and a professional photographer at the 34th Annual PMDA Awards dinner, held at the Peabody Hotel during PMA. PMDA honored (seated l.-r. in image top right) Kazuyasu Noguchi, president and CEO, Tamron Co., Ltd. as the Person of the Year; Ken Parulski, Kodak Research & Development, who received the Technical Achievement Award; Roy S. Pung, Executive Director of PMA received the newly renamed Norman C. Lipton Lifetime Achievement Award and Steve McCurry, was given the Professional Photographer Award. Standing behind the honorees are members of PMDA's board.
Kodak has extended their "Share Moments. Share Life." advertising campaign to the movie screen. Kodak introduced a movie-style trailer to precede "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," during it's 20th anniversary re-release in theatres. The trailer (see image below) features the Kodak Picture CD, showing viewers how easy it is for kids to share pictures with family and friends through email. Kodak's Picture CD is presented as the 21st century way to phone home.
In addition, Kodak launches a year-long E.T. consumer
promotional campaign in June with Universal Pictures and the
Universal Studios Theme Parks.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Minneapolis custom photo lab, ProColor has named John Gorski to the
positions of president and CEO. Gorski brings 26 years of
advertising, graphics, and broadcast management experience to his
ProColor has been in business for over 42 years. "ProColor can compete with any source in the country. Our differentiation is in customer service and our understanding of that customer's business," Gorski noted.
ePOINT Ltd. has recruited Graeme Williams, formerly European VP for the Telepix subsidiary of Gretag to head its new Digital Imaging division. In his former position with Gretag, Williams was closely involved in the delivery of ePOINT's digital print fulfillment solution, and he will continue to develop this partnership in his new role. Tasked with establishing international sales channels and growing ePOINT's digital imaging market share, Williams brings 30 years experience in the industry to this position.
Fuji Photo Film Folks on the Move
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., recently made a number of personnel moves within the company. Paul D'Andrea has been appointed to the position of vice president of Marketing and Strategic Planning. Susan Schaffer has been appointed to the position of director of Marketing, Consumer Hardware. Additionally, Matt Knickerbocker has assumed the responsibility of vice president, Field Sales; and Tony Sorice has been appointed director of Sales, Hardware. All of the positions are within the Consumer Markets Division of the Photo Imaging Group.
Gregitis to Handle Tamron/Bronica Sales
Patricia Gregitis has been appointed to the position of sales representative for Tamron and Bronica products for the New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania areas as well as some Manhattan, N.Y. accounts. Gregitis had most recently been the regional sales manager for the Nikon Total Imaging Group. Former NJ/PA rep., Greg Hearst will now be responsible for Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.