AP and Chelsea Football Club in photo distribution agreement

July 16, 2012
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Juan Mata of Chelsea celebrates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC)
Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates with the trophy after their victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC)
The Associated Press and Press Association today announced a worldwide photo distribution agreement with Chelsea Football Club (CFC). 

The Associated Press, a leading global news agency, and the UK’s national news agency Press Association (PA) will ensure global distribution of the club's photography via their unparalleled distribution networks. 

Under the terms of agreement, AP will have exclusive rights to licence CFC-produced and owned imagery for global distribution. PA will have the same rights for UK distribution. Photography will include live action shots as well as images from the training ground and behind the scenes at the club. 

Emma Wilkinson, Chelsea Football Club’s head of Communications and Community Affairs, said: “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to be working alongside two of the frontrunners of the sport photography business. We are delighted to be able to share our images with a wider audience than ever before thanks to this new joint partnership with PA and AP, who are the obvious choices due to their superb quality and extensive networks in the UK and around the world."

Fernando Ferre, vice president of AP Images, the AP’s commercial photo unit, said: “AP is delighted to be working with the Champions League and FA Cup winners - Chelsea Football Club. The club is synonymous with the highest caliber of football and this partnership will contribute to the continued growth of its brand around the world. Exclusive rights to worldwide distribution of Chelsea FC’s images will provide customers with access to an even broader range of AP’s award-winning sports photography.” 

Martin Stephens, PA Images managing director of photos, said: “We are excited to be working with Chelsea Football Club and look forward to bringing to the UK market exclusive and exciting images which will complement our own extensive sports photography service with an archive dating back to before the formation of the club.” 

James Claydon, AP director of International Business Development, said: “AP is dedicated to assisting our clients not only in imagery distribution into traditional and new media outlets but also in brand development and recognition on a global basis. And we look forward to the opportunity to working with such a high-profile organisation as Chelsea Football Club.” 

This July Chelsea FC is touring the U.S., with matches in Seattle, New York, Philadelphia and Miami.

AP Images has a network of world-class media partners in news, sport and entertainment. They include the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional football in the United States. AP is committed to growing its partners’ sports business by entering into key partnerships and developing the commercial marketplace. 

About the AP
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP. On the Web: www.ap.org

About the Press Association
The Press Association is the national news agency for the UK and Ireland, providing a continuous feed of text, pictures, video and data into newsrooms around the country. 

At the heart of the media industry, the Press Association supplies services to every national and regional daily newspaper, broadcasters, online publishers and a wide range of commercial organisations. Founded in 1868, the Press Association has an unrivalled reputation for providing fast, fair and accurate information. 

Media contacts:

Emma Wilkinson
Head of Communications and Community Affairs, Chelsea Football Club 
Phone: 0207 565 1487
Fax: 0207 957 8226

Lisa Corbridge
Speed Communications for the AP
Direct phone: +44 20 7842 3265
Mobile: +44 7545 100081                                                                          

Danielle Philip
Communications Manager, Press Association
Phone: 020 7963 7513


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