A21, Inc.

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a21, Inc.
Public
Industry Stock photography
Founded San Francisco, California USA (2000)
Headquarters Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Key people
John Ferguson, CEO
Thomas Costanza, Vice President & CFO
Bruce D. Slywka, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Website www.a21group.com

A21, Inc. (stylized as a21) aggregates visual content from photographers, photography agencies, archives, libraries, and private collections; and licenses that content for its customers. The company's customers include advertising and design agencies, publishing and media entities, in-house communication departments and outside corporate communications firms, small and home office businesses, and the general public. The company sells its products directly and through a global network of 150 distributors in over 100 countries. It also markets its products through print advertising, direct mail, Web mail, and telemarketing.

History[edit]

Formed as an investment company in 2000, a21 acquired the stock photography agency SuperStock in 2004. They moved into SuperStock's headquarters in Jacksonville, FL and used SuperStock as a vehicle for further expansion. In 2005 a21 acquired Ingram Publishing Ltd., a UK-based provider of subscription and Royalty-Free images as well as vector graphics and fonts, vehicle outline templates, and print price guides. The following year they acquired ArtSelect, an Iowa-based provider of online technology and fulfillment infrastructure for retailers in the custom framed Art and Wall Décor market. In late 2007 they announced plans to launch a new Royalty-Free only brand named MediaMagnet; however the brand was not successful. MediaMagnet images are now only available for sale through SuperStock.

In 2009, a21 auctioned off SuperStock, MediaMagnet, Ingram, and ArtSelect due to bankruptcy.

Executive Committee[edit]

  • John Z. Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer
  • LaDuane Clifton, Chief Financial Officer

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