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THE CHAINON MANQUANT’S STORY

30 YEARS OF ARCHIVE CULTURE

Imagine, if you would, a Lancôme advert without the Eiffel Tower, a documentary on the Paris Saint-Germain without football-related archives, or Chanel n°5 without Marilyn Monroe.

Since 1992, the Chainon Manquant has been sourcing and licensing the archives that will shape the culture of tomorrow.

ONCE UPON A TIME…

In the early 90s there were no mobile phones or even computers in the offices of the Chainon. Also largely missing were the researchers themselves, who were most often off-site, viewing film archives at the BBC or searching for newspaper clippings at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Fast forward a few years, and the Internet has propelled the Chainon into a new era. The researchers started working with new archive providers who were now uploading their content online and the company renewed its research tools and methodologies.

The team itself also changed radically, since the researchers were ultimately joined by an equal number of legal advisers. Nowadays, as was the case in 1992, the passionate individuals who compose the Chainon are the company’s main asset.

FROM JOAN OF ARC TO OSS 117, BNP AND CHANEL

Luc Besson’s Joan of Arc marked a turning point in the history of the Chainon. This award winning fiction film was the first of many for which the Chainon would work; our researcher and legal advisers would subsequently contribute to hundreds of films, such as OSS 117, Black Box or Les Tuche.

The Chainon’s researchers continued working as archive producers for documentary films, recently making the most of the dynamism generated by streaming platforms, starting with Room 2806: The Accusation, produced for Netflix in 2020.

The Chainon has contributed widely to French culture over the years, most notably to leading exhibitions, such as the Monnaie de Paris’s permanent exhibition or Effets Spéciaux at the Cité des Sciences in 2017.

Alongside these cultural projects, the Chainon started working on commercial assignments, including the 1995 BNP Paribas campaign, for which the Chainon cleared the personality rights of major celebrities, a first in the company’s history. Followed many such campaigns, including Citroen DS in 2009, Chanel n°5 in 2013, and most recently Louis Vuitton Twist Campaign 2022.

RIGHTS SOURCING, CLEARANCE, AND LEGAL SAFEGUARDS

Over the last 30 years, content production has undergone a radical transformation. While images circulate freely and can be downloaded in a mere couple of clicks, intellectual property rights have never been so important.

In order to meet the consequent new needs of our clients, in particular fiction producers and luxury fashion houses, the Chainon hired its first legal adviser in 2017.

The team continued to grow and the 4 researchers and 4 legal advisers now work hand in hand to provide a comprehensive and reliable service.

FROM FILM RESEARCH TO FILM MAKING

The Chainon provides continued guidance relating to our core services, on questions relating to archive research and licensing. Our legal team now also performs script clearance, copyright research, drafts agreements, and clears rights relating to any copyrighted work or personality.

The Chainon also offers translation services, as well as content editing and directing. For 3 years, the SNCF has called upon the Chainon to make some of its corporate films.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

From the age of the Telex to that of the Internet, the Chainon has prospered, thriving in part thanks to the technologies and methodologies that transformed our industry.

Our ambitions for the future? We will strive to offer new services and continue meeting the ever changing needs of our client, in France and abroad.

Let’s catch up again in a few years!

THE CHAINON MANQUANT’S STORY

30 YEARS OF ARCHIVE CULTURE

Imagine, if you would, a Lancôme advert without the Eiffel Tower, a documentary on the Paris Saint-Germain without football-related archives, or Chanel n°5 without Marilyn Monroe.

Since 1992, the Chainon Manquant has been sourcing and licensing the archives that will shape the culture of tomorrow.

ONCE UPON A TIME…

In the early 90s there were no mobile phones or even computers in the offices of the Chainon. Also largely missing were the researchers themselves, who were most often off-site, viewing film archives at the BBC or searching for newspaper clippings at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Fast forward a few years, and the Internet has propelled the Chainon into a new era. The researchers started working with new archive providers who were now uploading their content online and the company renewed its research tools and methodologies.

The team itself also changed radically, since the researchers were ultimately joined by an equal number of legal advisers. Nowadays, as was the case in 1992, the passionate individuals who compose the Chainon are the company’s main asset.

FROM JOAN OF ARC TO OSS 117, BNP AND CHANEL

Luc Besson’s Joan of Arc marked a turning point in the history of the Chainon. This award winning fiction film was the first of many for which the Chainon would work; our researcher and legal advisers would subsequently contribute to hundreds of films, such as OSS 117, Black Box or Les Tuche.

The Chainon’s researchers continued working as archive producers for documentary films, recently making the most of the dynamism generated by streaming platforms, starting with Room 2806: The Accusation, produced for Netflix in 2020.

The Chainon has contributed widely to French culture over the years, most notably to leading exhibitions, such as the Monnaie de Paris’s permanent exhibition or Effets Spéciaux at the Cité des Sciences in 2017.

Alongside these cultural projects, the Chainon started working on commercial assignments, including the 1995 BNP Paribas campaign, for which the Chainon cleared the personality rights of major celebrities, a first in the company’s history. Followed many such campaigns, including Citroen DS in 2009, Chanel n°5 in 2013, and most recently Louis Vuitton Twist Campaign 2022.

RIGHTS SOURCING, CLEARANCE, AND LEGAL SAFEGUARDS

Over the last 30 years, content production has undergone a radical transformation. While images circulate freely and can be downloaded in a mere couple of clicks, intellectual property rights have never been so important.

In order to meet the consequent new needs of our clients, in particular fiction producers and luxury fashion houses, the Chainon hired its first legal adviser in 2017.

The team continued to grow and the 4 researchers and 4 legal advisers now work hand in hand to provide a comprehensive and reliable service.

FROM FILM RESEARCH TO FILM MAKING

The Chainon provides continued guidance relating to our core services, on questions relating to archive research and licensing. Our legal team now also performs script clearance, copyright research, drafts agreements, and clears rights relating to any copyrighted work or personality.

The Chainon also offers translation services, as well as content editing and directing. For 3 years, the SNCF has called upon the Chainon to make some of its corporate films.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

From the age of the Telex to that of the Internet, the Chainon has prospered, thriving in part thanks to the technologies and methodologies that transformed our industry.

Our ambitions for the future? We will strive to offer new services and continue meeting the ever changing needs of our client, in France and abroad.

Let’s catch up again in a few years!

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