London based editorial photo feature agency Scope Features (their website is down) has gone into administration.
Scope Features was founded in 1971 by Dennis Cooper (died 2013) he was also a Director of Transworld Feature Syndicate in the 1990’s. The agency was most recently run by Peter Murphy. PAN noticed the agency blog and Twitter feeds ceased updating towards the end of 2017.
This into PAN from the administrators Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery:
The director advised that sales of pictures have decreased dramatically in recent years as competition from rival agencies has increased. To combat this the director set up a virtual office in September 2016 to try and reduce overheads.
The director continued to inject his own personal funds into the Company since March 2017 and in January 2018 decided that he could not continue to do so.
The director attributes the Company’s failure to a general decline in industry sales and an increase in competition.
In February 2018 the Company ceased trading and the director instructed Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery to assist him in placing the Company into Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation. Paul Bailey and Tom Ahmad were subsequently appointed Joint Liquidators of the Company on 27 April 2018.
• Creditors should contact Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0208 662 6070
• The Scope About Us page read: Scope Features, founded over 40 years ago, is now established as one of the UK’s leading photographic libraries and agencies specialising in colour and black and white coverage of personalities from many worlds, including television, film, sport, politics, theatre and music, both nationally and internationally. This coverage comprises: Studio and location shoots, ‘At home’ features, and reportage. Scope represents many of Britain’s leading personality and showbusiness photographers. They are skilled, experienced, and professional in the shooting of top personalities/celebrities at home, in the studio, and on location. There is an elite team of writers working with Scope Features producing up-to-the-minute stories and interviews. Added to the photographers’ production is the detailed and prolific output of TV Times, one of a number of magazines represented by Scope Features. The TV Times archive dates back over thirty years and contains unique colour coverage of thousands of TV programmes, American as well as British. Scope’s library holds millions of transparencies and there is a knowledgeable and helpful team of researchers willing to meet your requests and deadlines. As well as this vast number of colour transparencies, Scope’s library also contains rare and unusual black and white pictures: movie stars, pop stars, sports personalities and various headliners from the 1960’s to the present day.