Corbis has announced a series of moves which aim to strenthen the company’s position as the second largest global provider of imagery and related services to creative and editorial business users. The three-part announcement includes the launch of “rf SHOP,” a new royalty free website on corbis.com, the signing of numerous leading content partners including Jupiterimages, MedioImages, and Blend, and the acquisition of image100, an established London-based royalty free production business.

Corbis’ rf SHOP (www.corbis.com\rf) brings together Corbis’ entire RF offering and provides customers with enhanced search capabilities, improved seat licensing, and a simple three-click checkout. RF photography collections from Corbis, image100, MedioImages, Blend, Image Source, Brand X, Goodshoot, DEX and others are available for immediate licensing, and Jupitermedia’s Thinkstock and Comstock collections are coming soon.

image100 has been one of Corbis’ most successful content partners for several years and adds approximately 40,000 wholly-owned images to the company’s royalty-free collection as a result of the acquisition. Russell Glenister, CEO and co-founder of image100, joins Corbis as vice-president of creative content production, reporting to Hurshell. Glenister is charged with growing Corbis’ proprietary image production via creative hubs in New York, London, and Hong Kong, and will collaborate closely with Carolyn Guidoin and Siri Vorbeck who continue to lead the sourcing of Corbis’ creative imagery from top-tier commercial photographers and filmmakers around the world.