Envisioned and patented by entertainment entrepreneur Gary Sohmers, our VideoQueue® is the system and methodology for connecting fans and celebrities through the Internet while eliminating fraudulent autographs which permeate the market. In 2011, Gary saw the ideal time to merge the demand for autographs and state-of-the-art technology with social commerce, opening the door for the VideoQueue®.
Deric Shea joined Gary in late 2011, and they both have a firm understanding that meeting a personal idol is a once-in-a-lifetime moment that deserves to be captured for posterity with technology. Both are passionate about delivering a unique experience to all IMAGE customers, as well as streamlining the autograph process for celebrities, defeating autograph fraud in the marketplace and raising money for charities.
Gary is known in the industry as the "King of Pop Culture," and has enjoyed an illustrious career in-and-around the entertainment and memorabilia industries. Having produced over 1000 concerts and over 100 collectibles events with celebrity guests signing autographs, he saw the need for IMAGE before the technology existed to enable it, patented it and developed a business model to implement it. Gary also gained national prominence appearing for 13 seasons as a pop culture and autographs appraiser on PBS-TV’s "Antiques Roadshow."
Deric is noted for building and leading product design and development teams with more than 30 years of proven leadership and engineering experience in the system, communications and cloud storage areas. Deric has a broad range of experiences including Iron Mountain Digital, Cisco Systems and American Internet (acquired by Cisco). He also lent his experience and expertise to various tech-related Boston-area startups and his technology vision and business skills will enable IMAGE to offer an exceptional user experience and to keep IMAGE on the leading edge.
IMAGE is dedicated to stopping the epidemic of autograph fraud, creating true "authenticity". The autograph collecting industry is made up of two aspects that generate over $5 billion annually: primary (getting one in person) and secondary (buying it from a dealer). Most people prefer to get an autograph in person to have the personal experience, yet even then, without indisputable proof, authenticity will always be in question.
In the autograph marketplace there are credible dealers, innocent sellers who don't know better and an unscrupulous group of con artists taking advantage of people. Third party authentication services merely give an opinion of authenticity based on vague criteria since an item may not have been seen signed in person.
2010’s "A Comprehensive Guide to Collecting Sports Memorabilia" reports the authentic sports autograph marketplace alone tops $5 Billion annually.
Investment grade authentic autographs offer an alternative asset class to investors.
Fans rarely have access to celebrities for a face-to-face experience.
Celebrities need Security when meeting fans to sign autographs.
A video of a Celebrity signing an autograph as supporting authenticity is extremely rare.
If you represent a Charity with access to Celebrities who have promised you they would like to do something to help, let us help you show them an easy way to generate needed funds with little effort.
All they need to do is commit an hour of their time and let their fans contribute to your cause in a fun way.
And the Fan gets something of value... an autographed item of their choosing, along with a personal experience they cannot get anywhere else.
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IMAGE events happen in locations around the globe … it’s just that the fan doesn’t have to be at the location to have their personal experience.
IMAGE events launch from the celebrity’s own website, so if you are a fan, join the fan club, follow on Twitter and become their Facebook fan to know when your favorite celebrity will be doing an IMAGE personal experience autograph signing.
For Celebrities, IMAGE provides a venue to meet your fans from a convenient, safe location geographically close to you that can process over to 200 fan experiences per hour. Each IMAGE event launches to their fans from the Celebrity’s own website, selling their own merchandise which they personalize on video for their fans. This gives the Celebrities control over their own image, help them defeat autograph fraud and potentially raise money for their favorite charity, fund their next creative project or tour.