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KOCH To Distribute Paroli Records For US Launch

 (Port Washington, New York)--August 18, 2003—KOCH Entertainment Distribution, the leading independent distributor of music, video and DVD, announced today an exclusive distribution deal with Paroli Records, a full-service label based in Munich, Germany headed by musician and producer, Leslie Mandoki. Paroli has just launched its US headquarters in New York and plans to expand its product line to North America. Under this agreement, KOCH will distribute all catalog and forthcoming releases.  

Paroli releases via KOCH Entertainment Distribution include ‘24 Hours a Night’ by singer/songwriter Masha on October 21st and ‘Soulmates’, a collaboration uniting legends in both rock and jazz-fusion performing original material, for release on November 11th. Musicians on ‘Soulmates’ include Ian Anderson, Jack Bruce, Al DiMeola, David Clayton-Thomas, Bobby Kimball, Chris Thompson, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Anthony Jackson, Bill Evans and more. A television special will be filmed and sold together as a DVD/CD package for release in early 2004. Paroli is anticipating between 15 and 20 releases for 2004 that will include pop, rock and special market projects from the US and Europe. 

“Our goal is to mirror the success of our European label in America. Considering the strength of the Paroli product line, together with the expertise of KOCH Entertainment Distribution, we have an excellent chance of achieving this,” says Leslie Mandoki, CEO of Paroli Records.  

Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution adds, “We are very excited to be working with Leslie Mandoki for the launch of Paroli Records in the US. Paroli has an excellent line up of releases and we look forward to their success in America.” 

KOCH Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent music company in the U.S. KOCH's operations encompass record and video labels, music publishing, as well as distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independent labels and distributors in both the U.S. and Canada and its record labels had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents in 2002/2003.

For more information please contact James Scileppi at (516) 484-1000 Ext. 243 or email james.scileppi@kochent.com.

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