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KOCH To Distribute Artemis Records

(Port Washington, New York) - - April 15, 2003 - - KOCH Entertainment Distribution, the leading independent distributor of music, video and DVD, announced today that it has signed an exclusive distribution deal with New York based Artemis Records.  Founded by Chairman and CEO, Danny Goldberg, Artemis Records has sold over 10 Million records since its inception in 1999 and has won Grammy's for albums by the Baha Men and Jimmy Vaughan.  Its current roster includes The Pretenders, Jesse Malin, Susan Tedeschi, Steve Earle and Warren Zevon. 

Upcoming Artemis releases via KOCH Entertainment Distribution will include a highly anticipated Warren Zevon album, and a DVD music documentary of Steve Earle directed by indie filmmaker, Amos Poe.  Goldberg and Artemis President, Daniel Glass emphasize the label’s strong commitment to their current releases which include "Other Ways Of Speaking" by Russell Crowe and 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, Susan Tedeschi's "Wait For Me”, Jesse Malin's "The Fine Art of Self Destruction" and Jeffrey Gaines “Toward The Sun".

“We are very excited to be joining the number one independent distributor in the US, especially because they are a true indie at every level,” said Danny Goldberg, Chairman and CEO of Artemis Records.  "These are complex times of enormous change in the music industry and it is an advantage for Artemis to work with a distributor who lives with us in the indie world."

Michael Koch, CEO of KOCH Entertainment adds, “Artemis has had an amazing run, broken new acts, re-established legendary performers and grown into one of the biggest independent labels in just three years.  We've wanted to work with Danny Goldberg and Daniel Glass for a long time and are delighted to bring Artemis on board."

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

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

  
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