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(Port Washington, New York)—December 12, 2003 -- KOCH Entertainment Distribution announced today it has appointed Janet Baker as Director of Sales - Video, effective immediately and Kathy Gilbert as Regional Video Sales Manager, effective January 5th.  Based in Chicago, Baker will oversee KOCH’s expanding video sales efforts, supervising the regional staff as well as working with key national accounts. Gilbert, who is based in Nashville, will oversee the company’s video sales activities in the southern territory.  Baker will report to VP-Video Dan Gurlitz, while Gilbert will report to Ms. Baker.

Janet Baker began her career in the then-emerging video business in 1982. She has since held sales and sales management positions for MCA, MGM, Academy Entertainment, Home Vision, and most recently served as Director of Sales for Wellspring Media.  Her experiences include niche and mainstream product lines and have targeted all classes of trade.

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Baker join our team in a leadership role,” stated VP-Video Dan Gurlitz. “Her market expertise and management abilities fit perfectly into our expansion plans.”

Kathy Gilbert, another 20-plus year industry veteran began her career in distribution at ETD. She has held sales positions at Media Home Entertainment, MGM/UA Home Video, Academy Entertainment and Republic Pictures, and most recently served a 5 year stint as Southern Regional Sales Manager for Wellspring Media.

“Ms. Gilbert is the consummate professional, and brings to our team a know-how that is unparalleled in her territory,” stated Gurlitz. “Ms. Baker’s and Ms. Gilbert’s addition to the team which already includes Northern Regional Video Sales Manager Dan Zilka, begins to paint a picture that is stunning… simply stunning. There is only one slot remaining, on the West Coast, and then Koch Entertainment’s newly created, dedicated video sales team will be complete.”

KOCH Entertainment, the leading and fastest-growing independent music company in the U.S., entered the video market four years ago.  Its operations include 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 2002/2003.

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




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