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KOCH Inks Exclusive Distribution Deal with Horror/Sci-Fi DVD Label Elite Entertainment

DVD catalog of restored cult-horror and Sci-Fi classics includes "Night of the Living Dead" "Re-Animator" and "I Spit on Your Grave"

(Port Washington, NY) – January 5, 2005 – KOCH Entertainment Distribution, the leading independent distributor of music, video and DVD, announced today an exclusive distribution deal with Elite Entertainment, one of the world’s premier suppliers of horror, cult and Sci-Fi DVD titles. Under the agreement, KOCH will distribute Elite’s complete catalog and all upcoming titles, both in the U.S. and Canada. The announcement was made today by Michael Rosenberg, President, KOCH Entertainment Distribution, and Vini Bancalari, President, Elite Entertainment.

Based in Scarborough, Maine, Elite Entertainment was founded in 1993 and is currently one of the leaders in the restoration and distribution of horror, science fiction and cult DVD classics, including "Night of the Living Dead," "Evil Dead," "Tower of Evil" and "I Spit on Your Grave." Other titles include the cult favorite "Horror;" a triple feature on the Masterworks of the German Horror Cinema, including the original silent films "Nosferatu," "Der Golem" and "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"; the "Drive-In Discsä" series, and the popular Millennium Edition series, including "Night of the Living Dead," "Re-Animator" and "I Spit On Your Grave." Elite Entertainment’s first entry into the Japanese horror genre—Uzumaki—was released in September of 2004, and continues to receive a strong response from horror fans across North America. The next entry, Marronnier, will be released in the second quarter of 2005.

"This move to KOCH represents a bold and exciting move for Elite Entertainment, as we continue to expand the reach of our programming," said Vini Bancalari, President of Elite Entertainment. "With our new line of Japanese horror titles—which is hitting the current pulse of Japanese horror film interest as evidenced by the box office success of American remakes The Ring and The Grudge—we’re confident that KOCH Entertainment is the distribution arm we need to move these, and our other titles, to the largest possible audience."

Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution comments, "Elite’s library of restored cult classic horror and Sci-Fi films is second to none in quality. This marks another step in KOCH’s astronomical growth as an independent supplier of DVDs to the market."

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 Distribution represents video lines KOCH Vision, KOCH Lorber Films, Shanachie, AnimEigo, Passport Video, Entertainment Programs Inc., Go-Kart Films, and more.

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

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