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KOCH TO DISTRIBUTE TROMA ENTERTAINMENT

Deal Includes Critically Acclaimed Roan DVD Collection

 

Port Washington, New York – July 21, 2005 – KOCH Entertainment Distribution is pleased to announce that is has signed an exclusive North American distribution deal with legendary independent film studio Troma Entertainment. Under this agreement, KOCH will distribute the entire Troma home video/DVD catalog and all titles from its classic Roan Archival Group DVD collection.

Founded in 1974 by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment has become one of the oldest active and completely independent film studios in the world. In the early 80’s the studio turned its attention to the dying horror genre with the birth of the cult-smash "The Toxic Avenger". Since then, the studio has developed a truly unique brand of hit series that include "Class of Nuke ‘Em High", "Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD", "Tromeo and Juliet" and "Terror Firmer".

Forthcoming Troma DVD titles available via KOCH Entertainment Distribution will include "Parts of the Family", a special edition DVD featuring two different visions of one terrifying zombie tale from two different directors.  Out in the fall is the disturbing thriller "Beg!", an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and Winner of the Best of Festival Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Coming in November is the long-awaited North American DVD premiere of the 1980 theatrical smash "The Children", one of the great theatrical horror successes of the 80s. "The Children" makes its DVD debut in this fully-loaded special edition which features a new transfer of the film created from one of the last surviving prints, as well as exclusive interviews and commentary from writer/producer Carlton J. Albright ("Luther the Geek").   

The Troma catalog also contains the world-famous Roan Archive. The Roan Collection includes over 200 rare and beautifully digitally re-mastered classic Hollywood films featuring stars from Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi to John Wayne and James Cagney. Troma acquired the catalog from Cary Roan, founder of the Roan Group and a film collector who has restored video masters from the original film elements for some of the finest classic DVDs on the market. Amongst the forthcoming titles to be released on the Roan label this fall is Fisherman’s Wharf, the previously unreleased 1939 musical starring legendary child actor Bobby Breen and Albert Schweitzer, the Academy Award winning 1953 documentary following the life and times of the world renowned Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian. This version, now available for the first time ever in its complete uncut form, includes 40 minutes of footage previously unavailable in any other master.

"Toxie and I know KOCH’s superhuman sales team can help us mop up the competition and make the world safe for truly independent cinema!"

- Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma and Creator of the Toxic Avenger

"We’re truly thrilled to have the opportunity to shock and horrify the world with Troma. Troma’s brand of independent cult-classic cinema is a wonderful and highly-toxic addition to the KOCH home video line."

-Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution

KOCH Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent music and video company in the U.S. and its 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 2003/2004. For more information, go to www.kochent.com.

In its 30 years, Troma Entertainment, Inc. is one of the oldest and most active independent film studios in the world. The Troma brand name is recognized worldwide, from the United States to Japan. After creating a new kind of sexy comedy in the 70's and putting a new face on the movie superhuman hero in the 80's with The Toxic Avenger, Troma continued to break new ground in the 90's with quality, entertaining films. Following the millennium, The Troma Universe has emerged, and Tromaville has entered the hearts of forward-looking people everywhere. For more information, go to www.troma.com.

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

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