KOCH TO DISTRIBUTE TOMMY BOY FILMS
Includes International TV Series “KUNG FAUX” on Pioneering DVD
Port Washington, NY - - August 1, 2005 - - KOCH Entertainment Distribution announced today that it has signed an exclusive North American home video distribution deal with Tommy Boy Films, the television and filmed content division of the legendary independent music label Tommy Boy, and one of the only record labels to successfully enter the film and television business in its first effort. KOCH will begin distributing the label later this year with initial titles to include “We Are Family”, a critically acclaimed theatrical documentary film seen at the Sundance Film Festival and on the Trio TV network featuring over 200 stars of music, film, theater and sports on DVD, and the first of five DVD volumes from the international “Kung Faux” television series now showing in the USA on the AZN, Ripe, Starz and Encore TV networks in addition to the IFC, Showcase, and Musique Plus networks in Canada, and numerous other acclaimed and cutting edge international TV channel networks around the world.
New York City - based Tommy Boy Films was formed in 2001 by Tommy Boy founder Tom Silverman and partner Michael Neumann founder of Dubtitled Entertainment. The company has since produced such acclaimed projects as “We Are Family”, a post-September 11th documentary of music producer Nile Rodger’s all-star benefit re-recording of the hit song “We Are Family” with a special contribution from legendary director Spike Lee, and “Kung Faux”, a break through half-hour TV series that fuses hit music, classic kung fu films , hip hop comedy, comic book style graphics, and video game themed pacing with rarely seen music videos from top international hip hop artists, a karaoke game feature, and a pioneering use of company sponsored TV advertisements woven into the intermission breaks of the “Kung Faux” TV episodes on DVD.
Paid advertising sponsors already woven into the first pioneering “Kung Faux” DVD releases include video game publishers Rockstar Games and Acclaim Entertainment.
Tom Silverman, Founder and CEO of Tommy Boy says, “After building an international audience with Kung Faux, which has now been aired on dozens of television networks around the world, the demand for DVD versions of this unique TV series will finally be fulfilled. KOCH has had the vision to see enormous growth in this pioneering DVD series as well as the other productions from Tommy Boy Films and we look forward to them helping us reach even larger audiences via DVD in the United States and Canada.”
Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution comments, “We are very excited to be working with Tom Silverman and Michael Neumann to bring this exciting new DVD line to retail. The partnership of two leading and dynamic independent companies like Tommy Boy Films and KOCH makes for an ideal alliance.”
Tommy Boy Films, LLC is the television and filmed content division of the legendary independent music label “Tommy Boy” which will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2006. The company specializes in producing and licensing its own filmed content properties to television, home video, internet, and mobile entertainment platforms.
For more information please go to www.tommyboyfilms.com .
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 please go to www.kochent.com.
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