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(Port Washington, NY) August 1, 2005 – KOCH Entertainment Distribution is pleased to announce that it has appointed music industry veteran Eric Lemasters as Director of Label Relations and New Media.  In this newly created position, Lemasters’ primary focus will be to acquire new labels for distribution and to nurture existing relationships with KOCH-distributed labels and identify new opportunities in digital distribution via internet and mobile media. He joins the company today and will report directly to Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution.

A seasoned music industry professional, Lemasters’ career highlights include working in key roles ranging from A&R to Sales and Marketing at independent labels such as Energy Records, Mechanic Records and Earache Records. In 1998, he launched his own cutting-edge music label, The Music Cartel, which is still active today. In 2003 he entered the world of merchandising with stints at Merchdirect, Blue Grape Merchandising, and most recently, Bravado Merchandising (a division of the Sanctuary Group), where he held the position of Head of New Media and ran the company’s E-Commerce and M-Commerce initiatives.

Other recent expansions in the marketing department at KOCH Entertainment Distribution include the appointment of Ira Miller to the newly created position of Catalog Coordinator and the promotion of Tracy Scott from Coordinator Labels & Marketing to Label Representative.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Eric Lemasters to the KOCH team.  Eric’s extensive expertise in marketing and new media will help create new and exciting opportunities for KOCH and our family of distributed labels,” stated 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 please go to www.kochent.com.

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

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