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The Children's Group Signs with KOCH Entertainment Distribution for US and Canada

The Children's Group , the leading producer of classical music entertainment for children, and KOCH Entertainment Distribution , the leading and fastest-growing independent music distributor in North America , have sealed a distribution deal for The Children's Group's audio and video recordings for the United States and Canada effective September 1, 2005 . KOCH Entertainment takes over The Children's Group's distribution from Naxos after three years.

”We're thrilled to be part of the KOCH family,” says The Children's Group's president, Michelle Henderson . “KOCH is a respected player in the children's and classical genres with our trade customers. We are confident that the KOCH team will effectively maximize all opportunities for our products at retail in both the United States and Canada .”

“We're truly thrilled to work with The Children's Group and bring their high-quality line of educational products to retail,” says Michael Rosenberg, president KOCH Entertainment Distribution. The status of The Children's Group as the premier educational music label, combined with KOCH's success and expertise in the children's entertainment and classical markets, makes for an ideal partnership.”

“Adding the Children's Group to our family of distributed labels is very exciting for our Canadian operation,” says Dominique Zgarka, president KOCH Entertainment Canada.  “KOCH Entertainment is quickly becoming the market leader in the distribution of Children's CDs and DVDs.  The Children's Group will enable us to be even stronger retail partners to our traditional, mass merchant and non traditional customer base.”

“We anticipate a seamless transition between distributors,” Henderson commits. “Inventory will be in-house at KOCH and ready to ship by the September 1st commencement date.”

KOCH Entertainment Distribution's operations encompass record and video labels in a wide variety of genres, including children's entertainment and classical music. Last year, the KOCH family of labels had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among all independents. KOCH consistently ranks as the #1 independent music distributor in the US according to Billboard and industry sales tracker, SoundScan.

The Children's Group is the premier company in North America presenting classical music and story-based entertainment for children through a collection of award-winning audio CDs, video/DVD, beautifully illustrated books, interactive CD/ROM, live concerts, and educational resources. Dedicated to the best in entertainment and educational value for children, parents, grandparents and teachers, The Children's Group is proud to be a trusted source of quality entertainment products for families of young children.

For more information please contact:

Alison Curtis
Publicity and Promotion Manager
The Children's Group
(905) 831-1995 ex 27

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