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Deal includes world’s largest budget classical label Brilliant Classics

(Port Washington, NY) – May 3, 2006 – KOCH Entertainment Distribution is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Netherlands-based Foreign Media Group. As part of this agreement KOCH will help establish a major US & Canadian market for the company’s successful Brilliant Classics, the world’s largest classical budget-label which is distributed in 40 countries.  There are also high expectations for the company’s ‘As Seen on Public Television’ series;  DVD, CD and book releases of successful PBS TV-shows such as Greatest Irish Artists (Gaelforce), The Young Messiah (featuring Gladys Knight, Chaka Kahn), FUEGO!, Celtic Roots Festival and many other spectacular shows that are aired nationwide.

With its head office based in the Netherlands, Foreign Media Group releases music DVD’s and CD's, books, audio books, magazines, movies, documentaries, games and CD-Roms. The company’s roster of successful labels which include Brilliant Classics, Brilliant Jazz, Foreign Media Music, Casa de Musica, and Celtic Music are well-known all over the world. With the company’s publishing strategy it targets various media products and all possible combinations of them. Foreign Media Group aims to invest as much as possible in creativity and rights and to release the products in a platform independent way.

“We're very happy to find a distributor like KOCH Entertainment that will distribute our labels in the US and Canada,” says Arjen Terpstra, Chairman and CEO of Foreign Media Group based in The Netherlands. “KOCH is a well-organized company that knows retail very well in North America and sees lots of oppurtunities to market our quality product.”

“We’re very excited to be working with the Foreign Media Group and to deliver their internationally-established line of audio and DVD products to the US market,” added Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution. 

Foreign Media Group is an international publishing group operating in various media fields each with their own expertise. Foreign Media Group occupies a unique position in the world market; reading, watching, gaming and listening, in all genres from classical to contemporary and aimed at both children and adults, Foreign Media Group is focused on a wide range of media products.  Foreign Media Group has its own companies in Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, Turkey and the United States.  www.foreignmediagroup.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 as well as physical and digital 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 2004/2005.  www.kochdistribution.com.


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