KOCH Entertainment Expands Home Video Roster
Newly-signed labels include Somerville House Releasing,
Sullivan Entertainment, SKD USA, Camp Motion Pictures,
My Bedbugs, and R&B Films
(Port Washington, NY) December 11, 2006 – KOCH Entertainment Distribution is pleased to announce that is has expanded its home video roster with the signing of six new distribution deals. Newly-signed labels and studios include Somerville House Releasing, Sullivan Entertainment, SKD USA, Camp Motion Pictures, My Bedbugs, and R&B Films. KOCH will be the exclusive video distributor for each label in North America with the exception of Sullivan Entertainment, where KOCH will service an extensive number of the label’s retail accounts in the US.
“We’re very excited to add these labels to our video roster as KOCH further strengthens its position as the leading source for the best in independent home video,” commented Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution.
Somerville House Releasing
Somerville House Releasing is the home video division of Montreal-based Somerville House Securities, one of the oldest and most respected financiers of motions pictures and television programming. The label is currently involved in the packaging and distribution of DVDs of properties its parent company previously financed, including such critically acclaimed titles as Story of O, David Cronenberg’s Rabid, Wedding in White, and most recently, Conduct Unbecoming and Blackout. Within the next two to three years, its entire film and television library will be put on DVD in the United States, Canada, and select foreign countries, with certain rights to be granted to international distributors. Somerville House has resumed producing, and is developing several properties slated as feature films. Currently available is a special DVD edition of the holiday horror classic Black Christmas featuring Margot Kidder with forthcoming titles for release in early 2007 to include George Burns In Concert, , Super Fuzz (Super Snooper) starring Ernest Borgnine and Terence Hill and Crimebuster starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer.
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada and started by Kevin Sullivan and Trudy Grant, Sullivan Entertainment is one of the country's leading producers and distributors of some of Canada's best classic movies and television programming, with more than 25 years of successful operations and a library consisting of over 300 hours of movies and programming. From the pastoral masterpieces Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea, to the intense realism of award-winning dramas Piano Man's Daughter, and Butterbox Babies, Sullivan Entertainment has provided audiences around the world with compelling and beautifully crafted movies, miniseries’ and series. DVD titles currently available via KOCH include the animated feature film Anne - Journey to Green Gables, Avonlea Christmas, Wind at my Back Christmas, and Volume 3 of the Wind at my Back Series. Plans are underway for a 2007 release of Anne of Green Gables IV.
SKD USA is a new company formed by Synkronized France, one of Europe’s largest DVD distributors. The company’s mission is to license and issue previously unreleased European films on DVD to the American market. SKD USA movies and documentaries are licensed from premier studios throughout Europe. These DVDs have been authored, subtitled in English, manufactured and packaged in the USA in NTSC Region Code 1 format. Genres include Modern, Classic and Cutting Edge/Avant Garde films as well as documentaries covering global “Hot Topic” political issues as well as features from the worlds of sports, music and lifestyle. SKD USA films originate from France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and many other countries. Now available via KOCH is the acclaimed documentary In the Name of Hezbollah, and in early 2007, Andy Warhol Life and Death.
My Bedbugs is an entertaining and educational live action children’s television series that is aired in over 37 markets across the United States on Public Television stations. Gooby, Toofy, and Woozy (the larger than life main characters) are counseled by their mentor J. Edgar- a talking vacuum cleaner and comforted by their cuddly pillow Snoozy. First quarter 2007 will see the release of 2 DVD’s, a CD project and a complete line of plush and educational toys. Unlike animated programs our characters are actors in costumes which lends itself easily to live meet and greet and concert appearances. Parent company Greenestuff inc. is planning on 4 DVD’s releases and 2 CD releases through 2007 along with an aggressive publicity campaign to help the product jump off the shelve into the hands of consumers. Currently available via KOCH are children’s favorites My Bedbugs Vol. 1 and Bedbug Party.
Camp Motion Pictures
Camp Motion Pictures is the latest incarnation of long-standing cult catalog company Alternative Cinema whose imprints also include Bloody Earth Films and Secret Key Motion Pictures. All titles from these labels will now collectively be available in national retail stores and online. Heavily influenced by the 1980's DIY (Do It Yourself) era of early video productions, which spawned such cult classics as Cannibal Campout, Video Violence and Splatterfarm (renowned to this day for their copious gore and innovative use of pre-computer effects), Camp Motion Pictures and its labels will release a combination of these early videos ‘hits’, independent cult classics of various genres, and contemporary products both acquired and produced in-house by Camp’s fully-functional production company, which evoke this frenetic and prolific era of early video.
R&B Films is a boutique home entertainment audio/video label deeply rooted in the areas of Music, Animation, Independent Film, and Non-Fiction entertainment. They are committed to offering the finest entertainment programming featuring high definition images and soundtracks with superior production values and a unique artistic flair. Titles currently available through KOCH include a special DVD edition of Ron Fricke’s groundbreaking 1987 documentary film Chronos (to be released in High-Definition and Blu-ray DVD formats in early 2007) and Ritual Path, a new age special interest DVD.
KOCH Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent video and music company in the U.S. and its operations encompass video and music 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. KOCH is a leading force in home video entertainment and is one of the top consolidators of independent DVD products. Its own video labels KOCH VISION and KOCH LORBER FILMS are complimented by a roster of leading independent home entertainment companies including Troma Entertainment, Rumur Releasing, Blank Stare Films, Go Kart Films, Foreign Media Group, Passport Video, Crash Media Group, AnimEigo, Tommy Boy Films, and many more. www.kochdistribution.com.
For more information, please contact James Scileppi at (516) 484-1000 Ext. 243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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