Image Entertainment Expands International Distribution
Japan’s Nippon Columbia and Australia’s Warnervision Begin Immediate Solicitation and Sale of Image-Exclusive DVD Programs
Image Entertainment, Inc. today announced the signing of agreements that will see the Company’s exclusively held programs distributed in Japan by Nippon Columbia and throughout Australia and New Zealand by Warnervision. The exclusive license agreements were made with Image’s joint-venture partner Aviva International, LLC, international sales agent for the Company’s products, and Nippon Columbia, for DVD and videocassette distribution to video and music retailers, Internet retailers, wholesalers, rack-jobbers, schools, libraries and institutions throughout Japan. Image’s programming has been licensed to Warnervision for similar release throughout Australia and New Zealand.
The first titles to be released in Japan, Australia and New Zealand under these new licensing agreements will be Image’s record-breaking DVD Eagles: Hell Freezes Over and Sheryl Crow: Rockin’ the Globe Live, Peter Frampton: Live In Detroit, The Cranberries Live In Paris, The Twilight Zone series, the original Broadway cast performance of Victor / Victoria with Julie Andrews as well as a wide selection of additional programming to be announced and available to be released into the territories throughout the term of the deals.
In addition to this latest agreement, the Company has previously announced exclusive distribution agreements with Ice Storm Entertainment for Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland, with Direct Video Distribution, Ltd. for distribution throughout the United Kingdom and with Video Film Express b.v. for Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Image is also in the process of finalizing additional distribution deals for other key territories throughout the world.