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BCI, FremantleMedia Form Foreign DVD Label

2 Apr, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Seeking to expand its repertoire of international fare, BCI, a subsidiary of the Navarre Corp., April 2 announced a distribution partnership with London-based content provider FremantleMedia Enterprises.

FremantleMedia is the production company behind hit TV shows “American Idol,” “Project Runway” and “The Apprentice,” among others.

Under terms of the deal, the two companies have formed the DVD label International Voyage, featuring classic British and Australian television series and documentaries for distribution in the United States.

Initial release May 8 is documentary-drama 638 Ways to Kill Castro, for $19.98.

The 2006 British TV program from director Dollan Cannell explores the history of Cuban politics and the hundreds of alleged assassination attempts on president Fidel Castro, according to the former head of Cuban intelligence.

The film reveals every conceivable method of assassination, from exploding cigars to femme fatales; a radio station rigged with noxious gas to a poison syringe posing as an innocuous ballpoint pen.

Bonus material includes commentaries from director Cannell, former president Jimmy Carter; Miami detective Luis Posada Carriles; Ricardo Alarcon, president of the Cuban National Assembly; Miami Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Tom Parrott, ex-CIA; Richard Goodwin, aide to president John F. Kennedy; and Otto Reich, Cuban-American politician.

Forthcoming releases include British comedy “The IT Crowd,” from the producer of “The Office”; CGI-based series “Prehistoric Park”; and police drama, “The Bill.”

Other titles include “Neighbours” and classic TV shows “Man About the House” and “The Sweeney.”

“The launch of our independent label in the U.S. is a landmark for our home entertainment business, and we're delighted to be working with BCI as part of our ongoing relationship with them,” said David Ellender, CEO, FremantleMedia Enterprises. “Their distribution strength and creative marketing makes them the perfect partner, and we look forward to working with them to make our wealth of international programming available stateside.”

“BCI is thrilled to launch this partnership with renowned entertainment company FremantleMedia,” said Jeff Hayne, director of acquisitions, BCI. “Our successful distribution and marketing strategies will be an excellent fit for the FremantleMedia content.”

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