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BCI Solidifies Ink & Paint

19 Jun, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

Navarre Corp. subsidiary BCI has formed its Ink & Paint brand to distribute classic animated television programs and movies on DVD.

“As we continue to reach licensing agreements with a variety of production companies and studios, we decided the time was right to put all of these projects under one roof,” said Jeff Hayne, director of acquisitions.

The brand will focus on programs from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and includes the first three “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” season sets, plus upcoming DVDs from such shows as “She-Ra: Princess of Power,” “Flash Gordon,” “Prince Valiant,” “The Groovy Goolies,” “Blackstar,” “Space Sentinels” and “Freedom Force.”

The titles will feature such extras as new featurettes, interviews with cast and crew, audio commentaries, storyboards, trivia games and character profiles.

Fans registering at inkandpaintdvd.com will have access to exclusive Web content.

BCI has always looked to fans for input on DVD releases, Hayne said. The new inkandpaintdvd.com site will serve as a community for those fans and a place for BCI to get more tips and feedback as the supplier's classic animation slate grows.

“We really wanted to give the fans a home,” he said. BCI will create blogs and regular newsletters to keep the fanbase in the loop.

BCI is using next month's fan Mecca of Comic-Con in San Diego to announce the newest Ink & Paint titles.

“It's a fun way to announce it,” Hayne said. “We get five or six hundred people at our panels and I don't have to worry about them not know what I'm talking about when I announce some of these more obscure classic releases.”

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