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DMG Ups Electronic Film, TV Content

15 Jan, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Digital Music Group (DMG) announced it has secured the electronic distribution rights to almost 400 episodes of classic and eclectic television, movie and video programming, including “The Mr. Bill Show,” “Hopalong Cassidy,” Night of the Living Dead and “Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop.”

Terms of the deals and sources of the content were not disclosed.

Sacramento, Calif.-based DMG supplies independently owned music and video content to third-party electronic retail channels, including Apple's iTunes Music Store, MSN Music, Google Video, RealNetworks, Napster, Wal-Mart Music, Yahoo! Music, Verizon Wireless and Virgin Mobile, among others.

“We built a strong foundation last November when we first launched our video initiative and although digital distribution of video is still evolving,” said Mitchell Koulouris, CEO of DMG. “The catalogs we are announcing today further extend our plans to deliver high-quality properties to the maturing digital video market.”

Last year, DMG secured distribution rights to Shout! Factory's Biograph and Black Top music catalogs, including recordings of early jazz, ragtime and blues from artists such as James Johnson, Skip James, Leadbelly Ledbetter, Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and Jerome Kern.

For the third quarter ended Sept. 30, DMG posted a loss of $954,000 on revenue of $1.2 million compared to a loss of $383,000 and $130,000 in revenue during the same period last year.

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