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Koch Picks Up Four More Labels

15 Dec, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Independent music and video supplier Koch Entertainment Distribution has picked up exclusive home video distribution rights to four more labels: Rumur Releasing, Mercury Entertainment Group, Crash Media Group and Blank Stare Films.

Koch will exclusively distribute all catalog and new releases from each label in North America, according to Koch president Michael Rosenberg. He calls the additions part of an overall plan to continually “grow and strengthen our home video division.”

Rumur Releasing is a three-year-old company formed by motion picture producers Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley and David Beilinson, along with veteran media and entertainment attorney Jeff Sanders. Rumur will release five films theatrically in 2006, and at least five additional films directly to DVD, television and interactive platforms.

Mercury Entertainment Group is an urban label, based in Margate, Fla., that was founded in February 2001 by partners Alix Gilles, Gerard Gilles, Stephane Gilles, Grant Hemingway and Robert Roundtree. Key 2006 releases include DJ Demp's Dirty for Life and Hip Hop Elements Vol. 1.

Crash Media Group, an outgrowth of the Anime Crash retail chain, is home to the largest library of classic martial arts films and footage in North America. It has licensed martial arts and anime content to such companies as MTV, Black Belt TV and The Discovery Channel.

Blank Stare Films was founded earlier this year by the owners of Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar Records. The label is dedicated to “micro-indie” filmmaking. DVD releases for 2006 include Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? and The Shield Around the K: The Story of K Records, both slated for release in January.

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