By Hive News | Posted: 12 Mar 2002
Koch Entertainment and DIC Entertainment have entered into a three-year exclusive agreement for Koch to manufacture, promote and market albums from DIC's music catalogue.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for DIC and Koch," said DIC's SVP of music Karyn Ulman. "Koch gets access to songs and master recordings that have been aired on popular television series, songs that are familiar to millions of fans, but up until now were not obtainable. DIC gets to have their recordings promoted and marketed by the best independent music company in the business."
"Sing-a-Long with Madeline," the working title, will be the Koch's first DIC CD release in June. "Madeline" is based on the character created by Ludwig Bemelmans who first appeared in an illustrated book in 1939. Each of the televised episodes and the direct-to-videos produced by DIC contained original songs performed by the Madeline cast and her friends.
The second and third releases will be songs from "Sailor Moon" and "Strawberry Shortcake," respectively.
DIC has created more than 4,000 original songs for the nearly 3,000 animated that have aired on television since the company began operations in the United States in 1983. Under the new agreement, KOCH Entertainment will release two CDs this year.
"This partnership further entrenches KOCH in the children's market," said Koch president Bob Frank. "DIC has built a wonderful catalog and we're privileged to join forces with them."
Sailor Moon has had a long run in syndication and on the Cartoon Network, where it was a big hit in the Tunami block. DIC recently concluded a deal with American Greetings for the character's "Strawberry Shortcake" video, broadcast and licensing rights. "Strawberry Shortcake grossed more than $100 million in its first year.