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Platinum Becomes Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

14 Oct, 2005 By: Kurt Indvik

Fast-rising home entertainment supplier Platinum Disc announced today it is assuming the name of its corporate parent and will now be known as Echo Bridge Home Entertainment.

The company also announced it has hired Dan Gant to be its head of sales. Gant was a longtime Universal Studios Home Entertainment sales executive.

This past spring, Platinum Disc merged with Needham, Mass.-based Echo Bridge Entertainment, a leading independent acquirer and global distributor of original programming for TV, cable, satellite and video markets.

Just this past August the company brought on as president video industry veteran Tim Clott, a longtime Paramount Home Entertainment senior executive and former CEO of Lyrick Studios.

“Domestic home entertainment is an integral component of Echo Bridge's strategic plan for the future, and this is signified by our name change, which more closely aligns us with our parent company,” Clott said. Of Gant, Clott added, “Our goals require a seasoned executive with expertise in a variety of retail platforms and product genres, and Dan brings just the right combination of talent and experience to fulfill this role.”

Gant began his career at Universal, where he held a variety of senior sales positions from 1982 to 2000. From there Gant served as VP of video sales and distribution for DEJ Productions, an independent film producer and subsidiary of Blockbuster Inc. Most recently he was EVP, international sales and distribution for Vermill Industries.

The newly named Echo Bridge Home Entertainment has been on the move this year, recently inking an exclusive three-year deal with Hallmark Entertainment to distribute Hallmark TV movies and miniseries on DVD. The La Crosse, Wis.-based company also recently struck North American distribution deals with Nu Image and West Coast Film Partners.

The 16-year-old company has seen its business grow more than 240 percent over the past three years, according to Echo Bridge, and now has a catalog of more than 2,000 films and 5,300 CD song titles.

Echo Bridge Entertainment managing partners include former senior executives from MCA/Universal, USA Networks, Atlantic Entertainment, and Fox Broadcasting, among others.

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