Platinum Disc Names Clott President18 Aug, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Industry veteran Tim Clott has been named president of Platinum Disc, the fast-rising home entertainment supplier that recently inked a three-year deal with Hallmark Entertainment to exclusively distribute Hallmark miniseries and TV movies on DVD.
Clott replaces Dave Thompson, who founded Platinum Disc Corp. in 1989 and has grown the firm from a music CD distribution company to a leading video and music supplier with a catalog of nearly 2,000 films and 5,300 CD song titles. Thompson is retiring, but will remain on the board of directors of Echo Bridge Entertainment, of which Platinum Disc is a wholly owned subsidiary.
“Platinum Disc has a wonderfully well-oiled machine in terms of distribution,” Clott said. “I'm excited about the opportunity to take the company to the next level with an expanded product line, including both Echo Bridge and acquired titles.”
Clott most recently ran his own licensing company, Partners 2 Media. He previously was CEO of Lyrick Studios prior to its acquisition by HIT Entertainment in 2001. At Lyrick, he helped spur the resurgence of Barney the Dinosaur and oversaw the production and launch of “Wishbone,” which won several Emmy and Peabody awards. Clott also brought to Lyrick The Wiggles and VeggieTales.
Before joining Lyrick in 1994, Clott held various top posts at Paramount Pictures over a 16-year span, most recently EVP of Paramount Home Video.
Platinum is aggressively expanding its lineup of distributed product. The Hallmark deal brings to the company such high-profile titles as the ABC miniseries “The Ten Commandments” and the remake “The Poseidon Adventure,” starring Adam Baldwin and Steve Guttenberg, slated to air on NBC in late 2005.
Platinum also has recently struck North American distribution deals with Nu Image and West Coast Film Partners.
Platinum Disc is headquartered in La Crosse, Wis. Clott will be based there.