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WHV Press Release: WARNER HOME VIDEO EXPANDS MUSIC ALLIANCE

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ronald Epstein, Jun 11, 2002.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    WARNER HOME VIDEO EXPANDS
    MUSIC DVD CATEGORY VIA NEW STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT

    Eagle Rock's "Janet Jackson: Live in Hawaii"
    is first of top-flight concert videos to launch
    Warner Home Video into exploding new DVD segment

    West Hollywood, Calif., June 11, 2002 -- In a strategic move to develop,
    acquire and distribute music DVDs -- one of the fastest growing
    entertainment formats -- Warner Home Video (WHV) has announced a dynamic new
    partnership with the industry's premiere programmer of live concert
    performances, Eagle Rock Entertainment (ERE).

    The joint announcement was made here today by executives of both companies
    at a special press conference at the House of Blues. The alliance is the
    first of several strategic partnerships WHV has developed with music DVD
    content providers to help open up the great potential of the burgeoning
    music DVD category.

    Live concert music DVDs are currently the second largest special interest
    DVD category after TV episodics. In addition to superior picture and Dolby
    5.1 sound, music DVDs include all the bonus features now commonplace for
    movies released on DVD.

    WHV plans an aggressive new rollout of top-talent releases that will utilize
    the same sales and marketing muscle that has made WHV the current total
    market share leader as well as the leader in three special interest
    categories: documentary, TV episodic and large format film.

    The first title under the new WHV/ERE deal will be the September 3rd release
    of Janet Jackson: Live In Hawaii, the four-time Grammy winner's spectacular
    Hawaiian HBO concert from her sold-out "All For You Tour."

    "In partnering with WHV, a variety of recording artists can benefit from WHV
    sales, distribution and marketing expertise within the DVD format," said
    Doug Wadleigh, WHV vice president, special interests. "Eagle Rock
    Entertainment has proven to be the leading producer of live concerts from
    top recording artists around the world. Their titles, lead by Janet at her
    dazzling best, will give us a big jump in our plan to strategically enter
    this category."

    Geoff Kempin, COO of Eagle Rock Entertainment's visual activities worldwide
    said, "As we continue to produce and acquire top flight music and special
    interest DVD programming, this partnership brings phenomenal marketing,
    sales and distribution depth and reach to selected titles in the U.S."

    "We have some great titles in the pipeline," Jeff Baker, General Manager of
    Eagle Rock's DVD and Home Video in the U.S., said, "where the match of music
    repertoire and special interest will be an especially strong fit with Warner
    Home Video."

    Eagle Rock Entertainment is a leading supplier of music-based visual
    programming which the company develops, acquires and produces for
    television, pay-per-view, home video, DVD and broadband Internet
    distribution on a worldwide basis. Eagle Rock Entertainment releases
    include live concerts and documentaries featuring top music artists on a
    worldwide basis. Eagle Rock Entertainment, Inc., Eagle Vision and Eagle Eye
    Media are wholly-owned divisions of Eagle Rock Entertainment Limited.

    With operations in 78 international territories -- more than the video
    division of any other studio -- Warner Home Video commands the largest
    distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home
    Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new
    and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner
    Entertainment Company, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New
    Line Home Entertainment.
     
  2. Eric T

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    Interested to see what they put out next. I'd love to see the last Steely Dan tour on DVD, that was a great show.
     

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