VIVENDI VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT AND SALIENT MEDIA ENTER DISTRIBUTION PACT
First Release Katt Williams The Pimp Chronicles Part 1
In Stores November 7th
LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2006 Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E) has entered into a multi-year, multi-film distribution agreement with Salient Films to market and distribute its upcoming slate of home entertainment product. The agreement was announced today by V V E Vice President of Business Development and Acquisitions Yolanda Macias along with Salient Media Founding Partner and CEO Gary Binkow.
The first release from Salient is Katt Williams The Pimp Chronicles Part 1, the first full-length DVD by comedian Katt Williams. The DVD, also to-be-aired as an HBO special, features Williams performing his edgy stand-up at a comedy club in Atlanta and was taped in front of a live audience.
Upcoming for 2007 are multiple programs with comedienne Mo’Nique. The first, I Coulda Been Your Cellmate, was taped in front of a live audience at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. Also coming up, Mo’Nique’s Thick n’ Fit fitness program and National Lampoon’s Spring Break.
With leading comedians Katt Williams and Monique, Salient has quickly become a force to contend with, said Macias.By partnering with Salient, V V E continues to expand and diversify our varied portfolio of top independent producers and strengthen our roster of top comedy DVDs.
I’m excited to be a part of the UMG family by partnering with V V E,commented Binkow. Salient is focused on bringing great comedic performances to DVD and we feel that V V E is uniquely positioned to bring our company to the next level.
About Salient Media
Salient Media is a producer, licensor and distributor of Digital Entertainment. The company’s focus is distributing to non-traditional and traditional retail outlets throughout North America and the World. Salient’s unique blend of Lifestyle programming spans a wide arry of topics including: health and wellness, instructional, comedy, cooking, self-help, special interest and family entertainment. Salient pursues multi-level marketing initiatives including branded content, Internet, broadcast, wireless, live event and print promotions.
About Vivendi Visual Entertainment
Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E), a division of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), has become a leading force in home entertainment and a favorite choice among independent producers of films and top independent studios. The company’s goal is to provide the highest quality of marketing, sales and distribution services. V V E’s select product line features family, comedy, foreign, Latin, urban, fitness and theatrical releases. Studio partners include Bauer Martinez Distribution, bodywisdom media, Code Black, Film Mates, First Independent Pictures, Freestyle Home Entertainment, Lightning Home Entertainment, Melee Entertainment, New Light Entertainment, Palm Pictures, Rising Entertainment, RuffNation Films, Salient Media, Uwe Boll Productions, Voy Pictures, Walter Mercado and Xenon Pictures. V V E benefits from UMGD’s award winning team and customer-centric culture. UMGD’s recent awards include American Business Awards, three consecutive NARM awards for Distribution Company of the Year and numerous retail awards. V V E’s website can be found at