GRIFFEN GMELICH NAMED VICE PRESIDENT, SALES FOR VIVENDI VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT
LOS ANGELES, February 26, 2007 – Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E) has named Griffin Gmelich to Vice President, Sales, it was announced today by Tom O’Malley, General Manager, V V E. Gmelich will be based in Universal City, CA, at Vivendi Visual Entertainment corporate headquarters.
In his new role, Gmelich will manage the company’s national sales force and launch strategic initiatives and alliances. His responsibilities will also include managing studio relations.
Tom O’Malley commented, “We’re thrilled to have Griffin aboard. He brings the unique combination of the discipline of a large studio and the creativity of an independent studio.”
Prior to joining V V E, Gmelich was Vice President of Sales and Distribution for Liberation Entertainment, where he managed the launch of the company’s DVD division. Previously, Gmelich spent over 8 years at Warner Home Video as a senior sales executive. At Warners’ he also held the roles of Director of Sales Analysis and Planning and Director of Sales Communication.
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, Codeblack, Film Mates, First Independent Pictures, Freestyle Home Entertainment, Melee Entertainment, New Light Entertainment, Palm Pictures, Rising Entertainment, RuffNation Films, Salient Media, Uwe Boll Productions, Voy Pictures 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 www.vivendivisualentertainment.com.