LIGHTYEAR JOINS VIVENDI ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY, October 20, 2008 – Lightyear Entertainment announced a new long–term distribution agreement with Vivendi Entertainment (VE) for its filmed entertainment releases and library. VE will handle all physical DVD distribution in the U.S. and Canada, plus Electronic Sell–Through, Digital Rental, and Mobile exploitation. Through VE’s relationships, Lightyear releases will be available for the first time on the iTunes Movie Store.
“”We are delighted to have concluded this deal with Vivendi Entertainment,”” said Arnie Holland, CEO of Lightyear. “”VE’s focus on independent films and ability to devote attention to an independent studio like Lightyear, combined with its clout and presence in the physical DVD and digital worlds, makes them the perfect distribution partner for what we do.””
“”Lightyear is a truly diverse entertainment company with compelling content across many genres,”” commented Yolanda Macias, SVP Vivendi Entertainment. “”As we continue to add to our ensemble of high–quality home entertainment partner companies, we are thrilled to distribute Lightyear’s filmed entertainment, music videos and children’s products.
“” Lightyear plans on releasing 2–3 films a month through VE, starting in November, 2008 in a variety of genres. Its 70 current library titles include sci–fi, horror, comedy, urban comedies, urban faith based films, dramas, action, music, and children’s films. Previously, Lightyear had been distributed through Warner Home Video since 1995.
Lightyear’s 4th quarter releases include Take a Leap of Faith (November 4) and Johnson Family Christmas Dinner (December 9), two urban faith–based films from hot urban filmmaker Jean Claude LaMarre. Also coming out on November 4 is House Arrest, an urban comedy from actor/filmmaker Marcello Thedford. Lightyear’s January, 2009 releases include Confessions of an Action Star, a hilarious mockumentary featuring special appearances by a wide range of well–known actors and celebrities, including one super–celebrity actress whose name can’t be mentioned ; Opie Gets Laid, a relationship comedy in the style of Judd Apatow’s films, and Pastor Jones: Sisters in Spirit 2, the newest sequel in the successful Pastor Jones series from actor/producer/director Jean Claude LaMarre.