Santa Monica, California, March 14, 2002 – Universal Music and Video Distribution is Distributor of the Year as named by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, it was announced at their 44rd Annual Convention in San Francisco, California.

This award, given by members of the association, honors outstanding distinction and achievement in areas of communication; employees and employee programs; marketing and promotion; standard of business dealings; order fulfillment; shipping and handling; support of industry programs and events; and awards and achievements received in the last twelve months.

Jim Urie, President of Universal Music and Video Distribution, commented, “This is the second year in a row we’ve received this great honor and to be acknowledged again by the retail industry is fantastic. We work hard not only for our artists and labels but the community of retailers who sell our records. We couldn’t be more proud.”

Universal Music and Video Distribution handles the distribution and sales for such labels as The Universal/Motown Records Group, The Island/Def Jam Music Group, Roadrunner, Interscope, Geffen, A&M Records, MCA Records, MCA Nashville, Universal South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, The Verve Music Group, Universal Classics, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Univision Music Group, DreamWorks, Disa, ABKCO, Hollywood, Lideres Entertainment, Lyric Street, Northsound, RMM, Thump, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, and Viva Discos as well as theatrical video from Universal Studios.

Universal Music and Video Distribution is a unit of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 63 countries around the world. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Roadrunner, Lost Highway, MCA Nashville, MCA Records, Universal South, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Records, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and UM3 (outside the U.S.).

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.