UNIVERSAL MUSIC & VIDEO DISTRIBUTION EXPANDS INTO EXPLODING DVD MARKETPLACE WITH UMVD/ VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT
New Partnership with Trinity Yields 300 Titles that Feature Award Winners Diane Lane, Brian Dennehy, Treat Williams, Kirstie Alley & Michael J. Fox, among others
Los Angeles, California, Wednesday, February 17, 2004 – In a strategic move to further develop, acquire and distribute DVDs — one of the fastest growing entertainment formats – Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD) today launched Universal Music & Video Distribution Visual Entertainment, a new division that will enable the company to expand beyond its commanding lead in the music marketplace and capitalize further on the exploding home DVD film arena, it was announced by Jim Urie, President of Universal Music & Video Distribution.
Moreover, it was also announced that UMVD’s Visual Entertainment has entered into a dynamic new partnership with Trinity Home Entertainment to distribute up to 300 budget line films, the first of which will be distributed in late April. This alliance is the first of several strategic partnerships UMVD is developing with film content providers to further open up the flood gates of the home DVD category. The company plans an aggressive new rollout of its Trinity film releases that will utilize the same sales and marketing muscle that has made UMVD a market share leader. For the fifth consecutive year, UMVD ranked #1 in market share, securing a whopping 28.1% of all the music sold nationally in 2003.
“Thanks to our past success and experience in working with Universal Studios on such titles as Shrek and Seabiscuit, we are well positioned to expand our business model and aggressively move into home DVD sales,” stated Urie. “And we could not pick a better partner than Trinity to launch our Visual Entertainment arm.”
“We are thrilled to be forming an alliance with the most successful distribution company in the US,” added Phil Knowles, President of Trinity.
Universal Music and Video Distribution handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Records Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Roadrunner, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, MCA Nashville, Universal South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Universal Classics, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Univision Music Group, DreamWorks, Disa, ABKCO, Hollywood, Lideres Entertainment, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Ark 21, Rounder, Fonovisa Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, VI Music and Viva Discos as well as theatrical video from Universal Studios.
Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries. 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, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, 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 Strategic Marketing & Commercial Affairs (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.