BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp., has licensed the long-term distribution rights in the U.S. and Canada to Entertainment Rights Plcs (ER) Filmation portfolio of 230 hours of programming. This follows BCIs recent success as U.S. distributor of ERs HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, which recently received the 2005 TV DVD Award for Best 1980s Series.
The agreement offers BCI distribution rights to animated titles and characters never before available on DVD, including SHE-RA: PRINCESS OF POWER; THE LEGEND OF BRAVESTARR; GHOSTBUSTERS; THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ZORRO; THE LONE RANGER; GROOVIE GOOLIES; SNOW WHITE HAPPILY EVER AFTER; as well as several live-action series.
BCI is thrilled to be bringing these classic animated series to DVD for the first time in North America, said Greg Glass, svp, BCI. With the tremendous success of the first HE-MAN titles, were confident that our fan base will be ready for more of these classic animated characters on DVD.
We are delighted to extend our business with BCI to incorporate more of the Filmation titles, following the companys great success with HE-MAN on DVD, said Kathleen Hrick, ER evp/md, USA, Canada and Latin America. The Filmation catalog is a valuable asset, as this latest deal demonstrates, and we will continue to exploit the huge potential of these much loved brands.
Working alongside ER, BCI will be implementing an innovative marketing and promotional campaign throughout 2006 and beyond, capitalizing on the popularity of these classic brands. The program will follow the successful promotion and marketing of HE-MAN, which has been released on DVD and Universal Media Disc (UMD) for the Sony PSP.
BCI has once again retained the services of two prominent consultants, Andy Mangels and Val Staples, who were highly instrumental in the production of the He-Man DVD, specifically the added collectible features.
BCI is an independent entertainment video and audio supplier. Founded 15 years ago, its vast collection of titles represents both exclusively licensed titles from around the world, as well as in-house produced CDs and DVDs.
Navarre Corp. (www.navarre.com) is a publisher and distributor of a broad range of home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD video, VHS video, videogames and accessories. Founded in 1983, the company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale clubs, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers across the U.S. The company currently provides its products to more than 18,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Navarre has recently expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore Software, Inc., BCI Eclipse Co. Llc., FUNimation Prods. Ltd. and The FUNimation Store Ltd.
London-based ER (www.entertainmentrights.com) is one of the U.K.'s leading specialist media groups focused on the ownership of high quality children's and family programming, characters and brands. ER owns the rights to many classic characters, including Basil Brush, Postman Pat, Little Red Tractor, He Man and Masters of the Universe, Fat Albert, She Ra, Ghostbusters, Zorro and The Lone Ranger. ER's library has grown to more than 1,800 hours of children's and family programming. This includes rights to global brands such as Mattel's Barbie, Scholastic's Clifford, Hasbro's Transformers, Casper the Friendly Ghost and Felix the Cat. ER is ideally placed to extend and exploit its portfolio of quality programming with its own television distribution, licensing division and an established home entertainment label, Right Ent.