Anime distribution vet Marvin Gleicher joins Navarre Corp. as vp of DVD content acquisition, primary responsibility for acquiring and marketing DVD entertainment content for the companys distribution segment.
Gleicher founded the North America division of Manga Ent. Inc., which specialized in the marketing of Japanese animation. Manga Ent. was acquired by IDT Ent. in 2004, where Gleicher continued to serve as president of Manga Ent. At IDT, Gleichers responsibilities included acquisition, production and development of marketing strategies for entertainment content under the Manga Ent. brand.
Before founding Manga Ent., Gleicher was president of Smash/Island Records where he was instrumental in acquiring music talent for publishing and worldwide distribution in addition to building the visual media and music video product lines.
Navarre president/coo Cary Deacon said, We believe that there is a significant opportunity to secure exclusive distribution for DVD content in the marketplace. Our goal is to aggressively build this business utilizing our vast distribution, marketing, sales and product development network. Marvin comes to Navarre with a tremendous understanding of the DVD video industry. His experience in business development and DVD content acquisitions will be an enormous asset for Navarre.
Gleicher reports to Bob Freese, vp/gm of Navarre Ent. Media.
Minneapolis-based Navarre Corp. (www.navarre.com
) is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD video, videogames and accessories. Founded in 1983, Navarre has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels, which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale club, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The company provides its products to more than 19,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Navarre has expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore, BCI and FUNimation.