FILMATION, HEARST & MARVEL/DISNEY
DVD SETS ANNOUNCED
Released by BCI Eclipse / Ink & Paint in 2006-2008.
As seen in the Press Releases below, BCI Eclipse / Ink & Paint is contracting Andy Mangels to produce more Special Features content for about forty upcoming DVD releases, including further documentaries, commentary tracks, and other surprise features!
With more announcements in the future. Titles announced by BCI Eclipse / Ink & Paint (licensed from Entertainment Rights, Hearst, and Disney) to date are:
Defenders of the Earth Volume One DVD Set
(October 10, 2006)
Groovie Goolies: The Saturday "Mourning" Collection DVD Set
Journey Back To OZ: Special Edition (feature film)
(October 24, 2006)
She-Ra: Princess of Power: Season One, Volume One DVD Set
Ark II The Complete Series DVD Set
(November 7, 2006)
Dungeons & Dragons The Complete Series DVD Set
(December 5, 2006)
The New Adventures of He-Man Volume One DVD Set
(December 26, 2006)
Space Academy: The Complete Series DVD Boxed Set
The Legend of Prince Valiant: Volume Two DVD Set
(January 16, 2007)
Ghostbusters: The Animated Series Volume One DVD Set
(February 27, 2007)
The New Adventures of He-Man: Volume Two DVD Set
(March 27, 2007)
She-Ra: Princess of Power: Season One, Volume Two DVD Set
Defenders of the Earth: Volume Two DVD Set
(April 3, 2007)
The Ghost Busters: Live Action The Complete Series DVD Set
(April 17, 2007)
Jason of Star Command The Complete Series DVD Set
Mission Magic The Complete Series DVD Set
(May 8, 2007)
Hero High The Complete Series DVD Set
(May 22, 2007)
Ghostbusters: The Animated Series Volume Two DVD Set
The Best of Bravestarr & Bravestarr: The Legend (feature film)
(July 3, 2007)
The Secrets of Isis The Complete Series DVD Set
(July 24, 2007)
She-Ra: Princess of Power: Season Two DVD Set
(September 4, 2007)
Bravestarr: The Series Volume One DVD Set
(November 20, 2007)
New Adventures of The Lone Ranger & Zorro Volume One DVD Set
(December 18, 2007)
The Cat Pack: Waldo Kitty & Fraidy Cat Volume One
The Cat Pack: Waldo Kitty & Fraidy Cat Volume Two
New Adventures of The Lone Ranger & Zorro Volume Two DVD Set
Bravestarr: The Series Volume Two DVD Set
Fabulous Funnies The Complete Series DVD Set
A Snow White Christmas
Happily Ever After: Snow White's Greatest Adventure (feature film)
(Announced but unscheduled for 2008)
PRESS RELEASE #1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2006
NAVARRE'S BCI SIGNS EXCLUSIVE AGREEMENT
FOR DVD DISTRIBUTION OF
ENTERTAINMENT RIGHTS' FILMATION CATALOG
Deal Covers 230 Hours of Programming, Including She-Ra: Princess of Power and Other Classic Filmation Characters
Los Angeles, CA BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ:NAVR), has licensed the long-term distribution rights in the US and Canada to programming from Entertainment Rights Plc's ("ER") Filmation portfolio of classic contemporary characters, including the iconic She-Ra: Princess of Power. This appointment follows BCI's recent success as US distributor of ER's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which recently received the 2005 TV DVD Award for Best 1980's Series.
"BCI is thrilled to be bringing these classic animated series to DVD for the first time in North America," said Greg Glass, senior VP, BCI. "With the tremendous success of the first He-Man titles, we're 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 company's great success with He-Man on DVD," said Kathleen Hrick, executive VP, managing director, USA, Canada and Latin America, Entertainment Rights. "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."
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.
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 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.
PRESS RELEASE #2
ENTERTAINMENT RIGHTS APPOINTS US DVD DISTRIBUTOR FOR SHE-RA: PRINCESS OF POWER
This agreement will see 230 hours of programming from ER's Filmation library of classic contemporary characters available on DVD in the US for the first time ever, including She-Ra: Princess of Power, The Legend of Bravestarr, Blackstar, Ghostbusters, The New Adventures of Zorro, The Lone Ranger, Groovie Goolies, Snow White Happily Ever After and several live action series including The Secret of Isis.
The distribution agreement offers ER further opportunities in the world's largest economy and adds to ER's growing business in the US, the world's number one home entertainment market, where annual retail sales are estimated to be worth in excess of US$24 billion. Working closely with ER, BCI will be implementing an innovative marketing and promotional campaign throughout 2006 and beyond to capitalise on the popularity of these classic brands.
ER is currently exploring a range of digital media opportunities for the Filmation library including television, online and mobile content. He-Man has already been successfully released on Universal Media Disc ("UMD") format in the US following ER's agreement with BCI for the US Playstation Portable ("PSP") rights to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Kathleen Hricik Executive Vice President and Managing Director, USA, Canada and Latin America, Entertainment Rights commented: "We are delighted to extend our business with BCI to incorporate more of the Filmation titles following their great success with He-Man on DVD. The Filmation catalogue is a valuable asset as this latest deal demonstrates and we will continue to exploit the huge potential of these much loved brands."
Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI said: "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to represent ER and the classic Filmation brands. We look forward to marketing and distributing the Filmation titles to the significant existing fan base as well as introducing them to a new generation of fans."
PRESS RELEASE #3
June 19, 2006
NAVARRE CORPORATIONS BCI ANNOUNCES
INK & PAINT BRAND
Label To Be Devoted To Classic Animated Programming
Exclusive Web Site To Offer Fans Blogs and Newsletters
Los Angeles, CA As it continues to release a full array of classic animated television programs and movies, BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, has announced the formation of its Ink & Paint brand. The announcement was made today by Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI
We have had tremendous success over the past year with the distribution of a variety of classic animated programming, reaching out to audiences both young and old, said Hayne. As we continue to reach licensing agreements with a variety of production companies and studios, we decided the time was right to put all of these projects under one roof. Were looking forward to having this new brand set a standard in the industry.
The Ink & Paint brand will be devoted to bringing to DVD the best classic animated television shows and movies from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Along with its first three DVD volumes in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® series, BCIs Ink & Paint brand will also include such upcoming titles as: She-Ra, Princess of Power®; Flash Gordon; Prince Valiant; and The Groovy Goolies; Blackstar and Space Sentinels & Freedom Force.
Titles released in the Ink & Paint brand will feature a variety of extras, including: documentary featurettes; interviews with creators, writers, directors, artists and voiceover actors; audio commentaries; storyboards, trivia, scripts, background cells; and character profiles.
Fans registering on the Ink & Paint web site at www.inkandpaintdvd.com will be invited to join a variety of blogs, and will also receive exclusive information, specials deals and promotions from the Ink & Paint monthly newsletter.
TV Guide newsbit
April 10, 2006
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FLASH NEWS: BCI Eclipse, the company behind the He-Man reissues, has nabbed DVD rights to liberate 20 series from the vaults of Filmation, the creators of Fat Albert. Fans of such animated fare as Groovy Ghoulies and Defenders of the Earth, or of live-action adventures such as Jason of Star Command and The Secret of Isis, will be stoked to hear that She-Ra: Princess of Power and The New Adventures of Flash Gordon will arrive in July and Ghostbusters by late 2006. The back-catalog blitz will continue through summer 2007.