New Pact Makes Devine's Core Library Titles Widely Available to US
Educational Marketplace Via Instructional Broadcast and Closed Circuit TV
TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Devine Entertainment Corporation (OTCBB:DVNNF),
seeking to capitalize on the burgeoning global demand for high quality film
and television content, has entered into a key distribution agreement with
Film Ideas Inc., a major US distributor of educational film and television
programming, to deliver Devine's core content library to the American
educational marketplace through public instructional television stations and a
variety of other non-theatrical avenues.
Under the agreement, Chicago-based Film Ideas Inc. will exclusively
distribute Devine's award-winning content library through PBS and other
instructional television stations. These stations greatly enable the
broadening of Devine's programming reach, as they include closed circuit
television broadcast directly into US elementary and middle school classrooms,
as well as local cable stations. The effect of this arrangement is similar to
syndication in the non-educational TV business.
The grassroots nature of this type of broadcast exposure will greatly
assist Devine in its ongoing sales via DVD and other media.
The new agreement represents a significant achievement in Devine's
strategic plan to capitalize on its core library of proprietary films and
other programs, which includes such recent additions as "Marsalis on Music" a
four-DVD boxed set in which jazz great Wynton Marsalis explains the
fundamentals of music to middle school audiences.
"We are excited about our partnership with Devine Entertainment to bring
their tremendous productions to the instructional television and educational
media center markets," said Bob Norris, Managing Director of Film Ideas. "The
curriculum content, melded with an appealing story line and faultless
production values afforded by multimillion-dollar production budgets rarely
seen in the education market, has resulted in programs that are guaranteed to
be well received in our markets."
Film Ideas will also have non-exclusive rights to many physical
distribution channels like satellite, distance learning systems, public and
private schools, colleges, universities, Circulating Media Centers, agencies
that serve school-age children, day care centers, public libraries, summer
camps, penal institutions, the transportation industry, health related
agencies, business and industry, museums, and film societies.
"Film Ideas have other compelling areas of expertise in addition to their
abilities in Instructional TV," notes Devine Marketing VP Glenn Sernyk. "They
will be a strong addition to our non-exclusive distributor network."
"We're excited to close this potentially valuable agreement with Film
Ideas," said David Devine, President and Chief Executive Officer of Devine
Entertainment. "We anticipate that their efforts and expertise drawn from
29 years in the educational and non-traditional markets will enable Devine to
see substantial new revenues from our library of film and television titles.
As all of our titles have already returned their initial investments, this is
a very bottom-line friendly arrangement."
About Film Ideas Inc.
Film Ideas Inc. has produced and distributed award-winning videos, DVDs
and Chaptered MPEG'S for a variety of public and private markets since 1979.
About Devine Entertainment
Devine Entertainment Corporation develops, creates, and produces
award-winning television programming and feature films for worldwide
distribution across multiple TV broadcast networks, cable and satellite
networks, DVD and Internet markets. Specializing in cultural and educational
programming as well as prime-time drama and comedy entertainment programming,
the Company's titles have garnered more than 120 international film and
television industry awards, including five Emmy and five Gemini Awards. The
Company partners with leading international distributors, broadcasters and
co-producers, such as Sony BMG, Rogers Media and The Carrere Group of France,
to produce and distribute its award-winning film and television titles.
Among Devine's critically acclaimed productions are its cultural and
educational film series on history's landmark Composers, Inventors and
Artists, which have been broadcast in more than 50 countries. The Company
continues to expand its proprietary library of high-quality film and
television content. Among its general-audience primetime programming is the
acclaimed one-hour mystery series, "Across the River to Motor City," delivered
to broadcasters worldwide in 2007. Headquartered in Toronto, the Company's
common shares trade on the NASD OTCBB market in the U.S. under the symbol
DVNNF, and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker 3TD. The Company's
corporate website is www.devine-ent.com.
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