National Film Board of Canada extends DVD distribution deal with Koch Canada

    TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - The National Film Board of Canada has announced
that it is extending its DVD distribution agreement with Koch Entertainment
Canada for another two years. Koch Entertainment Canada is a wholly owned
division of publicly traded global independent entertainment content ownership
and distribution company Entertainment One Ltd. The NFB is currently in the
third year of the deal, signed in March 2006.
    With the extension, the NFB is granting Koch the rights to distribute
more of its back catalogue for release on DVD, up to 25 hours of additional
programming per year - making more NFB classics available to more Canadians.
    "We are pleased that the National Film Board has chosen to extend the
sales, license and marketing agreement with Entertainment One's Koch Canada
division. The National Film Board is as prestigious an institution as one will
ever hope to be associated with in Canada," said Dominique Zgarka, President
Koch Entertainment Canada.
    "The NFB Collection is a treasure trove of great Canadian stories. Koch's
expertise in DVD distribution offers one more way in which all Canadians can
enjoy the NFB's incredible back catalogue on DVD," said Johanne St-Arnauld,
Director General of NFB Distribution.
    This April will see the DVD release of The Champions, Donald Brittain's
landmark series on Pierre Elliott Trudeau and René Levesque. Bestselling NFB
titles to date via the Koch Canada agreement include Canada Remembers; The
Last Round: Chuvalo vs. Ali; Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen; and
the French-language music documentary Symphonie Locass.


    (A division of publicly traded Entertainment One Ltd)

    "Independent Distributor of the Year" (1996 - 2002, 2004-2007)

    The North American operation of KOCH Entertainment is the dominant force
in independent music and video distribution. KOCH Entertainment Canada is home
to various diverse video lines including: Gaiam, GoodTimes Entertainment, KOCH
Lorber Films, Passport International, AnimEigo, Central Park Media, Detroit
Public Television, WWE Entertainment, Pathe, Roissy, TF1, Granada and many


    Admitted to trading on AIM on 29 March 2007, Entertainment One Ltd's
strategy is to build a leading global independent entertainment content
ownership and distribution business which acquires films, television programs
and music content and exploits these rights in all media throughout the world.
Entertainment One is the largest distributor of home entertainment products in
the Canadian market. Following the acquisition of Seville Entertainment in
Canada on 20 August 2007, it also has a significant presence in the theatrical
and international sales markets. Outside Canada Entertainment One owns Koch
Entertainment, the largest independent record label in North America and a
leading independent distributor of music and video in North America and
Contender, one of the leading independent UK distributors of filmed
entertainment. On January 9th, 2008 Entertainment One purchased RCV
Entertainment. RCV is the leading independent film distributor in the Dutch
and Belgium market. and


    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces and distributes bold and
distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama
and innovative digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian
perspective. On the cutting edge of innovative media making, the NFB leads the
way in artistic and technical advances in cinema. Canada's public producer and
distributor, the NFB is committed to developing emerging filmmakers from every
region of the country, reflecting Canada's cultural diversity and empowering
Canadian communities to share their own stories. Since its founding in 1939,
the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5000 awards,
including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. For more information about the
NFB or to order films, go to or call 1-800-267-7710.

For further information:

For further information: Eric Alper, Koch Entertainment, Director of
Media Relations - (416) 292-8111 ext 240,; Lorne Price,
National Film Board - (514) 283-9461,

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