SOURCE: E1 Music

January 26, 2010 11:36 ET

E1 Entertainment Distribution Enters New Deal With Germany's SPV for North America

PORT WASHINGTON, NY--(Marketwire - January 26, 2010) - E1 Entertainment Distribution announces a new deal with SPV in North America. E1 will acquire both physical and digital rights for the Germany-based metal label's extensive roster, which includes metal juggernauts Molly Hatchet, Skinny Puppy, Whitesnake, and Monster Magnet, among others.

Michael Koch, C.E.O., E1 Entertainment U.S., comments, "The metal genre has become an important aspect of our business and continues to be a growing initiative spearheaded by Scott Givens, VP of Metal, of E1 Music."

Andreas Rennmann of SPV adds, "After a period of restructuring, SPV is back in the U.S. Market with a strong catalogue of back titles and new releases. With E1, we're happy to have a partner that offers a professional setup and has the same passion for music."

This deal further strengthens E1 Entertainment Distribution's foray into the metal world. E1 currently distributes Snapper, Regain, Listenable, Rising Force (Yngwie Malmsteen's label), and SST in North America, and Relapse, Metal Blade, Prosthetic, Hopeless, Hevy Devy, and Favoured Nations (Steve Vai) in Canada. E1 will add Sumerian to its label roster for North America starting in March 2010.

Additionally, E1 Music has recently added guitar icon Zakk Wylde's band, Black Label Society, to its roster, which also includes Satyricon, Hatebreed, High On Fire, Dope, In Flames, Down (live DVD/CD), Overkill, Throwdown, Vision Of Disorder and more.

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution. E1's content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

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