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September 08, 2011 02:00 ET

IODA Expands European Roster With Catalog Label Giants Repertoire and MAT

More Than 140,000 Tracks Including Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Alfonso Loher "Name in the Sky" and Wilhelm Furtwangler's Complete Collection Now Available Through IODA's Global Digital Network

BERLIN--(Marketwire - Sep 8, 2011) - IODA, the global leader in digital distribution, marketing, and technology solutions for the independent music industry, today announces worldwide distribution and marketing partnerships with MAT and Repertoire Records. While Repertoire is one of the largest independent record labels in Germany, MAT, a wholly owned subsidiary of Membran Entertainment Group GmbH, ranks as one of the largest European independents in the music and entertainment industry. The announcement was made today at the Popkomm conference in Berlin, Germany.

"Our digital strategy is extremely important to us as we have a massive catalog of 250,000 titles, the future for which lies in digital sales. With IODA, we become a very strong partner for the next generation of labels and artists," said Manlio Celotti, CEO of the MEMBRAN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. "We were looking not only for a reliable partner to give us a strong digital distribution network for a large part of our catalog -- if need be worldwide, but also a partner that would provide us with a user-friendly technology platform. IODA was the clear choice."

The spectrum of MAT's catalog and distributed artists and labels is very broad ranging from newcomer artists like Alfonso Loher "Name in the Sky" to classical gems such as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Wilhelm Furtwängler's Complete Collection. In addition, German legends like Peter Schilling (famous for "Major Tom"), and well-known international greats such as Dave Stewart and Joss Stone are important assets to the MAT catalog.

"I knew from experience that IODA's Rightsholder Dashboard is the best in the industry for managing digital distribution and sales," said Nick Berry, business affairs manager, Repertoire Records. "Thanks to increasing online access around the world and IODA's major presence in outlying regions, I imagine Repertoire will be able to bring interesting music to emerging markets where it's never been available before."

"In an era of radical change in the industry, Repertoire and MAT remain thriving record labels with worldwide appeal," said Erik Gilbert, VP of Client Strategy at IODA. "The opportunity for unique catalog recordings in established as well as emerging music markets has never been greater."

About MAT
The Membran Entertainment Group GmbH ranks as one of the largest European independents in the music and entertainment industry. Established since 1968 and based in the media city of Hamburg Germany, Membran boasts a catalogue in excess of 5.000 albums and controls over 250.000 tracks. It is active in both physical and digital distribution across Europe and with its company Grosser & Stein GmbH in addition to the music retail also distributes to the book trade. Through our label management entity, NEO, Membran is able to offer labels a complete service ranging from manufacturing, marketing and promotion coordination. MAT is a 100% Membran Entertainment Group GmbH owned company and administrator of rights within the group.

About Repertoire Records
Repertoire Records is a European based independent record label founded in 1982 and presided over by its chairman Thomas Neelsen. Repertoire specializes in reissues of classic rock and pop albums from the 60s through to the present day, with a particular focus on established catalogue acts. Its extensive roster features such artists as Bill Wyman & the Rhythm Kings, Alvin Lee, Robin Trower, Steve Harley, Curved Air, Snowy White and The Zombies, and the label remains active in signing heritage acts who continue to record and perform. Repertoire has offices in London and Hamburg and over the past three decades has built a reputation for producing products of the highest quality comprising remastered recordings, original artwork and informative liner notes. For more information, go to www.repertoirerecords.com.

About IODA
IODA, the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, is one of the industry-leading digital distribution companies for the global independent music and video community. IODA provides comprehensive services to record labels, physical distributors, artists, and filmmakers, including license negotiations; media encoding and metadata management; royalty payment administration and reporting; and marketing and promotional support. Founded in 2003, IODA represents a rapidly expanding roster of more than two million music tracks and thousands of independent film and video titles. IODA distributes its catalog to hundreds of digital storefronts worldwide, including all major digital music services like Amazon MP3 and iTunes®, new access services such as Deezer, MOG, Rdio and Spotify, and mobile carriers including AT&T, Orange, Rekochoku, Verizon and Vodafone. The company's website is www.iodalliance.com.

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