SOURCE: KOCH Records

September 10, 2008 15:45 ET

"The Magic Garden" Blooms in a Groovy New First-Ever DVD Collection From KOCH Records

Perennial Retro Favorite Starring Carole & Paula Returns, With the Story Box, Sherlock the Squirrel and More for "Kids" of All Ages

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 10, 2008) - Fans of all ages will take a magical journey back to the garden when "The Magic Garden," one of the best-loved children's shows of all time, blooms once again in an all-new comprehensive DVD collection that captures the free-flowing and fantastic vibe of the 1970s at its best. From a wise-cracking squirrel to giggling daisies, the bottomless Story Box to pigtail-sporting, guitar-strumming singing hosts Carole & Paula, the new DVDs will have scores of devoted fans reliving their "flower child" roots. "Carole and Paula in The Magic Garden" from KOCH Records makes its colorful, musical debut in stores nationwide October 14, 2008.

"We're thrilled to be able to bring this engaging show to DVD for the very first time," said Veronica Villarreal, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for KOCH Entertainment. "We've rarely seen fans as loyal as those who watched 'The Magic Garden,' and it's easy to see why. The infectious singing and bright and breezy storytelling in this imaginative show are timeless. The new DVD collection will help 'The Magic Garden' 'grow' an entirely new following, while long-time fans will thoroughly 'dig' this blast from the past and the look back to a happy, simpler time." The show's playful, creative and lively atmosphere welcomes children to a safe place where they will laugh and learn. Enthusiastic parents and educators agree 'The Magic Garden' has much to offer today's children."

"Carole and Paula in The Magic Garden" stars the charming Carole & Paula, along with their lovable friends, Sherlock the squirrel and Flapper the bird. This collection includes many of the memorable moments and segments that have made the show and its hosts -- named "Foxy Ladies of 1973" by VH1's "I Love the '70s" -- cultural icons: the gentle humor of kid-size jokes and riddles, classic storytelling fun from the costume-filled Story Box and much more. The three-disc collection (2 DVDs+1 CD) contains ten of the best half-hour episodes from the show's nearly 13-year television run such as "Giving and Grumbling," "Happy Birthday Sherlock" and "Magic and Imagining." The chockfull-of-fun set includes a rare interview with Carole & Paula and a bonus musical CD featuring some of their sunniest songs and a favorite story. The complete DVD set, which runs for approximately 255 minutes, will be available for an SRP of $29.98.

Carole Demas and Paula Janis sang "Hello" in each episode, adding various children's names at the song's end -- and fans to this day can remember if they heard their names. Among the show's notable enthusiasts is Tony Award-nominated John Tartaglia, creator and puppeteer for two roles in Broadway's Tony-winning "Avenue Q" and creator, executive producer and star of "Johnny & The Sprites," whose work also has appeared on "Sesame Street." Mr. Tartaglia's heartfelt introductory letter is part of the DVD collection's full-color insert.

With their impressive credentials as both performers and early childhood educators that helped turn the simple premise of "The Magic Garden" into a show bursting with fun and some lessons too, Carole & Paula are still performing together. During their years as teachers in the New York City school system, the musical duo combined their teaching and performing talents to form a quartet, The Festival Line Singers, with their brothers, Alex Demas and Jonathan Rosen. Together, they gave nightly concerts as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park for several seasons. Years later, they helped create "The Magic Garden." As business partners, they work with their company, CAP Productions, Inc.(www.caroleandpaula.com), writing, producing and performing for audiences young and old. Carole starred in theatre, on prime-time TV dramas and on Broadway, where she originated the role of "Sandy" in Broadway's "Grease." Paula performed at such famous venues as Carnegie Hall and Manhattan Center and combined her singing career with a focus on early childhood education, including raising her own three children.

"The Magic Garden" aired between 1972 and 1984, from its home station, New York's WPIX, and affiliates, and on cable systems, becoming one of the most successful regional shows in history! The series was selected for the permanent collection of The Paley Center for Media (The Museum of Television and Radio) and was commended by Action for Children's Television.

About KOCH Entertainment

KOCH Entertainment, founded in 1987 and now in its twenty-second year, is the leading and fastest-growing independent music company in the U.S. KOCH's operations encompass record and video labels, music publishing as well as distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independent labels and distributors in both the U.S. and Canada. Its record label KOCH Records is the # 1 independent label in the U.S. and had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for seven years in a row (2001 - 2007). KOCH Entertainment is a subsidiary of Entertainment One Ltd. which is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market (ticker symbol "ETO.L").

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