CANNES (April 11, 2005)–National Geographic Television & Film has signed a multi-year agreement with Johannesburg-based Next Video to distribute its home video products in South Africa, it was announced today by Julie Bellonte, vice president, National Geographic International Home Entertainment.
Under terms of the agreement, Next Video will distribute a minimum of 30 new video titles and 64 previously released titles in both DVD and VHS formats. Upcoming DVD titles include “The Killer Instincts” series and “King Tut’s Curse,” among others.
“Over the past several years, we’ve been impressed with the knowledge and experience Next Video has demonstrated in the marketing and distribution of our home video products in South Africa,” said Bellonte. “We’re happy to extend this relationship and look forward to seeing our customer base expand even further over the next few years.”
Next Video has distributed National Geographic video products in South Africa since 2002. The company will continue to market National Geographic-branded titles to consumers via retail outlets, direct marketing and third-party sales.
“Next Video holds the National Geographic license in the highest esteem and we are proud to be associated with this prestigious brand. We are delighted that National Geographic has the faith and confidence in us to extend the license agreement,” said Janice Boris, managing director for Next Video.
In 2004 National Geographic International Home Entertainment renewed its licensing deal with Mediart in South Korea and Hed Arzi Ltd. in Israel. The partnership with Next Video brings National Geographic International Home Entertainment’s international distribution network to 66 countries and 24 languages.
Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) augments its award-winning documentary productions (124 Emmy Awards and more than 900 other industry awards) with feature films, giant-screen films, kids’ programming and long-form television drama programming. Worldwide, National Geographic’s television programming can be seen on the National Geographic Channel and PBS, home video and DVD, and through international broadcast syndication. The National Geographic Channel is received by more than 230 million households in 27 languages in 151 countries. For more information about NGT&F, log on to nationalgeographic.com; AOL Keyword: NatGeo.
Next Video is one of three leading video and DVD distributors in South Africa focused on creating maximum impact in the entertainment industry through excellence in marketing, customer care, service and delivery.
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