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Other: Big Daddy Music Distribution Merges With MVD Entertainment Group

Posted on Friday, March 14 @ 04:42:56 UTC by nightowl

MVD Entertainment Group (MVD) and Big Daddy Music Distribution have entered into an agreement to merge their DVD and CD distribution businesses, operating under the name MVD Entertainment Group. MVD will continue and build upon Big Daddy's decade and a half commitment to marketing and distributing music for independent artists and labels.

The Big Daddy Music Distribution facility in Kenilworth, NJ will be closed approximately thirty days after the transaction closes and operations will be turned over to the MVD facility in Oaks, PA. Burt Goldstein, founder of Big Daddy, will serve as VP Product Management of MVD Entertainment Group, and will continue to actively make deals for the company with both established artists as well as up-and-coming new labels.

Big Daddy Music Distribution was formed in January of 1995 by Burt Goldstein, President and Founder of Big Daddy. An astounding list of well-known and respected artists have had their recordings sold, marketed, and distributed by Big Daddy, including Prince, George Clinton, Nils Lofgren, Robin Trower, Sandra Bernhard, Stylistics, Spyro Gyra, Mushroomhead, GG Allin, Dave Van Ronk, Ronnie Spector, Elliott Murphy, The Hives, Soft Machine, Biohazard, Rachael Sage, The Plasmatics, Cruxshadows, Information Society, and Riverside.

Goldstein entered the music business in 1967 with a small retail store in downtown Brooklyn. Subsequently, he opened five Musical Maze stores in New York City, followed by a decade at Crazy Eddie, which during the 1980's was one of the biggest sellers of recorded music in metropolitan New York.

After 20 years in music retail, Goldstein started an independent distribution company in Chicago called Impact. This company later merged with Landmark Distributors - and he claims that the new company was in fact the first national independent distributor.

Among the notable upcoming releases that Big Daddy will bring to MVD is a brand new outing from legendary roots-punk outfit Nine Pound Hammer entitled Sex, Drugs and Bill Monroe (Acetate Records). In addition, Cutting Records, known for delivering top Reggaeton and other Latin music genres, will release the 7th full length album from the ever-popular Fulanito in April, a greatest hits package with 2 bonus cuts.

"I believe in the future of music, both physically and digitally," said Goldstein. "With the staff and experience of MVD behind me, I am looking for greater success than ever before. MVD has been and continues to be very active in the global market and I look forward to exposing the Big Daddy family of labels to the rest of the world. MVD's relationship with video retailers who have expanded their offerings to cds is another important feature in making Big Daddy and MVD a perfect partnership."

MVD Entertainment Group (formerly Music Video Distributors, Inc) was formed by Tom Seaman in 1987. Seaman entered the music business in the early 1960s with Manhattan music retail landmark the Record Hunter, and later worked with Sam Goody, CBS Retail and JEM Distribution. While merchandising early Video Discs in the 1980s Seaman recognized the potential for the Music Video format. His belief of "why just hear the music when you can see it AND hear it" led to the formation of Music Video Distributors, a specialist in carrying the best selection of music videotapes and ultimately DVD. Ed Seaman joined the family business in 1989 and is currently C.O.O. and General Manager of MVD.

In the last 10 years, MVD has transitioned from being a one stop/wholesaler for Music Video to a leading Distributor and Label for Music Video on DVD. Some of the artists MVD has worked with include Sublime, Pixies, Bad Brains, Devo, The New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, the MC5, Dead Kennedys, Danzig, Marillion, Ween, Shane MacGowan, Stryper, Johnny Winter, and much more. Labels on MVD?s roster include Metal Mind, Inakustik, Sexy Intellectual, Cherry Red, Video Service Corp, Disconforme, and many more. Since 1999, MVD has released over 1500 titles, and was the second largest producer of Music DVD in 2007.

In 2006, MVD entered the CD Distribution business with the formation of MVD Audio. "For years our suppliers pushed us to carry CD," said Ed Seaman. "They were very happy with our performance with their DVDs and in 2006 we made the leap. The CD business is still a multibillion dollar industry, and we have found a great deal of success with the format already. This new venture with Big Daddy Music shall further stake our claim in the music business, and we anticipate great things from the catalog and new releases of Big Daddy?s labels. Burt Goldstein?s experience and expertise in the music business are a tremendous benefit as well; I believe that we have the opportunity together to equal a lot more than the sum of our parts."

Tom Seaman, CEO of MVD, says "Growth is an important aspect of our business; we have grown from VHS distribution, to DVD licensing and distribution; now CD?s enter our business umbrella. We are also expanding our digital sales aggressively. We welcome Big Daddy to the MVD fold!"

By joining forces, the group will combine their diverse expertise and flexible distribution infrastructure in order to provide the labels, artists and customers with a higher level of service than ever before.

[Source: MVD Entertainment Group]

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