Coffee seller nabs exclusive Berry CD/DVD

Starbucks Entertainment has named Alan Mintz VP of content development, Mintz, who starts June 5, replaces Don MacKinnon, who left the company earlier this year.

Mintz will be based in Starbucks' new Los Angeles satellite office, which will also house up to eight members of Starbucks' content team, who will relocate from Starbucks' Seattle base and report to Mintz. Other members of the content team will remain based in Seattle, but will also report to Mintz.

A former attorney, Mintz most recently served as manager for a number of artists, including Herbie Hancock, who released an album in partnership with Starbucks last year. Mintz reports to Starbucks Entertainment president Ken Lombard.

"We had a wonderful time working with Alan on the Herbie project," Lombard says. "It became clear that his experiences would help strengthen our team and felt he would fit perfectly into the culture of Starbucks."

Mintz will be responsible for Starbucks' dealings with artists, labels, studios and book publishers to identify potential titles for the chain. He will also work directly with the William Morris Agency, with whom Starbucks partnered in May to develop projects.

In other Starbucks news, the coffee company has reduced the number of CD-burning kiosks from 46 to 13, with the remaining kiosks located in the chain's Hear Music Coffee Houses and traditional Starbucks stores in Seattle; Austin, Texas; Santa Monica, Calif; San Antonio and Miami. Lombard says it was in those locations where the kiosks found the most customer support and that Starbucks continues to work on a digital delivery system that will allow users to download directly to hand-held devices.

Additionally, the next Starbucks' exclusive will be a deluxe DVD/CD edition of 1987's "Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll," out June 27. The standard DVD will be available to all retailers. However, Starbucks' version will include 40 minutes of bonus footage and will be bundled with a 14-track CD featuring Berry's greatest hits. Starbucks is co-releasing the Berry project with Image Enteratainment.

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