Toronto-based Cinram International has signed a multi-year agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Los Angeles for DVD and VHS manufacturing and distribution in the United States and Canada.

Toronto-based Cinram International has signed a multi-year agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Los Angeles for DVD and VHS manufacturing and distribution in the United States and Canada.

"We're very proud to have won the MGM contract and are grateful for their confidence in us," says Cinram chief executive officer Isidore Philosophe. "MGM is a true icon of the American film industry, and we're pleased to expand our relationship with them."

MGM Home Entertainment, a unit of MGM Studios Inc., controls the home video, DVD and video-on-demand rights to the world's largest library of modern films. The company manages worldwide home-video, DVD and video-on-demand distribution rights to United Artists and current MGM theatrical releases, as well as titles from the Orion, Goldwyn and PolyGram libraries, totaling about 4,000 films.

Cinram has had a relationship with MGM Home Entertainment in Canada for nearly a decade. Pending the signature of a long-term contract, Cinram began manufacturing and distributing MGM product for both the United States and Canada in December, under a transitional agreement.

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