(The Hollywood Reporter) — Koch Entertainment Distribution has inked an exclusive North American home video distribution deal with Tommy Boy Films, the television and filmed content division of Tommy Boy Records.
Initial releases include “We Are Family,” a theatrical documentary screened at the Sundance Film Festival and on the Trio TV network, and the first of five DVD volumes from the national “Kung Faux” TV series now showing domestically on the AZN, Ripe, Starz and Encore TV networks.
Koch president Michael Rosenberg calls the partnership between Tommy Boy and Koch “an ideal alliance,” noting that Koch has a large catalog of music and music-oriented releases.
The Tommy Boy deal is the latest in a series of agreements that have added to Koch’s library. The Port Washington, N.Y.-based music and video company announced the last week of July the acquisition of 90 hours of programming from Strawberry Entertainment, including British dramas and miniseries. The first titles will be released next year.
Koch also signed an exclusive North American distribution deal with Troma Entertainment to distribute the quirky indie’s entire catalog on home video, including its classic Roan Archival Group DVD collection.
Troma was founded in 1974 by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Hertz and plunged into the horror genre in the early 1980s with the cult favorite, “The Toxic Avenger.” Since then the company has produced dozens of other campy horror films, including “Class of Nuke ’em High” and “Tromeo and Juliet.”
Upcoming Troma DVDs that Koch will release this fall include “Parts of the Family,” a special-edition DVD featuring two different versions of one zombie tale from two different directors, and the thriller “Beg!”, an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Best of Festival Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival.