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Inception Media Group Signs Exclusive North America License and Distribution Agreement With Smithsonian ChannelInception Entrusted With Bringing Iconic Smithsonian Brand to Home Video (February 21, 2012)
SANTA MONICA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/21/12 -- Inception Media Group, LLC, a diversified media company specializing in the production, acquisition and distribution of entertainment content, today announced it has entered into an exclusive North America home video licensing and distribution deal with Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime Networks, Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, representing one of the most well-respected and revered brands of content in the world.
Smithsonian Channel celebrates the American experience with original non-fiction programming that entertains, educates and inspires. The network examines topics that Americans are passionate about, putting the spotlight on the achievements and artifacts that define the American experience. Smithsonian Channel's award-winning programs are largely inspired by the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex.
The first release under the agreement will be, "Titanoboa: Monster Snake." Scheduled to be available on home video in April 2012, Titanoboa tells the true story of a group of intrepid scientists who, in 2009, unearth a priceless paleontological treasure trove deep in the Cerrejon Mine, Colombia. The fossilized remains found reveal that of a gigantic snake believed to have been approximately 48 feet in length, weighing 2500 pounds and living 60 million years ago.
Other upcoming titles that Inception will be distributing are "Titanic's Final Mystery," a documentary, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, that reveals and explains the missing pieces in our knowledge of the infamous sinking and ensuing loss of life; the popular Smithsonian Channel series "Aerial America" and "Undersea Edens."
"Home video licensing and distribution is an incredibly important part of any successful cable network," said Tom Hayden, general manager, Smithsonian Channel. "Partnering with Inception, who has a proven track record in the business, will not only allow our existing fan base access to some of our best programming, but will also introduce our growing brand to those who haven't yet discovered us."
"This opens up incredible co-marketing opportunities between Inception, its retail partners and the entire Smithsonian organization," said David Borshell, partner, Inception Media Group, LLC. "Smithsonian Channel is filled with treasures of high quality HD programming and we look forward to bringing one of the most prestigious and credible content brands to home video throughout the U.S. and Canada."
About Smithsonian Channel
Smithsonian Channel is owned by Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. Its programs are largely inspired by the assets of the world's largest museum complex. Smithsonian Channel features award-winning original documentaries, series, and groundbreaking programs highlighting America's historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Smithsonian Channel brings the American experience home in high definition and Dolby Digital 5.1 and is available to customers of DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Cablevision, Verizon, AT&T, and more. Learn more at www.smithsonianchannel.com.
About Inception Media Group
Inception Media Group, LLC is based in Santa Monica, California and is a diversified media company specializing in the production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and other filmed entertainment across all media platforms and channels of distribution. Inception Media Group's management team has extensive relationships with exhibitors, retailers, distributors and technology companies, enabling the Company to maximize the services performed on behalf of its content partners. Inception Digital Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inception Media Group, provides a wide range of digital encoding, electronic packaging, high-speed delivery and data storage services and possesses certified delivery access to all major online, broadcast media and VOD platforms. More information is available at www.inceptionmediagroup.com.
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