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Media Distributors Expands Into New York City Marketplace

Names Tom Evans Senior VP/Managing Partner - Eastern Operations (January 18, 2005)

Media Distributors, Americas preeminent distributor of professional media products for the entertainment industry, including videotape, film stock, recording media, and storage and data media products, has expanded into the New York City marketplace. Concurrently, the company has named former Sony executive Tom Evans as Senior VP/Managing Partner - Eastern Operations. Mr. Steve Klein, CEO/Founder, and Mr. Richard Myerson, President, Media Distributors, Inc., jointly made the announcement.

Media Distributors operations in New York will be spearheaded by Mr. Evans, from the companys new offices, located in west Chelsea, at 645 West 27th Street & the West Side Highway, in Manhattan. Mr. Evans will be responsible for all national marketing, strategic planning and business development for Media Distributors, and will also manage the companys entire Eastern operations based in New York City, inclusive of all related sales, marketing and operations activities.

Regarding Media Distributors entry into the New York market, Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the New York City Mayors Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, said, "It is a pleasure to welcome Media Distributors to New York City. New York offers filmmakers the richest talent, finest crews and best locations in the world, and Media Distributors will provide additional services to support our local production industry."

Regarding Mr. Evans association with the company, Mr. Klein said, ?This is a real coup for us. For Tom to agree to join forces with Media Distributors demonstrates his belief in the future of this business and more specifically the strength of our company as the industry leader. It also demonstrates to the entertainment industry that there is a strong, healthy multi-media marketplace in New York and worldwide.

Added Mr. Myerson, ?We see the New York media industry coming back in a big way, with tons of studio and indie films, television content, commercials and music videos being produced and post produced on the East Coast. We are betting big on New York City, by committing significant resources to establishing ourselves there. Our major vendors have all fully supported our efforts to expand into NYC, and with Tom Evans leading the charge, we are certain that we will be equally successful there as we have been for these many years in Los Angeles.

Industry Reaction
Commenting on Media Distributors expansion into the New York market, a number of leading LA-based post production executives were contacted. Their reactions are below:

** Kenneth Wiederman, President, New Jersey-based Wiederman & Associates, Inc., is the owner of a manufacturers rep company that sells Panasonic tape, among other products. He said, ?New York needs a well-established company like Media Distributors. There is such a plethora of production and post taking place here during the past year or so that very few other companies are up to the challenge of providing such a wealth of products and backing them with expert services. I truly wish them well.

** Barry Snyder, President, Post Logic, said, ?Im thrilled that Media Distributors is going into New York. They are highly connected with both the manufacturers of various film and tape products, as well as with numerous producers of film and television projects. Their attention to detail, speedy results and access to any quantity of stock large or small on short notice, has already earned them a respected place within our industry.

** Gary Migdal, President/CEO, LA Digital Post, said, ?Our company expanded into New York in June of this year, and from our perspective, New York has provided us with a great growth potential, and the opportunity to expand our client base significantly. Our post house is already 100% utilized. For Media Distributors, a supplier of videotape and film, to enter the New York arena is a natural growth opportunity for them at this time. There is obviously room there for a well-established software media supplier? their expansion makes perfect sense.

About Tom Evans
Prior to joining Media Distributors, Tom Evans held the post of Vice President - Small & Midsize Business Marketing, at SAP Global Marketing New York. Previously, Evans spent 13 years with the US operations of Sony Electronics, Inc., headquartered in Park Ridge, New Jersey.From 2002 to 2004, he was Senior Vice President, Media & Application Solutions Division. As such, he managed all related marketing, sales, operations and finance functions for Sonys one-half billion dollar plus portfolio of branded and OEM recording media products. From 2000 to 2002, he was Vice President of Marketing, Media & Application Solutions, Business Solutions Company, for Sony. While there, he was responsible for all marketing and brand building activities for Sonys recording media portfolio, targeting the consumer, data storage and broadcast industries. After assuming that role, the division saw continued expansion of its number one share position in the U.S. with strong, increased profit contribution.

From 1996 to 2000, Evans was Sonys Director of Marketing, Professional Media- Recording Media & Energy Group. There, he managed all marketing activities in support of sales to broadcast, production and industrial audio/video markets. From 1994 to 1996, he was Sonys Marketing Manager, Professional Media- Recording Media & Energy Group, where he was responsible for marketing activities of Betacam and Professional Audio product lines. During 1991 to 1994, Evans was Sonys Promotions Manager, Professional Media- Recording Media & Energy Group, overseeing the development and implementation of all marketing/promotional programs and collateral materials, advertising and public relations activities, and trade show/sales meeting participation.

Prior to his work with Sony, Evans worked at the AGFA Corporation, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, from l989-91, as Marketing Coordinator, Photo Division- Magnetic Tape Products. While there, he was responsible for developing market research methodology, procurement procedures and evaluation of market data for all relevant professional audio/video segments.

Evans is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelors Degree in Music, Business and Technology and remains an active performance and studio musician.

About Media Distributors
Founded in l998, Media Distributors supplies professional motion picture stock, videotape, recording, storage and data media (representing every major manufacturer including Sony, Fujifilm, Maxell, Quantum, Panasonic, Iomega, and Pioneer,) to companies and individuals in the entertainment, advertising, and broadcast industries, as well as to educational, corporate, and governmental clients.

The company has positioned itself as a ?one-stop shop for all of its customers media needs, by combining low prices, easy access, huge inventory, and fast, responsive service along with a personal touch, to accommodate its customers. Media Distributors offers packaged deals combining film stock and videotape, and also offers exchanges for such unused product.

Media Distributors clients include all of the major motion picture and television studios, leading post production houses (including Lightening Media, Fotokem, Ascent Media, and Complete Post,) advertising agencies (including Saatchi & Saatchi, and Chiat Day,) and commercial production companies (such as Anonymous Content, Plum, Mars Media, H.S.I., and MJZ Productions,) to name only some.

In Los Angeles, Media Distributors is located at 10960 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA, 91604. In Manhattan, Media Distributors is located at 645 West 27th Street, NY, NY, 10001. The phone number is 212/375-1800. The companys web is:


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