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Media Distributors Purchases Shortenz

Consolidates media distributors’ position as leading film supplier (September 14, 2004)

Media Distributors, one of the entertainment industry’s leading suppliers of videotape, film stock, recording media, and storage and data media, has completed the acquisition of former competitor Shortenz which had been based in Hollywood. Mr. Steve Klein, CEO/Founder, and Mr. Richard Myerson, President, Media Distributors, Inc., jointly made the announcement.

Founded in l996, Shortenz was an established seller of motion picture film and short ends to producers of independent feature films, music videos, and TV commercials. One of that company’s owners, Erica Villafane, now works for Media Distributors as a Film Associate.

Regarding the purchase, Mr. Myerson said, “Media Distributors has expanded its operations by purchasing Hollywood-based filmstock reseller Shortenz. This purchase adds a valuable component to our business, and benefits our customers working in the areas of indie feature films, music videos and TV commercials by creating more cohesive and less confusing sourcing for producers of these varied media projects.”

Earlier in August, Media Distributors announced a major deal with Fujifilm whereby Media Distributors became the exclusive national U.S. distributor of Fujifilm products to producers of indie feature films and TV commercials.

Recently, Media Distributors has supplied motion picture film to numerous commercial production companies for commercials promoting Chevrolet, Comcast, McDonalds, Mitsubishi, Del Taco and more. The company has also recently provided film stock to Partizan Entertainment for a new music video starring Hillary Duff.

In the area of independent feature films, Media Distributors recently provided motion picture film to a number of production houses, including: Dream Factory Productions for the film “Straight Out Of Compton,” directed by Daniel Moder; Road Pictures for the film “Lucky 13,” being DP’d by Chuck Minsky and starring Laura San Giacomo; El Camino Pictures (a division of Quentin Tarantino’s A Band Apart production company) for the film “Chum Scrubbers” starring Ralph Fiennes, Rita Wilson and Glenn Close; and One Roof Entertainment for the film “I Love Your Work” directed by Adam Goldberg.

About Erica Villafane:
Erica Villafane has joined Media Distributors as Film Associate. In her new role, she will seek and supervise the sales of motion picture film stock to producers of indie films, TV commercials, and music videos. She had been one of the owners of Shortenz since 2001.

From 1999-2001, Villafane was the owner of another film stock sales company called Eyeshot. She merged that company into Shortenz in 2001.

Previously, she worked as a Film Sales Executive with Hollywood-based Dr. Rawstock from l997-99, and before that was a Talent Coordinator with the West LA-based infomercial production company Infinity Direct from 1996-97.

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.

Media Distributors is located at 10960 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA, 91604. The phone is 818/980-9916, and the web is:


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