Silverline and Sanctuary to Release 140 New DVD-Audio Titles

Silverline is to release 140 DVD-Audio titles from the forthcoming and current Sanctuary Group catalogue; featured artists include Joey Ramone, Bob Marley, Widespread Panic, Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sex Pistols, and Motorhead.

Silverline Records has entered into a long-term licensing deal with Sanctuary Records to release DVD-Audio titles, it was announced today by John Trickett, Chairman of the 5.1 Entertainment Group and Merck Mercuriadis, CEO of The Sanctuary Group Inc., the US arm of London based international media company The Sanctuary Group plc..

Under the terms of the agreement, Silverline Records has obtained exclusive license rights for all six-channel formats for 140 unique albums of Sanctuary repertoire including past and future releases. Beginning in April 2002, Silverline Records will release multiple DVD-Audio titles per month by artists such as Bob Marley, Styx, The Kinks, Joey Ramone, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Widespread Panic, Sex Pistols and Megadeth to name a few.

Silverline was the first label to produce and release a DVD-Audio title, the Grammy-nominated ‘Swinging For The Fences’ by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Silverline Records has maintained a leadership role in the development, production and marketing of DVD-Audio with 53 DVD-Audio titles released to date.

John Trickett said, “I am extremely pleased to announce our relationship with Sanctuary. Their catalog is deep and has a wide range of musical genres with albums from seminal artists. The release of such a large number of DVD Audio titles will very much benefit the format and we are excited to be releasing them.

Merck Mercuriadis said, “DVD-Audio is an exciting medium and 5.1 Entertainment are both the market leaders and innovators driving the growth of the format. I look forward to our catalogue and artists benefiting from their expertise.

Silverline Records, the home of DVD Audio, is a division of the 5.1 Entertainment Group, a vertically integrated music company which owns the immergent, Silverline and Electromatrix record labels, 5.1 Production Services and 5.1 Music Publishing. The company is a recognized leader in the audio/visual production, release and marketing of music in the DVD format. In addition to having released the largest catalog of DVD music worldwide, 5.1 Entertainment Group has mixed and produced projects for Fleetwood Mac, Sting, Eminem, Herbie Hancock, Dishwalla, Alice Cooper, Everclear, Hanson, Robbie Williams, Queen, Yanni and Aaron Neville to name a few.

Sanctuary Records is part of The Sanctuary Group, one of the world’s leading developers of intellectual property rights (IPR’s) in the fields of music, television and entertainment and the owner of the world’s largest independently owned catalogue of music and visual rights. With an ever-growing recorded music repertoire of over 100,000 tracks, Sanctuary has distribution in all of the world’s major territories. Sanctuary is also a major international artist management company, representing artists from Guns ‘N’ Roses and Iron Maiden to Adam F and Buddahead, as well as 30 of the world’s top music producers. Through its visual rights licensing company and Europe’s largest live agency, Sanctuary can offer a complete service to artists. Other important areas of business include a television and DVD production division, which sells to over 100 countries worldwide and a burgeoning music publishing arm.