PLANTATION, Fla., Nov. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DirectToU LLC, a division of Alliance Entertainment Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: AENT) (“Alliance Entertainment”, “Company”), a distributor and wholesaler of the world’s largest in stock selection of music, movies, video games, electronics, arcades, toys and collectibles, today announced that it has launched a new publishing venture under the banner of Alliance Entertainment Publications.
Alliance Entertainment Publications has created and released high quality, full-color, fan-focused Collectible Magazines, known in the industry as Bookazines, which are the fastest growing segment in magazine publishing. They will be sold through Alliance Entertainment’s extensive distribution network, including Customer Direct Fulfillment (“CDF”), through Alliance’s proprietary direct-to-consumer mail order print catalogs and websites, and to thousands of independent retailers and wholesale accounts. They will also be distributed to select retail destinations such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, further expanding to include big box retailers and grocery chains in 2024.
These new publications are branded under the Alliance Entertainment-owned entities of Movies Unlimited (founded in 1978), Critics’ Choice Video (founded in 1987) and Collectors’ Choice Music (founded in 1993). These legacy brands have been leaders in selling media and collectibles directly to consumers for decades via specially curated mail order print catalogs and websites and have decades of expertise earned in the entertainment industry.
“Alliance Entertainment acquired Collectors’ Choice Music and Critics’ Choice Video in 2010 and Movies Unlimited in 2015, as a way to grow our existing customer base and to tap into new avenues of sales,” said Jeff Walker, CEO and CFO of Alliance Entertainment. “At the same time, we acquired a team of dedicated and talented long-time employees, many of whom worked on these brands since the beginning. These new Collectible Magazines will be written and designed by these same long-time employees, utilizing their decades of institutional knowledge of Movies, TV and Music.”
“This new product line is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Tim Hinsley, SVP of Retail Sales at Alliance Entertainment and Publisher of Alliance Entertainment Publications. “Our brands have been working hard to branch out from just selling shiny discs such as DVDs and CDs by expanding into offering more movie and music related collectibles. What better way to grow that business than to create our own high quality publications that appeal directly to the interests of our current customer base and beyond.”
Rob Terry, Sr., Director of Merchandising at DirectToU LLC and Editor-in-Chief of Alliance Entertainment Publications, stated, “We are more than thrilled that our team can now share our earned expertise in entertainment with our customers in a new way. We guarantee that our passion and fandom will show through in these publications and the topics we cover.”
The first 3 issues, available now, are Collectors’ Choice Music Presents Willie Nelson & the Legends of Outlaw Country, Critics’ Choice Video Presents Great Comedy Teams Volume 1 (1922-1969) and The Movies Unlimited Essential Guide to Star Trek. Upcoming releases include Collectors’ Choice Music Presents The British Invasion, Critics’ Choice Video Presents Great TV Detectives and The Movies Unlimited Guide to 1970s Horror.
About DirectToU LLC
DirectToU LLC (“DTU”), a division of Alliance Entertainment, is the retail brand-centric home for all things entertainment. Led by in-house brands Critics’ Choice, DeepDiscount, Movies Unlimited, Collectors’ Choice, popmarket and WowHD, DTU retails Alliance’s vast variety of products across in-house websites, mail-order catalogs, third party marketplaces (including Amazon, Walmart and eBay), social media (including Facebook and TikTok) and specialty retailers (including Urban Outfitters and Discogs). With a successful retail history dating to 1978, DTU boasts a dedicated and well-renowned team of experts in the Film, TV, Music, Gaming and Collectibles industries, acting as a vital bridge between the creative community and their legion of fans.
About Alliance Entertainment
Alliance Entertainment (NASDAQ: AENT) is a premier distributor of music, movies, toys, collectibles, and consumer electronics. We offer over 375,000 unique in stock SKU’s, including over 57,300 exclusive compact discs, vinyl LP records, DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games. Complementing our vast media catalog, we also stock a full array of related accessories, toys and collectibles. With more than thirty-five years of distribution experience, Alliance Entertainment serves customers of every size, providing a robust suite of services to resellers and retailers worldwide. Our efficient processing and essential seller tools noticeably reduce the costs associated with administrating multiple vendor relationships, while helping omni-channel retailers expand their product selection and fulfillment goals. For more information, visit www.aent.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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