Image Entertainment Signs DVD Distribution Agreement For Rights To World Extreme Cagefighting(R) (WEC(R))
ALDO vs. FABER to Be First Title Released on July 20
CHATSWORTH, Calif., May 13, 2010 -- Image Entertainment, Inc. (OTC: DISK.PK), one of the largest independent home entertainment distributors in North America and acknowledged pioneer of the multi-billion dollar optical disc industry, announced today the signing of a long-term distribution agreement with World Extreme Cagefighting(R) (WEC(R)). The agreement allows Image the exclusive US and Canadian DVD and Blu-Ray rights for select WEC fights. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Image Entertainment today made the announcement.
"WEC fights have a huge following as evidenced by their highly-rated programming and dedicated fans," Bromiley said. "Fans love to follow the WEC fighters throughout every aspect of their careers and we plan to give them plenty of exclusive content with which to be entertained."
"We are pleased to announce this distribution agreement with Image Entertainment," WEC Vice President Peter Dropick said. "We have very loyal fans that continuously follow us and by teaming up with Image Entertainment, we are building a DVD library for them to enjoy whenever they'd like."
Image plans to release the first title "ALDO vs. FABER" on July 20, 2010, following the historic pay-per-view event held on April 24, 2010 in Sacramento, Calif. In one of the most explosive featherweight title fights ever, champion and top pound-for-pound fighter Jose Aldo battled former world titleholder "The California Kid" Urijah Faber in front a record-breaking crowd of over 14,000 fans. The evening also included lightweight champion Ben Henderson against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a rematch of their 2009 Fight of the Year. Plus, Leonard Garcia waged war with "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung in what commentator Joe Rogan called "the fight of the decade." The July DVD and Blu-ray release will include all 11 fights, as well as additional footage and special features not seen anywhere else.
Universally recognized as the home of the best lighter weight mixed martial artists in the world, WEC focuses on elite bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight competitors from all over the globe. By combining traditional martial arts with the aspects of boxing, jiu jitsu, judo, wrestling and other disciplines, WEC fighters are considered among the world's finest athletes. Known for its intense bouts and non-stop action, WEC has established itself as the premier destination for world-class mixed martial arts competition.
Information on additional WEC DVD titles will be made available in the coming months. For more information on World Extreme Cagefighting(R), visit www.wec.tv.
About World Extreme Cagefighting(R)
The WEC brand is recognized as one of the premier mixed martial arts organizations in the United States. WEC, founded in 2001, is the sister organization of the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) and today features the most prominent light weight fighters in the world. Owned and operated by WEC Holdings LLC., and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the WEC produces live and taped events annually that are distributed through the Versus network.WEC programming is also available on Fox Sports en Espanol. In addition to its U.S. distribution, WEC programming is shown on The Score network in Canada, Setanta Sports in Australia, Globosat in Brazil, and Cadena Tres in Mexico. For more information and current WEC fight news, visit wec.tv. World Extreme Cagefighting(R) and WEC(R) are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by WEC Holdings, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions and are licensed to WEC Productions, LLC.
About Image Entertainment
Image Entertainment, Inc. is a leading independent licensee and distributor of entertainment programming in North America, with approximately 3,200 exclusive DVD titles and approximately 340 exclusive CD titles in domestic release and approximately 400 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, the Company has exclusive audio and broadcast rights and has digital download rights to approximately 2,200 video programs and over 400 audio titles containing more than 5,500 individual tracks. The Company is headquartered in Chatsworth, California. For more information about Image Entertainment, Inc., please go to www.image-entertainment.com.
Source: Image Entertainment, Inc.