Sources: Variety.com, PWTorch.com
Vivendi Entertainment, holding exclusive Home Video distribution rights with WWE and other large independent content providers for the US market, has been sold this week.
Colorado-based company Gaiam acquired Vivendi Entertainment from Universal Music Group Distribution Corp. for $13.4 million. According to Gaiam, the new company (to be known as Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment) will control 14% of the nontheatrical distribution market.
You may recall Vivendi Entertainment first acquired WWE’s domestic DVD distribution through the assets of Genius Products, back in 2009.
We’ve had collaboration with Universal Music Group, the entity which sold off Vivendi on Tuesday, in the running of WWEDVDNews over the past two years.
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Hopefully they will start releasing more shows on VHS for us older folks. Theses dvd machines are not user friendly.
Hopefully this won’t effect WWE releases at all, Can’t see the WWE putting up with any lack of sales, it’ll be interesting to see over the next 6 to 12 months how it effects releases.
Can we have Silver Vision as our distributor? 😉
…hope they have the same distro inroads as UNI.
I also hope they play ball with wwedvdnews!!
I have 2 Vivendi releases:
1. The Chaperone (from WWE Studios)
2. Super Bowl XLVI Champions New York Giants (from the NFL)
You probably have a lot more. Since 2009 all of the WWE DVDs, movies and otherwise, were released under Vivendi.
I wonder what this means for all of us and how this will affect different regions and countries if at all. Maybe it doesn’t mean much at all as far as production and future releases. Hopefully we dont run into the same problem TNA did. We havent seen a new TNA here in the USA in months
It mean ALL DVD releases are canceled! XD
Just kidding, I’m sure something will be done…
TNA were left without a distributor and (I assume) there wasn’t another one lining up to work with them.
This case is different in that another company acquired the old, with the intentions of taking over WWE’s distribution and the other studios under the Vivendi banner. I think WWE is the biggest of the lot.
There will likely not be any visible effects on what we see released, nor the schedule, but this change will inevitably affect this website because of the contacts we built with the previous entity.