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8315 Georgia Avenue

Suite 650

Silver Spring, MD 20910

United States

Phone: 301-608-2115

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RLJ Entertainment, Inc. operates as an entertainment company in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The company has strategic sublicense and distribution relationships in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. It engages in motion picture and television programming distribution, urban programming distribution, select British drama co-production, broadcast and digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. It markets its products through a multi-channel strategy, including the licensing and sale of original programs produced by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Acorn Productions Limited (APL), its majority-owned subsidiary, Agatha Christie Limited (ACL), as well as the company’s produced fitness and urban offerings; wholesale distribution through retail partners covering brick-and-mortar establishments, digital, broadcast and cable partners; and a direct-to-consumer presence in the United States and the United Kingdom through traditional catalog and e-commerce offerings. APL manages the company’s British drama co-production, including British drama series Foyle’s War, Poirot and Miss Marple and the exploitation on all media platforms of the intellectual property (IP) rights owned by ACL. The Agatha Christie library owned by ACL includes approximately 80 novels and short story collections and 19 plays. The company’s wholesale business is distributed through major retailers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, including Amazon, Walmart, Target, Costco, Barnes & Noble, Netflix, BET International, Showtime, DirectTV, Roku, and Hulu. It has a catalog of owned and long-term licensed products in approximately 5,300 titles, segmented into genre-based program lines, such as Acorn (British drama/mystery), Agatha Christie (British mysteries based upon Agatha Christie’s written works), Image (independent feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot Pictures (faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art films), and Madacy (packaged collections of historical footage/documentaries). Segments The company operates through three segments: IP Licensing; Wholesale Distribution; and Direct-to-Consumer. IP Licensing This segment consists of IP rights that the company owns and all revenues associated with those rights. This segment consists of the company’s 100% interest in Foyle’s War, 100% interest in certain fitness titles produced and marketed under its Acacia line, and its majority interest in ACL, which holds the IP rights to approximately 80 novels and short story collections and 19 plays written by Agatha Christie and exploited worldwide through film, TV, stage, digital games and book publishing income streams. The company’s library includes the long-running (25 years) drama TV series featuring David Suchet as Poirot, the Miss Marple titles featuring Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie and all 8 series of Foyle’s War, starring Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks. Wholesale Distribution This segment consists of the acquisition, content improvement, and worldwide distribution of content in various formats, including DVD, Blu-ray, digital, broadcast (including cable and satellite), video-on-demand (VOD), streaming video, downloading, and sublicensing. Exclusive Acquisition: The company acquires distribution rights to its content across multiple entertainment formats. It acquires its titles from a range of content holders and those who represent content holders, including independent content suppliers; producers; artist management and talent agencies; and foreign sales companies. The company markets and exploits its content through royalty or distribution fee agreements that range from 5 to 25 years in duration. Packaged Media: The company releases packaged media both in standard DVD and Blu-ray formats. It releases product in the British mystery and dramas, independent film, faith, fitness, urban, music, stand-up comedy, and family genres. Majority of its packaged media titles include special features, improvements, and ancillary material, such as behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, directors’

 

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