Manowar's Magic Circle Music Signs With Universal
MANOWAR's Magic Circle Music has announced that Universal Pictures, one of the world's foremost motion picture companies, will release the "Magic Circle Festival 2007 - Volume I" double DVD, which includes footage from the 2007 Magic Circle Festival, as well as two full MANOWAR live sets. MANOWAR's own Joey DeMaio says, "Universal Pictures are the real deal and they are ready, willing and able to blow the roof off the house with this first release."
Hinrich Stuerken, the band's manager and Managing Director of Magic Circle Music Germany joins: "As the entertainment industry continues to evolve this new partnership with Universal Pictures will create a synergy that will provide us both with new opportunities for the future."
Universal Pictures' representatives are also enthusiastic about the deal, which was spurred by MANOWAR's lasting appeal and the impressive quality of their DVD products. Universal Pictures Germany's A&R/Local Acquisition Manager Susanne Wagner: "MANOWAR's remarkable documentary of 'Magic Circle Festival 2007' is Universal Pictures Germany's first music acquisition. We are very excited to work with a band who are a trademark in the music industry!"
Dirk Lisowsky, Managing Director of Universal Pictures Germany is confident in Universal's ability to make the most of the deal. "We are looking forward to our new partnership with MANOWAR and Magic Circle Music. Music DVDs are a relatively new segment for us. We see great opportunities here and we are positive our expertise in other genres will become a driving force in this area, too."
The inherent value of each Magic Circle Music DVD to date has made a great impression on Universal Pictures. "Music shows on DVD offer the audience the chance to experience a great session again and again. MANOWAR's outstanding spectacles have set — and raised — standards for live events. Their DVDs with hours of live music and multiple bonus features offer the best value-for-money a consumer could possible dream of," says Universal Pictures Germany's Local Aquisitions Manager Peter Preisser.
"A wider partnership between Magic Circle Music and Universal Pictures could offer even bigger and better things in the future," concludes Hinrich Stuerken.
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