STILLWATER, Minn., July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) today announced that its catalog and online direct-to-consumer business division has entered into a licensing agreement with Universal Screen Arts, Inc., a leading Internet retailer and mail order catalog company to manage the day-to-day catalog, website operations, and fulfillment under the Acorn brand.
Miguel Penella, President and CEO of RLJ Entertainment said, "We believe there is a strong alignment between our brands, our customer base, and the products we sell both online and in our catalog. Acorn and Signals catalogs are synergistic and Universal Screen Arts, Inc. is the ideal company to manage the promotion and fulfillment of our products because of their breadth and experience in the direct-to-consumer space."
Kenneth Harris, CEO of Universal Screen Arts said, "We look forward to being able to offer our eclectic assortment of unique gifts to the Acorn customers and the Acorn DVD's to our customer base. We expect to leverage our capabilities in digital and catalog marketing to increase the Acorn Direct revenues and customer file."
About RLJ Entertainment: RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is an entertainment content distribution company in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE's titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming. With its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), RLJE targets distinct, premium audiences and urban niche audiences. The company grows its proprietary digital channels through development, acquisition, and distribution of exclusive rights of program franchises and feature film content. Through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series Foyle's War and is developing new programs. RLJE owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, which manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. Through its proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn brand in North America and the UK, the company also has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers. For more information visit: www.rljentertainment.com
About Universal Screen Arts: Universal Screen Arts markets a wide range of exclusive and unique high quality consumer products direct to the consumer via catalogs, websites, digital marketing and internet Marketplaces. Universal's collection of products span from apparel, home decor, fine jewelry, footwear, books, accessories to health and beauty products. Universal's portfolio of exclusive brands includes Signals, What on Earth, Catalog Classics, Bas Bleu, Support Plus and Universal Direct Brands. Universal distributes over 40 million catalogs and 300 million e mails to its 17 million customers annually. Universal was founded in 1983 by Jared Florian and is based in Hudson, Ohio.
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