Koch Entertainment

Koch Entertainment was a North American record label and a distributor of film, television, and music. It was purchased by Canadian entertainment company Entertainment One in 2005.

Koch Entertainment LP
IndustryMusic distribution
Film distribution
Broadcast syndication
Record label
FateAcquired by Entertainment One
SuccessorEntertainment One
FounderMichael Koch
HeadquartersPort Washington, New York, USA
ParentKoch International
DivisionsKoch Entertainment Distribution
Koch-Lorber Films
Koch Vision
Koch Records
Koch Entertainment Canada


The company began in 1975 as part of Koch International originally of Tirol, later of Munich.[1] Founded by Tirolean banker Franz Koch, Koch was an independent Austrian record label, recording studio, and music distribution company that specialized in German Folk Music and later popular classical music recordings.[2] For over 20 years, the international arm of the company operated under the name Koch Entertainment, a music, film, and television distribution & record label company that was started in 1987 by Franz's son Michael in New York City.[3] In 1988, the parent Austrian company Koch acquired Schwann Records from Schwann Verlag.

By 1991, Koch had become one of the first national independent distributors of domestic labels in the U.S. by offering an alternative to the traditional system of regional independent distribution or national major label distribution.[4] In 1992, Koch was ranked #315 on Inc. Magazine's list of America's 500 fastest-growing private companies, and has since grown into an entertainment conglomerate.[5] It acquired the specialist German label Schwann,[6][7] Koch expanded into the Canadian market in 1995 by forming the Toronto-based Koch Entertainment Canada.[8] In 1996, Koch International took over Discover, a budget label which had been set up by conductor Ali Rahbari to challenge the dominance in the budget classical sector of Naxos. The new Koch Discover International was to be jointly controlled by Franz Koch and Rahbari.[9] The Austrian parent Koch divested Schwann to Deutsche Grammophone's parent Universal Music GMbH in 2002.

In 2003, Koch formed the DVD label Koch Lorber in collaboration with Richard Lorber.[10] In 2005, Koch was acquired by the Canadian company Entertainment One Income Fund.[11]


  1. ^ "Mainstream schluckt Schlager". Stern.de. 14 February 2002. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Koch International". Discogs. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of recorded sound - Volume 1 - Page 583 Frank W. Hoffmann, Howard Ferstler - 2005 "KOCH INTERNATIONAL (LABEL) Founded in 1986 by Franz Koch, Koch is the largest independent recording distributor in the U.S. and Canada, and its Koch Entertainment unit is also an important record producer. With headquarters in New ..."
  4. ^ Pennington, April Y. (1 May 2003). "On the Record". Entrepreneur.com. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2009-11-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Musical opinion - Volume 115 Page 396 1992 "At the same time Koch bought the highly respected specialist label Schwann, based in Dusseldorf, to add to distribution arms in Switzerland and "
  7. ^ Michael Koch interview in Billboard Jul 4, 1992
  8. ^ Michael Koch interview Billboard Mar 15, 1997
  9. ^ BBC music magazine - Volumes 4 à 5 - Page 57 1996 "Koch International has taken over Discover, the budget label which was set up by conductor Alexander Rahbari to challenge Naxos. Koch Discover International will be jointly controlled by Franz Koch, chairman of Koch, and Rahbari. Future releases will include deletions from the main catalogue of Munich-based Koch Schwann as well as original material.
  10. ^ Amdur, Meredith; Amdur, Meredith (2003-02-11). "Lorber forms specialty DVD distrib label". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  11. ^ "CIMA: ROW Entertainment Buys KOCH Entertainment". Cimamusic.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
5th Dog Let Loose

5th Dog Let Loose is the second album by rapper Flesh-n-Bone from the rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The album was released on October 10, 2000 on Mo Thugs Records and Koch Entertainment. Word of the album originally surfaced in 1998 with a different title "Book of T.H.U.G.S." But due to Flesh-N-Bone's incarceration the album wasn't released until three years later with a new name and a new label. Also due to Flesh's incarceration the album was left unfinished. Despite all difficulties, 5th Dog Let Loose is considered by fans and some critics as his crowning achievement. It is also his lowest charting.

Dakar Records

Dakar Records (1967-1976) was a record label started by Carl Davis in 1967, while employed at Brunswick Records. The label was initially distributed by Atlantic Records subsidiary Cotillion Records, and was based in Chicago. All releases after late 1971 were distributed by Brunswick Records.Notable artists on the imprint included Tyrone Davis, Hamilton Bohannon, and Sidney Joe Qualls. Dakar also released LPs by Boobie Knight and the Universal Lady, Even Stevens, Johnny Sayles, Prophets of Soul and Mighty Doug Haynes.

When Brunswick/Dakar went dormant, Davis founded Chi Sound Records.

Owned by Brunswick today, the Dakar catalog is today distributed by Koch Entertainment.

Daryle Singletary

Daryle Bruce Singletary (March 10, 1971 – February 12, 2018) was an American country music singer. Between 1995 and 1998, he recorded for Giant Records, for which he released three studio albums: Daryle Singletary in 1995, All Because of You in 1996 and Ain't It the Truth in 1998. In the same timespan, Singletary entered the top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts five times, reaching number two with "I Let Her Lie" and "Amen Kind of Love", and number four with "Too Much Fun".

In 2000, Singletary switched to Audium Entertainment (a division of Koch Entertainment), where he released the albums Now and Again (2000) and That's Why I Sing This Way (2002), both of which were largely composed of cover songs. A third album of covers, 2007's Straight from the Heart, was issued on the independent Shanachie Records label. He returned to E1 Music in 2010, to release Rockin' in the Country.

Donkey Skin (film)

Peau d'Âne (English: Donkey Skin) is a 1970 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy. It is also known by the English titles Once Upon a Time and The Magic Donkey. The film was adapted by Demy from Donkeyskin, a fairy tale by Charles Perrault about a king who wishes to marry his daughter. It stars Catherine Deneuve and Jean Marais, with music by Michel Legrand. Donkey Skin also proved to be Demy's biggest success in France with a total of 2,198,576 admissions.Peau d'Âne is distributed on DVD in North America by Koch-Lorber Films, a subsidiary of Koch Entertainment.

Entertainment One

Entertainment One (also simply known as eOne, stylized as entertainment One) is a publicly traded Canadian multinational mass media and entertainment company. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the company is primarily involved in the acquisition, distribution, and production of music, as well as the distribution of other entertainment content, such as films and television series. The company became a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index in 2013.Founded in 1970 as retail music distributor Records on Wheels, by 2003 the company had begun to expand into home entertainment distribution, and international film and television acquisition and production through the acquisition of Alliance Films, along with other distributors and studios.

Entertainment One Distribution

Entertainment One Distribution (formerly Koch Entertainment and E1 Entertainment Distribution) is the home media manufacturing and distribution arm of Entertainment One Ltd.

Notable for having led the independent sector with the largest number of Billboard-charting titles, over 150 Koch distributed titles enjoyed success on various Billboard charts in 2003. Most notably, Koch dominated the Billboard charts in May 2003 when it simultaneously claimed 7 Top 200 albums and 10 Top Independent albums. Also, in 2004, Koch held the top 3 positions on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, two of which were Koch Records titles (now eOne Music).

On January 22, 2009, Entertainment One changed the name of the company to "E1 Entertainment Distribution."

With the re-branding of Entertainment One in 2010, the company was renamed "Entertainment One Distribution."

The company now manufactures various media on disc and digital including CD, DVD, Blu-ray and video game discs.

The division works under three banners, one in the United States as eOne Distribution US, and two in Canada – one in all of Canada except Quebec as eOne Distribution Canada and a third one in Quebec as Vidéoglobe1.

Entertainment One Films Canada

Entertainment One Films Canada (also known as eOne Canada; formerly known as Koch Entertainment Canada and E1 Entertainment Canada), a division of Entertainment One, is one of the largest music and video distribution companies in Canada.

After the rebranding in 2010, they changed their focus mainly to film and television distribution in Canada, with all music services by eOne Music.

Entertainment One Films US

Entertainment One Film USA (also now known as eOne Films US, formerly Koch Vision and Koch Entertainment) is a division of Entertainment One. It was founded as a film distribution company in 1999 as part of Koch Entertainment's entry into the home video market as Koch's rental and sell-through home video division. eOne Films USA's mission is to distribute classic and cutting-edge video products that educate, enrich and entertain.

Their broad range of product genres includes award-winning children’s television shows, fitness programs, popular British TV mini-series, live music concerts, feature films, and documentaries. eOne distributes such notable properties as Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre, Popular Mechanics for Kids, Popeye, The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, Wire in the Blood, the Peter Jennings Reporting documentaries, Edward R. Murrow's Person to Person, Most Haunted, Lost Tomb of Jesus, McLeod's Daughters and numerous BBC classic television programs, including the BBC's 1966 version of The Three Musketeers.

eOne Films USA recently signed a distribution deal to distribute fitness star John Basedow's Fitness Made Simple program, and also announced the acquisition of several classic BBC television programs.

Entertainment One Music

Entertainment One Music is a distribution company owned by Entertainment One in the United States. eOne distributes its own digital content, with physical distribution handled by ADA in the U.S. and German indie SPV GmbH in Europe.Entertainment One Music has 125 employees with offices around the world (New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Hamburg and Melbourne) and has a roster of over 150 artists. Its rights library includes more than 80,000 hours of film and television content, approximately 40,000 music tracks and includes the labels Dualtone (Lumineers), Last Gang (Death From Above), Light Records and Death Row (Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac). With the acquisition of Round Room Entertainment, the company includes live entertainment production as part of its portfolio. eOne’s management group represents over 50 artists including Jax Jones, The Black Madonna and Arkells.

Equity Music Group

Equity Music Group was an American country music record label founded in 2003 by singer Clint Black. The label was distributed by Koch Entertainment (now E1 Entertainment).

The name "Equity" was chosen to represent the equality between the artist and the label. According to Equity, "The artists will own what they create and get paid from the very first scanned sale. In turn, the label has a vested interest in other aspects of the artist's career." The label closed in December 2008 due to financial difficulties.

Hip-Hop for Sale

Hip-Hop for Sale is the seventh studio album by rapper Canibus, released on November 1, 2005 through his own label Mic Club Music in conjunction with Babygrande Records and Koch Entertainment. The album was originally produced entirely by Nottz, but other up-and-coming producers were included on the project as well, such as Jeff Wheeler, Jay Swift, and Black Milk. The reason other producers were included was because in December 2004, over half of the completed material was leaked in the mixtape, The Vitruvian Man, causing tension between Canibus and Nottz. In an interview with SOHH, Nottz revealed he would no longer be working with him, saying Canibus leaked the material, blaming it on his manager Louis Lombard III. The record, which was originally slated to be released on May 10, 2005, was pushed back so Canibus could work on new material for the album. Because Nottz had cut ties with him, Canibus had to reach out to other producers.

I Want My Money Back

I Want My Money Back is an album released in 2003 by American country music artist Sammy Kershaw. His first album for Audium/Koch Entertainment, it produced two singles on the Billboard country charts: the title track at #33 and "I've Never Been Anywhere" at #58.

Two songs on this album were recorded by two other artists each. "Beer, Bait and Ammo" was originally recorded by Kevin Fowler on his 2000 album of the same name, and later by Mark Chesnutt on his 2005 album Savin' the Honky Tonk. "Metropolis" was later recorded by Anthony Smith on his 2003 album If That Ain't Country, and by Trace Adkins on his 2005 album Songs About Me.

Giving it four-and-a-half stars out of five, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic called it "one of his most satisfying efforts."

Life After Def

Life After Def is the sixth studio album released by American singer Montell Jordan. It was released on October 21, 2003 for Koch Entertainment and The Interprise Inc, marking his first project not to be released for Def Jam Recordings. Chiefly produced by Jordan and Jor Ja Blac, it peaked at number 54 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number 30 on the Independent Albums chart. The album was preceded by the single "Supa Star" which reached number 71 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

Mussolini and I

Mussolini and I is a 1985 TV docu-drama, directed by Alberto Negrin, about the strained relationship between Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and his son-in-law and foreign minister, Count Galeazzo Ciano, based on Ciano's diaries. Made in English as an Italian-French-German-Swiss-Spanish-US co-production, with Bob Hoskins, Anthony Hopkins and Susan Sarandon in the leading roles, it first aired on Rai Uno on 15 April 1985 in a 130-minute version. On 8 September 1985, it premiered in the USA on HBO in an extended four-hour version.

All filming was done in Italy; including northern Italy's Gargnano, Merano, Bolzano, Verona, and in central Italy, Rome and L'Aquila. Filming was also done at the well known Villa Torlonia and Palazzo Venezia. It was released on a 2 disc DVD in August 2003. It is divided into 4 segments for a total of 240 minutes and was released by Koch Entertainment.

Point Blank (hip hop group)

Point Blank is a Canadian hip-hop group from Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 1992, the group is composed of six emcees—Imperial, Trouble, Stump, Kidd, RPD, and Jackal—and one producer, Pikihed. The group collectively founded and operates their own imprint label, Tilt Rock Records, which currently has a distribution agreement with Koch Entertainment Canada, one of the country's largest independent music distributors. The group has released several singles and videos such as "Thin Line", "Want It Wit Us", and "Born and Raised in the Ghetto" (a 2007 MuchMusic Video Award nominee).

Growing up together in Toronto’s Regent Park, Canada’s oldest and largest housing project, their music reflects the culture and social issues faced by many inner city youth. Issues such as single parenting, racial profiling, systemic poverty and police harassment are explored through their lyrics and beats.According to their label manager with Koch Entertainment, Jay Devonish, the band's commitment to staying true to their roots was well known: "when I was in high school, Point Blank was known as that one group in Toronto that everybody respected and knew were no joke." This respect has evolved into strong grassroots support for the group.

In 2008, the group released their self-titled debut album, Point Blank. It was nominated for a Juno Award in 2009.

Somethin' Nasty

Somethin' Nasty is the seventh album released by Uncle Luke. It was released on March 13, 2001 on Luke Records through Koch Records' short-lived independent label distribution unit, KELA (Koch Entertainment Label Alliance) and featured production by Luke's former 2 Live Crew bandmate, Mr. Mixx, Daz Dillinger, Gorilla Tek, and Luke himself. The album found minor success, peaking at #149 on the Billboard 200, #36 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #6 on the Top Independent Albums.

Still Up in This Shit!

Still Up in This Shit! (also spelled Still Up in This S#*+) is the seventh studio album by American rapper Frost. It was released on April 23, 2002 via Hit A Lick Records and Koch Entertainment. The album peaked at #183 on the Billboard 200, at #30 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #12 on the Independent Albums chart. It spawned two singles: "Put in Work" featuring Daz Dillinger, and "Everybody Knows", but both of them weren't charted.

The Original Dixie Hick

The Original Dixie Hick is an EP released by country music parodist Cledus T. Judd in late 2003. Tracks 1, 3, and 4 are all parodies of "Celebrity" by Brad Paisley, while track 2 is a parody of Chris Cagle's "Chicks Dig It". All four parodies were inspired by the various Dixie Chicks controversies in 2003. This was also his first album for Koch Entertainment after leaving Monument in 2003.

What I Really Mean

What I Really Mean is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, first released in the United States on May 10, 2005 by Koch Entertainment.

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