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DEG Adds 5 Member Companies

Los Angeles – The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) said Thursday that it has added five new member companies from its ever-expanding circle of associated industries.

New DEG members include BBC America, bitMAX, Gibson Brands, Millennium Entertainment and Random Media.  

The new companies represent a range of cross-sectors serving the home entertainment industry, including film and television content creation and acquisition, life-style music entertainment products, digital asset management and delivery services.     

“The DEG welcomes its five new member companies, all of whom provide a distinct perspective on the issues facing our industry,” stated Amy Jo Smith, DEG president.  “These companies are some of the most recognized and reputable names in the business, and we look forward to leveraging their respective areas of expertise to help reach our mutual goals.”

BBC America delivers U.S. audiences high quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including “Top Gear,” and “Doctor Who.”

Owned by BBC Worldwide, it is available on cable and satellite TV in 80 million homes and broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. 

bitMAX is a provider of digital asset management and distribution  services to commercial and music video production companies, post production  facilities, advertising agencies, film and TV distribution companies, museums,  corporate clients, e-commerce companies, both major and independent music labels and artists.

Its proprietary digital technology provides a one-stop-shopping experience for clients who want to store, retrieve, and distribute video and audio assets on tape, DVD or over broadband.

Gibson Brands is a global music and lifestyle-oriented company based in Nashville, Tenn., creating a diverse range of products from its legendary Gibson-brands of fretted musical instruments, including the most recent LPX guitar and the Min-ETune tuning system, and more recently home audio components, including Onkyo and Cerwin-Vega!.

Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts. Gibson’s family of brands include: Epiphone, KRK Systems, TEAC, Cerwin-Vega!, Stanton, Onkyo, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. 

Millennium Entertainment, which is led by CEO Bill Lee, is a leading independent distributor of feature films. The company most recently released director Ariel Vromen’s “The Iceman,” starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder and Chris Evans and “What Maisie Knew” from directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel and starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Steve Coogan and introducing Onata Aprile as Maisie.

Up next for Millennium is Josh Boone’s directorial debut “Stuck in Love,” starring Lily Collins, Jennifer Connelly, Greg Kinnear and Kristen Bell.

Random Media was established in 2013 and acquires and distributes films and other content on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional mass merchants and other retailers, digital platforms, cable companies and television networks.