TORONTO & NEW YORK -- The AMG Corp, the Canadian based global media and technology group owned by multi-platinum record producer Mark S. Berry, today announced the signing of an international film & music distribution deal with Sony Entertainment through Sony shingle, Shami Media.
Mark Berry, Founder and Chairman of AMG, said: "SMG is one of the great rising film development & acquisition studios. I have great respect for their leadership and am delighted to be partnering with Bob Shami alongside the unique talent of AMG, EVP Duane Farley. Together we will build on AMG's strategic partnership with Sony/SMG.
I am thrilled to be in partnership with Bob and we have shared the same vision and passion for movies, television and music throughout the years. Because of his experience and enthusiasm, AMG will be an even more formidable provider of quality entertainment worldwide."
Bob Shami, CEO, Shami Media Group, said: "Mark has an incredible track record launching very successful business ventures, including AMG Visuals and its respective multiple music promotion and marketing divisions. We're excited to continue our relationship with Mark and AMG and look forward to working closely with him and the entire AMG team worldwide. I'd also like to thank Duane Farley, he's been a terrific partner the two years, having worked with us on a number of key projects including our first release under the this deal, the Quebec based country sensation, Damien Maze, coming this summer."
Since its launch in January 2015, AMG Visuals has quickly developed strategic partnerships with television, film, theatre and music businesses worldwide.
Investments so far have included the Drake live concert film, "Homecoming" and the soon to be released Jeff Healey documentary. Fuelled by a strong creative leadership from Mark, Duane, Mario and Shami Media will accelerate AMG's already growing film and television development business. The alliance also marks a major move into Hollywood motion pictures with a soon to be announced superstar collaboration along with it's newly acquired interest in web domain owner RaBiSa InterActive. RaBiSa's deep entertainment industry expertise will further enhance AMG's film output.
AMG Music Publishing continues its international music insertion business, being the sole supplier of music for the new TMZ competitor site, CelebsGo.com launching this week. CelebsGo.com is the go to platform, app and website, for daily news on your favourite celebrities.
AMG Creative, its ad division, recently wrapped the 45 second visual and music ad spot for fashion underwear line, Inner Balance Wear.
Duane Farley, Executive Vice President, AMG said: "I'm very excited to be in business with Mark, Bob and Shami Media. The AMG development slate has great creative strength and we will be working hard to maximize all aspects of the business across development, production and distribution."
AMG was represented in the transaction by Paul D. Schindler, Esq. and his team at Greenberg Traurig.
About Mark S. Berry & AMG:
AMG is a leading Toronto-based entertainment & media company with an unparalleled client list of artists and content creators across film, television, music and digital media.
Led by an experienced and innovative management team, AMG was formed in 1998 by international record producer, engineer & mixer Mark S. Berry and operates under his leadership as Chairman. Berry, whose extensive production, engineering & re-mixing talents has earned him 36 international gold & platinum records for such notable Grammy & Juno nominated musical icons as, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Yes, Boy George, Billy Idol, Kool & The Gang, Cameo, Carly Simon, Joan Jett & many, many more. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in NYC, LA, Hong Kong, Seoul & Beijing.
Since its founding, AMG Visuals has executive produced, financed or distributed several movies, including Drake: Homecoming and the upcoming Jeff Healey Band documentary; and has almost an equal amount in development, under production, or completed but not yet released.
Through its partner companies, including award-winning global creative music supervision agency AttackTrax, AMG also provides clients with unique music advertising, music brand integration and marketing opportunities across traditional, social media, mobile, film, television and gaming platforms.
Already the owner of an extensive music publishing catalogue in affiliation with BMG Music, AMG's mission is to target potential acquisitions in the music, film & television industries ranging from independent record labels, artists, writers, DVD, feature length films, extreme sports content to purchases in the music publishing sector. AMG's focus is music distribution through its deal with Universal Music Group Distribution, the insertions of music into international feature film & television, as well as the development of reality based and documentary television programming.
AttackTrax is one of the world's leading providers of 100% pre-cleared production music in all media. AttackTrax is committed to quality and offers 10,000+ tracks of music in all genres from world renowned music publishing catalogues. Previous AttackTrax insertions have included Making of The Matrix Reloaded, Coach Carter, Urban Legend, Harvard Man, Dawsons Creek, Roswell, MTV, Viacom, VH1 and many more including major sports programs internationally.
The attacktrax.com website has been designed as a state-of-the-art, automated, online customer experience and decision engine that functions on all platforms and complements an already world-class AttackTrax brand.