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Film Score Monthly to merge operations with Screen Archives Entertainment
28-Oct-2004 - LOS ANGELES – Film Score Monthly (FSM) has signed an agreement with Screen Archives Entertainment (SAE) to be its exclusive distributor and manage fulfillment operations for its film music recordings, effective November 1, according to principals of both companies, Lukas Kendall (FSM) and Craig Spaulding (SAE).

As a result of the combined operations, SAE will expand its East Coast fulfillment center in Linden, VA, and handle sales, customer service and orders for FSM’s varied products, including its subscription film score CDs. The joint operation and expansion will also allow SAE to upgrade its equipment and improve its shipping and handling operations outside Washington DC. SAE will continue to produce its own soundtrack releases.

The editorial and advertising functions of the Film Score Monthly magazine will remain in Los Angeles, Kendall said. “I had previously maintained our fulfillment in-house out of sheer paranoia against distribution companies, but it was incredibly difficult. I trust Craig and SAE to treat our customers with the same precision and respect they treat their own. I am so relieved to be in business with them,” Kendall said.

FSM was founded in 1990, as a one-page newsletter sent to 11 people by Kendall when he was just a high school student. It has since grown into the most-read film music publication for collectors. FSM's Classic Charter Series has produced such titles as Logan’s Run, All About Eve, The French Connection and Mutiny on the Bounty.

This is the fourth major expansion for SAE since being started in 1991 by Spaulding as a means to preserve movie music. When Spaulding couldn't get the attention of major studios, the Library of Congress or the Smithsonian to do more to keep film scores from detoriating further, Spaulding financed the projects himself. Today SAE has contracts with composers, their estates or heirs, and major record labels to produce soundtracks for collectors in limited quantities. SAE also produces the Brigham Young University Film Music Archives collection under BYU's own label. Other SAE titles include Wilson, Captain from Castile, Black Swan, Dragonwyck, Alexander’s Ragtime Band and Night and the City. In the coming months, SAE will release Foxes of Harrow, Son of Fury, Laurel and Hardy’s Laugh Tunes and Marjorie Morningstar.

Both Kendall and Spaulding are passionate about their work and known for their dedication to preserving film scores. They personally supervise every release and are known for commitment to quality. "Switching Film Score Monthly’s fulfillment and sales to Screen Archives Entertainment provides us with time to produce more of our Classic Charter series CDs,” Kendall said.

“Craig and Screen Archives’ attention to customer service is legendary in the industry, so we were quick to seize the opportunity to work closely together,” he said.

Spaulding says with FSM coming on board, he can expand both Screen Archives Entertainment’s operations and titles, plus meet increased demand. “We like being a small, but effective company that provides superior quality film scores that could be lost forever,” he said. “By consolidating our operations each company can do more of what we do best,” Spaulding said.

Effective with the move, FSM’s toll-free number (888-345-6335) will inbound to the new SAE operations facility in Virginia. SAE’s shipping address will change to 5259 John Marshall Highway, but remain P.O. Box 550, Linden, VA, 22642. SAE’s phone (540-635-2575) will remain unchanged, but the new fax will be 540-635-1154. Both companies’ websites, Film Score Monthly and Screen Archives Entertainment have undergone major improvements to assist customers in the consolidation.

For more information contact:
Lukas Kendall

Craig Spaulding

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