‘Eloise,’ ‘Astro Boy,’ animated ‘Hellboy,’ and ‘Masters of Horror’ now available in OverDrive’s download collection


Cleveland, OH – November 11, 2008 – OverDrive, a leading distributor of audiobooks, eBooks, and more to public libraries, announced today that it has contracted with global entertainment company Starz Media to offer hundreds of download videos to public libraries, including popular anime episodes, critically acclaimed anthology series, and classic features. Popular titles include  “Hellboy,” “Astro Boy,” “Eloise,” and “Masters of Horror,” as well as more than 200 TV series episodes and feature films, which can be downloaded via the Internet for temporary viewing on a home computer or Windows Media-compatible portable device. To find Starz Media titles available from your library, or to see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit http://search.overdrive.com.

The Starz Media collection available from OverDrive also boasts a wide selection of feature films in genres such as horror, comedy, and documentary, including films by Italian horror legend Dario Argento and sci-fi movies starring “B-movie superstar” Bruce Campbell. These new titles enhance OverDrive’s extensive catalog of more than 8,000 download videos.

“Animated titles from Starz Media are being received well by young readers, creating a broader base for our library partners’ download video collections,” said Karen Potash, collection development specialist for OverDrive. “These new titles from Starz complement our growing catalog of documentaries, feature films, comedy specials, and classic TV series from publishers including PBS, Image Entertainment, HDNet, Magnolia Pictures, and many more.”

“Our videos have huge fan appeal and being able to offer them to consumers for digital borrowing via public libraries’ websites helps ensure that eager audiences can access them anytime, anywhere,” said Mara Winokur, vice president of digital media and business development for Starz Media. “We look forward to giving OverDrive – and libraries – access to even more of our content in the future.”

Brooklyn Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Phoenix Public Library, and many more have already added video titles from Starz Media to their digital catalogs. Libraries interested in adding animated series and feature films from Starz Media to their download collection can log into OverDrive’s collection development portal at http://www.contentreserve.com.


About OverDrive, Inc.

OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, retailers, and aggregators serving millions of end users. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.

About Starz Media:

Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming — including theatrical films — and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

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David Burleigh
Director of Marketing
OverDrive, Inc.
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