Universal Music Group

From Home Video


In the early 1980s, music videos produced by MCA and its accompanying sublabels were released under the MCA Home Video label. In 1988, MCA got its own by starting up the MCA Music Video label, with MCA Distributing Corporation as distributor. A year earlier, MCA Distributing Corporation distributed releases by International Video Entertainment for five years, a practice that continued until 1992.

In 1990, MCA Distributing Corporation expanded to distribute more general entertainment releases beyond MCA/Universal, IVE and Pacific Arts, starting with contracts with Rabbit Ears Productions, and followed by Rhino Home Video, Playboy Home Video, Peach Entertainment, and After Dark Video. Over time, the company was renamed to Uni Distribution Corporation at the end of the year.

MCA's music video distribution arms expanded with more labels, such as Geffen Home Video for Geffen Records titles. In 1992, Uni lost its distribution contract for LIVE Home Video titles to Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation. Over time, the company gradually soon losing more licenses for general entertainment content, such as BMG for Rabbit Ears and WEA for Rhino, while Peach soon began operating independently.

In 1996, the company was renamed to Universal Music & Video Distribution, and it expanded further with additional music lines, such as the acquisition of PolyGram in 1999. In 2001, Universal lost its distribution rights of the Playboy titles to Image Entertainment.

In 2004, Universal reentered the general entertainment market with the launch of Visual Entertainment, whose affiliates include Trinity Home Entertainment, and its subsidiary Kreative Digital Entertainment, Freestyle Home Entertainment and CodeBlack Entertainment. In 2006, the company was renamed to Universal Music Group Distribution and UPHE begin distributing on its own independently. Also that year, it was renamed first to Vivendi Visual Entertainment, and then Vivendi Entertainment.

In 2012, Universal exited the general entertainment market by selling Vivendi Entertainment to Gaiam, before it was folded into Cinedigm in 2013. Around the same time, the company bought out EMI.



Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
REV 10262 The Boy Who Drew Cats USA 1991 30 min TBD NR Academy 1 TBD Color 1991