Roadshow Interactive may join super distributor

Roadshow Interactive may join super distributor

Edutainment software distributor Roadshow Interactive is in negotiations with prospective partners with a view to expanding operations.

Chris Chard, managing director of parent company Roadshow Entertainment, quashed rumours it was getting out of software distribution but said there were moves afoot that could see Roadshow Interactive become part of a "super distributor".

"What you are probably going to see is the conglomeration of a couple of significant players including Roadshow Interactive," Chard said.

"We are looking at a different structure and as far as I am concerned it is a very positive step, particularly given some of the difficulties in the business last year, such as exchange rates," he said, hinting there might be some overseas flavour in the recipe.

"There is some discussion taking place but any moves we make would be for the good of the business and with a view to growing what we are doing at the moment," he said.

"It is something we are quite excited about and which we see as a positive step. I think the deal will be consummated in the next few weeks, but it could still fall over. Even if that happens, though, we will continue to run our interactive business in the same way. It's giving us great turnover and we are very happy with our position in the marketplace."

In other news, Interplay has awarded its PC CD-ROM game distribution to Roadshow Interactive which adds to the Interplay console games it already brings to market. Meanwhile, former Roadshow Entertainment president Milt Barlow, who left in December to start his own company called Tribe, will represent Roadshow Interactive's global distribution rights for Australian products.

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