2009 Press Coverage
DV&A on FOX 13 Tampa Bay: August 18, 2009
Inc 500 | 5000 for 2009: Special Issue: September 2009
Fortune Small Business Magazine: May 2009
Sunscreen Film Festival: May 2009
DV&A Supports Sunscreen Film Festival
In these notably tough economic times, DVA (Distribution Video & Audio, Inc.) still makes it a point to support the arts. DVA's CEO Brad Kugler who has accepted a board member position with the 5 year old Sunscreen Film Festival (http://www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com/) is also supporting the festival financially as well as photographically (he acts as the festivals offical photographer).
The Festival's purpose is to cultivate local as well as international independent film makers and help them bring their art to a larger market. Kugler claims this is a natural fit for his 20 year old family business he shares with his brother Ryan in Los Angeles. They like to see the little guy win and succeed. "The future of our business depends on new and different ideas in the area of film making that will keep the public coming back for more" he says.
Kugler has also invested his own personal time and his companies money and man power into seeing this small but growing film festival take off.
They have attracted John Travolta and Kelly Preston last year as well as Patrick Wilson and Michael Rooker scheduled to show up this year according to the Festival's website. Last night was the Announcement part for the 5 or so dozen films accepted into the festival which will be held in St. Pete Florida from the 29th-3rd of May.
Home Media Retailing Magazine: April 17, 2009
Publishers Weekly: 4/13/09
DVA Expands Book Remainder Niche
In addition to used book retailers, another company that is having a good year is the closeout company Distribution Video & Audio. Although DVA has its roots in the DVD and CD market, it has a growing book business and now buys around five million books annually from 50 different accounts, ranging from small to large publishers. Its customers include dollar chains, Wal-Mart, Target and online retailers, as well as independent stores. Ryan Kugler, president and co-owner of DVA, said the company has seen an increase in sales over the past year: "We're doing very well. People like cheap stuff."
Based in Florida and with an office in Los Angeles, DVA generates $15 million in annual sales. Within its book business, children's is the biggest category (about 60%) and is growing, but Kugler noted its bestsellers aren't books in the Twilight or Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Rather, the books that DVA is selling large quantities of are books that customers at dollar discount stores are looking for. "Twilight's not their demographic," Kugler said. Books in the Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine series, which DVA can purchase at closeout rates, are more popular.
The company's biggest clients are large retailers, although a growing segment is smaller Internet resellers, whether "Bob's Bookstore Dot Com, eBay or Amazon," said Kugler. Many of the "new and used" resellers on Amazon buy inventory from DVA, for, say, $1.50 per book, and then resell it for $3. Kugler said that many people are launching online retail businesses after being laid off from other jobs. Kugler said he likes having dollar discount chains and Internet resellers as clients because they typically order 500 to 1,000 books at a time and pay cash. And "they keep reordering because they keep selling."