Communications and Entertainment Limited

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Communications and Entertainment Limited
Home video distribution
Genre various, depending on label
Fate Bankruptcy
Founded 1980
Defunct 1999
Headquarters Australia

Communications and Entertainment Limited (CEL) was an Australian home video cassette distributor in the 1980s. They were originally known as Publishing and Broadcasting Video (unrelated to Publishing and Broadcasting Limited).

History[edit]

PBV's labels included:

By the time PBV had become CEL, many of the labels were discontinued, or moved to another company (MGM/UA's releases were through Warner Home Video). CEL's labels included the aforementioned Jim Henson Video, Kidspics, and Thames Video (although this appears to be non-exclusive; some of Thames' video releases were through Video Collection International and Pickwick Video). CEL also released RCA-Columbia Pictures Home Video releases prior to the joint venture with Hoyts.

CEL had also bought Sundowner Film and Video Productions Pty Ltd. The company was publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, but was delisted in 1989 for failing to pay annual fees to the ASX. The company continued for a few years until 1999, when it filed for bankruptcy.