Headquartered in Los Angeles, Multicom Entertainment Group was established by veteran television executive Irv Holender to serve as an independent global television distribution company with a focus on the worldwide television market, as well as digital media platforms including pay-per-view, Internet, mobile channels, publishing, licensing and merchandising. Multicom Entertainment is working with leading broadcasters and entertainment companies around the world.
A pioneer in worldwide entertainment licensing and distribution, Irv Holender began his career with Desilu Studios as Vice President of Licensing from 1966-1968. In 1968, Holender was named President of Holcorp, which handled worldwide licensing and merchandising for major studios, including Viacom, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros’ Looney Toons franchise.
In 1971, he became CEO of Ziv International. At Ziv, Holender was the executive Producer of over 600 hours of television programming, including international hit series Little Lulu, Captain Harlock, Captain Future, and Fables of the Green Forrest, along with animated features that included Sinbad, Les Miserables and The Adventures of King Arthur, and over 20 major music concerts including Tony Bennet and Folies Bergere.
Ziv also handled worldwide distribution and licensing for the hit show Dallas, the Abbot & Costello and Bruce Lee franchises, and over 1700 feature films. During his tenure at Ziv, Holender amassed over 3000 licenses with hundreds of networks, exhibitors and product licensees that included Burlington Industries, Chrysler, Mattel, American Greetings, and Hasbro.
In 1982, Holender sold Ziv International to Lorimar and remained President and COO of Ziv/Lorimar, one of the largest independent distribution and licensing companies in the world at the time. Holender also took over worldwide sales and licensing for Lorimar in 1982 and remained President and COO of Ziv/Lorimar until 1986 with television programs which included Dallas, Knots Landing, and Falcon Crest, some of the most succesful shows in the World during the 1980s.
From 1986 to 1990 Holender was the executive Producer and Distributor of the hit series GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), along with various feature films. In 1991, Holender turned his focus on the acquisition of library content, resulting in his post of Chairman of Liberty International Entertainment, Inc., a position he held from 1997-2005. During this time, Holender was the Executive Producer of numerous specials, events and series that appeared on both domestic and foreign national television networks. After an asset buyout of Liberty’s library by Clarity Partners’-backed Liberation Entertainment, Holender stayed on as Vice Chairman.
Immediately following his departure from Liberation Entertainment, Holender become a Director and Principal of the distinguished Toronto/New York-based Fremantle Corporation, with a worldwide sales team to exploit a catalog of over 20,000 hours of contemporary and classic programming, and to increase Fremantle’s long history since 1952 of format licensing.
Throughout his 40-year career, Holender has successfully handled major licensing in over 80 countries with some of the biggest companies in the world. As one of the original founding members of AFMA (IFTA), and a pioneer of NATPE, AFM, MIPtv and MIPCOM, Holender continues to maintain hundreds of relationships with licensees in the global media industries.