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Home Video Veteran Stan Meyers, Key Sound Video Unlimited and Baker & Taylor Exec, Dies at 93 Media Play News

Business session at the 1987 NAVD convention, shortly after Baker & Taylor acquired Sound Video Unlimited and brought Stan Meyers on as a key executive. (Media Play News Archives photo)

April 2, 2024

Stan Meyers, a veteran of the early days of the home video industry, died April 1 at the age of 93.

Stan Meyers

Meyers spent much of his career at Sound Video Unlimited, a major videocassette and record wholesaler headed by Noel Gimbel. There, he rose through the ranks and, in the early 1980s, helped expand the company from music only into the then-burgeoning videocassette rental market. He was frequently quoted in stories on home video in the trade press, including Billboard, where in 1982 he commented that accessories could be a good source of incremental revenue for the many video rental stores that kept popping up all over the country.

By the middle 1980s he was a regular at the annual convention of the National Association of Video Distributors (NAVD), maintaining what colleagues remember as a “larger than life presence” there after Sounds Video Unlimited was acquired by Baker & Taylor and Meyers assumed a series of executive roles with the acquiring company. Meyers ultimately rose to EVP of Baker & Taylor and helped grow the company into the second-biggest home video distributor in the country, behind Ingram Entertainment.

“Stan was an icon and a pioneer of the home entertainment industry,” said Marty Jorgensen, a key executive with Video Productions Distributors Inc., another of the big wholesalers in the heyday of the rental videocassette. “His contributions and personality were loved and respected by all who knew and worked with him,” Jorgensen said. “He will be greatly missed.”

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Meyers served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict prior to beginning his civilian career.

Meyers is survived by his wife, Judith Ginzburg-Meyers; daughters Diana (Rick) Friedman and Julie (James Burgdorfer) Newman; and three grandchildren.

Meyers is survived by his wife, Judith Ginzburg-Meyers; daughters Diana (Rick) Friedman and Julie (James Burgdorfer) Newman; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, April 5, at noon at The Chapel, 195 North Buffalo Grove Road, in Buffalo Grove, Ill. The services will be livestreamed on his webpage at the Goldman Funeral Group. Interment will be at Shalom Memorial Park. The family says contributions would be appreciated to the Northbrook Community Synagogue.

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