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1970s Star Tony Orlando to be Featured at TV DVD Awards

28 Sep, 2004 By: Angelique Flores

Tony Orlando, whose hit variety show from the 1970s will be released on DVD early next year by R2 Entertainment, will present the first-ever TV DVD Awards Oct. 19 at the Century Plaza Hotel and Spa in Century City, Calif.

The legendary entertainer, who with backup singers Dawn (Telma Hopkins and Joyce Wilson) was one of the top-selling pop stars of the 1970s thanks to such No. 1 singles as “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” and “Knock Three Times,” also will perform during the awards presentation, which is part of the second annual TV DVD Conference produced by Video Store Magazine in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter.

Awards will be presented in 12 categories. A panel of DVD-critic judges selected three nominees in each category; public voting to determine the 12 winners is now underway on Video Store Magazine's Web site, www.hive4media.com, and on the TV Shows on DVD Web site at www.tvshowsondvd.com.

Nominees were selected from a field of more than 150 entries submitted by studios and independent suppliers that offer TV DVD product. All TV DVD titles released in the United States between Sept. 1, 2003 and Aug. 31, 2004 were eligible.

“Tony Orlando is one of the most popular variety TV-show hosts of all time, so we're immensely grateful that he will join us for the awards,” said Thomas K. Arnold, executive producer of the TV DVD Conference and Video Store Magazine's associate publisher and group editor.

“Tony's involvement gives this event an extra dose of credibility,” added Video Store Magazine publisher Don Rosenberg. “He's a true icon of popular culture.”

Tony Orlando and Dawn were one of the top-selling pop acts of the 1970s, with more than a dozen Top 40 hits to their credit, including three No. 1 singles. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits ranks them as one of the 25 top pop artists of the 1970s, along with Elton John and the Bee Gees.

Early next year, R2 Entertainment, known for its best-selling Johnny Carson, Bob Hope and Sonny & Cher compilation DVDs, will release a three-disc set of favorite moments from Tony Orlando and Dawn's hit CBS variety show, which ran from 1974 through 1976 and was one of the top variety shows of its time.

The TV DVD market is expected to top $2 billion in consumer spending this year, according to Video Store Magazine Market Research, and is the fastest-growing segment of the DVD market.

Arnold expects more than 300 studio and television executives to attend the second annual TV DVD Conference, which will feature five panel discussions on such hot-button topics as music rights, release strategies and DVD production tricks; a product presentation luncheon with a surprise celebrity keynoter; an exclusive market research presentation; an interactive workshop on special features; and an evening cocktail reception and awards show with celebrity guests and entertainment.

TV DVD2 is open to the trade only. Advance registrations are $295 for DEG members and Hollywood Reporter subscribers, and $345 for nonmembers. Press registrations are available to credentialed media by contacting Thomas K. Arnold at tkarnold@aol.com.

For more information and to register, visit the Web site www.dvdconferences.com.

Platinum sponsors include Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, HBO Home Video, Image Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Video and Warner Home Video. Other sponsors include A&E Home Video, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Lions Gate Entertainment, MGM Home Entertainment, R2 Entertainment, Rhino Home Video and StudioWorks.

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