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HERE Session to Feature Producers from TV's “Homicide”

2 Sep, 2004 By: Kurt Indvik

Producers of “Homicide: Life on the Street,” the award-winning TV series of the '90s set in Baltimore and shot on location, will participate in a “live DVD commentary” about the series and the impact DVD has had on the show's fans, during the business session at the Home Entertainment Retail Expo, presented by the Video Software Dealers Association Sept. 20–22, in Baltimore.

Producers Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana and James Yoshimura will talk about their experiences writing for and producing the series, which ran on NBC from 1992 to 1999 and garnered numerous Emmy, Director's Guild, Writers Guild awards and a Peabody award, among others.

“I can't think of a more compelling or prestigious program than a creative discussion among the people responsible for this extraordinary series,” said VSDA president Bo Andersen.

The series was known for its gritty portrayal of life on a city police force and was responsible for launching or enhancing the careers of such as actors as Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, Yaphet Kotto and Kyle Secor. Tom Shales, the noted TV critic, wrote that “Homicide” relied less on melodrama “than on probing the doubts, fallibilities and vulnerabilities of its characters and the wretched stress they face each day.” It was also known for its edgy camera work and editing.

The fifth season of “Homicide: Life on the Street” is being released by A&E Home Video Sept. 28.

Levinson, a director, producer and writer, will also receive the VSDA's Career Achievement Award at the business session, which is aptly titled “Celebrating Baltimore's Gold.” Levinson's films include Diner, Rain Man, Avalon, Good Morning America, The Natural, Wag the Dog and many others.

The business session begins Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 3:30 p.m.

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