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Paramount, Fox, A&E Shows Voted Tops at First TV DVD Awards

20 Oct, 2004 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's second season of “24 Season 2” and fourth season of “The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season” emerged as double winners last night at the inaugural TV DVD Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in Los Angeles.

Veteran TV producer Carl Reiner was awarded the TV DVD Lifetime Achievement Award during a luncheon ceremony, presented by Bob Chapek, president of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

“The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season” was named best 1990s series and animated series, while “24” took best 2000 series and bonus material “Exposed Part One & Part Two” was named best special feature.

Paramount Home Entertainment's I Love Lucy: The Complete Second Season, Star Trek: The Original Series Season One and Shogun, won top 1950s series, 1960s series and best miniseries, respectively.

Produced by Video Store Magazine in association with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter, the awards reviewed the DVD treatment — including ease of navigation, menu design, packaging and bonus materials — of more than 150 entries released domestically between Sept. 1, 2003 and Aug. 31, 2004.

More than 10,000 consumer votes were cast at various industry and fan Web sites to determine the winners from a field of 36 nominees in 12 categories.

Singer Tony Orlando, who performed several of his 1970s-era pop hits with famed backup singers Dawn, hosted the event, held in conjunction with the second annual TV DVD Conference.

TV programming on DVD is being hailed as the fastest-growing segment of home video, with a recent Merrill Lynch report estimating consumers will spend $2.3 billion this year purchasing their favorite TV shows. The report also forecasts an average 30 percent growth for the category over the next several years.

A&E Home Video's The World at War won best made-for-TV documentary, and The Kids in the Hall: Complete Season One won best 1980s series.

Other winners include Universal Studios Home Video's Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series for best 1970s series; The Office from BBC Worldwide took best British TV release and R2 Entertainment's The Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection won best compilation.

Producer Paul Brownstein won best of show award for his work on Image Entertainment's five-season boxed set of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

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