'Seinfeld' Wins Top TV DVD Prize5 Oct, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf
Packed with extras, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's TV DVD sets of the fifth and sixth seasons of “Seinfeld” won top honors at the third annual TV DVD Awards, presented Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Calif.
The collections won the coveted Best of Show award, with judges praising bonus materials such as the cast commentaries, deleted scenes and “Sein-Imation” takes on various scenes from the show.
“The executive producers of ‘Seinfeld' were personally involved in the DVDs, and it shows,” said awards chair Don Rosenberg, VP of the entertainment group at Questex Media.
Also announced at the ceremony were top vote-getters in 15 categories selected by consumers though a month-long online vote.
- Best 2000s Series: Lost: The Complete First Season, Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- Best 1990s Series: Seinfeld: Season 5 and Seinfeld: Season 6, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Best 1980s Series: Remington Steele: Seasons 4 and 5, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Best 1970s Series: The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Second Season, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Best 1960s Series: The Munsters: The Complete Second Season, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Best 1950s Series: Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season, Warner Home Video
- Best Animated Series: The Simpsons: The Complete Seventh Season, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Best Children's Series: Dinosaurs: The Complete First and Second Seasons, Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- Best Reality Series: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- Best Variety Series: Project Runway: The Complete Second Season, Genius Products
- Best One-Season Wonder: The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.: The Complete Series, Warner Home Video
- Best Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie: From the Earth to the Moon, HBO Video
- Best British TV Series: Doctor Who: The Complete First Series, BBC Video
- Best TV Documentary: Ken Burns: American Lives, PBS/Paramount Home Entertainment
- Best Bonus Materials: Lost: The Complete First Season, Buena Vista Home Entertainment
A panel of top DVD critics and journalists nominated three titles in each category from among nearly 140 studio submissions of titles released between Sept. 1, 2005, and Aug. 31, 2006.
The awards were a part of Home Media Retailing's TV DVD 4: Future Channels conference, a two-day business-to-business conference featuring top studio and broadcast executives, DVD producers, classic TV stars and members of the media. The event was co-sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Entertainment Merchants Association.
“Dallas” star Charlene Tilton showed up as a special celebrity presenter at the awards. Screening the first scene she ever shot on “Dallas,” Tilton noted, “My daughter is older than I was when I filmed that scene.” She said DVD is great because “a new generation is able to find shows that they would have never seen.” In fact, she said her daughter and her friends organized “Dallas” Friday Nights to view the show, and her daughter commented, “It's better than ‘The O.C.’