Sports DVD Series Slides Into Homes27 Jun, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold
A new program that looks at sports legends is coming to syndication and DVD this month.
“Back in Time Sports Classics” is aimed at sports fans of all ages. The show captures vintage sports moments such as Wilt Chamberlain playing high-school basketball, Cassius Clay mouthing off about how he was going to beat Sonny Liston, and Babe Ruth swinging the bat at age 19. Complementing the footage are career highlight animations, “did you know” segments and trivia contests.
At the same time the program enters syndication, the first five half-hour titles in the “Back in Time Sports Classics DVD Collection” are out on DVD. They are The 1960 World Series Featuring the New York Yankees vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, The 1977 Masters Golf Tournament, The 1986 Breeders Cup From Santa Anita Race Track, The 1961/1962 Indianapolis 500s and Lou Gehrig: In a League by Himself.
The program comes from Maximum Impact Television Group, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based media production, syndication, marketing and packaging corporation. Maximum is known for such niche TV shows as “America's Golf Show,” “Pampered Pets TV” and “Baby My Baby.”
To feed series, Maximum CEO Michael Henry has acquired a collection of more than 24,000 hours of sports footage dating back to 1906.
TV veterans Eric Cohen and Brett Hudson have signed on as executive producers. Cohen is the co-creator of “Welcome Back, Kotter” and a former writer for such programs as “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson,” “The Golden Girls” and “Laverne & Shirley.” Hudson is part of The Hudson Brothers.
The DVDs are $19.95 each at www.backintimetv.com. Earlier this month, Maximum signed a five-year DVD distribution agreement with Malibu Motion Pictures to bring the DVDs to more than 6,000 retail locations, including Best Buy, Blockbuster Video, Circuit City and Target Stores.
A total of 75 titles are planned for release over the next two years.