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'Video Business' Restructures, Shutters 'DVD Exclusive'

24 Jan, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Reed Business Information's Variety Group has shuttered DVD Exclusive, its dedicated DVD publication, and laid off its two top editors, both of whom also topped the editorial masthead at home entertainment industry trade Video Business.

DVD Exclusive, a sister to Variety, was distributed free each month to 25,000 selected members of the entertainment industry and financial community.

The two exiting editors are editor in chief Scott Hettrick and editor Carl DiOrio. Hettrick also covered home entertainment for Variety.

Marcy Magiera, a former Video Business editor, is returning to the publication as editorial general manager. Magiera had been editor of Video Business from 1998 to 2005. She left last year to work as a consultant for the magazine and spend more time with her family.

Kevin Davis, publisher of DVD Exclusive and Video Business, did not return phone calls seeking comment. But in an article on the publication's Web site, he praised Hettrick as a “voice of integrity and a tireless advocate for the home entertainment industry.”

The shakeup stunned home entertainment industry executives, many of whom had a long relationship with Hettrick, who had been editor in chief of Video Business since early 2000. Previously, Hettrick had covered home video and cable for The Hollywood Reporter, and before that he had been a top reporter at Video Business.

“It's a sad day for the video business,” said Benjamin Feingold, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “Scott has been an intelligent, provocative and caring journalist, and I wish him enormous success.”

“I've worked with Scott for more than 15 years, back when he was still at the Kansas City Star,” said Steve Feldstein, senior VP of marketing communications at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. “He's been a chronicler of the evolution of this business, from rental to sellthrough, from VHS to DVD.”

According to the article on the Video Business Web site, the home entertainment weekly is “refocusing its product and editorial strategies on its core … print product and expanding the property's suite of online information services, beginning with VideoBusiness.com.”

Magiera will work closely with senior columnist Paul Sweeting “to develop new electronic initiatives in the burgeoning area of digital content delivery.”

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