Digest: Fox delays Blu-ray titles
Empty20th Century Fox has postponed indefinitely the Blu-ray Disc release of a dozen Fox and MGM titles that had been slotted for March and April, including "Ice Age," "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," "Dances With Wolves," "Turistas" and "The Silence of the Lambs." No explanation was offered, only a terse e-mail with the opening line, "Life's only certainties are death and taxes, hence (Fox and MGM) can be forgiven for having to reshuffle their Blu-ray release schedule."
New digital music
MVD Entertainment Group will begin digitally releasing the audio portions from many of its live music DVDs. Initial releases include Devo's "Live 1980," Michael Franti and Spearhead's "Live in Sydney" and Morgan Heritage's "Live at London Astoria." The company also has begun to position itself as an aggregator of audio/visual content for resale through digital music stores.
Warner Home Video's Mark Horak has been promoted to executive vp and GM, worldwide operations and new packaged media. The former international exec will oversee the division's worldwide marketing, sales, supply chain and operations as well as the teams handling preproduction, category management and business and legal affairs. Horak also will lead Warner's high-def disc push.
New Netflix vp
Rose Einstein has joined Netflix as vp advertising. Einstein was senior vp and publishing director for Reed Business Information's Variety Group, which includes Variety and Video Business.