Digest: MGM classic packs; SPHE ups pair

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MGM classic packs

From what could be the most prestigious movie vault in Hollywood comes yet another new DVD series of MGM catalog films, this one titled "Decades." Four three-movie sets will be released Dec. 4, each with three notable films from that decade, a collectable booklet from Life magazine and a CD of eight hit songs from the era. The 1950s set includes "12 Angry Men," "Some Like It Hot" and "Guys and Dolls." The 1960s trilogy features "West Side Story," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "The Graduate," while the 1970s set consists of "Carrie," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Mad Max." Rounding out the decades collection is the 1980s collection, with "Moonstruck," "The Sure Thing" and "When Harry Met Sally ... ."

SPHE ups pair

Personnel updates: Veteran Sony Pictures Home Entertainment publicists Claire Mullaly and Staci Griesbach have been promoted to executive director and director of worldwide publicity posts, respectively. New to the department is Jason Allen, previously with indie Shout! Factory. As manager of worldwide publicity, he reports to Mullaly. ... Kevin Sullivan has been tapped as vp home entertainment marketing at First Look Studios. He's the former director of product for Blockbuster Online.

EMA goes digital

The Entertainment Merchants Assn., founded in 1982 as a trade group for independent video rental stores, continues to evolve with the times. Just launched is a Digital Council that unites digital media retailers, suppliers and technology providers, a market that according to Understanding & Solutions last year accounted for $184 million in consumer spending. Charter members include Netflix, Image Entertainment and movie-downloading site CinemaNow.

DVA boosts profile

Distribution Video & Audio, which buys and sells used DVDs, has made it onto Inc. magazine's 2007 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America. The Palm Harbor, Fla.-based broker came in at No. 4,139. According to the Inc. profile, revenue grew from $12.7 million in 2003 to $20 million in 2006.
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