Digest: SPHE restructures ops group
EmptySony Pictures Home Entertainment has restructured its operations group into a worldwide operations services department headed by Aodan Coburn, who has been promoted to the newly created position of executive vp worldwide operations. Coburn, who was senior vp international operations, reports to David Bishop, the home entertainment unit's worldwide president. Also promoted in the worldwide operations group are Geri Bluerock, to senior vp vendor managed inventory, and Robert Ziegler, to senior vp operations and production services.
Warner Home Video is going green. Beginning Sunday, the studio will print all of its DVD product packaging on chlorine-free paper consisting of 30% post-consumer recycled content. Warner claims that the move will allow it to conserve enough energy in a year to power 404 homes, save 53,169 trees and prevent the emission of 43.4 pounds of greenhouse gases.
MGM Home Entertainment is showcasing its vaunted stable of actors, directors and films with a new DVD series. "MGM Movie Legends" launches May 22 with a selection of films by two-time Oscar winner Gary Cooper and comedic icon Peter Sellers. The four-disc Cooper collection includes "Vera Cruz," "Cowboy and the Lady," "The Real Glory" and "The Winning of Barbara Worth," with all but the first never before available on DVD. The Sellers set includes "The Pink Panther," "The Party," "What's New, Pussycat" and the 1967 "Casino Royale." Also out May 22 are four more individual Cooper films, each making its DVD debut: "The Wedding Night," "The Adventures of Marco Polo," "Casanova Brown" and "Ball of Fire."
Netflix founder Reed Hastings has been named to Microsoft's board of directors. In announcing the appointment, Microsoft chief Bill Gates praised Hastings' "track record for delivering innovative and disruptive technologies to market."