'Seinfeld' tops TV DVD nods
EmptyPacked with extras, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Seasons 5 and Season 6 TV-DVD sets of "Seinfeld" won top honors at the third annual TV DVD Awards, presented Wednesday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.
The collections won the coveted Best of Show award, with judges praising such bonus materials as the cast commentaries, deleted scenes and "Sein-Imation" takes on various scenes from the show.
"The executive producers of 'Seinfeld' were personally involved in the DVDs, and it shows," said awards chair Don Rosenberg, vp of the entertainment group at Questex Media.
At the ceremony, host Charlene Tilton also announced the top vote-getters in 15 categories selected by consumers through a monthlong online vote.
? Best 2000s series: "Lost -- The Complete First Season," Buena Vista Home Entertainment
? Best 1990s series: "Seinfeld -- Season 5" and "Seinfeld -- Season 6," Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
? Best 1980s series: "Remington Steele -- Seasons 4 and 5," 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
? Best 1970s series: "The Bob Newhart Show -- The Complete Second Season," 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
? Best 1960s series: "The Munsters -- The Complete Second Season," Universal Studios Home Entertainment
? Best 1950s series: "Adventures of Superman -- The Complete First Season," Warner Home Video
? Best animated series: "The Simpsons -- The Complete Seventh Season," 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
? Best children's series: "Dinosaurs -- The Complete First and Second Seasons," Buena Vista Home Entertainment
? Best reality series: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Buena Vista Home Entertainment
? Best variety series: "Project Runway -- The Complete Second Season," Genius Products
? Best one-season wonder: "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. -- The Complete Series," Warner Home Video
? Best miniseries/made-for-TV movie: "From the Earth to the Moon," HBO Video
? Best British TV Series: "Doctor Who -- The Complete First Season," BBC Video
? Best TV documentary: "Ken Burns: American Lives," PBS/Paramount Home Entertainment
? Best Bonus Materials: "Lost -- The Complete First Season," Buena Vista Home Entertainment
A panel of top DVD critics and journalists nominated three titles in each category from among almost 140 studio submissions of titles released between Sept. 1, 2005, and Aug. 31.
The awards were a part of Home Media Retailing's TV DVD 4: Future Channels Conference, a two-day business-to-business conference featuring top studio and broadcast executives, DVD producers, classic TV stars and members of the media. The event was co-sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Entertainment Merchants Assn.
Jessica Wolf is senior reporter at Home Media Retailing.