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MGM classic packs

From what could be the most prestigious movie vault in Hollywood comes 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 one decade, a booklet from Life magazine and a CD of eight 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." The 1980s collection features "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, 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 at 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.