home video digest


Due dates

Paramount Home Entertainment is starting the new year with an assortment of TV-DVD releases. First up: "Gunsmoke: Season 2, Volume 1," along with "Naked Brothers Band: Season 1" and "Rob & Big: The Complete Seasons 1 and 2," due Jan. 8. Next come Season 3 sets of "Hawaii Five-O" and "The Odd Couple" on Jan. 22.

TV-DVD nods

Jerry Mathers and Charlene Tilton are among the presenters scheduled for the fourth annual TV DVD Awards, set for Monday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City. The awards, produced by Home Media Magazine in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, honor the best TV-DVDs of the year. More than 160 entries were received; winners, determined by consumer vote, will be announced in 18 categories.

'Family' time

The Griffin clan's spoof of "Star Wars," which kicked off the sixth season of Fox's "Family Guy" in September, will be released as a stand-alone DVD on Jan. 15 by Fox. "Family Guy: Blue Harvest" comes with four minutes of never-before-seen material, commentaries and interviews with series creator Seth MacFarlane and George Lucas.

DEG ups Quinn

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group has established an operations committee chaired by John Quinn, a longtime Warner Home Video executive vp. Bill Segil, senior vp worldwide operations at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, is vice chairman. The committee will explore issues and trends in supply-chain management, operations and green media.