Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Fellow Lucyfans,

Desilu's "I Love Lucy" and "Star Trek" Win Honors at DVD Awards

Desilu's two most-famous television series, "I Love Lucy" and "Star Trek," both won further acclaim Wednesday evening (October 20) at the first-ever DVD Awards from Video Store Magazine.

The Second Season Boxed Set of "I Love Lucy" DVDs won by consumer vote in the category of "Best 1950s Series." The First Season Boxed Set of "Star Trek, The Original Series" won for "Best 1960s Series." Both were issued by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Other categories and winners included:

BBC Worldwide

A&E Home Video

BEST 1970s SERIES: "Battlestar Gallactica: Complete Series"
Universal Studios Home Video

BEST COMPILATION: "The Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection"
R2 Entertainment

BEST 1980s SERIES: "The Kids in the Hall: Complete Season One"
A&E Home Video

Paramount Home Entertainment

BEST 2000s SERIES: "24 - Season Two"
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

BEST SPECIAL FEATURE: "24 - Season Two: 'Exposed' Parts 1 & 2" Featurette
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

In addition, Image Entertainment and producer Paul Brownstein received a Best of Show Award for their five "complete season" sets of THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, and Carl Reiner received a TV DVD Lifetime Achievement Award.

The TV DVD market is the fastest-growing segment of the DVD business. A recent report from Merrill Lynch projects consumers will spend $2.3 billion this year on buying their favorite TV shows on DVD, with subsequent annual gains averaging 30 percent.

The awards were launched by Video Store Magazine, in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, to honor the top TV DVD releases of the past year. Nominees were selected by a panel of film critics and DVD writers from a field of more than 150 entries submitted by studios and independent suppliers that offer DVD product. All TV DVD titles released in the United States between September 1, 2003, and August 31, 2004, were eligible.

Judging criteria focused on the DVD treatment rather than the actual shows, from ease of navigation and menu design to packaging and bonus materials. Once the nominees were selected, consumers had three weeks in which to vote for their top picks. More than 10,000 votes were cast in the Internet survey, accessible through links on the Video Store Magazine Web Site, the TV Shows-on-DVD web site, and dozens of TV show fan sites.


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