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Awards Galore at TV DVD 3


Jerry Mathers, child star of beloved TV sitcom “Leave It To Beaver,” is scheduled to receive the first-ever Classic TV DVD Pop Culture Icon Award at the third annual TV DVD Conference, taking place at the Marina Del Rey Marriott in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just announced it is releasing the entire first season of “Leave It To Beaver” on DVD Nov. 22.

At the 2005 TV DVD Awards Monday night, host Donny Osmond announced the 15 winners of the national contest, which attracted more than 100,000 consumer votes. Paramount Home Entertainment, the most prolific studio in releasing TV DVD sets (upwards of 250 titles this year alone), nabbed five awards, while 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment walked away with four.

The winners:

• Best 2000s Series: 24: Season 3 (20th Century Fox)

• Best 1990s Series: The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season (20th Century Fox)

• Best 1980s Series: The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (BCI Eclipse)

• Best 1970s Series: The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Second Season (20th Century Fox)

• Best 1960s Series: Star Trek – The Original Series: The Complete Second Season (Paramount)

• Best 1950s Series: I Love Lucy: The Complete Fifth Season (Paramount)

• Best Animated Series: Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 (Warner)

• Best Children’s Series: The Muppet Show: Season 1 (Buena Vista)

• Best Reality Series: Survivor All-Stars: The Complete Season (Paramount)

• Best Variety Series: Chappelle’s Show: Season 2 Uncensored (Paramount)

• Best One-Season Wonder: Wonderfalls: The Complete Viewer Collection (20th Century Fox)

• Best Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie: Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (Lions Gate)

• Best British TV Series: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes DVD Collection (MPI)

• Best TV Documentary: Broadway: The American Musical (PBS/Paramount)

• Best Bonus Materials: Seinfeld: Volume 1 (Sony)

A panel of top DVD critics and journalists nominated three titles in each category from among more than 150 studio submissions of titles released between Sept. 1, 2004 and Aug. 31, 2005.

The awards were a part of Home Media Retailing’s TV DVD 3 conference, a two-day business-to-business conference featuring top studio executives, public relations practitioners, stars of the small screen and members of the media. The event was co-sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.


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