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27. September 2004
It's been a long draught while NBC-Universal was completing the merger, but the
studio finally started releasing TV series on DVD again. AND with perfect timing, I
got this message from Lisa - many thanks!!!
"I don't have a website to post this but I was by amazon.com and looking
for AG. If you type in AG in the search, on the left of the screen it will give
you search results. Click on DVD (1) and it states DVD is not currently available
but if you put your email in the right they will contact you when it is available
and that also by doing that you are voting for its release. It also states they
will let the studio know how many people are waiting on its arrival. I don't know
if this will help but couldn't hurt."
Yes, it is indeed OUR AG - Mike Binder (who also directed and acted in Jake Weber's
HBO series Mind of the Married Man) is listed as one of the directors.
Even if you're not in the US, please go
enter your e-mail address in the box at the top right. I'm sure if Amazon tells
NBC-Uni that there's a lot of interest for AG DVDs, they'll listen!
22. April 2004
Just a little addition to yesterday's news, again from a Hollywood Reporter article (subscribers only):
NBC merger closer as VU, Diller settle
By Georg Szalai
NEW YORK -- The closing of the merger that will create new entertainment powerhouse
NBC Universal is only a formality now as Vivendi Universal said Wednesday that
it has reached an agreement in a legal dispute with Barry Diller and his InterActiveCorp.
The resolution, details of which were not disclosed, clears the way for the combination
of General Electric's NBC unit and Vivendi Uni's entertainment assets -- which
both sides said should close within weeks. Sources said the agreement will involve
Vivendi Uni's buying out a stake in Vivendi Universal Entertainment held by Diller.
That left the Diller litigation as the last hurdle for the NBC Universal
deal, as GE had made its resolution a closing condition of the transaction. However,
insiders on both sides of the transaction had said that the closing conditions
could simply be modified to allow the deal to go through in case the Diller issue
couldn't be resolved.
NBC Universal will have annual revenue of $13 billion and include the NBC broadcast
network, the Universal movie and television studios, 14 TV stations and interests
in five theme parks as well as such cable networks as USA, CNBC and Bravo.
21. April 2004
Good news about the NBC-Universal deal: According to this Hollywood Reporter article (subscribers only), the Federal
Trade Commission gave the deal a thumbs-up:
NBC-Universal deal clears FTC hurdle
By Kathleen Anderson and Georg Szalai
NEW YORK -- The NBC-Universal merger is nearing the finish line after clearing
its last regulatory hurdle Tuesday.
After several months of exploration, the Federal Trade Commission informed both
sides Tuesday that it will not oppose the combination of General Electric's NBC
unit and Vivendi Universal's entertainment operation. European regulators had already
given the transaction the go-ahead. NBC and Vivendi Uni said in statements late
Tuesday that they plan to complete the merger within "the next few weeks."
Of course this doesn't mean that NBC-Universal will go back to 'business as usual'
immediately, but this is an important step in that direction. I'll keep you updated.
Old news from 2001-2002 and 2003 have been moved to separate pages - see links at
the bottom of this page. I also updated the contact information for the Universal Home
Video & DVD shop here.
19. February 2004
I have been remiss in mentioning that NBC wants to purchase Vivendi Universal's
U.S. entertainment assets. The status according to HollywoodReporter.com (only subscribers have access to the full
article), dated 2. January 2004:
NBC: 2nd FTC request standard
General Electric's NBC unit confirmed Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission
has issued a second request for information on its planned merger with Vivendi
Universal Entertainment but said it was standard procedure rather than a reason
for concern. USA Today had reported that regulators made the request because of
concerns about the clout of the merged entity's cable networks. "We are in
the middle of a normal regulatory review process," NBC said. "A second
request for information is a standard part of that practice."
See also this Vivendi Universal press release. This of course also means that
any DVD plans for AG are on hold. Let's hope this review will be over quickly.
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from Craig A. Marquardo, President of Fathom Motion Picture Company.
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