Studios seek new DVD strategies for interrupted seasons

Less than two weeks after Hollywood screenwriters went on strike, studios are already making contingency plans for next summer and fall’s TV DVD releases as picketing writers shut down production of many current shows. Options being considered include truncated season releases and titles featuring few or no extras.

One way or another, however, TV DVD releases are expected to continue their normal late summer-early fall release pattern for continuing series, as the category represents crucial revenue for home video divisions and provides valuable promotion for the series’ new seasons.

Members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike Nov. 5.

“We are in the process of figuring out our options right now,” said one studio source. “I don’t think it would be a surprise to see us release truncated seasons. It would still [represent] a full season but just shorter than what was originally planned.”

(Source: Video Business)

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