FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELEGENDARY TELEVISION SERIES
"THE DONNA REED SHOW" DEBUTS ON DVD
NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE ON HOME VIDEO
Arts Alliance America Brings America's Sweetheart
and Most Favorite TV Mom Home This Fall
New York, NY (June 2, 2008) - For the first time, old and new fans of the ground-breaking "The Donna Reed Show" can own episodes of the legendary television program, as Arts Alliance America announces the release of "The Donna Reed Show Collection." The first season of this award winning fan favorite will be available in a special DVD set beginning October 28, 2008, in celebration of the program's 50th anniversary television debut. Joe Amodei, President of Arts Alliance America and Mary Owen (the daughter of Donna Reed) made the announcement jointly today.
Joe Amodei states, "Donna Reed is America's first Television sweetheart. We fell in love with her as Mary Bailey in "It's A Wonderful Life," and then tuned in to watch her every week as Donna Stone in her own television program. She was an influential role model to women -- as mother, wife and professional.
Mary Owen continues, "My Mother always said that she and my Father (Tony Owen was the Producer and principal architect of The Donna Reed Show) had climbed a mountain together making this show. For a whole generation of Baby Boomers, the Stone's were their second family. Today, when Boomers are starting to retire, it's time again to sit and watch The Donna Reed Show, this time with their grandkids and let them be amazed at who established and sowed the seeds of the American family. In the 1960's, before we lived with computers and cable TV with over 200 channels of mostly junk, the Stone family showed what love, respect and support for one another looked like."
ABC first aired The Donna Reed Show on Wednesday, September 24, 1958 at 9:00pm. It was the beginning of a long relationship with America as it tuned into the Stone family for eight years (274 episodes) of family-centered comedy. Donna was Emmy nominated 4 times for her role on the show, and in 1963 won a Golden Globe as Best Female TV Star. Donna Reed also won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1953 for her performance in "From Here To Eternity."
In addition to its regular cast, including Donna Reed, Carl Betz (as Donna's husband, Dr. Alan Stone), Shelley Fabares and Paul Peterson (as their two children, Mary and Jeff) "The Donna Reed Show" had numerous special guests stars. Buster Keaton appeared twice on the program, Marlo Thomas and Esther Williams were also guests, and baseball greats Don Drysdale and Willie Mays appeared on the show as themselves, just to name a few.
For 10 years syndicated re-runs of The Donna Reed Show entertained new generations of young people on Nick@Nite. In a growing resurgence of nostalgia and a salute to Mother's Day, the cable television network, Nickelodeon, aired a week long "Seven Day Donna-Thon" of episodes during its "Nick-at-Nite" programming in 1990.
Please visit www.donnareed.org for more information about the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Arts Alliance America will follow "The Donna Reed Show: Season 1" with "The Donna Reed Show: Season 2," next year.
ARTS ALLIANCE AMERICA
Arts Alliance America (AAA) is part of Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe's leading provider of digital film distribution services to the cinema, home and entertainment industry. Arts Alliance America, formerly Hart Sharp Video, was founded in 2003 by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment, TV Guide and NESN and other high profile entertainment brands since their inception. Some upcoming AAA releases include: "Heavy Metal In Baghdad," the ground-breaking doc from VBS-TV, that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to present day; "East LA Marine," the full-length feature film that tells the captivating story of WWII Marine Guy Gabaldon who single-handedly captured over 1500 Japanese during the bloody battle of Saipan; "Never Forever," a melodrama about passion and forbidden love, starring award-winning actress Vera Farmiga and, "Blessed: Still We Believe II," a thrilling tribute film dedicated to The Boston Red Sox' most recent history-changing seasons.