FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2006
BLAST OFF WITH THE RELEASE OF THE POPULAR LIVE-ACTION SCIENCE FICTION SERIES
4 DVD Set Available January 16th For $29.98
Los Angeles, CA – BCI Eclipse, a Navarre Corporation Company, and leading UK media company and underlying rights owner, Entertainment Rights Plc ("ER") announce the release of the groundbreaking science fiction series "Space Academy." The complete series will be available on DVD for the first time and will be released on January 16th at a suggested retail price of $29.98. The 4 disc, 15 episode set is highlighted by a series of special features including a brand new documentary and commentary tracks.
"We are pleased to bring this innovative series from the 70's to DVD for the first time," said Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI. "The demand for nostalgia TV on DVD has been overwhelming and Space Academy is no exception."
"Space Academy" features all 15 episodes from the 1977 series starring Jonathan Harris as the Commander Isaac Gampu who leads the young cadets attending Space Academy in the year 3732. The series also features Pamelyn Ferdin, Ric Carrott, Ty Henderson, Maggie Cooper, Brian Tochi and Eric Greene. Additionally, the special effects team was comprised of some of the technical wizards who created Star Wars that very same year.
The series premiered on CBS in the 1977 season and was later syndicated worldwide. The success of the series led to a spin-off the following season called "Jason of Star Command."
Special Features include:
- 35 minute documentary, "Back to School with Space Academy"
- Two commentary tracks featuring executive producer Lou Scheimer, actors Ric Carrott, Brian Tochi, Eric Greene and John Berwick, plus special effects supervisor Chuck Comisky
- Photo and art galleries
- Scripts and series bible
- Easter eggs
- Booklet with episode guide
- Ink & Paint trailers
- Spanish language tracks
Producing the special features, documentaries and most of the extra content is entertainment writer Andy Mangels, a best-selling novelist, and author of Animation on DVD—The Ultimate Guide.
About Navarre Corporation
Navarre Corporation is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD video, video games and accessories. Since its founding in 1983, the Company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale club, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The Company currently provides its products to over 19,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore, BCI, and FUNimation. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.navarre.com.
BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is an independent entertainment video and audio supplier. BCI has continually redefined the standards and concepts of this industry, often introducing national success categories through its intuitive mass marketing skills. Its vast collection of titles represents both exclusively licensed titles from around the world, as well as in-house produced CDs and DVDs.
About Entertainment Rights
Entertainment Rights Plc (ER) is one of the UK's leading media groups focused on the ownership of high-quality children's and family programming, characters and brands. ER owns or controls the rights to many global characters, including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe®, Fat Albert and the Cosby kids™, She-Ra®, Ghostbusters, Postman Pat®, Jess the Cat™, Basil Brush®, Little Red Tractor™, Rupert Bear® and Jim Jam & Sunny™. Since 1999, ER's library has grown from just 50 to nearly 2,000 hours of entertaining and educational programming for children and families around the world. This includes certain rights to global brands such as Mattel's Barbie™, Scholastic's Clifford the Big Red Dog™, Hasbro's Transformers™, Harveytoons' Casper the Friendly Ghost and Classic Media's Felix the Cat. ER's wholly-owned subsidiary Tell-Tale Productions, created and produced The Tweenies, one of the UK's most successful pre-school brands. Most recently, ER acquired the majority interest in Rupert Bear®, one of the most recognizable children's characters in the world, which will appear on Channel Five's Milkshake slot in the UK beginning Fall 2006. ER's Jim Jam & Sunny is being produced by the creators of The Tweenies. Jim Jam & Sunny has been commissioned by the UK's ITV and is set to air on ITV1 and the network's new digital children's channel, CiTV, in Fall 2006. For further information please visit www.entertainmentrights.com