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Fox Embraces DVD Manufacturing on Demand

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced that it has entered into a DVD manufacturing on demand (MOD) agreement with Allied Vaughn.

According to the statement, this arrangement will allow Fox to to expand retail distribution of MGM’s Limited Edition Collection of previously-unreleased DVD titles. Initially, more than fifty films will be included with plans to release over 400 titles within the next 18 months.

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Unedited press release follows:

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Concludes Arrangement With Allied Vaughn To Expand MGM’s Limited Edition Collection

New Arrangement will Enable Retailers to Offer a Manufacturing on Demand Platform Via Their Websites

LOS ANGELES–Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that it has concluded an arrangement with Allied Vaughn that will allow MGM to expand retail distribution of MGM’s Limited Edition Collection of previously-unreleased DVD titles through an innovative distribution program.

This program is called “manufacturing on demand” (“MOD”). MOD allows retailers to offer MGM’s Limited Edition Collection for sale on their websites without ever having to order product upfront because each DVD is “custom built” for a specific consumer order that is placed on a retailer’s website. This strategy now gives retailers the opportunity to offer MGM titles that they might not be offering to consumers.

Initially, more than fifty films will be included in MGM’s Limited Edition Collection with an expansion plan to release over 400 new to DVD titles within the next 18 months. The first wave includes titles such as the 1982 feature Still of the Night starring Meryl Streep, Rolling Thunder (1977) starring Tommy Lee Jones, and The Hawaiians (1970) starring Charlton Heston. Many of the films made available through this arrangement will feature original trailers and will be available for a SRP of $19.98.

“MGM is deeply committed to making its library of films and TV shows available to as wide an audience as possible. MOD provides an ideal solution to retailers who wish to expand the MGM DVD titles they offer to their customers without having to make an inventory investment,” said Eric Doctorow, General Manager, MGM Worldwide. “Our relationship with Allied Vaughn means we can now offer a simple MOD solution to any retailer who has a website and wishes to participate in this efficient business model.”

We are thrilled to be able to use our MOD technology to help MGM expand distribution of their Limited Edition Collection.” Said Doug Olzenak, Allied Vaughn President. “Our work with MGM furthers our efforts to provide effective cutting edge solutions for physical content delivery to many different rights holders.”

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries.

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

About Allied Vaughn MOD
Allied Vaughn is a leading provider of Manufacture-On-Demand (MOD) for content owners. The company is focused on developing the next generation of content delivery options.