SOURCE: Anchor Bay Entertainment

March 02, 2005 11:25 ET

IDT Entertainment's Anchor Bay Entertainment and Carsey Werner Distribution Ink Deal for the DVD Release of "Roseanne" and "3rd Rock From the Sun"

Two of the Most Requested TV Shows Ever Heading to DVD From Anchor Bay Entertainment Third Quarter 2005!

TROY, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 2, 2005 -- IDT's Anchor Bay Entertainment and Carsey Werner Distribution jointly announced today the DVD release of two of the most requested TV shows of all time. "Roseanne" and "3rd Rock From the Sun" will each be released by Anchor Bay Entertainment during third quarter 2005. Both releases will be packed with bonus materials and supported by multi-level marketing campaigns.

"Anchor Bay Entertainment is pleased to be offering these two television hits to our customers," commented Ted Green, CEO of Anchor Bay Entertainment. "Both series are among the most requested titles by consumers of TV product and our company will give these DVD releases the attention and care they both deserve. We are happy to be working with the amazing team at Carsey Werner Distribution and thrilled to add these outstanding titles to our stable of top television properties."

"'Roseanne' and '3rd Rock From the Sun' are two of our most cherished programs," said Robert Dubelko, Co-President/COO of Carsey Werner. "We are excited to be getting these great series out on DVD for our fans. When it came time to find a DVD distributor, we wanted an experienced company with the creative energy and enthusiasm to market these series the way we would do it ourselves. Anchor Bay Entertainment fit that need all the way."

"Roseanne" debuted in 1988 and is one of the most successful and beloved series of all time, remaining on network television for nine years. The multiple award-winning series starred comedian Roseanne as Roseanne Conner, John Goodman ("The Babe," "The Big Lebowski") as her husband Dan and Laurie Metcalf as her sister Jackie. Each week focused on the struggles of a working class family facing everyday problems: money, children, marriage and of course, in-laws. Roseanne was nominated four times for an Emmy Award and five times for a Golden Globe. She won both awards in 1993. The series had a total of twenty-five Emmy nominations and four wins as well as three Golden Globes, four American Comedy Awards and a Peabody.

The critically acclaimed series, "3rd Rock From the Sun," debuted in 1993 starring John Lithgow ("The World According to Garp," "Terms of Endearment") as High Commander/Professor Dick Solomon. The show focused on four aliens who arrive on Planet Earth to study its customs and learn about its population. In order to blend in, the four become humans with all the emotions and physical needs but without any understanding of these feelings. Everyday events become highly unusual, side-splitting situations. Co-stars include Jane Curtin ("Saturday Night Live," "Kate & Allie") as Professor Mary Margaret Albright, Kristen Johnston ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Strangers with Candy") as Security Officer/Sally Solomon, French Stewart ("Love Stinks," "Inspector Gadget 2") as Communicator Harry Solomon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("10 Things I Hate About You," "Treasure Planet") as Information Officer Tommy Solomon. Additional cast included Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld") as Police Officer Donald Leslie Orville. Lithgow won three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series as well as a Golden Globe.

Carsey Werner (www.carseywerner.com) has been known globally for over twenty years as one the leading independent television studios. With current hit, "That '70s Show," classics such as "Roseanne," "3rd Rock From the Sun," and "The Cosby Show," and a library of enviable hits that include, "A Different World," "Grace Under Fire," "Cybill" and "Cosby," Carsey Werner programs can been seen and heard in over 175 countries and 50 different languages.

Anchor Bay Entertainment is an established leader in the field of home entertainment. In addition to the ever-popular Thomas & Friends collection, the company offers an expansive selection of award-winning, notable theatrical films including "Time Bandits" and "Halloween," classic television programming such as "Three's Company," "21 Jump Street" and "Highlander," the impressive Manga anime line and chart-topping fitness titles including the "Crunch" and "For Dummies" series. Anchor Bay Entertainment, along with its co-owned sister companies, Digital Production Solutions (DPS), Film Roman Inc., Mainframe Entertainment Inc. and DKP Effects, is aggressively developing a wide range of original programs and concepts in addition to licensing existing brands and films.

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Entertainment, a division of the IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT). Anchor Bay Entertainment and the IDT Corporation can be accessed via the web by visiting www.anchorbayentertainment.com and www.IDT.net.

IDT Entertainment, Inc. (www.idtentertainment.com) is focused on developing, acquiring, producing and distributing computer-generated as well as traditional animated and live productions for the film, broadcast and direct-to-consumer markets. IDT Corporation common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols IDT and IDT.C, respectively.

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