The first season of MTV's "The Osbournes" will be coming to DVD later this year, confirms a spokesperson for Buena Vista Home Video, the VHS/DVD arm of the Walt Disney Co.'s Miramax Films. A fall rele
The first season of MTV's "The Osbournes" will be coming to DVD later this year, confirms a spokesperson for Buena Vista Home Video, the VHS/DVD arm of the Walt Disney Co.'s Miramax Films. A fall release, timed to bankroll promotion efforts for the second season of the unscripted series, is expected. The deal is said to cover the first two seasons, and censored and uncensored versions are reportedly being planned.
The pact with Miramax is the latest high-profile licensing deal for America's favorite foul-mouthed heavy metal family. This spring, the Beverly Hills, Calif.-based clan signed with merchandise firm the Signatures Network, which is working to bring at least 57 Osbourne-related products, ranging from key chains, wall hangings, board games, backpacks, and skateboards, to retail outlets. Additionally, Simon & Schuster is developing two books as part of a deal reportedly worth more than $3 million.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the DVD agreement with Miramax is worth nearly $7 million. The report states that the Osbournes will receive $1.25 million for their efforts in providing commentary tracks and other supplemental materials. Miramax will handle production, distribution, and marketing responsibilities. At deadline, no further information on the DVDs was available.
The news comes as Sharon Osbourne is about to begin chemotherapy in her bout with colon cancer. As previously reported, her husband Ozzy has opted to take a three-week leave of absence from the Ozzfest to be with his wife. MTV's cameras will be rolling throughout Sharon's cancer treatments.
The second season of "The Osbournes" is slated to begin in late fall. MTV upped production to 20 episodes after the initial season's 10 shows made it the highest-rated series in the network's 20-year history.