18 releases slated for first year.

Independent video distributor Ventura Entertainment has signed a two-year deal with sci-fi film/magazine producer CFQ Media to create a new sci-fi DVD label called CFQ Presents.

Ventura's in-house specialty label, Ventura Select, will specifically handle distribution and broadcast opportunities, while CFQ will be in charge of acquisition.

DVD projects will be advertised in CFQ's Cinefantastique sci-fi film magazine and Femme Fatales, a male-oriented magazine about women in film, TV and music, as well as through ads at cfq.com.

Up to 18 titles are expected by 2006. The first titles are not yet known.