Multi-year deal includes "Cosby," "A Different World."

Ventura Entertainment and independent studio Carsey-Werner have signed a multi-year agreement to release the much-beloved TV shows "The Cosby Show" and "A Different World" to DVD.

Under the terms of the deal, Ventura has licensed the rights to all eight seasons of "Cosby" and all six of "A Different World." Both sets will be released on Ventura's UrbanWorks label.

"The Cosby Show -- Season 1" will be released Aug. 2, while "A Different World -- Season 1" is expected in January 2006.