‘South Park’ Season 21 Coming to Disc June 5

Paramount Home Media Distribution will release Comedy Central’s South Park: The Complete Twenty-First Season on Blu-ray and DVD June 5 (order date April 24).

All 10 episodes featuring Cartman, Kenny, Stan, Kyle, Butters and the rest of the group will be uncensored as they take on the opioid epidemic, experiment with water bears, dig into the underbelly of social media and go to war with Canada.

The two-disc sets also include deleted scenes and season commentary by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  The Blu-ray set also includes #SocialCommentary on all episodes.

‘Shannara Chronicles: Season Two’ on Disc May 15

Paramount will release The Shannara Chronicles: Season Two on DVD and Blu-ray May 15.

The fantasy series from producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (“Smallville”) is an adaptation of “The Sword of Shannara Trilogy” novels by Terry Brooks. The second season aired on the Spike network after the first season had been shown by MTV.

Season Two finds the Four Lands in chaos as an organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races, leading a team of heroes to band together to prevent an even greater threat from emerging.

The three-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets include all 10 episodes from the second season as well behind-the-scenes featurettes about the characters, actors and more.

Paramount Celebrates Anniversaries of Eddie Murphy’s ‘Trading Places’ and ‘Coming to America’ June 12 on Blu-ray

Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing two Eddie Murphy comedy classics, Trading Places and Coming to America, for their anniversaries on Blu-ray and digital June 12.

Prebook is May 1.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Trading Places pairs Murphy with Dan Aykroyd in director John Landis’ social satire about a con artist who switches roles with a stock market executive as part of an idle bet between two rich brothers. The Blu-ray includes multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, as well as access to a digital copy.

In Coming to America, which celebrates its 30th anniversary, Murphy reteams with Landis to play a pampered African prince who disguises his identity to roam the United States in search of a bride. The film also stars Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones and features a variety of cameos, including Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy from Trading Places. The Blu-ray includes vintage interviews with the cast, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a photo gallery and access to a digital copy.

Complete ‘Jackass’ Set Due May 29 from Paramount

Paramount Home Media Distribution will release the Jackass: Complete Movie and TV Collection on DVD May 29 (prebook April 17).

The 11-disc set includes all seven movies as well as the entire TV series.

In the ‘Jackass’ films and series, Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius and Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuña perform comedic stunts and pranks. The 16-hour collection includes: Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, Jackass 2.5, Jackass 3, Jackass 3.5, Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa, Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa .5 and the “Jackass” Classic Television Collection.

The set arrives just before the June 1 theatrical premiere of Action Point, also from the “Jackass” team.

‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Takes Over Top Spots on Home Video Charts

Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Feb. 24.

The comedy sequel earned $104 million at the domestic box office, and would have had a bigger lead on the charts were it not available separately as part of a two-pack with the first Daddy’s Home, a combo tracked separately by VideoScan.

Lionsgate’s Wonder dropped to No. 2 on both charts. In its second week on shelves, Wonder sold 98% of copies as the solo versions of Daddy’s Home 2 in its first week. When accounting for the two-pack, Wonder sold 86% as many copies as Daddy’s Home 2 overall.

No. 3 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ The Star, a faith-based animated comedy about the Nativity told from the point of view of the animals that were there. The film earned $40.9 million in U.S. theaters.

Rounding out the top five on the overall chart were Universal’s A Bad Moms Christmas at No. 4 and Warner’s It at No. 5. Their orders were reversed on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray disc accounted for 53% of unit sales of Daddy’s Home 2 and 46% of The Star.

Daddy’s Home 2 was also the top title on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 25, again pushing Wonder to No. 2.

A Bad Moms Christmas slipped to No. 3, with The Star debuting at No. 4 and Warner’s Geostorm holding on at No. 5.

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Redbox Offering $2 Off ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Purchase

Redbox is offering consumers who rent Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 a discount if they decide they want to buy the movie.

Through March 6, people who rent Daddy’s Home 2 through Redbox kiosks will be emailed a coupon for a $2 discount toward purchasing the film on DVD or Blu-ray combo pack at participating retailers. The program essentially means Redbox will cover the cost of the rental for anyone who samples the movie and likes it enough to buy it.

Those interested in the deal must enter a valid email address on the kiosk touch screen, Redbox.com or the Redbox mobile app. A link to the coupon will be emailed to the user with their receipt for the rental. Only one coupon will be issued per email address and it must be printed by March 13 and redeemed by March 27.

’13 Reasons Why’ to Hit DVD on April 3

Paramount Home Media Distribution has set an April 3 DVD release date for the first season of the acclaimed, and controversial, teen suicide drama “13 Reasons Why.”

Named by USA Today as of the top 15 pop culture moments that defined 2017, “13 Reasons Why” divulges the reasons behind a high school girl’s suicide, through a series of cassette tapes she made just before her death that show up on various friends’ and acquaintances’ doorsteps.

Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) returns home from high school to discover a box of tapes, recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), his classmate and secret crush, who died by suicide only two weeks before. Hannah’s tapes reveal the 13 reasons that led to her untimely death, and the people she felt were responsible.

Based on the best-selling mystery by author Jay Asher, the drama also features Kate Walsh, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe and Brandon Flynn.

“13 Reasons Why” was one of the top 10 most-tweeted-about television shows and Google’s most-searched show of the year.  Season two will debut on Netflix in 2018.

The 13 Reasons Why: Season One four-disc set includes all 13 episodes, plus the “Beyond the Reasons” special, and new-to-DVD character featurettes, actor interviews, and more. The set is presented in 16×9 widescreen with English 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English and English SDH subtitles.

“13 Reasons Why” is a Paramount Television production.


Paramount Appoints New Head of Sales and Distribution

Craig L. White has been appointed EVP of worldwide sales and distribution for Paramount Home Media Entertainment, the studio announced Feb. 9.

In his newly created role, White will report to Bob Buchi, president, worldwide home media distribution. He is charged with overseeing the global sales and distribution of physical and digital transactional products for Paramount Home Media Entertainment while expanding purchase and rental opportunities through enhanced partnerships, technological advancements and new business development.

“Craig is an incredibly talented media and entertainment executive with proven success developing and implementing transformational business strategies,” Buchi said.  “His wide-ranging experience with multinational brands and companies along with his acumen in dealing with rapidly evolving marketplaces will help bolster our continued growth and innovation around the world.”

White said, “I am very excited to join Paramount at a time of great change and opportunity for the industry.  I have long admired the studio’s rich history and extraordinary film catalogue and franchises and am passionate about helping consumers enjoy the best experiences available to them in home media.”

White joins Paramount from Tronc (Tribune Publishing), where he was in charge of spearheading business development as SVP and general manager.  He previously served as VP of sales for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in Australia, where he drove growth year over year during his tenure and built the Australia business into the single highest performing catalog business at Fox.

White also held senior executive positions at Great Southern Wine Asia Pacific and Access Digital Entertainment/Élan Media Partners in Australia. He began his career in sales and marketing at Cadbury Schweppes and also held management positions at HJ Heinz and Foster’s Brewing International.  White earned an MBA from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

Viacom Inks Streaming Deal with Spain’s Telefónica — in Latin America

Media giant Viacom Feb. 5 announced a subscription streaming agreement with Spanish telecom Telefónica for Latin America.

The global deal represents a first for Viacom with a mobile carrier to carry all its international TV channels, as well as mobile streaming apps and VOD content.

Under the terms of the deal, video streams from Viacom subsidiaries MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central and Paramount will be available in the second half of the year on Movistar Play.

In addition, Viacom apps MTV Play, Nickelodeon Play, Comedy Central Play and Noggin will be available, with a range of content from the company’s brands that will be accessible on-demand.

The over-the-top agreement supplements an existing carriage deal for Viacom’s linear channels and VOD content already available on Telefónica’s pay TV services throughout the region.

“Mobile streaming is growing in popularity across Latin America – to stay in touch with our young audiences we need our brands and content to be everywhere they are,” Rita Herring, SVP, content distribution, Viacom’s Americas division, said in a statement.


Netflix Streams ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Following Super Bowl LII

For football fans, it was the Philadelphia Eagles denying a trademark New England Patriots rally to win its first Super Bowl (discounting a 1960 NFL Championship) in a thrilling contest, 41-33.

For Hollywood, the marquee televised event (111 million viewers in 2017) provided massive eyeballs for movie trailers/teasers reportedly costing more than $5 million to air.

Netflix went a step further, using the Super Bowl’s typical 100 million household audience to announce that its acquisition of former Paramount Pictures’ sequel, The Cloverfield Paradox, would be available to stream globally following the game.

The SVOD pioneer reportedly acquired the movie after Paramount pushed back its theatrical release to April, and then abandoned the idea. Netflix and Paramount previously partnered on Annihilation, a sci-fi action horror film starring Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

This marked the first time a major motion picture was made available almost immediately following its Super Bowl commercial.

Early results from comScore cited spots from Walt Disney’s Marvel Avengers: Infinity War, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Disney’s Lucasfilm Solo: A Star Wars Story generating the most social media buzz.

comScore said Fallen Kingdom and Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible – Fallout generated 3.56 million and 2.09 million views, respectively on Facebook and YouTube.

The Cloverfield Paradox generated the most buzz among subscription streaming video services, followed by Universal’s Skyscraper, starring Dwayne Johnson, and Quiet Place (Paramount) and Red Sparrow (Fox).

Amazon Studios ran a spot for “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” starring John Krasinski, while Hulu ran a trailer for new series, “Castle Rock,” starring Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgard, among others.

HBO ran a spot for the second season of “Westworld.