On the subject of 4DVD

Collision on DVD – 16.11.09

On November 2nd, 2009 James wrote on the subject of Drama PR,DVD PR.

LONDON, Monday 2nd November 2009: This extraordinary drama story follows the lives of everyone affected by a road collision and a group of people who have never met, but who all share one single defining moment that will change everything. Douglas Henshall, Kate Ashfield, Paul McGann and Phil Davis lead a prestigious cast in Collision – a compelling new 5-part drama serial, created by Anthony Horowitz, for ITV1 and released on DVD on Monday 16th November 2009 courtesy of 4DVD.

collisionThis tense, thought provoking drama, tells the story of a major road accident and a group of people who have never met, but who all share one devastating moment that will change their lives.

The five part serial is a modern epic tale which explores how fragile our lives are. It focuses on how fate and the feeling of immortality behind the wheel play a part in modern lives, where events are not always in our control and ordered.

Douglas Henshall (Primeval, Dorian Gray, French Film) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead, The Children, The Diary of Anne Frank), play the senior police officers in charge of the investigations whose complicated personal lives threaten to collide with the grim job they face. Paul McGann (True Dare Kiss, Withnail and I) stars as millionaire property developer Richard Reeves who starts to fall for the service station waitress who comes to his aid after the crash, played by Lucy Griffiths (Marian in Robin Hood, Sugar Rush, Sea of Souls, U Be Dead).

Dean Lennox Kelly (Married Single Other, Robin Hood, Shameless, The Invisibles, Being Human) and his real life brother Craig Kelly (Coronation Street, Strictly Come Dancing, Hotel Babylon, Queer as Folk) team up for the first time to play brothers Danny and Jeffrey Rampton, whose business dealings are about to be exposed as a result of the crash.

Claire Rushbrook (New Tricks, Mutual Friends, Whitechapel) plays Karen Donnelly who survives the crash, but has a secret which puts her life in jeopardy again. Phil Davis (The Fixer, Desperate Romantics, Whitechapel) plays Brian Edwards who escapes the carnage which kills his mother in law, Joyce, played by Sylvia Syms (The Queen, EastEnders, Above Suspicion; The Red Dahlia). His wife Christine, played by Jan Francis (U Be Dead, Mistresses, New Tricks) is devastated by the death of her mother, and confused by her husband’s reaction to the police questions.

David Bamber (Psychoville, Hotel Babylon, Rome, Daniel Deronda) plays Sidney Norris, a piano teacher whose guilty secrets are uncovered in the investigations.

Collision is created and written by acclaimed author and screen writer Anthony Horowitz (Foyle’s War) and co-written by Michael A Walker (Does God Play Football). The producers are Jill Green and Eve Gutierrez. It is directed by Marc Evans (My Little Eye, Snow Cake), marking his first return to TV direction in five years.

Amid the tangle of twisted metal and emotional turmoil wrought by the tragedy of a crash of this scale are the stories of the victims and the impact of the accident on their families, friends and colleagues.

As the terrible task of investigating the cause of the carnage begins, a series of revelations emerge: from Government cover-ups and smuggling, to disturbing secrets and murder.

Taylor Herring PR – 0208 206 5151

Comedy PR: Russell Brand DVD Launch at HMV

On November 2nd, 2009 James wrote on the subject of Comedy PR,DVD PR.

LONDON, Monday 2nd November 2009: Russell Brand, launches his new DVD, ‘’Scandalous – Live at the O2′ with an exclusive signing session at HMV’s flagship Oxford Street store in London’s West End on Friday 13th November 2009.

Russell will be taking questions from the floor on broadcasting law, sexual health and other topics in which he is an expert. No time wasters please.

russell-brand-prAfter which Russell will remain in the store to meet fans and sign copies of the new DVD – officially released through 4DVD on Monday 9th November 2009.

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‘Scandalous – Live at the O2′ will be his first live DVD in two years and features fresh material inspired by the Sachsgate scandal and brings Brand’s first hand account of the media storm that followed his actions with Jonathan Ross on the BBC Radio 2 show.

Due to limited time available please note that access to meet Russell will be strictly limited. Wristbands for entry to this event will be available from the store on the day of the event from 9.00 am on a first come first served basis, one per customer only, no reservations.

DVD PR: 4DVD Celebrates Stand Up Success

On January 13th, 2009 James wrote on the subject of DVD PR.

frankie boyle4DVD, the home entertainment label from Channel 4, ended the year in style with a hatrick of stand-up comedy titles making the top ten of the best selling stand-up releases of 2008 – collectively selling over half a million units.

Jimmy Carr In Concert, Frankie Boyle Live and Russell Howard Live all made the top ten of the best selling stand-up DVDs of 2008

4DVD supports new comedy talent and in 2008 they released two of the top three best selling debut titles; Frankie Boyle Live and Russell Howard Live.

In 2007 4DVD demonstrated its commitment to investing in new talent by appointing Liz Hadley as Comedy A&R Manger, solely dedicated to this area of the business, and the label are now seeing the results of this with fantastic sales across its stand-up DVD releases.

Mock the Week star Frankie Boyle’s hotly-anticipated live stand-up DVD Frankie Boyle Live stormed into the DVD charts in November.  His lethal brand of distinctively un-PC wit secured sales of 294,728 units and catapulted the title into 3rd position of the best-selling new stand-up DVDs of 2008 – the second best selling debut stand-up DVD ever!

Russell Howard, another thriving comedian, also had a very successful year as his debut DVD Russell Howard Live sold an impressive 103,765 units, resulting in it becoming the 7th best-selling new stand-up DVD of 2008. Jimmy Carr also continues to flourish as his fourth live stand-up DVD, Jimmy Carr In Concert achieved impressive year end sales of 139,172 units, which awarded him 5th best-selling new stand-up DVD of last year.