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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: B5 Laser Disc
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/30/1996 10:34:00 AM  

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Nope. Because a) WB doesn't think there's a market for B5 on
tape or disk, b) won't let us do it because they have the right to do
it, even though they won't (like the proverbial monkey with its fist
around a nut in a jar, it can't take it out and won't let go), and c)
WB video almost never handles piddly TV stuff, only big-budget,
sure-return movies.

We'll keep working at it. Sooner or later, we'll win.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: B5 Laser Disc
      To: CIS  
    Date: 12/1/1996 12:18:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

I'm with you...I've bought all the various Star Wars
incarnations on disk, and the Aliens and T2 movies the same way, right
up through the AC3 disks. I hate buying the same movie more than 3
times....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: B5 Laser Disc
      To: CIS  
    Date: 12/2/1996 5:48:00 AM  

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S.G. Menzel <100537.1517@compuserve.com> asks:
> do you think it might help if a lot of people would tell WB that
> they'd be willing to buy B5 on LD?

No, it's a status thing, primarily...they don't like to sully
their hands with TV, they prefer to handle the big-budget movies
exclusively.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: B5 Laser Disc
      To: CIS  
    Date: 12/2/1996 5:48:00 AM  

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Laurence Moroney <100546.50@compuserve.com> asks:
> So what is the difference with WB in the UK?

Different company (each division is its own company), different
mindset.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: B5 Laser Disc
      To: CIS  
    Date: 12/3/1996 7:16:00 AM  

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(blocked) asks:
> Any idea how many letters they have received on the subject?

If ten zillion letters showed up, it wouldn't matter, I've
finally come to understand...it's a prestige thing, not a money thing.
They want to handle the high-profile movies.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: B5 Laser Disc
      To: CIS  
    Date: 12/3/1996 5:07:00 PM  

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Michael Grabois <74737.2600@compuserve.com> asks:
> So then why the tapes in the UK?
> Or is that some other company?

UK tapes are under a different divsion of WB. WB International
and WB Domestic are wholly different divisions...WB isn't one company
like Universal or Paramount, but a series of competing fiefdoms with
their own rules and agendas.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: B5 Laser Disc
      To: CIS  
    Date: 12/3/1996 5:07:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> That's depressing...but they won't let you have the rights to
> release them? What if we wrote about *that*...<G>?

Nope again. They're like a monkey with its fist around a nut in
a jar; they won't let go, and can't take it out, or let anyone else
have it. But we will keep working at it...sooner or later, we'll win.
We always do.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: B5 Laser Disc
      To: CIS  
    Date: 12/4/1996 6:20:00 PM  

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Daniel Barer <74033.167@compuserve.com> asks:
> Does Warners have all domestic video rights in perpetuity, or
> only while the show is in first run?

They *own* the show.

jms

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