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EMA Digital Honors to 'Divergent,' HBO, Amazon, Seidel

15 Oct, 2015 By: John Latchem

(L-R): HBO’s Navin Kamath, Lionsgate’s Akin Ceylan, MovieLabs’ Craig Seidel and Amazon’s Justyn Egert.

The Entertainment Merchants Association Oct. 14 presented “The Divergent Series,” Amazon, HBO Now and Craig Seidel of MovieLabs with “Digi” Awards for outstanding achievement in digital entertainment content, retailing, innovation and leadership. The awards were presented at EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline, held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

“Digital entertainment continues to transform the industry, and each of these honorees has been a leader in the digital sector,” said EMA president and CEO Mark Fisher.

Lionsgate’s “Divergent Series” received the Digital Content “Digi” Award, which recognizes the movie, television program or other audiovisual work most unique in digital delivery over the past year, or that gave the consumer the best digital experience. The award was based on Lionsgate’s partnership with Samsung’s Gear VR for an immersive experience in keeping with the theme of the films. The award was accepted by Akin Ceylan, COO of home entertainment.

Amazon was awarded the Digital Retailer “Digi” Award for the second year in a row. This award recognizes outstanding service by a company that sells or rents audiovisual works to the consumer through Internet-based digital delivery. Amazon was selected for its many digital offerings (both transactional and subscription-based), consumer devices, innovation, and overall experience for the consumer. The award was accepted by Justyn Egert, head of digital video store.

HBO Now was presented the Innovation “Digi” Award for taking the leap into the world of over the top (OTT) video and making it easier for consumers to access the digital content they want. The Innovation Award recognizes the company that has shown innovation through its technology or programming to enhance the consumer experience of digital entertainment. The award was accepted by Navin Kamath, VP of worldwide digital distribution and partner marketing.

Craig Seidel of the Motion Picture Laboratories (MovieLabs) earned the Industry Leadership Digital Award, given to a company or individual that has made a significant contribution to the industry. Seidel was selected for his leadership in driving and supporting the development of industry standards and best practices that have created tremendous efficiencies in the digital supply chain and enabled content to get to consumers faster and cheaper.

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