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'Ip Man 3,' 'O.J. — Made in America' Among EMA Award Winners

29 Mar, 2017 By: John Latchem

(L-R): Bob Webb, Mark Fisher, Tom Hemesath, Dan Coyle, Jason Pfardrescher, Steve Nickerson and Cameron Douglas.

The Entertainment Merchants Association March 29 announced winners of its 2017 Independent Home Entertainment Awards.

The awards were given out during EMA’s 2017 Independent Product Market, held March 28-29 at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, Calif.

“The winners of this year’s Independent Home Entertainment Awards show the impressive variety of quality content in the independent video marketplace,” said Mark Fisher, president and CEO of the EMA. “We are pleased to give them the recognition they deserve.”

The winners were:

Sell-Through Title of the Year from an Independent Studio: Ip Man 3, Well Go USA

Rental Title of the Year from an Independent Studio: The Infiltrator, Broad Green Pictures

Direct-to-Video/Limited Release Title of the Year from an Independent Studio: The Wailing, Well Go USA

Documentary/Special Interest Title of the Year from an Independent Studio: O.J. — Made in America, Cinedigm

Hall of Fame Inductee (recognizing a title that continues to perform well year-after-year): The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Favorites, Time Life/WEA

“I’m thrilled that 'The Carol Burnett Show' has been honored by the EMA,” Carol Burnett said in a statement. “As I’ve been working on the home video releases with Time Life it’s been fun to re-live the shows from so many years ago. The best part is sharing the shows with new audiences and I thank the home entertainment retailers across the country for helping spread the word!”

EMA’s Home Entertainment Awards winners were selected from a list of nominations by a vote of EMA retail and distributor members. The nominations reflect the rental and sell-through success of the title in both physical and digital formats.

Presenting the awards were Cameron Douglas, VP of content at Fandango, and Bob Webb, president and CEO of Ingram Entertainment. Accepting the awards on behalf of their respective companies were: Steve Nickerson, president of home entertainment at Broad Green Pictures; Dan Coyle, SVP of sales at Cinedigm; Tom Hemesath, VP of retail sales at Time Life; and Jason Pfardrescher, SVP of theatrical-digital at Well Go USA.


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