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THE MORNING BUZZ: VIAAC Visionary Honors — A True Industry Affair

23 Sep, 2002 By: Stephanie Prange

Each year, the Video Industry AIDS Action Committee Visionary Honors event is an industry reunion of sorts, where we see faces new and old, even some who are no longer in the video business, but retain an interest in the cause and the industry.

The 2002 event honored New Line Home Entertainment president and COO Stephen Einhorn, a video veteran from the Vestron days who inaugurated New Line Cinema's video division 12 years ago. Einhorn picked up his award from our own Don Rosenberg, Video Store Magazine publisher, who read a gracious letter from former trade paper editor Bruce Apar. Eloquent as always, Bruce's puns drew several titters from a crowd who knew him, and his famous wit, well.

Also honored was indie retail veteran Ray Jewell, who left the business a little more than a year ago, but returned recently with Mister Video in Athens, Tenn. A passionate voice for the embattled independent retailer, Jewell lauded his fellow indies for supporting the cause. Longtime Rhino Home Video exec Arny Schorr used his time in the Visionary spotlight to mention there's still work to be done and thanked his wife Joyce for all her support..

And Maria LaMagra — aptly described as having a mouth as big as her heart — proved the point by getting choked up over the honor and the many friends who have embraced her in the industry. I spotted LaMagra chatting with former boss and honorary event chairman Louis Feola, who now heads up Universal's made-for-video effort.

Having been in the business nearly a decade myself, I've shared many moments with this crew and last week's event proved one of my fondest. Congratulations to all the winners.

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