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APAR's WORKING WEEKEND: Winning Back the Gusto

24 Aug, 2001 By: Bruce Apar

It can be awkward — not to mention a seeming conflict — for a reporter to comment on something he actively helped happen (as opposed to merely observing), so please accept this disclaimer as a token of my self-consciousness.

Last Wednesday (8/22), Video Store Magazine staged The DVD Awards in conjunction with the 2001 DVD Entertainment Conference produced jointly by the International Recording Media Association and publishing company United Entertainment Media.

(You can see a complete list of winners, as well as a group photo of same with emcee Leonard Maltin of "Entertainment Tonight" elsewhere on Hive4media.com or in next week’s issue of Video Store Magazine.)

Along with my invaluable Awards partner (and lifesaver) Thomas K. Arnold, and our fearless leader, publisher Don Rosenberg, we are having a very difficult time in the aftermath of the awards event hiding our gratification and glow.

But, at the risk of sounding precious (and this is, as we all know, a high-risk business), it’s not about anything we did. It’s about the palpable enjoyment and good will we witnessed filling the room of more than 220 dedicated and enthusiastic industry professionals newly energized by the power of DVD.

There’s a sense of renewal that DVD is providing to those who either are fortunate enough to be in the right place at right time, or savvy enough to know a good thing when they see it — or both.

If there is an irony inherent in how spontaneous and fulfilling The DVD Awards ceremony proved for those in attendance — and there’s always irony lurking somewhere in the backrooms of our minds — it’s that the energy in the room was generated by mainly rank-and-file people who exhibited genuine appreciation for the recognition conferred by the Awards.

These are not the folks routinely quoted in the press who set policy, but mostly anonymous types who work their butts off behind the scenes to create compelling original content for DVD. It was especially nice to see the too few executives in attendance — such as Buena Vista Home Entertainment president Bob Chapek and Paramount Home Entertainment executive v.p. Meagan Burrows — generously credit the creatives and others on their DVD teams and let them bask in the limelight.

Comments? Contact Bruce directly at:bapar@advanstar.com

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