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TK's MORNING BUZZ: Thursday is the Deadline for Entries for This Year's DVD Awards Presented Aug. 22 in Universal City

31 Jul, 2001 By: Thomas K. Arnold

As many of you may know, Video Store Magazine is producing the fourth annual DVD Awards, which will be presented August 22 at the Hilton Universal in Universal City, Calif. The awards are part of DVD Entertainment 2001, atwo-day symposium produced by the International Recording Media Association (IRMA) and Medialine.

Leonard Maltin, the esteemed dean of video critics, will host the awards.

We've already received more than 250 entries, but I wanted to issue a finalcall to any independent DVD producers as well as DVD-Audio manufacturers whofor one reason or another didn't show up on our radar. Last-minute entries will be accepted through Thursday, August 2; e-mail me here attkarnold@aol.com by tonight and I will send you an entry form right away.

The categories are:

* Best of Show
* Best Special Edition
* Best Restoration
* Best Special Feature
* Best Packaging
* Best Director's Cut
* Best Performance on Commentary (Made for DVD)
* Best Audio Compression
* Best Video Compression
* Best Authoring
* Best Menu Design
* Best 5.1 Mix (Movie)
* Best 5.1 Mix (Music)
* Best Made-for-DVD Program
* Best Interactive Feature
* Best Online Feature
* Best Game
* Best Innovation
* Best Deleted Scenes
* Best Hidden Feature ("Easter Egg")
* Best DVD-Video Music Program o Best DVD-Audio Program
* Best DVD Player (Set-Top)
* Best DVD Player (Portable)

We've tapped five respected DVD critics to do the judging, under the auspicesof chairman Ralph Tribbey, publisher of The DVD Release Report and DVDcolumnist for Video Store Magazine.

A little bit about the awards: They used to be called the Divi Awards, butthis year Video Store Magazine took over administration duties, changed the name and assembled a blue-ribbon advisory board of industry professionals.

Our goal is to build these awards into the gold standard for home entertainment; beginning next year, there will be a consumer promotion of the DVD Awards as well as other refinements.

If anyone would like more information about the awards, please contact the DVD Awards Hotline at 714/513-8610 or visit www.dvdconference.com

Comments? Contact TK directly at:TKArnold@aol.com

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