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Barry Levinson to Receive Career Achievement Award

17 Aug, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf

The Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) will honor award-winning director/screenwriter/producer Barry Levinson with a Career Achievement Award at this year's Home Entertainment Retail Expo to be held Sept. 20-22 in Baltimore.

Levinson is a Baltimore native and will accept the award at the opening business session of the upcoming show.

Levinson won an Academy Award in 1998 for directing Rain Man. He also directed Good Morning Vietnam, Bugsy and The Natural. He served as producer for such high-profile films as The Perfect Storm and Donnie Brasco and as writer/director of Sleepers and Diner.

In 1974 and 1975 Levinson won Emmys for his writing for “The Carol Burnett Show.” His current TV career includes producing, directing and writing for shows like “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Oz” and “The Jury.”

“We are thrilled to recognize Mr. Levinson's extraordinary contributions to the video industry with our Career Achievement Award,” said VSDA president Bo Andersen. “His theatrical films, television series and movies are some of the most popular home video titles of all time. They attract fans wanting to watch their favorite movies for the second, third or tenth time, as well as new generations discovering Diner, Avalon or Wag the Dog for the first time.”

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