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DEG Bestows Creative Excellence and Best Retailer Awards

8 Jan, 2004 By: Kurt Indvik

The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) for the first time bestowed its Creative Excellence Awards to four special DVD titles in 2003, and the hardware manufacturers members of the group honored “Best Retailer of the Year” during the group's annual reception held earlier this evening in Las Vegas during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The creative excellence winners were:

“Best Theatrical DVD Title of the Year” — New Line Home Entertainment's Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers;:

“Best Non-Theatrical DVD Title of the Year” — a tie, awarded to both DreamWorks Home Entertainment for Steven Spielberg Presents: TAKEN and Image Entertainment's The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season One;:

“Best Music on DVD Title of the Year” — Atlantic Records, for the Led Zeppelin DVD.:

In addition to overall sound and picture quality, all titles up for consideration were judged “for those features that best demonstrate the value-added nature of the DVD format,” according to the DEG. The judging panel was made up of journalists with extensive DVD reviewing experience, and were nominated for their role by studio and music company members of the DEG.

“The titles selected from our judging panel represent some of the year's most notable examples of the format's exciting flexibility, quality and creative potential,” said Joe Stinziano, VP of the DEG and GM of home audio/video at Sony Electronics.

Ultimate Electronics was chosen “Best Retailer of the Year” based on nominations by consumer electronics manufacturers who are members of the DEG as the retailer that has best demonstrated excellence in merchandising and promotion of new digital entertainment products during the past year.

“Our hardware members selected Ultimate Electronics for its dedication to educating consumers and creating excitement surrounding DVD and the home theater experience,” said Bob Chapek, president of both the DEG and Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

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