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Emmy Noms to be Judged on DVD

28 Aug, 2003 By: Erik Gruenwedel

TV shows nominated for the 2003 Emmy Awards in sound editing and sound mixing will, for the first time, be distributed on DVD to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' judges in digital 5.1 audio and surround sound.

Nominated content was previously sent to judges in nondigital analog format on VHS cassette in mono, two-channel or stereo.

Sound aficionados who have long lamented that Academy judges were denied the ability to hear nominated content in their original multichannel broadcast format laud the move.

“We're very gratified about this development,” said Patrick Artiaga, director of automotive and broadcast marketing, with San Francisco-based Dolby Laboratories. “With this move to DVD, the Academy voters will consider the quality of the multichannel mixes the sound editors and mixers have worked so hard to produce.”

TV shows nominated for sound-related awards include “The Sopranos,” “Alias,” “Live From Baghdad,” “Meredith Wilson's The Music Man,” “The 75th Annual Academy Awards,” “The 45th Annual Grammy Awards” and “James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck.”

The sound-related awards will be held Sept. 13 in Los Angeles; the televised Emmy Awards will take place Sept. 21 on Fox.

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